Expedition: Chilean Fjords & Glaciers (Puerto Montt to Ushuaia)
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Expedition: Chilean Fjords & Glaciers (Puerto Montt to Ushuaia)

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From Castro’s UNESCO Churches of Chiloé to Patagonia’s gigantic Pío XI Glacier, a journey of awe-inspring wonder: fjords and ice-capped volcanoes, Magellanic penguins by the thousands, Glacier Alley and rounding Cape Horn at “The End of the Earth.”

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Map for Expedition: Chilean Fjords & Glaciers (Puerto Montt to Ushuaia)


Destination & Sightseeing

ITINERARY

Puerto Montt, Chile
At the head of the Pacific inlet known as Reloncavi Sound, Puerto Montt is the gateway to the Bavarian-flavored Chilean Lake District, a region graced with some of the world's most inspiring scenery. Virgin forests, picturesque towns, snow-mantled mountains and translucent lakes adorn this idyllic setting. Visit a wonderland of scenic splendor, including the towering volcano of Mount Osorno, the tranquil Lake Llanquihue, the rushing rapids of Petrohue and the serenity of Lake Todos los Santos.

Puerto Montt, Chile
At the head of the Pacific inlet known as Reloncavi Sound, Puerto Montt is the gateway to the Bavarian-flavored Chilean Lake District, a region graced with some of the world's most inspiring scenery. Virgin forests, picturesque towns, snow-mantled mountains and translucent lakes adorn this idyllic setting. Visit a wonderland of scenic splendor, including the towering volcano of Mount Osorno, the tranquil Lake Llanquihue, the rushing rapids of Petrohue and the serenity of Lake Todos los Santos.

Castro, Chile
Visitors to bustling, trendy Castro, capital of Chile’s Chiloé Province, are treated to a kaleidoscope of images from the colorful “palafito” stilt houses of Gamboa to the stunning yellow Church of San Francisco, one of an astounding 16 local churches to be named UNESCO World Heritage sites. Explore this scenic island, including Chiloé and Tantauco National Parks, by foot, bicycle or kayak, and enjoy a unique cuisine based on indigenous flavors of Chono culture, potatoes and shellfish.

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Pio XI Glacier, Chile
Also known as Brüggen Glacier, the magnificent Pio XI Glacier, third largest mass of ice after Antarctica and Greenland, is the most massive glacial outflow from the Southern Ice Field of continental Chile and the largest glacier in South America. Surprisingly, it is also the ONLY glacier in Patagonia that actually – and mysteriously – grows from year to year rather than recedes: some say because of the very stable quality of the ice as well as a long annual season of solid precipitation.

El Brujo Glacier, Chile

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Punta Arenas, Chile
Chile’s southernmost city of Punta Arenas (Sandy Point) is the only city situated on the Strait of Magellan, a 300-mile waterway which cuts a swath between the mainland and the island of Tierra del Fuego. It is also the bustling center of one of the world's largest sheep farming areas, with major exports of wool and mutton. A wealth of sightseeing options includes private air charters over Antarctica, museums bringing yesteryear alive, and explorations deep into Patagonia’s frontier regions.

AinsworthBay/Marinelli Glacier, Chile
Patagonia’s magnificent Ainsworth Bay and Marinelli Glacier lie within the protected Alberto de Agostini National Park region of Chile’s Tierra del Fuego. Southern elephant seals, whales, dolphins, Magellanic penguins and many different land and marine birds make their home in and around icy waters that are fed by the beautiful Darwin Mountain Range ice field. The Marinelli Glacier is the largest of the Cordillera Darwin glaciers in this pristine, stunningly beautiful part of Chile.

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Garibaldi Fjord & Glacier, Chile

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Diego Ramirez, Chile
Situated about 60 miles southwest of Cape Horn is a small group of Chilean islands known as Islas Diego Ramírez. When first discovered in the 17th century, the remote archipelago was considered the world's southernmost land. That distinction passed to the South Sandwich Islands when they were discovered by British explorer Captain James Cook in 1775. Today the islands are home to millions of breeding seabirds, including albatrosses, petrels, shearwaters and rockhopper penguins.

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Ushuaia, Argentina
Ushuaia lies on the triangular-shaped island of Tierra del Fuego. While Ferdinand Magellan was exploring the straits between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans in 1520, he was amazed by the smoke and fires which seemed to appear at every turn. These fires, kept continuously alight by the Yaghan and Ona Indians, became the inspiration for the name "Tierra del Fuego," Land of Fire.

Ushuaia, Argentina
Ushuaia lies on the triangular-shaped island of Tierra del Fuego. While Ferdinand Magellan was exploring the straits between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans in 1520, he was amazed by the smoke and fires which seemed to appear at every turn. These fires, kept continuously alight by the Yaghan and Ona Indians, became the inspiration for the name "Tierra del Fuego," Land of Fire.

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