Patagonian Scarlet Gorse Guanaco Bush or Fire Tongue wildflowers in Torres Del Paine National Park with mountains in the background
Hiker standing on rock and taking Photos of the snowy and jagged mountain landscape in Torres Del Paine National Park, Patagonia
elephant seal with mouth wide open in Admiralty Fjord in Karukinka National Park, Tierra Del Fuego, Patagonia, Chile
Three gauchos on Horseback, at a ranch in Patagonia, Argentina
National Geographic small ship in front of glacier and two skiffs in front surrounded by ice in Garibaldi Fjord of Tierra Del Fuego Patagonia
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South America Patagonia Cruise

National Geographic Epic Patagonia

The 20-day National Geographic Epic Patagonia small ship cruise explores remote and largely inaccessible places along the Chilean coast. On this Patagonia cruise, experience a maze of channels and islands on the southernmost tip of South America, filled with wildlife and wildness. Deep within Chile’s fjords are incandescent icebergs, massive glaciers and incredible wildlife. Explore the region by hiking, kayaking and Zodiac cruising alongside National Geographic experts, photographers and naturalist guides.

Sail between soaring granite walls, waterfalls, thousands of islands and snowcapped mountains deep in the Chilean Fjords. See the massive Pio XI Glacier, which is still advancing. Chiloé Island with its colorful stilt houses along the water is home to a colony of Magellanic and Humboldt penguins. At Pumalín National Park walk among alerce trees as giant as the California redwoods. Half way through the journey, rest your sea legs with a land trip to Torres del Paine National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere reserve where wildlife-rich forests, glaciers, grasslands, rivers and lagoons await. Back aboard, experience Tierre del Fuego and a rare opportunity visit to Karukinka National Park, where black-browed albatross, condors and elephant seals live, thanks to the National Geographic Explorer’s special permission to sail here granted by the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Zodiac and kayak through myriad small fjords and walk among tidewater glaciers lining the coast. Explore the Beagle Channel and then sail to Cape Horn, the southernmost tip of South America. Another special permission allows Nat Geo Explorer to visit Staten Island, where mountainous landscapes are covered with forests and fjords and wildlife such as rockhopper penguins, Magellenic penguins, fur seals and sea lions lounge.

The 148-guest National Geographic Explorer is your floating basecamp during the voyage. Technologically advanced, fully stabilized and equipped with a full set of exploration tools, including an ROV and enough kayaks and Zodiacs to send all guests out exploring at the same time, the Explorer offers cabins with private balconies and an included bar tab. She boasts a top speed of 18 knots and has special permission to visit incredible sites off limits to other small ship cruises. To see Patagonia by both land and sea in one all-encompassing and seamless cruise, spend 20 days aboard the Nat Geo Explorer on this National Geographic Epic Patagonia small ship cruise.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more aboutAdventureSmith’s Patagonia cruises.



Itinerary

National Geographic Epic Patagonia Itinerary

The 20-day National Geographic Epic Patagonia small ship cruise explores remote and largely inaccessible places along the Chilean coast. This Patagonia cruise begins in Santiago, Chile and ends in Ushuaia, Argentina.

National Geographic Epic Patagonia cruise route map that begins in Chile and ends in Argentina.
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Days 1 - 2
Fly to Santiago, Chile

Fly overnight to Santiago, Chile, where the Andes form an inspiring backdrop, and check in to the Hotel Santiago by Mandarin.

Accommodations

Hotel Santiago by Mandarin, or similar

Meals

n/a (day 1); lunch (day 2)

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Day 3
Fly to Puerto Montt & Embark

Fly by private charter from Santiago to Puerto Montt, Chile’s northern gateway to Patagonia and embark.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Ancud (Chiloe Island)

Explore Chiloé Island culture including its palafitos, colorful stilt houses along the water. Alternatively, visit a mixed colony of Magellanic and Humboldt penguins.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Pumalin National Park

Pumalín’s 750,000 acres in Chilean Patagonia are protected as one of the last remaining areas of the unusual alerce forest, consisting of huge trees similar in size to California redwoods. Walk the park trails to see them up close.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 6 - 10
Inside Passage & Chilean Fjords

