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Argentina & Chile Patagonia to the Sea Hiking & Cruising Tour

Best of Patagonia from Cape Horn to Torres del Paine


Nature really outdoes herself in this corner of the world: golden pampas beneath a boundless sky, forests of gnarled trees, towering fjords and glaciers forgotten by the last ice age. Patagonia's beauty is staggering, and we've crafted the perfect itinerary to show you the very best of both land and sea. On this 11-day exploration, you'll see where the Pacific and Atlantic oceans merge on a cruise through remote fjords aboard the M/V Ventus Australis or M/V Stella Australis, and trek through Torres del Paine while staying at deluxe small hotels that are full of local character and charm. This is the ultimate land-to-sea Patagonia experience and an exclusive Mountain Travel Sobek adventure!

11 Days

From: $12,995

Nature really outdoes herself in this corner of the world: golden pampas beneath a boundless sky, forests of gnarled trees, towering fjords and glaciers forgotten by the last ice age. Patagonia's beauty is staggering, and we've crafted the perfect itinerary to show you the very best of both land and sea. On this 11-day exploration, you'll see where the Pacific and Atlantic oceans merge on a cruise through remote fjords aboard the M/V Ventus Australis or M/V Stella Australis, and trek through Torres del Paine while staying at deluxe small hotels that are full of local character and charm. This is the ultimate land-to-sea Patagonia experience and an exclusive Mountain Travel Sobek adventure!

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Highlights


  • Cruise the remote - and otherwise inaccessible - Chilean fjords and mythical Cape Horn
  • Hike in stunning Torres del Paine National Park, with its sky-high rock spires
  • Relax at deluxe hotels full of local character and gorgeous views after active days on the trail

Chile & Argentina Patagonia to the Sea Hiking & Cruise

Start: Ushuaia, Argentina  End: Puerto Natales, Chile

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Itinerary


  • Arrive in Ushuaia

    Day 1

    Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina, a small but bustling town dramatically located at the base of snowcapped mountains. In the early evening, gather with the group for a briefing on the adventure ahead, followed by a welcome dinner.

    Accommodation: Los Cauquenes Resort and Spa-Ushuaia, Argentina

    Transportation: 20-minute private van transfer

    Meals: Dinner

  • Hike Trails in Tierra del Fuego & Set Sail from Ushuaia

    Day 2

    After breakfast, set out for nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park for a scenic half-day hike. The park is known for its rich plant species and abundant birdlife, including cormorants, grebes, steamer ducks, and kelp geese. You might even spot one of the less-common Andean condors or black-browed albatross. In the late afternoon, transfer to the port to board your boat, the 210-passenger Ventus Australis or Stella Australis. After enjoying a welcome cocktail, begin the cruise portion of your trip as you traverse the Beagle Channel and cross from Argentina into Chilean territorial waters. The lights of Ushuaia disappear as you turn into the narrow Murray Channel between Navarino and Hoste islands.

    Accommodation: M/V Stella Australis
    Accommodation: M/V Ventus Australis

    Activity: 4 hours/5 miles hiking with 100' elevation gain & loss

    Transportation: 1.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Cape Horn & Wulaia Bay

    Day 3

    Cruise across Nassau Bay into the remote archipelago that includes Cape Horn National Park. Go ashore (conditions permitting) on the windswept island that harbors Cape Horn, a rocky promontory overlooking the Drake Passage and once the only navigation route between the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans. Sail back across to the fabled Wulaia Bay, an area renowned for its mesmerizing beauty and dramatic geography. Visit a museum in the old radio station, and stroll through an enchanted Magellan forest to reach a panoramic viewpoint overlooking the bay.

    Accommodation: M/V Stella Australis
    Accommodation: M/V Ventus Australis

    Activity: Cruising with AM and PM short hikes (1 hour/0.75 miles with 160 steps; 1.5 hours/1-3 miles options)

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Pia Glacier & Porter Glacier

    Day 4

    Sail to the Avenue of the Glaciers in Alberto de Agostini National Park. Enter a narrow fjord then board a Zodiac for Pia Glacier. Take a short hike for a panoramic view, or a longer, much more difficult walk up a lateral moraine. Later, board Zodiac boats and cruise between high rocky walls until you reach Porter Glacier. Stop to observe its colors, listen to its sounds and if you are lucky, even witness some calving. Stay here for a moment to discuss this incredible ice mass and take some photographs before returning to the ship.

