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Tour: CRUCEROS AUSTRALIS/ EXPEDITION CRUISES: USHUAIA – PUNTA ARENAS

Tour to Punta Arenas, Ushuaia, Patagonian Canals, Cape Horn


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Tour Details
Duration : 4 days / 3 nights
Type / activities : Nature and adventure
Price from : US$ 1 130
Reservations : 4 months in advance is suggested for high season and 6 months prior for special dates such as Easter and New Year.
Places Visited on the Tour : Punta Arenas, Ushuaia, Patagonian Canals, Cape Horn.
Dates of Service : September 24th, 2008 to April 25th, 2009, weighing anchor from Ushuaia Wednesday (M/N Mare Australis) or Saturday (M/N Via Australis).

Tour Description

DAY 01: Ushuaia: Embarking (Setting sail on Wednesdays or on Sundays)
Beagle Channel Checking-in is from 09:00 and 16:00 hrs. in San Martin 245, Ushuaia. Embarking is from 17:00 to 18:00 hrs. The crew headed by the Captain will welcome you aboard. Cocktail toast with those whom will become your cruise companions. Right after the ship will weigh anchor bound to the end of the world. We will tour the Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego going across the mythical Beagle Channel. Dinner and cabin accommodations.

DAY 02: Navigation Cape Horn – Wulaia Bay
Cape Horn Breakfast. Navigation across the Beagle Channel and the Murray Channel to set foot on Cape Horn National Park.
Cape Horn, a nearly vertical promontory 425 meters high, was discovered on January the 30th of 1616 by the Dutch commercial expedition organized by Isaac Le Maire, under the command of Captain Willem Schouten. The Cape owes its name to the Port of Hoorn, the place from which the expedition had weighed anchor on June the 14th of 1615.
Later we will disembark on Wulaia Bay, a historical place that used to be one of the largest indigenous settlements in the region.
This place offers, in addition, a visual spectacle of great beauty by its vegetation and geography. We will arrive until a viewpoint, walking through the Magellan forest where we will find southern beech, the so called coihues, cinnamon and ferns, among others species.

DAY 03: Gunther Plüschow Glacier
Piloto Glacier In the afternoon, we view awe-inspiring Gunther Plüschow Glacier, named after the region’s pioneering German aviator. Then we sail to Chico Sound, where we disembark in Zodiacs to observe majestic Piloto and Nena glaciers.


DAY 04: Arrival in Punta Arenas : Visit to Magdalena Island and arrival in Punta Arenas
Magdalena island First thing in the morning we will set foot on Magdalena Island, home of a huge colony of penguins with more than 120.000 individuals on different developing stages. We will take a hike up to the Lighthouse of San Isidro, which guided the exploring seamen on their way across the Strait of Magellan.
Disembarking (11:30 Hrs.)


End of our services




Tour Rates

Price per person in US$ dollars
Prices not valid for residents of Chile


Referential Prices 2008

Cabin Promotion Low
Season
High
Season
Special
Double B 840 1 050 1 330 1 460
Double A 1 130 1 410 1 790 1 970
Double AA 1 190 1 490 1 890 2 080
Double AAA 1 250 1 560 1 970 2 170
Single 1 510 1 890 2 330 2 570


Low Season High Season Special Season
September & October 2008 November & December 2008 Departure December 31th
2nd half of March & April 2009 January, February and 1st half of March 2009 Promotion Season
Departure September 24th



WEIGHING ANCHOR DATES
M/N Mare Australis (3 nights)
Departures from Punta Arenas (Wednesdays thru Saturdays)
September 2008 - - - - 24
October 2008 1 8 15 22 29
November 2008 5 12 19 26 -
December 2008 3 10 17 24 31 **
January 2009 7 14 21 28 -
February 2009 4 11 18 25 -
March 2009 4 11 18 25 -
April 2009 1 8 15 22 -
M/N Via Australis (3 nights)
Departures from Punta Arenas (Saturdays thru Tuesdays)
October 2008 4 11 18 25 -
November 2008 1 8 15 22 29
December 2008 6 13 20 27 -
January 2009 3 10 17 24 31
February 2009 7 14 21 28 -
March 2009 7 14 21 28 -
April 2009 4 11 18 - -

* Departure Promotion Rate
** Departure Special Rate




Referential Prices Only. May be modified without previous notice depending on US Dollar exchange rate with local currency.

Note 1: Prices valid until April 30th, 2009
Note 2: These Prices subject to change without previous advice, as in the Case of Easter Week, May 1st, Christmas, New Years etc.
Note 3: Prices in Regular Tours based on a minimum of 2 persons, inclusive for the prices based on single supplements.
Note 4: Ask for special rates for groups from 4 persons up that travel together and for a single person travelling alone in a regular tour.


Domestic local flight are not included




Tour Inclusions

INCLUDED:
  • 4 days / 3 nights onboard the M/N Mare Australis (or the M/N Via Australis if setting off on Sunday), with all meals and dairy excursions included in a selected cabin.

NOT INCLUDED:
  • Domestic and/or International air tickets.
  • Airport and/or seaport taxes or other similar.
  • Extra meals not contemplated on the program.
  • Optional tours.
  • Others not mentioned in the itinerary.




Additional Tours

Departing Place Tour Name Duration
 
Punta Arenas Colonos del Estrecho  
 
Punta Arenas Explore Patagonia  
 
Puerto Natales Puerto Natales and Torres del Paine  




Useful Information

WEATHER
The capital of the Chilean Patagonia presents a climate proper of the cold steppe, similar to that of all the settlements in this region. Average temperature is of 10.6º C in summer and of 2.0º C in winter. Average annual precipitations are of 425 mm, being January the rainiest month.

WHAT TO PACK
It is recommended to carry waterproof pants and jackets, thermal t-shirts, windproof polar jacket, cap with ear coverers, thermal gloves and socks, short pants, sandals, shades with UV protection, sunscreen (factor 30 minimum) for face and lips, repellent, sun cap, waterproof hiking shoes (wear them before traveling if new), among other warming items of clothing.

WATER
There is fresh water in almost the entire territory, though it is advisable to drink bottled water in rural areas.

HEALTH
Punta Arenas has a varied range of hospitals and clinics, all very well equipped in case of any emergency.

CHILEAN GASTRONOMY
Chilean cuisine is very diverse. Among its typical dishes we have: Empanada de Pino (dough stuffed with onion, meat, raisins and olives), Pastel de Choclo (made mainly of corn with meat, eggs and olives), Porotos Granados (tender potatoes cooked with gourd and corn), Cazuela de Ave o Vacuno (clear soup of chicken or beef with boiled vegetables), besides those typical of each region.

Lastly, you can not fail to taste the exquisite Mote con Huesillos, a dessert elaborated from a boiled fruit and mote wheat.

Recommended Restaurants during your trip:

Restaurants in Santiago
Restaurants in Puerto Natales
Restaurants in Calafate


IMPORTANT: Enjoy Corporation retains the right to make changes in the order of the excursions or trips without previous notice due to weather conditions, level of the rivers, arriving and departing hours of planes or buses, or for any other relevant reason, which will ensure and guarantee a better outcome for your trip.







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