Continuing with Rod’s Famil Trip to Chile and Argentina, this is his second stop in Chile: Tierra del Fuego!
Rod and the group landed in Punta Arenas, Chile, where a bus was waiting to transfer them to Prat Port. After checking in, there was some time to explore visiting the main square and Calle Bories for some shopping. However, the excitement of boarding the cruise took over them, and they headed straight back to board the cruise around 6 pm.
Ventus Australis has recently started to navigate Magellan waters as it the newest addition to Australis Expedition cruise line. Rod and the group were lucky to be part of the beginning of its history. After being welcomed by the captain, the cruise left Punta Arenas on a journey to the remote corners of the planet. Slowly, Punta Arenas faded into the distance as the cruise entered the Whiteside Canal between Darwin Island and Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego. Rod mentioned the food was terrific all their time on board.
Next morning of the famil trip, before breakfast all undertook their first excursion to Ainsworth Bay. Here, they had the option of two guided tours through the area, both with views of Marinelli Glacier and the Darwin Mountains. Everyone on the Famil group was able to choose what they wanted to do most according to their interests, one of the many perks of Australis cruise optional activities. After this, the Ventus Australis sailed west towards the Tucker Islets where they boarded the zodiacs for a close-up of the Magellan penguin colony.
Overnight, the cruise sailed around the western end of Tierra del Fuego. With a slightly rough night due being in the open sea, but it is all part of the experience, right? After all, the Drake Passage is the most turbulent seas in the world! How exciting! By morning the Ventus Australis dropped anchor to Pia Glacier with cruise guests transferred to land near to Pia Glacier with time to hike or take in the spectacular vista. A real highlight with beautiful scenery and blessed with fantastic weather, very lucky!
In the afternoon, they continue sailing east along the Beagle Channel through Glacier Alley. The crew encouraged the group to go out to the top deck to see why it is called Glacier Alley. It is an alley of glaciers where most of them named after European countries. Not only the view was amazing, but the crew had prepared for the ambience, with snacks and drinks according to the glacier’s country name. How clever is that?!
The following morning, they anchored just off the coast of Cape Horn with perfect weather conditions. They had a smooth landing on Cape Horn island where they met the Lighthouse keeper, a member of the Chilean Navy. After going up the stairs, a trek across the small island bought them to the Monument to the Cape horn where many photos are taken to record this particular moment. There is also a permanent lighthouse where we got to meet The lighthouse keeper and his family. Would you move into a lighthouse? Rod thought about it for a second.
They sailed to the historic Wulaia Bay, one of the few places in the archipelago where human history is as compelling as the natural environment. Here, an old Chilean navy radio station was turned into a museum. The cruise passengers were able to choose their prefered hike based on the degree of difficulty.
Finally, the next morning, it was time to disembark in Ushuaia for a night. Time allowed for an excursion through Tierra del Fuego National Park and in the afternoon, they had time to relax. Some of them enjoyed the infinity pool of the Arakur Hotel.
They took a plane to Buenos Aires that day. We will tell you more about Rod and the group’s experience in the Argentine capital next week. Stay tuned to learn more about the trip!