    Accommodation: M/V Stella Australis
    Accommodation: M/V Ventus Australis

    Activity: AM 1-1.5 hours/0.3-0.75 miles easy or challenging hiking; PM Zodiac cruise

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Agostini Sound to Aguila Glacier & Condor Glacier

    Day 5

    Early in the morning, sail through the Cockburn Channel and enter Agostini Sound, taking in the glaciers that descend from the middle of the Darwin Mountain Range. Disembark and go for an easy walk around a lagoon to a prime viewing area right in front of the glacier and take in the stunning views. In the afternoon, approach the Condor Glacier via Zodiac and look for some of the abundant Andean Condors in the area.

    Accommodation: M/V Stella Australis
    Accommodation: M/V Ventus Australis

    Activity: AM 1-1.5 hours/0.3-0.75 miles easy or challenging hiking; PM Zodiac cruise

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Marvel at the Penguins of Magdalena Island & Transfer to Puerto Natales

    Day 6

    After an overnight cruise, go ashore at Magdalena Island at the break of dawn (weather permitting) and see an immense colony of Magellanic penguins that makes their home there. Hike a path that leads through thousands of penguins to a small museum lodged inside a vintage 1902 lighthouse. After a short sail south, disembark late morning at Punta Arenas, Chile. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, then travel across the Patagonian plains to the quiet fishing town of Puerto Natales on the shores of Seno Ultima Esperanza (Last Hope Sound).

    Accommodation: Remota Patagonia Lodge

    Activity: 1 hour/1.25 miles walking on Magdalena Island

    Transportation: 3-3.5 hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Scenic Drive to Torres del Paine National Park

    Day 7

    After breakfast, set out on a scenic drive to Torres del Paine National Park, glimpsing your first spectacular views of the Paine Massif (weather permitting). En route, stop for a short visit to the Mylodon Cave, where the remains of a giant ground sloth were found in 1896. Arrive in the late afternoon at the southern shore of Lago Grey (Grey Lake), where your hotel for the next two nights is located. Over the next few days, enjoy half-day hikes with views of the ice-clad peaks and granite needles of the Torres del Paine (10,000') and see 3,000 feet of near-vertical granite rising from rolling grasslands and beautiful lakes. National Geographic named Torres del Paine one of the most beautiful places in the world, and you'll enjoy some of the best scenery in the park.

    Accommodation: Hotel Lago Grey

    Activity: 1 hour/1.25 miles walking during cave visit

    Transportation: 3-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Get a Close-up View of the Grey Glacier & Hike along the Pingo River

    Day 8

    Explore the western side of the park today. Take a boat to get up close to the impressive Grey Glacier with its fantastic blue ice-spires in all kinds of different shapes, then keep an eye out for the rare Andean Deer as you hike along the Pingo River.

    Accommodation: Hotel Lago Grey

    Activity: 3 hours/5 miles hiking with 300' elevation gain & loss

    Transportation: 1-hour private van transfer, 2 hours 45 minute catamaran cruise

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore Majestic Torres del Paine

    Day 9

    Combine a scenic drive to the east side of the park with two short but memorable hikes - one to see the Salto Grande waterfall, beautifully located in front of the Horns (Los Cuernos) of Paine; and the other to view cave paintings drawn by the region's original inhabitants, along the way looking out for llama-like guanacos. Late this afternoon, settle in to rooms at the charming Estancia Cerro Guido and observe the ever-changing massif from this exclusive vantage point. Tour the main sectors of the estancia, learning about the traditions and daily life at this authentic working ranch, including the work of the gauchos with their horses, sheepdogs, and shearing activities.

