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Chilean Patagonia Adventure Cruises

Down in the tip of South America is a region so dramatic and extreme that it could easily be from another planet. The vast, raw landscape is primal and desolate; the wildlife is free-roaming and plentiful; exploring here requires real specialists and small-scale dedication; and it all adds up to an absolutely five-star, edge-of-the-world adventure.

Chilean Patagonia covers more than 1,000 miles from north to south and includes almost unbroken mountain vistas from the ever-present Andes, with a sprinkling of volcanoes (some still active), high-cascading waterfalls and a fjord coastline in places that surpasses anything Norway has to offer.

Tiny fishing villages and native settlements, breathtaking lakes (notably in Chile’s Lake District, accessible from Puerto Montt), world-class fly-fishing and unique flora and fauna are the other hallmarks of a rugged natural realm that is miles off the beaten cruise track and possesses a quiet charm that slowly takes hold of your heart.

On land, look for a rare species of red deer and the solitary puma, while, at sea, there should be plenty of sightings of whales (including the blue whale, the world’s largest creature), dolphins (including the rare Peale’s Dolphin and an endemic species), sea lions, cormorants, albatrosses, puffins and even the comical steamer duck. And get ready for penguins – lots of penguins. The Isla Magdalena National Park boasts around 60,000 pairs of Magellanic penguins.

Specific locations include the World Heritage site of Chiloé Island with its array of 18th century wooden churches, the Pio XI and Garibaldi glaciers, and the bustling port of Punta Arenas. Some voyages also take in Tierra del Fuego at the very tip of the continent, which is genuinely one of the world’s most remote and majestic locations.

This is also where you can take part in kayak expeditions, hiking tours, river rafting adventures, forest treks and investigate a botanical and biological diversity that makes you blink in amazement. Oh, and don’t forget the penguins!

Best time to travel to Chilean Patagonia: November to February
Weather: The short Austral summer is usually cool with regular cloud and rain, so good waterproofs are essential. Temperatures range from 5-15°C but high-factor sun cream is essential due to the thin ozone layer.
Flight times: Approx. 17 hours from London to Santiago (Chile), via Miami or Madrid. 19 hours from London to Puerto Montt, via Santiago.
Recommended Chilean Patagonia Tours: Due to regular connections, there are plenty of opportunities to explore the rest of South America as part of your trip. Visit the mountain villages in Argentina or stopover in the party cities of Buenos Aires or Rio de Janeiro.

Other tailor-made pre and post cruise hotel stays and land tours are available on request.

Recommended Chilean Patagonia specialists:

Prince Albert II (Silversea Cruises): Silversea’s expedition vessel offers zodiac excursions, extensive land tours and in-depth lecture programmes. Factor in Silversea Cruises all-inclusive 6 star-style and you have yourself the perfect luxury adventure cruise ship, ideal for exploring Chilean Patagonia. More about Prince Albert II

Nomads of the Seas: The unique 68-passenger MV Atmosphere is equipped for adventure of every kind, with it’s own helicopters, kayaks, jetboats and zodiacs. Expert guides are on hand to ensure everyone gets the best possible view of this region, offering a friendly personal service. More about Nomads of the Seas

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises: The sleek 420-passenger Columbus is a big ship wrapped up in a small-scale disguise, hence she can provide a wonderful close-up encounter with the South American continent whilst providing plenty of onboard amenities and comfort. More about Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

If you would like more information on adventure cruises to Chilean Patagonia, please call one of our Cruise Experts on 0800 008 6677.

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