Man in red jacket stands in empty Zodiac dinghy in icy water as another Zodiac approaches a small blue & white expedition ship.
Zodiac cruise with Southern Patagonia travelers goes through calm water with floating bergy bits of ice by rocky shoreline.
Zodiac of Southern Patagonia cruise travelers motors through a large channel among towering mountains with green vegetation.
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Woman in red sunglasses & orange life jacket stands in a Zodiac boat beside a large white & blue iceberg in Southern Patagonia.
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South America Patagonia Cruise

Southern Patagonia: Glaciers, Fjords & Wildlife Cruise

Come aboard 126-guest Nat Geo Endurance to explore Patagonia and Torres del Paine National Park on a comprehensive Chilean fjords itinerary that includes not only glittering glaciers but also land-based day tours to Torres del Paine National Park and time with Magellanic penguins on Magdalena Island. Marvel at calving glaciers, watch for whales and dolphins, hike through rugged landscapes, Zodiac cruise among icebergs and observe a plethora of penguins.

Explore iconic Torres del Paine, where guanacos roam the vast steppe. Discover private reserves such as Karukinka. Visit the newest marine reserve on the Chilean coast. Take in the view of Cape Horn. And enjoy special access to Argentina’s extraordinary Isla de los Estados (Staten Island). On hiking, kayaking, and Zodiac excursions, see the natural treasures of a wilderness at the edge of the world.

Cruise calmly among massive glaciers on the 126-guest National Geographic Endurance. Her polar ice class 5 rating, state-of-the-art educational equipment and highly qualified naturalist guides all help create an in-depth intellectual and exploratory experience. Additionally, she is fully stabilized and equipped with a well-rounded set of exploration tools including an ROV and enough kayaks and Zodiacs to send all guests out exploring at the same time.

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



Itinerary

Southern Patagonia: Glaciers, Fjords & Wildlife Itinerary

The Southern Patagonia: Glaciers, Fjords & Wildlife cruise begins and ends with a flight from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and cruises round-trip from Ushuaia.

Route map of Southern Patagonia: Glaciers, Fjords & Wildlife cruise round-trip from Ushuaia, Argentina, with charter flights linking Buenos Aires.
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Days 1 - 2
Fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina

Arrive in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires after an overnight flight and check into the Alvear Icon Hotel (or similar) on Day 2. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided exploration of this vibrant city, seeing the Beaux-Arts palaces; the brightly painted bohemian community of La Boca, known for its street art and galleries; the Plaza de Mayo; and the famous presidential palace (called the rose palace) with its legendary balcony forever associated with Eva Perón.

Accommodations

n/a (day 1); Alvear Icon Hotel (or similar) (day 2)

Meals

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

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Day 3
Fly to Ushuaia & Embark

Fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Before embarking, relax and enjoy lunch on a catamaran cruise of the Beagle Channel, a region of beech forests, mountains and rushing rivers.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 4 - 5
Exploring the Chilean Fjords: Glacier Alley

Sail into a vast wilderness of snow-capped peaks and mirror-like lakes, thick glaciers and islets blanketed with vegetation. In this pristine landscape, myriad fjords or senos cut between soaring granite walls and waterfalls splash down from high above. For the next two days, explore Gacier Alley. This entire region is part of a greater UNESCO Biosphere Reserve focusing on the Magallanes Sub-Antarctic Evergreen Rainforest. This incredibly biodiverse region arose with the retreat of the glaciers which formed these fjords.

Begin at Seno Pia, a secluded fjord in the northwestern arm of the Beagle Channel with an impressively large glacier at its terminus. Next is Seno Garibaldi, part of Alberto de Agostini National Park, a dramatic region where the formidable Andes meet the sea. Visit the Garibaldi Glacier by Zodiac and ship, marveling at this stunning wall of ice. Seno Agostini is the origin of numerous glaciers from the nearby mountains, originating at more than 6,600 feet in elevation. Explore this region from the Zodiacs, getting close to floating brash ice and bergy bits, watching for wildlife and hoping to witness the thundering process of glacial calving.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Francisco Coloane Marine Park

Located in the Strait of Magellan, Francisco Coloane Marine Park is the largest marine protected area along the Chilean coast, and it was also the first, established in 2003. This productive area supports vast and unique biological diversity. A large summer population of humpback whales uses these waters as feeding grounds, as do South American sea lions. Black and white Peale’s dolphins are frequently seen. Be on the lookout for the endemic and endangered Chilean dolphin. Explore the marine park by Zodiac, kayak and on foot. Search for large marine and terrestrial birds including the Andean condor or the giant Antarctic petrel. On Rupert Islet, visit a large Magellanic penguin colony.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 7 - 8
Puerto Natales & Torres del Paine

The next two days will be spent exploring the region around Puerto Natales and Torres del Paine National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Drive to the park on the first day and choose to either trek on foot or explore part of the park by vehicle. The landscape is big, wide and sprawling, with some of the most dramatic mountain scenery anywhere. The wildlife includes rheas, foxes and herds of guanaco. Discover one of the most spectacular and wildlife-rich areas in the Americas, covering 450,000 acres of glaciers, forests and grasslands, rivers and gem-colored lagoons, crowned with the pinnacles of Torres del Paine. Our second day will be spent closer to Puerto Natales itself. Learn more about the burgeoning Chilean gastronomic scene, as well as the culture and history of the indigenous people of the region. Enjoy alternate opportunities for birding for Andean condors or hiking the beautiful terrain of the region.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 9 - 10
Exploring the Chilean Fjords: Kirke Narrows