    Accommodation: Estancia Cerro Guido

    Activity: 5 hours/7 miles hiking with 200' elevation gain & loss

    Transportation: 1.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Last Day in Torres del Paine National Park

    Day 10

    Your Torres del Paine hiking adventure continues, with a morning hike along the limit of the park. Enjoy panoramic views of the Paine Massif while looking for local fauna: guanacos, rheas, condors, or maybe even a puma. Towards the end of the hike, stop to appreciate some original cave paintings, and weather permitting, catch glimpses of the famous towers. Return to your private van, and transfer to the northern sector for a stroll along the shores of Laguna Azul. This is one of the park's most beautiful hikes, through open grass fields and up a gentle incline for a picture-perfect view over the lagoon, with the iconic three towers rising majestically above the steppe.

    Accommodation: Estancia Cerro Guido

    Activity: 3 hours/4 miles hiking with 200' elevation gain & loss, plus 1-2 hour lakeshore walk

    Transportation: 1-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Depart from Puerto Natales

    Day 11

    After breakfast, return to Puerto Natales by private van to meet with your afternoon flight to Santiago and continue to your next destination.

    Transportation: 3-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast

Why Travel With Us?


  • MT Sobek has crafted the ultimate itinerary to include the very best of Patagonia, including stops in both Argentina and Chile.

  • We'll take you on the only cruise ship allowed to sail where the Atlantic and Pacific meet.

  • Reap the benefits of our 40+ years of experience in Patagonia with top-notch, expert guides leading the way.

Dates & Prices


  • 2024
  • 2025
  • Go Private
  • Go Custom
  • Inclusions

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Inclusions

Price Includes


  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides while on land, and shipboard naturalist guides for the cruise portion
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include


  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides, guide-drivers, and shipboard crew
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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Your Guides


The best people to immerse you in a destination are the ones who live there, which is why we feature local Adventure Guides on our trips. Here are a few that you might meet on this adventure.

Andre L.

Andre L.

André is an accomplished mountaineer who has dedicated over 25 years to climbing and exploring the Peruvian and Patagonian Andes ranges. He grew up in central Chile and fell in love with Patagonia at first sight and made it his home for 20 years before recently moving to Chile's Araucania region. In over ten mountain expeditions in Patagonia, he accomplished many first ascents, and has climbed the Paine towers in Chile and Alpamayo in Peru. A very enthusiastic guide, André’s love for nature and respect for the mountains is infectious to all who travel with him.

Rodrigo B.

Rodrigo B.

“Ro” was born in the Last Hope Province of Chile and grew up in Patagonia, where he developed a deep love for the outdoors. He has guided in Patagonia and Canada for more than 15 years, and is an accomplished hiker, kayaker, mountaineer, and photographer—with a keen eye for capturing the natural beauty of Patagonia. He is a certified Mountain guide and kayak instructor and has completed Wilderness Emergency Responder & Medical; (WFR NOLS-EASPA). Ro speaks English, Spanish, and conversational French.

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After breakfast, set out for nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park for a scenic half-day hike. The park is known for its rich plant species and abundant birdlife, including cormorants, grebes, steamer ducks, and kelp geese. You might even spot one of the less-common Andean condors or black-browed albatross. In the late afternoon, transfer to the port to board your boat, the 210-passenger Ventus Australis or Stella Australis. After enjoying a welcome cocktail, begin the cruise portion of your trip as you traverse the Beagle Channel and cross from Argentina into Chilean territorial waters. The lights of Ushuaia disappear as you turn into the narrow Murray Channel between Navarino and Hoste islands.

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Cruise across Nassau Bay into the remote archipelago that includes Cape Horn National Park. Go ashore (conditions permitting) on the windswept island that harbors Cape Horn, a rocky promontory overlooking the Drake Passage and once the only navigation route between the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans. Sail back across to the fabled Wulaia Bay, an area renowned for its mesmerizing beauty and dramatic geography. Visit a museum in the old radio station, and stroll through an enchanted Magellan forest to reach a panoramic viewpoint overlooking the bay.

