Patagonia & Chilean Fjords

14 days / 13 nights
    Patagonia & Chilean Fjords

    Cruise Latin America

    from 7 November 2018 to 20 November 2018
    14 days / 13 nights

    Departure Port : Valparaiso
    Arrival Port : Ushuaia

    Ship : L'AUSTRAL

    • Ref : A071118

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    PONANT invites you to enjoy an unforgettable experience along the Pacific coast of South America, which offers contrasting landscapes and still-unspoiled lands. From the legendary port of Valparaiso, you will set sail aboard the L’Austral for a 14-day cruise linking Chile to Argentina.  

    You will first discover Castro on Chiloe Island with its remarkable Unesco architectural heritage. Then after cruising along the 40th parallel south, the L’Austral will call at Puerto Montt. You will be captivated by the incomparable beauty of the landscapes in this capital of the Lake District.  

    You will also cruise to Tortel. This small Patagonian village boasts unmatched architecture: stilt houses, wooden walkways, endless stairways…

    From Puerto Natales, you will be able to discover the Torres del Paine National Park. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, this park is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. The beauty of the unspoiled environment is rivalled only by the intense colours of the sky.

    Your cruise ends with 6 days and 5 nights of luxury expedition in the Chilean fjords first, those torturous fjords where majestic glaciers seem to meet the ocean. Then you will cross the Strait of Magellan, which separates Tierra del Fuego from South America, and sail along the Beagle Channel and eventually round the famous Cape Horn.

    At the end of your cruise you will reach Ushuaia. This small city at the end of the world nestles between mountains and fertile plains where abundant wildlife has taken up residence.

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    Highlights

    • Outings in Zodiac® dinghies during your Expedition sailing days;
    • Rounding the mythical Cape Horn and sailing to the heart of the Chilean channels;
    • UNESCO sites: Torres del Paine National Park; Valparaiso; The Churches of Castro; The Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve; Tortel;
    • Natural environments: the snow-capped peaks of the Andes towering above fjords, iridescent glaciers, and mountain lakes with crystal-clear water;
    • Wildlife: condors, humpback whales, fur seals, dolphins, sea lions, alpacas, Magellanic penguins and cormorants.

     

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      L'AUSTRAL

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      L'AUSTRAL

      In May 2011, l'Austral joined PONANT's fleet. This superb mega-yacht with 132 staterooms is the result of the expertise of the Italian Fincantieri shipyard and French sophistication, as interpreted by designer Jean-Philippe Nuel. L'Austral remains faithful to our philosophy - to create a unique atmosphere, a subtle blend of luxury, intimacy and well-being.
       
      A sleek silhouette softened by elegantly smooth contours and large, arched windows opening up to the sea and the light: so many features come together to give L’Austral her distinctive shape. Precious materials, discreet elegance and a perfect balance between chic and casual, combine to make you feel as if you are on your own private yacht. A design blending tradition and innovation, where a nautical mood has been subtly recreated. A welcoming atmosphere of relaxed sophistication revolves around shades of grey, taupe, white and ivory enlivened by touches of cinnamon, caramel and tan.. So many personal touches create the spirit of a “private yacht.”
       
      You will encounter unique itineraries, calls inaccessible to large ships, chic and elegant yacht-like ambiance, refined and personalized service as well as gastronomic cuisine.

      Port of call & excursions

      7 November 2018 – At sea

      Valparaiso

      Embarkation 07/11/2018 from 15H00 to 16H00 . Departure 07/11/2018 at 17H00 .

      Located about 100 kilometres south of Santiago, the legendary Valparaiso is the second largest city in Chile. It is also a splendid city, full of history: two qualities justifying its nickname “gem of the Pacific” and its status as a UNESCO World Heritage site. You can stroll along the steep streets, on foot or by cable car, and explore the many admirable sites like the delicate Iglesia de la Matriz, Sotomayor square, Bellavista hill, or Sebastiana house where the author Pablo Neruda lived. At every turning, you’ll get a refreshing view of the sea.

      8 November 2018 – At sea

      8 November 2018 – At sea

      Arrival 08/11/2018. Departure 08/11/2018.

      During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

      9 November 2018 – Castro, Chiloe Island

      9 November 2018 – Castro, Chiloe Island

      Arrival 09/11/2018 early afternoon. Departure 09/11/2018 evening.