After a last morning in Torres del Paine, take two days to continue the exploration of the Chilean fjords. The captain and local pilots guide the ship through Kirke Narrows, accessible only to a small expedition ship. While the wildlife of the region will leave all speechless, the combination of unspoiled scenery, national parks and lush Magellanic forests is what makes the fjords of Chile so captivating. Continue to explore the extensive maze of pristine channels and islands by Zodiac, kayak or walking in the surrounding forest.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 11
Punta Arenas & Isla Magdalena

This morning arrive in Punta Arenas, the largest city in Patagonia. With local guides, visit the historic center of the city, the Plaza de Armas, and a local handicraft market. Visit the Patagonia Institute and the Salesian Museum, to learn the region’s archaeology and wildlife. Alternatively, go for a hike in the Magallanes National Reserve, which offers outstanding views of the valley below and of Punta Arenas. Later, be on deck as the ship navigates the Strait of Magellan, en route to Isla Magdalena. The island has been designated a national nature reserve because of its importance as a penguin breeding site. Go ashore at the Penguins National Nature Reserve, home to 120,000 nesting Magellanic penguins. Photo opportunities abound here.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 12 - 13
Tierra del Fuego: Karukinka Natural Park & Bahia Ainsworth

Continue to the newest and largest protected area on Tierra del Fuego: Karukinka, meaning “our land” in the language of the ancient inhabitants. By special permission, visit this private reserve, which harbors abundant wildlife including endangered culpeo foxes, guanacos, blackbrowed albatross, Andean condors and elephant seals. On this last day in the Chilean fjords, set out to explore in Zodiacs and kayaks and on foot. Visit Bahía Ainsworth, at the base of Marinelli Glacier, to explore the sub-polar Magellan Forest. Keep an eye out for southern elephant seals along the beach.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 14 - 17
Cape Horn & Isla de los Estados (Staten Island), Argentina

On the first of these days, visit Cape Horn, the southernmost tip of the South American continent. Conditions permitting, make a landing to look out at the waters of the Drake Passage. By special permission, continue to Isla de los Estados, whose wild, untouched landscapes are home to Magellanic penguins, fur seals, otters, sea lions and countless water birds. The exact schedule will remain flexible to take best advantage of conditions for exploring this natural wonderland. See a reconstruction of the 1884 San Juan de Salvamento “lighthouse at the end of the world,” which inspired Jules Verne’s novel of the same name. The experience is bound to be unforgettable.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 18 - 19
Disembark Ushuaia, Fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina, & Depart

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

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast and lunch (day 18); n/a (day 19)

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

One hotel night in Buenos Aires; accommodations; meals indicated; beer, wine & full bar; excursions; services of expedition leaders, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes. Gratuities for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens.

Exclusions

Mandatory charter flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia, Argentina (from $855 per person; contact your Adventure Specialist); immigration fees; air transportation; extensions; meals not indicated; reserve wines & premium spirits; gratuities for all departures of Delfin II, Endeavour II, Islander II, Venture, Quest, Sea Bird and Sea Lion; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

For expeditions departing prior to April 1, 2024:
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 fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
180 or more days – $750*
179 to 120 days – 100% of deposit
119 to 90 days – 25% of total trip cost
89 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

*$750 USD will be credited in the form of a Lindblad Expeditions Travel Certificate, valid for 12 months from the date of cancellation, and which only may be applied towards final payment on any future booking.

For expeditions departing April 1, 2024 onward:
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 15% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special payment terms apply for groups of 8 or more; inquire for details. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 or more days – 100% of deposit**
119 to 90 days – 50% of total trip cost
89 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

**Advance payments will be credited in the form of a Lindblad Expeditions Travel Certificate, valid for 12 months from the date of cancellation, and which may only be applied towards final payment on any future booking.

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.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all guests 5 years and older must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The Southern Patagonia: Glaciers, Fjords & Wildlife cruise begins and ends in Buenos Aires, Argentina (EZE). Plan flights to arrive to Buenos Aires by 11:30am on Day 2 of the itinerary in order to be eligible for the included group transfer. Charter flights are needed to and from Ushuaia, Argentina (USH), for embarkation and after disembarkation. Disembarkation is after breakfast on Day 18 of the outlined itinerary, followed by an overnight charter flight to Buenos Aires; departure times for flights home from Buenos Aires may vary depending on group flights. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

Group charter flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia, 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 two checked bags weighing up to 57 lbs (25 kg) combined, and one carry-on bag weighing up to 17 lbs (8 kg) plus a personal item that can be stowed under the seat.

Activities

Activities included aboard this expedition include Zodiac cruises, hiking and kayaking. Other activities may include yoga and stretching, land treks, 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. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; 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

Rates are variable per remaining availability and are subject to change.

Mar 13 - Mar 31, 2023
National Geographic Endurance • 19 days
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Per Person
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Mar 12 - Mar 30, 2024
National Geographic Endurance • 19 days
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Additional Travel Options Before or After Your Cruise

In conjunction with this cruise, the following pre- and post-cruise options are available for a seamless land-and-sea group travel experience with National Geographic guides and fellow passengers. Contact AdventureSmith Explorations for pricing.

Iguazú Falls is a 3-day, post-cruise extension to Iguazú Falls that includes naturalist-led walks, boat rides (weather permitting) and stunning views of the Falls from accommodations at the only hotel in Iguazú National Park in northeastern Argentina, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy guided walks to areas with special early access, before they open to the public.

Easter Island Extension is a 4- or 5-day post-cruise exploration of the mysterious Easter Island. Learn about the ancient Rapa Nui culture. Where did these people come from and why did they carve more than 600 giant moai or stone statues? Learn from key archaeologists.

Buenos Aires is a 3-day a pre-cruise extension based out of the same hotel as the pre-night before the cruise. Enjoy opportunities to explore the city via guided tour, including stops at well-known communities like La Boca, political and historical points of interest such as the Plaza de Mayo and cultural highlights including art museums and a tango performance.

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