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Sail to the Avenue of the Glaciers in Alberto de Agostini National Park. Enter a narrow fjord then board a Zodiac for Pia Glacier. Take a short hike for a panoramic view, or a longer, much more difficult walk up a lateral moraine. Later, board Zodiac boats and cruise between high rocky walls until you reach Porter Glacier. Stop to observe its colors, listen to its sounds and if you are lucky, even witness some calving. Stay here for a moment to discuss this incredible ice mass and take some photographs before returning to the ship.

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Early in the morning, sail through the Cockburn Channel and enter Agostini Sound, taking in the glaciers that descend from the middle of the Darwin Mountain Range. Disembark and go for an easy walk around a lagoon to a prime viewing area right in front of the glacier and take in the stunning views. In the afternoon, approach the Condor Glacier via Zodiac and look for some of the abundant Andean Condors in the area.

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After an overnight cruise, go ashore at Magdalena Island at the break of dawn (weather permitting) and see an immense colony of Magellanic penguins that makes their home there. Hike a path that leads through thousands of penguins to a small museum lodged inside a vintage 1902 lighthouse. After a short sail south, disembark late morning at Punta Arenas, Chile. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, then travel across the Patagonian plains to the quiet fishing town of Puerto Natales on the shores of Seno Ultima Esperanza (Last Hope Sound).

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After breakfast, set out on a scenic drive to Torres del Paine National Park, glimpsing your first spectacular views of the Paine Massif (weather permitting). En route, stop for a short visit to the Mylodon Cave, where the remains of a giant ground sloth were found in 1896. Arrive in the late afternoon at the southern shore of Lago Grey (Grey Lake), where your hotel for the next two nights is located. Over the next few days, enjoy half-day hikes with views of the ice-clad peaks and granite needles of the Torres del Paine (10,000\') and see 3,000 feet of near-vertical granite rising from rolling grasslands and beautiful lakes. National Geographic named Torres del Paine one of the most beautiful places in the world, and you\'ll enjoy some of the best scenery in the park.

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Explore the western side of the park today. Take a boat to get up close to the impressive Grey Glacier with its fantastic blue ice-spires in all kinds of different shapes, then keep an eye out for the rare Andean Deer as you hike along the Pingo River.

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Combine a scenic drive to the east side of the park with two short but memorable hikes - one to see the Salto Grande waterfall, beautifully located in front of the Horns (Los Cuernos) of Paine; and the other to view cave paintings drawn by the region\'s original inhabitants, along the way looking out for llama-like guanacos. Late this afternoon, settle in to rooms at the charming Estancia Cerro Guido and observe the ever-changing massif from this exclusive vantage point. Tour the main sectors of the estancia, learning about the traditions and daily life at this authentic working ranch, including the work of the gauchos with their horses, sheepdogs, and shearing activities.

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Your Torres del Paine hiking adventure continues, with a morning hike along the limit of the park. Enjoy panoramic views of the Paine Massif while looking for local fauna: guanacos, rheas, condors, or maybe even a puma. Towards the end of the hike, stop to appreciate some original cave paintings, and weather permitting, catch glimpses of the famous towers. Return to your private van, and transfer to the northern sector for a stroll along the shores of Laguna Azul. This is one of the park\'s most beautiful hikes, through open grass fields and up a gentle incline for a picture-perfect view over the lagoon, with the iconic three towers rising majestically above the steppe.

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After breakfast, return to Puerto Natales by private van to meet with your afternoon flight to Santiago and continue to your next destination.

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Activity Level


This trip is rated activity level 3. Short hikes on relatively easy terrain, carrying only a daypack. Perfect combination of activity, transport and comfortable hotels. Last half in Torres del Paine is more active than the cruise.
Learn more about activity levels here.

Activity Snapshot

Day 2

4 hours/5 miles hiking with 100' elevation gain & loss

Day 3

Cruising with AM and PM short hikes (1 hour/0.75 miles with 160 steps; 1.5 hours/1-3 miles options)

Day 4

AM 1-1.5 hours/0.3-0.75 miles easy or challenging hiking; PM Zodiac cruise

Day 5

AM 1-1.5 hours/0.3-0.75 miles easy or challenging hiking; PM Zodiac cruise

Day 6

1 hour/1.25 miles walking on Magdalena Island

Day 7

1 hour/1.25 miles walking during cave visit

Day 8

3 hours/5 miles hiking with 300' elevation gain & loss

Day 9

5 hours/7 miles hiking with 200' elevation gain & loss

Day 10

3 hours/4 miles hiking with 200' elevation gain & loss, plus 1-2 hour lakeshore walk

Accommodations


Stay in well-located hotels ranging from comfortable to deluxe, as well as four nights aboard the Ventus Australis or Stella Australis.

