Patagonia: Chilean Fjords & Argentina’s Staten Island
The Chilean Fjords & Argentina’s Staten Island is an embarkation into the unknown lands and islands of the ends of the earth. These rarely visited areas are known for their seldom-seen natural splendors and mythical wilderness. This Patagonia cruise inhabits all the must-see’s of the area, including glaciers, snowcapped peaks, dramatic fjords, lakes, towering granite walls and epic waterfalls. This nature-filled voyage travels through tight channels and is only accessed by expedition ship, for which the 126-passenger National Geographic Resolution and 148-guest National Geographic Explorer are ideally suited.
This carefully curated voyage includes visits to the wildlife-filled Karukinka National Park and sails through the Beagle Channel to view Cape Horn. Have the unique opportunity to explore the wilderness of the previously closed-to-visitors site of Isla De Los Estados (Staten Island) where Magellenic penguins inhabit and wildness abounds. Cruise around Observatory Island, a must-see island for birders, with its diverse and massive bird nesting colony. Visit wildlife reserves with animals such as condors, elephant seals, austral parakeets, foxes and sea lions.
Explore the incredible fjords, channels and scenic vistas via Zodiac, kayak or by foot with specialized naturalist guides and National Geographic photo instructors, both offering an in-depth travel experience. While aboard, guests can enjoy amenities such as a fitness center and sauna or even get a massage in the wellness center. Traveling through Santiago, Chile, this trip embarks in Puerto Natales and disembarks in Ushuaia, Argentina, with some departures operating in reverse.