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South America Botanical Discoveries Patagonia Cruise

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Wildflowers of Patagonia in the Spring

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Discover the iconic sights and diverse landscapes of this incredible continent. Be amazed by the beauty of Patagonia in the Spring. View complete itinerary

Trip code: BTSAIS13
Duration: 13 days
Accommodation: Premium Cruiseship
Journey: Santiago to Buenos Aires
Meals included: 16

Itinerary

Day 1. Santiago, Chile

Arrive into Santiago and check into our luxury hotel in Santiago’s historic centre.
Stay: Stay, Santiago, The Singular Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Dinner

Day 2. Puerto Montt, Embark Cruise

After breakfast, we will fly to Puerto Montt where our elegant Small Ship, the MS Island Sky will be waiting for us.
Stay: 11 Nights, MS Island Sky
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 3. Puerto Montt

Leaving the ship we will head to the Vincente Perez Rosales National Park, the oldest in Chile and home to three commanding volcanoes. We will see the mighty Petrohue River and the rapids that crash through lava channels creating a series of magnificent waterfalls. We return to the ship via Puerto Varas, situated in a stunning location.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 4. Chiloe Island

Chiloe is Chile’s second largest island. Our visit ashore this mainly forested island will include Castro, one of the oldest towns in the Americas, known for its unique wooden architecture and stilted houses. You will also see the wooden cathedral of St Francis and the historic old quarter.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 5. Chilean Fjords, Punta Arenas and Flora of Torres del Paine National Park

During the next seven days we will enjoy some of the most stunning scenery imaginable. A true nature’s garden comes to life as we explore Patagonia, with its vast area of mountains, glaciers, fields of wildflowers, lakes and waterfalls. Our route will be managed by our experienced captain and expedition leader. From Punta Arenas we will travel to Magdalena Island to see the resident colony of Magellan penguins. We also hope to navigate the Kirke Narrows, that can only be sailed at low tide. At Puerto Natales, we enjoy a full day in South America’s largest national park, the Torres del Paine. Look out for yellow and white ‘tongues’ of the porcelain orchid and the periwinkle Patagonian edelweiss amongst many others plants.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 12. Cape Horn

We will make our way around Cape Horn, and weather permitting we hope to use our Zodiacs to land and enjoy a walk to the Magellan monument. This afternoon we sail the Beagle Channel. Here the mountains, still partly unmapped, drop as sheer, densely wooded cliffs into the channel and six glaciers flow from the 8,000 foot Mount Darwin into the sea. Penguins, dolphins and sea lions abound here in the channel.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 13. Disembark Ushuaia, Buenos Aires, Argentina

This morning we fly to Buenos Aires. Your tour will conclude at Buenos Aires Domestic Airport.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the spectacular Patagonia region and wildflowers on a Small Ship coastal cruise
  • See Chile’s oldest National Park, ‘Vincente Perez Rosales’
  • Explore one of the oldest towns in the America’s on Chiloe Island

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Included Experiences

  • All sightseeing as mentioned
  • Services of a Botanical Guide and Expedition Team including naturalists in Patagonia
  • Airport transfers on first and last day, tipping and porterage
  • 34 Meals - 12 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches and 12 Dinners
  • Internal South American flights as per the itinerary economy class
  • 11-night all-inclusive Patagonia Cruise
  • Stay in quality, centrally located hotels

Ship Floor and Deck Plan

MS Island Sky  

Enjoy the benefits of Small Ship cruising through Patagonia aboard the intimate MS Island Sky.

 

See the deck plans for MS Island Sky here

Additional Information

Discover the unique flora of South America in the spring

  • Experience Patagonia’s kaleidoscopic steppes of wildflowers in Torres del Paine National Park, you will be amazed by the diversity of South America’s plant life in the spring.

 

Fitness Level

  • High - Pace moves quickly with long days, multiple one and two-night stays as well as unexpected cultural challenges. A very good degree of mobility is required.

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Guests not flying to South America with LATAM will pay an internal flight surcharge
  • Visas and vaccinations may be required for this tour
  • This cruise is in partnership with our sister company
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. Flights not included
  • Group Size - 15 to 25 guests. Cruise 110 guests

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