M/V Stella Australis
M/V Stella Australis

The Stella Australis is a 210-passenger expedition vessel, tailor-made for exploring the remote southern tip of South America. All aspects of the ship are designed for the extreme maneuverability needed to navigate narrow fjords and channels where no other cruise ships can venture. Like her sister ship, Ventus Australis, she features gourmet dining with an all-inclusive bar, three lounges, an open top deck, and spacious light-filled cabins.

Hotel Lago Grey
Hotel Lago Grey

Hotel Lago Grey is the perfect base for discovering the western side of Torres del Paine National Park, and features a privileged view of Grey Lake. The hotel has 60 spacious rooms, including 36 Superior rooms that have lake, mountain, and glacier views. All rooms are warm and comfortable, with Wi-Fi (in common areas), safe, and a phone.

Los Cauquenes Resort and Spa-Ushuaia, Argentina
Los Cauquenes Resort and Spa-Ushuaia, Argentina

Los Cauquenes is Ushuaia's only high-end resort & spa located on the Beagle Channel beach, with wide windows and a stunning communal glass room affording spectacular views of this picturesque waterway. It's also conveniently located just a 15-20 minute drive from the town center and airport. The 45 guestrooms feature luxury amenities and memorable views of the channel and the snowy peaks of the Andes. Relax in the spa, dine at the hotel's prestigious gourmet restaurant, and enjoy direct access to a private beach for shore walks at dawn and dusk, taking in the extraordinary variety of birdlife.

M/V Ventus Australis
M/V Ventus Australis

The Ventus Australis is a new 210-passenger expedition vessel, tailor-made for exploring the remote southern tip of South America. All aspects of the ship are designed for the extreme maneuverability needed to navigate narrow fjords and channels where no other cruise ships can venture. Like her sister ship, Stella Australis, she features gourmet dining with an all-inclusive bar, three lounges, an open top deck, and spacious light-filled cabins.

Estancia Cerro Guido
Estancia Cerro Guido

A working ranch in a beautiful setting, Estancia Cerro Guido has comfortable rooms in a ranch-style house, featuring tasteful decor and private bathrooms with bathtubs. Daily breakfast is included, and free Wi-Fi is available in public areas. Explore the garden and grounds, relax in front of the fireplace in the library, and enjoy authentic local delicacies at Kaw restaurant.

Remota Patagonia Lodge
Remota Patagonia Lodge

Remota Patagonia Lodge is located on the Last Hope Sound, just a short walk from the charming town of Puerto Natales in southern Chile. Designed by award-winning architect German del Sol, the innovative structure was inspired by the old Patagonian shearing sheds tilted by the wind and prioritizes spectacular views throughout. The comfortable, modern guest rooms all feature views of the mountains, the sound, and the glaciers and are decorated with local wood accents and the finest Peruvian textiles. The hotel also features a heated pool, sauna, souvenir shop, bar, and an onsite restaurant featuring local seafood, exotic meats, local organic vegetables, and Chilean wines.

Weather


Expect extreme weather conditions that can change from one moment to the other. Be prepared for everything, especially strong winds and sun.

 
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FAQs


When and where should I arrive, and when and where do I depart from?
The trip starts in Ushuaia, Argentina and ends in Puerto Natales, Chile.

Arrive in Ushuaia before 3:00 PM on Day 1. Our local staff will meet you and transfer you to the hotel.

