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WILD CHILE Cruise & Stay package includes;
- 1 nights pre-cruise accommodation in Ushuaia including breakfast
- Half Day Ushuaia City Tour
- Luggage transfer from hotel in Ushuaia to the ship
- 14 night Wild Chile cruise onboard Greg Mortimer from Ushuaia to Valparaiso
- All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
- Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
- All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises mentioned in itinerary
- Educational lectures and guiding services from expedition team
- A 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket
- Complimentary loan of muck boots during the voyage
- Comprehensive pre-departure information
- A printed photo book produced with photos from your voyage*^
- Port surcharges, permits and landing fees
14 Night Cruise sailing from Ushuaia to Valparaiso aboard Greg Mortimer. Hotel stay pre-cruise in Ushuaia.
Chile offers some of the world’s most spectacular and diverse scenery, with a unique combination of wine country, dazzling Andean landscapes, and tantalizing cuisine. Traverse the narrows and fjords filled with glaciers in Patagonia, experience the expansive wildernesses and marvel at the granite spires in Torres del Paine National Park, wander the hills in Valparaiso ablaze with colourful street-art, and stargaze in the clearest night skies of the Atacama. Join us on a journey along the coast of this beguiling country and discover what makes Chile one of South America’s most fascinating countries.
Day 1 Ushuaia
On arrival in Ushuaia, you’ll make your way to our group hotel, conveniently located in downtown Ushuaia within walking distance to the pier. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Day 2 Ushuaia
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel before exploring Ushuaia on a half-day city tour. Ushuaia, capital city of the province of Tierra del Fuego, is located on the shores of the Beagle Channel and it is surrounded by the Martial Range, which offers a unique landscape as a result of the combination of mountains, sea, glaciers and forest. The city tour will visit The Mission, Brown and Solier neighbourhoods, where you can see old houses belonging to the first families in Tierra del Fuego. Head to Martial Glacier and ride the chair offering wonderful views of Ushuaia town. Continue to the End of the World Museum with exhibitions explaining the history of Tierra del Fuego. Enjoy a late-lunch and free time before walking to Ushuaia port in the late-afternoon to meet your expedition team and commence boarding the Greg Mortimer.
Day 3 Beagle Channel
As we travel into the Beagle Channel, we follow the route that a young Charles Darwin took on board the famous HMS Beagle back in 1831, a five-year expedition that forever changed his life and which led him to develop his seminal theory of evolution. Sailing west from Ushuaia, you travel through a dazzling stretch of the Beagle Channel called Glacier Alley or ‘Avenue of the Glaciers’, where this string of tidewater glaciers pushing down to the edge of the sea from the enormous Darwin Ice Field. Apart from the spectacular scenery, Glacier Alley offers opportunities to spot wildlife such as penguin rookeries, South American fur seals, and humpback whales.
In Punta Arenas, begin your exploration of Chile’s most southern city. Shore excursions include a hike in Magallanes Nature Preserve, a protected forest located just eight-kilometres to the west of the city. Enjoy an easy hike through the Patagonian forest learning about the local flora. On a city tour, visit Cerro de la Cruz lookout to see the bright colours of the city rooves of Punta Arenas, the Strait of Magellan, and the island of Tierra del Fuego on the horizon. Explore the main city plaza, visit the Salesian Maggiorino Borgatello museum, one of the oldest in Chile with exhibits of local flora and fauna, colonial-era artefacts, Antarctica, and the ethnography of the region. At Straits of Magellan Park, the impressive visitor centre hosts an interpretative multimedia display about the natural and human history of the Strait of Magellan. The Centre’s terrace offers sweeping views of Puerto Hambre (Port Famine). At Bulnes Fort, learn about the origins of Punta Arenas city. Take an easy 20-minute-walk through the "Windy Forest" or a longer one-hour coastal trail walk revealing the landscape, flora and fauna of the Strait of Magellan.
Day 5 Montanas Fjord
As we venture north, we enter one of the many channels and fjords of Patagonian Chile. Be prepared to experience weather. The fjords and islands of Chilean Patagonia take the brunt of the prevailing westerlies that blow across the southern seas, and here, the wind can blow almost constantly, and rain and snow can fall all year round. We may sail through Montañas Fjord, a long fjord flanked by rugged mountains and a number of glaciers including Herman, Bernal, and Paredes. If the Captain opens up the bridge, it’s an ideal opportunity to watch the scenery unfold as you sail through this beautiful channel. Enjoy informative and entertaining presentations from our hand-selected expedition team, who will bring to life the natural environment, wildlife, culture and history of the places you’ll be experiencing. Depending on the tides, we may arrive into Puerto Natales in the late afternoon.
Day 6 Puerto Natales & Torres Del Paine National Park
Torres del Paine National Park is undoubtedly the areas main drawcard and is world-renowned for its granite towers, which give the park its name. These gigantic spires were carved by glacial ice and upon entering the park, you will see a series of lakes with intense colours, mountains covered in ice, and an array of local fauna. In Patagonia, you will feel the immensity of nature and delight in feeling completely insignificant in its presence. The jaw-dropping landscapes of turquoise waters, glaciers and towering granite horns of the Torres del Paine National Park is a humbling experience. There’ll be an option for trekking to "Los Cuernos" viewpoint - a flat path that offers constant views of the massif. It is a path suitable for anyone who regularly walks.
