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Patagonia: Chilean Fjords and Argentina’s Staten Island

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12 Days
Availability : Oct 29, 2018
Santiago - Chile
Ushuaia - Argentina

 

 

National Geographic Expeditions

EXPEDITION OVERVIEW

 

  • Search for whales, dolphins, and penguin colonies while cruising the Beagle Channel, and take in the view from land’s end at Cape Horn.
  • Be one of the few people to discover the rugged landscapes and colossal wildlife colonies of Isla de los Estados (Staten Island), which we have been granted special permission to explore.
  • Venture into a mountain-fringed maze of channels and islands in the Chilean fjords, exploring by Zodiac, by kayak, and on foot.
  • By special arrangement, explore the protected areas of Yendegaia National Park and Karukinka on Tierra del Fuego.

 
 
EXPEDITION TEAM

Accompanying each expedition is a diverse team of experts – from naturalists to regional specialists – who will share their knowledge and insights the wildlife, landscape and local culture. Select a member of the expedition team below to see their bio and dates.

Tommy Heinrich
Adventurer, Photographer
 
ITINERARY

Set sail aboard the National Geographic Orionto experience the fjords, glaciers, and panoramic vistas that make Chilean Patagonia one of the most lauded nature destinations on Earth. Encounter celebrated treasures, like the legendary Beagle Channel and Cape Horn, as well as remote wildlife reserves on Tierra del Fuego not easily accessible to the public. Along the way, venture out by Zodiac and kayak to explore Chile’s deeply indented coastline. Glide into fjords and inlets beneath walls of blue ice; hike on shore with naturalists; and watch for humpback whales, elephant seals, Magellanic penguins, and Andean condors. The expedition caps off on Argentina’s Staten Island, where we’ll have special access to nature reserves teeming with wildlife.

This trip is offered in partnership with Lindblad Expeditions.

 
 
DAYS 1-2: U.S./SANTIAGO, CHILE

Depart on an overnight flight to Santiago and check in to our hotel. Set out on a guided overview of the city to discover the Plaza de Armas and the Presidential Palace.

Meals Included:Lunch Daily
Accommodations:Mandarin Oriental
 
DAY 3: PUNTA ARENAS/PUERTO NATALES

Fly to Punta Arenas, situated on the Strait of Magellan. Drive to Puerto Natales, where we embark our ship.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
DAYS 4-5: KIRKE NARROWS/CHILEAN FJORDS

Our Captain and local pilots guide us through Kirke Narrows, accessible only to a small ship as the National Geographic Orion.We’ll make a first stop in the extensive maze of channels and islands of the Chilean fjords, where we may go out by Zodiac and kayak and look for elephant seals, or take a forest walk.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
 
DAY 6: TIERRA DEL FUEGO: KARUKINKA NATURAL PARK

Explore the newest and largest protected area on the Tierra del Fuego archipelago: Karukinka, meaning “our land” in the language of the ancient inhabitants. We have obtained permission to visit the private reserve, which harbors rich wildlife.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
DAY 7: CHILEAN FJORDS/BEAGLE CHANNEL

Today we continue our exploration of the Chilean fjords. Board Zodiacs to explore protected waters and rugged shorelines, and look for the Andean condors, albatrosses, petrels, fulmars, and many other birds that inhabit this otherworldly realm. Later, sail the Beagle Channel, and hike and kayak amid this region of beech forests, mountains, and rushing rivers.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
DAY 8: CAPE HORN, CHILE

Visit the southernmost tip of South America: Cape Horn, named in 1616 by Dutch navigator Willem Schouten after his birthplace, Hoorn, Holland. Weather permitting, take Zodiacs ashore for a panoramic view from land’s end.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
DAYS 9-10: ISLA DE LOST ESTADOS (STATEN ISLAND), ARGENTINA

By special permission, explore the rugged landscapes of Staten Island, a wonderland of beech forests, mountains, and fjords. Spot southern rockhopper and Magellanic penguins, water birds, and sea lions; and see the San Juan de Salvamento “lighthouse at the end of the world.”

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
 
DAYS 11-12: USHUAIA/U.S.

Disembark in Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city. Take a charter flight to Santiago and connect to your overnight flight home.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch Daily
 
WHAT TO EXPECT

Your expedition experience can be tailored to the activity level you choose, whether it’s light or moderate or a little of both. Travelers should be in good health, comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time, and able to get in and out of expedition landing craft. Daily activities may include walking tours, visits to cultural or historic sites, Zodiac cruises, and easy hikes over uneven terrain, with options each day for more physical activities such as longer hikes, kayaking, or biking.

Expedition Team
A National Geographic photographer joins the expedition team on each departure aboard the National Geographic Orion.

National Geographic Orion – Capacity 102 Guests
SHIPS & DECK PLANS

Traveling aboard the National Geographic-Lindblad fleet, you’ll enjoy the daily thrill of discovery without sacrificing comfort. Each of our ships provides an inviting home base with superior amenities, personalized service, and a vibrant yet casual onboard atmosphere. Step aboard and you’ll find comfortable cabins, a well-stocked library, and dining rooms serving regionally inspired cuisine with fresh, local ingredients. Expansive decks provide an exceptional vantage point for spotting and photographing wildlife.

he state-of-the-art National Geographic Orion is a fully stabilized, ice-class vessel with an ice-reinforced hull, enabling it to navigate polar ice as well as small harbors in Europe.

Public areas include an outdoor café, a lounge and bar, a sun deck, a state-of-the-art lecture theater, a library, a boutique, a mud room with lockers for expedition gear, a sauna, a fitness room, spa treatment rooms, a hot tub/plunge pool, and a centrally located elevator. The restaurant features international cuisine inspired by our ports of call and all meals are served in a single seating with unassigned tables.

 
 
WHAT’S INCLUDED
  • Transfers upon arrival/departure for guests booked on recommended group flights
  • Accommodation aboard the world-class expedition ships of the National Geographic-Lindblad fleet or a luxury chartered ship
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Daily activities and excursions as indicated in the itinerary
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
  • Airfare to and from destination, as well as internal airfare where applicable
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities
SPECIAL OFFERS
Complimentary Bar Tab and Gratuities

Book a voyage on the National Geographic ExplorerNational Geographic OrionSea Cloud, or Lord of the Glens and we will cover your bar tab on board and all tips for the crew.

Offer is for new bookings only, may not be combined with other offers, and is subject to availability. Must book by October 31, 2018. Please call for details.

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