You can schedule your departing flight from Puerto Natales anytime after 1:00 PM on Day 11. On Day 11, a group transfer is provided from Estancia Cerro Guido in Torres del Paine to Puerto Natales airport (about a 3-hour drive), to coincide with flights departing Puerto Natales 1:00 PM or later.
What are the accommodations like?
For six nights of the trip, we stay in hotels ranging from comfortable to deluxe. All are located close to our hikes and among the stunning scenery of Patagonia. Two of the properties are particular favorites of past travelers - the Estancia Cerro Guido, a working ranch full of local character and charm, with just 13 lovingly restored rooms in a ranch-style house; and Hotel Lago Grey, featuring incredible glacier and mountain views along with dreamy beds, heated bathroom floors, and excellent cuisine.

We also include four nights aboard the M/V Ventus Australis or M/V Stella Australis. These 200-passenger ships are specially designed to navigate the region's winding geography and offer comfortable lounges and cabins, all with panoramic windows to take in the spectacular landscapes. Prices are based on AA category cabins.
Are upgrades possible for the cruise?
Our prices are based on AA category cabins on board the Australis ship. These measure 177 sq.ft. and are on Deck 3. There is the option of two twin beds (41 in wide x 75 in long) or one double bed (63 in wide x 75 in long).

On request, we are happy to check availability for higher categories (AAA, AA Superior, or AAA Superior), which would be at additional cost.

Note there are only four Superior cabins total on the ship - two AA Superior, located midship on Deck 3; and two AAA Superior, located midship on Deck 4. Superior cabins are a bit larger than the rest of the cabins - 220 sq.ft. vs 177 sq.ft., and Superior Cabins all have ONE QUEEN bed (71 inches wide x 79 inches long). There's no possibility to have two beds in the Superior Cabins.

Category AAA has the same cabin size as our group block in Category AA and there is the option of two twin beds (41 in wide x 75 in long) or one double bed (63 in wide x 75 in long). The main difference is Category AAA cabins are on Deck 4, one deck higher than ours in Category AA, so the view/vantage point is a bit better from that much higher up on the ship.
Do I need prior hiking experience?
Not necessarily. This is a moderate-level hiking trip, which means you will enjoy your experience more if you have hiked previously.

For the Torres del Paine and Tierra del Fuego portions, we have mostly half-day hikes (3-5 hours per day, covering 4 to 7 miles with minimal elevation gain and loss of 100-300 ft, on relatively easy terrain, carrying only a daypack. During the cruise, shore excursions involve short walks (on average 1-2 hours at a time, once or twice per day, with easy and more challenging options), as well as exploration by Zodiac (rigid inflatable boats).
What are the sea conditions usually like during the cruise?
Much of the cruise is in fact in protected waters, passing in narrow channels between islands. With our route, there are two occasions where we are in more exposed waters and the roughest sea conditions might be experienced. Both times happen primarily in the night — the first night when we leave Ushuaia and sail out through open water to Cape Horn; and then the third night when we cruise overnight in open waters outside of the islands from Glaciar Pia to Glacier Aguila. In this region the wind comes from the west, so those parts where there is no land protection to the west are where seas are likely to be roughest.
Will we set foot on Cape Horn?

The captain will do all in his power to let your dream come true, but disembarkation at Cape Horn in particular depends on weather conditions. Historically, Australis has been able to land at Cape Horn about 75% of the time

What happens during the cruise if the weather is poor?

It is generally possible to carry out the cruise as described in this itinerary, but weather does occasionally prevent scheduled landings. The Australis reserves the right to alter, change or omit parts of these routes without prior notice, in order to preserve the well-being and safety of passengers, to protect the environment, or for other extraordinary circumstances. Regardless, there will be truly spectacular scenery at all times, along with a rich educational program presented by the naturalist guides on board.

Are penguins seen throughout the season?

Penguins are normally seen from early October through early April before they migrate to the north.

Are there hair dryers at the hotels and on the cruise?

Yes, you will be provided with a hair dryer.

Will we have internet throughout the trip?

You will have Wi-Fi in the hotels in Torres del Paine, but not on trails or on board the cruise.

What will I have to carry in my daypack?

On a typical day out you will have to carry your own layers, camera, sunblock, glasses, water and a packed lunch.

What is the minimum age for this trip?
The standard minimum age for this trip is 18, but check out our private trip options for families and groups with younger guests.

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