Patagonia with the Falkland Islands and Cape Horn: Mar 10—27, 2016

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Departs: Port Stanley, Falkland Islands
Ends: Puerto Montt, Chile
Tour Limit: 20
Operations Manager: Greg Lopez
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Rafael Galvez

Rafael Galvez has been birding and illustrating birds since childhood, a dual passion that d...


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Torres del Paine National Park

Torres del Paine National Park— Photo: Zegrahm Expeditions

 

Magnificent scenery and wildlife are themes of an adventure cruise to southern South America that visits the legendary Falkland Islands, Cape Horn, Torres del Paine, and Patagonia.

Remote, rugged, and breathtaking are words often used to describe southern South America, a region widely considered among the most beautiful on earth. Far from the more familiar parts of the continent, the region encompassing the Falkland Islands, Patagonia, and Tierra del Fuego is a traveler’s delight, replete with amazing wildlife spectacles and arresting scenic wonders.

For this cruise, we’ve partnered with Zegrahm Expeditions for a journey to the Falkland Islands, Cape Horn, Torres del Paine, and legendary Patagonia, featuring breathtaking Andean scenery, glaciers, deepwater fjords, and a smorgasbord of wildlife that includes marine mammals, penguins, albatrosses, and a host of other seabirds. Complementing the wildlife and scenic highlights will be opportunities to learn the history of this enigmatic region, from indigenous tribes to the explorers, seafarers, whalers, and others who came later.

In the Falklands we’ll explore Saunders and Steeple Jason islands, home to thousands of nesting Black-browed Albatrosses, Imperial Cormorants, and Rockhopper, Gentoo, and Magellanic penguins. We’ll travel to legendary Cape Horn and cruise around the “End of the Earth.” Afterward, we’ll navigate the mountain-fringed Beagle Channel through the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago.

Magellanic Penguins

Magellanic Penguins— Photo: Zegrahm Expeditions

 

In Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city, we’ll visit spectacular Tierra del Fuego National Park, a wonderland of glacier-carved peaks, deep valleys, and cliff-lined coasts where birding opportunities include chances to see the impressive Magellanic Woodpecker and a host of waterfowl species.

We’ll travel the extent of the Chilean Fjords and observe innumerable spectacular wonders including Garibaldi Fjord in majestic Glacier Alley, and the famed White Narrows; Pio XI Glacier, the largest glacier in the Patagonian Icefield; and cruise among the icebergs and massive glaciers of Messier Channel.

Of course, no trip to Patagonia would be complete without a visit to incomparable Torres del Paine National Park—a wonderland of glacial-fed lakes, deep fjords, dense beech forests, mammoth granite peaks, herds of the llama-like Guanaco, and huge Andean Condors.

All travel and meals aboard a very lovely small adventure-cruise ship; much emphasis on wildlife viewing and birding, with optional cultural excursions; Zodiac cruises, shore landings, and on-board lectures.