Virtually untouched by humans, the archipelago is a vast area of snowcapped mountains, glaciers, thousands of islands, lakes, soaring granite walls and waterfalls. Make good use of the Zodiacs, kayaks and undersea technology while exploring the area. One highlight is the Pio XI Glacier, the longest glacier in the Southern Hemisphere outside Antarctica. Look for condors as the ship transits the White Narrows.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 11
Puerto Natales & Torres del Paine National Park

From Puerto Natales, drive to monumental Torres del Paine National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere reserve. Discover spectacular and wildlife-rich areas, covering 450,000 acres of glaciers, forests and grasslands, rivers and colorful lagoons.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 12 - 13
Tierra del Fuego & Karukinka Natural Park

Tierra del Fuego is one of Patagonia’s crown jewels. The ship has special permission from the Wildlife Conservation Society to visit Karukinka Natural Park, home to nesting black-browed albatross, condors and elephant seals.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 14
Chilean Fjords, Beagle Channel & Exploring

Myriad fjords or senos indent the coast. Cruise deep into the senos, punctuated at the end by tidewater glaciers, to explore by Zodiac, kayak and on foot. Transit the Beagle Channel and explore some of its many possibilities.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 15
Cape Horn

Today, visit Cape Horn, the southernmost tip of the continent, and, conditions permitting, land there for panoramic views.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 16 - 18
Isla de Los Estados (Staten Island), Argentina

By special permission, the National Geographic Explorer is one of the only expedition ships ever to visit extraordinary Staten Island. Its mountainous, forested landscapes and rugged fjords are beautiful. Spot southern rockhopper and Magellanic penguins, fur seals and sea lions. See the San Juan de Salvamento “lighthouse at the end of the world,” which inspired Jules Verne’s novel by the same name.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 19 - 20
Disembark Ushuaia & Fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina

Disembark in Ushuaia. Take a charter flight to Buenos Aires and connect to your overnight flight home.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast and lunch (day 19); n/a (day 20)

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Shipboard accommodations; meals indicated; alcoholic beverages (except premium brands); excursions; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes; gratuities to ship’s crew.

Exclusions

Air transportation; mandatory charter flights between Santiago and Puerto Montt, Chile, and Ushuaia and Buenos Aires, Argentina (from $805 per person in 2020, subject to change); insurance of any kind; personal items such as internet, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $2,500 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
180 or more days – $750 of deposit retained (may be applied to future trip by trip operator)
179-120 days – 100% of deposit
119-90 days – 25% of total trip cost
89-60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59-0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The National Geographic Epic Patagonia cruise begins in Santiago, Chile (SCL), and ends in Buenos Aires, Argentian (EZE).  Plan flights to arrive to Santiago by 11:30am on day 2 of the itinerary in order to be eligible for the included group transfer. Charter flights are needed to Puerto Montt, Chile (PMC), for embarkation and from Ushuaia (USH) after disembarkation. Disembarkation is after breakfast on day 19 of the outlined itinerary. Plan flights to depart Buenos Aires no earlier than 9:00pm on day 20. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

Group charter flights from Santiago to Puerto Montt, Chile, and from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires, Argentina, are required on this trip’s itinerary; see this trip’s Exclusions and inquire with an Adventure Specialist for pricing. There is a strict luggage limit of checked bags weighing up to 57 lbs on both flights (no overage available for purchase).

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include hiking, kayaking, Zodiac excursions, photography, morning yoga and stretching, glacier viewing and wildlife observation.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Children under the age of 18 are eligible for $500 off the double occupancy rate. Skilled staff members trained with National Geographic Education organize activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

Please note that this trip does not currently have future departures, subject to change. Contact us for current information on this trip and comparable options, or browse all of our Patagonia trips to filter further.

See Deals section for details on flexible booking policies.

Accommodation

Learn About the Small Ship on Your Itinerary 

Expedition Ship
National Geographic Explorer

The National Geographic Explorer is a state-of-the-art expedition ship accommodating 148 guests in 81 outside cabins. She is fully stabilized, enabling her to navigate polar passages while providing comfort.

Deal

Current Deals on This Trip

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