Day 7 Pio Glacier XI
During slack tide, we cruise the White Narrows – a narrow channel of water approximately 80 metres wide. Find a spot on one of our many observation areas and appreciate the masterful skills of our Captain as they navigate us through this difficult channel. The only way to visit this area is by sea, through a maze of fjords that ultimately lead to the entrance of Pío XI. Of the 48 glaciers in the Southern Ice Field, 46 are retreating and one, Pío XI, is advancing. Pío XI Glacier is an anomaly in a world where nearly all glaciers are retreating and being able to see it up close is a privilege.
Day 8 Puerto Eden
Located on the east coast of Wellington Island, inside Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, Puerto Eden is a tiny fishing village connected by intricate canals, imposing mountains, icefields, and is considered one of Chile's most isolated inhabited places. The village is known for being the home to approximately 25 Kawésqar indigenous inhabitants. The village is connected by beautiful timber boardwalks called ‘pasarelas’. Kawésqar are traditionally nomadic sea people and also known for their excellent craftsmanship for canoe-making, basketry, and local handicrafts. Explore the picturesque boardwalks over the maze of canals, meet the friendly locals, and soak in the tranquil natural beauty of this isolated hamlet.
Day 9 Chilean Fjords
Leaving Puerto Eden behind, we re-enter the channels for a full day sail towards Puerto Chacabuco. Our team of experts will continue to deliver informative and entertaining presentations in the lecture theatre or you may choose to enjoy a book from our library, work up a sweat in the fitness centre, treat yourself to a massage in our wellness centre, or relax in the jacuzzi and sauna and simply enjoy the splendid scenery.
Day 10 Puerto Chacabuco
Puerto Chacabuco, with just over 1,000 residents, sits at the head of the Aisén Fjord. It is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and is the gateway to some of the most beautiful untouched natural beauty in the heart of Patagonia. Today’s shore excursions include a hike at Aiken del Sur park, which is set amidst unique and magnificent natural surroundings. Afterwards, sample traditional Patagonian barbecue and a pisco sour, with magnificent views of the lake and forest before returning to the ship for lunch. Alternatively, head to Deer Island for a hike through the park, a unique place in the middle of the fjord crowned by mountains and glaciers. A return shuttle service will also be offered to Puerto Aisén, a picturesque town located next to Aisén River.
Day 11 Chiloe
Chiloé, a land of myths and legends, unique folklore and culinary traditions, is a Chilean archipelago of lush islands. In Castro, discover palafittes – colourfully-painted timber houses built on stilts above the water. Explore this mythical island with its colourful wooden churches, 16 of which have been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Chiloé is renowned for its shipbuilding heritage and carpentry skills and nowhere else in Chile showcases this better than in Dalcahue village. Gastronomy is another drawcard for Chiloé. Blessed with abundant seafood such as mussels and cod, and with hundreds of potato varieties to choose from, the local cuisine is an experience to savour in Chiloé. You’ll enjoy a curanto lunch – a specially-prepared meal and one of the most ancient recipes still being used today.
Day 12 & 13 At Sea
We leave the channels and head out to the open seas of the Pacific Ocean where there’s opportunities to see more dolphins and perhaps migrating whales. Sharpen your photography skills with a few tips from our photography expert or bury yourself deep in the book you’ve been looking forward to reading. In preparation for your visit to remote Robinson Crusoe Island, our historian will bring to life the story of Alexander Selkirk, Scottish navigator who was stranded on the island for four years and four months beginning in 1704.
Day 14 Robinson Crusoe Island
Robinson Crusoe is the ideal place if you want to get away from the world and enjoy a new level of connection with nature. Located 587 kilometres (365 miles) from the continent, Robinson Crusoe is a rugged island and is part of the Juan Fernandez archipelago, which was declared a National Parkland UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1977. Onshore, you can discover the endemic flora and wonderful array of birds on a trek to Plazoleta ‘El Yunque’. On your hike through a native flora track, look for ferns, cinnamon, Juan Fernández Fire Crown, and the endangered endemic red hummingbird, found nowhere else in the world. Perhaps swim in the company of the friendly South American fur seals, go kayaking, and enjoy a typical local seafood dish for lunch.
Day 15 At Sea
Enjoy final lectures, edit and share photos, and celebrate an exciting adventure at the Captain’s Farewell dinner, reminiscing about all the wonderful things you’ve seen and experienced, and the tall tales of adventure, exploration and discovery you’ve learned during the voyage.
Day 16 Valparaiso
Disembark in colourful Valparaíso where your voyage ends. Valparaíso’s maze of 42 hills has long inspired poets and writers. Revel in the crazy architecture, stroll along its narrow streets filled with blazing street art, climb its endless staircases, ride its historic funicular elevators and enjoy panoramic views from its many lofty lookout points.
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