A detailed guide to Australis Expedition Cruise in Patagonia.

Updated: Jun 3

Why? A Small Expedition Cruise to Patagonia.

Hola, Happy Travelers! Maria here, from Across South America, the Boutique Travel company that’s been helping travelers worldwide fall in love with the continent since 2007!

Now that the world is moving forward and back to the menu, most travelers are looking for sustainable holidays, that is, that are “naturally friendly”; environments with fresh air and vast horizons are very much in demand. The immense wilderness of Patagonia offers just that, the opportunity to be in close contact with nature and walk freely in places that have been kept untouched.

The Small Australis Expedition Cruises have been sailing in Patagonia for the past 30 years, and they are the only cruise company that can take you to the famous Cape Horn. These small, modern expedition cruises are perfect for exploring the “uttermost end of the earth” and reaching places that are unreachable to most people.

In this guide, I will take you through the details of this unique journey and how to start planning.

1. The Highlights of the trip

2. The Ships & Life on board

3. The Cruise Routes

4. Departures, Seasons & Guide of Prices

5. What about COVID-19?

6. Is this trip for me?

1. The Highlights of the trip

We invite you to explore the wonders of the Patagonian fjords with Australis, a Chilean Expedition Cruises company that, since 1990, has been touring the main attractions of Tierra del Fuego, the Strait of Magellan, the Beagle Channel, and Cape Horn. Discover impressive geography marked by imposing Glaciers, native forests, and exotic flora and fauna while sailing through canals of incomparable beauty.

The journey sails through one of the few uninhabited areas of the planet, promoting an EXCLUSIVE, NON-MASSIVE OR INVASIVE tourism, accompanied by expert guides trained to inform and instruct guests on a scientific basis. A unique experience that combines a PREMIUM ALL-INCLUSIVE SERVICE, the best standards in hospitality, and fascinating field EXPEDITIONS, all based on an operation that prioritizes, above all, sustainability and safety.

The main Highlights of the trip are:

  • Punta Arenas, Chile. Located on the continental shore of the Strait of Magellan, a little over 3,000 km south of Santiago, capital of Chile, it was the main port of navigation between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans until the construction of the Panama Canal in 1914. This explains why it flourished as the tremendous cosmopolitan center of the southern tip of South America, providing it with a rich architectural heritage preserved to this day.

  • Cape Horn: Considered the southernmost cape among the three great projections of the southern hemisphere, it marks the northern limit of the Drake Passage, which separates America from Antarctica. It is a place of great importance and mysticism for world navigation, for the majesty of its landscape, and for having been the site of numerous shipwrecks in ancient times. Disembarkation at Cape Horn National Park depends on the weather conditions. For reference, the historical percentage of possible landings is 75%.

  • Strait of Magellan: Discovered in 1520 by Ferdinand Magellan, it is the navigable maritime route located immediately south of continental America and north of the archipelago of Tierra del Fuego. It is the most important natural passage between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and was the first maritime trade route between the East and Europe.

  • Magellanic penguins: There are numerous colonies of Magellanic penguins in the region. The most accessible are the penguins of the Otway Sound, with approximately 5,000, and that of Magdalena Island, in the Strait of Magellan, where over 130,000 individuals are located in what is called the "Penguins National Monument." Penguins are migratory birds usually found in the region between October and March.

  • Onboard lectures: The guides will pass on their knowledge of glaciology, flora and fauna, geography, history, and the evolution of the landscapes we travel through. Daily, they will share this knowledge with passengers on board through thematic lectures that complement and deepen what is discovered and experienced during the expeditions.

  • Premium Gastronomy: Various breakfast, lunch, and dinner options, a 24/7 cafeteria service, combining the best local ingredients in an international gastronomic proposal that prioritizes variety, quality, and excellence.

  • A Sustainable experience: An in-depth exclusive, non-massive journey accompanied by expert guides trained to inform and instruct guests scientifically.