      At the heart of the Lake District, your ship will slip through the calm waters of an archipelago of 40 islands. Chiloe is a lush green island, home to 16 wooden churches that are listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. Remarkable for their architecture, they are inspired by naval construction techniques. You can also admire the Palafitos, brightlycoloured wooden houses in stilts which seem to float on the water at high tide. Indeed, before reaching Castro, it is likely that you will have witnessed a truly authentic aquatic ballet, where seals and porpoises swim noseto- nose with our ship.

      10 November 2018 – Puerto Montt

      10 November 2018 – Puerto Montt

      Arrival 10/11/2018 early morning. Departure 10/11/2018 evening.

      A picturesque stopover in southern Chile, the colourful city of Puerto Montt is the capital of the Lakes District.ᅠ Here, youメll discover reminders of its colonial past at the Plaza de Armas and neoclassical cathedral. The Manuel Montt lookout offers stunning views of the bayメs sapphire beauty. Close to the town, the peaceful banks of Lake Llanquihue are conducive for a relaxing walk and the quaint, traditional villages of Puerto Varas and Frutillar are well worth a visit.

      11 November 2018 – At sea

      11 November 2018 – At sea

      Arrival 11/11/2018. Departure 11/11/2018.

      During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

      12 November 2018 – Tortel

      12 November 2018 – Tortel

      Arrival 12/11/2018 early morning. Departure 12/11/2018 midday.

      A picturesque, colourful fishing village, Tortel boasts a splendid location in the heart of southern Patagonia, halfway between Puerto Montt and Cape Horn. From the little streets made up of small walkways, you’ll love the grand panorama of rounded mountains, dense forest, the clear waters of the Pacific. If you walk out onto one the many wooden pontoons, you can admire the views as you stand suspended a few metres above the water. The village is scattered with sculptures made by local artists, an excellent introduction to this friendly community

      13 November 2018▸15 November 2018 – Sailing in the Chilean Channels

      13 November 2018▸15 November 2018 – Sailing in the Chilean Channels

      Arrival 13/11/2018. Departure 15/11/2018.

      Your ship will chart a course towards the South of Chile, to archipelagos and torturous fjords where majestic glaciers seem to meet the ocean... This remote setting is remarkable for the splendour of its sea scattered with islands, and its slow and powerful glaciers that have been transforming and reshaping the landscapes over centuries. Your ship will glide over the calm waters of the fjords to edge closer to these towering walls of ice. The Jorge Montt, Brüggen and El Brujo glaciers particularly stand out. These living giants crack, rumble, and suddenly calve chunks of ice in iridescent colours. This is a real treat for photographers.

      16 November 2018 – Puerto Natales

      16 November 2018 – Puerto Natales

      Arrival 16/11/2018 early morning. Departure 16/11/2018 evening.

      Located in the heart of Chilean Patagonia, capital of the Última Esperanza province, the village of Puerto Natales will win you over with its brightly coloured houses nestling in the shade of the Andes. A walk along the coastal Pedro-Montt avenue, gives splendid views of the Almirante Montt gulf, a stretch of crystalline water that links Puerto Natales to the Pacific. The Museo Historico documents urban and rural life and the indigenous history of the environment. Puerto Natales is also the closest town to the spectacular Torres del Paine National Park, a 181,000-hectare reserve protected by UNESCO.

      17 November 2018▸19 November 2018 – Sailing around Cape Horn and in the Beagle Channel

      17 November 2018▸19 November 2018 – Sailing around Cape Horn and in the Beagle Channel

      Arrival 17/11/2018. Departure 19/11/2018.

      Itメs at the meeting point between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans that you enter Chilean Patagonia where you head for the Tierra del Fuego archipelago and its famous Cape Horn. From the top of its impressive 425-metre-high cliff, South Americaメs southernmost tip has, for many centuries, seen merchant ships from the world over passing by. Because of its legendary storms and rough seas, getting around the Cape has gone down in history as a challenge for all seafarers. Prepare yourself for a memorable experience, whatever the weather conditions!

      20 November 2018▸19 November 2018 – Ushuaia

      Ushuaia

      Disembarkation 20/11/2018 at 07H00 .

      Capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia is considered the gateway to the “Great White“ and the South Pole. Nicknamed “El fin del mondo” by the Argentinian people, this city at the end of the world nestles in the shelter of mountains surrounded by fertile plains that the wildlife seem to have chosen as the ultimate sanctuary. With its exceptional site, where the Andes plunge straight into the sea, Ushuaia is one of the most fascinating places on earth, its very name evocative of journeys to the unlikely and the inaccessible…

      Formalities

      • The information below is current but subject to change at any time without advance notice from government authorities. Please consult your respective government agencies for visa and health information.

      • Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip. Passport must contain at least two completely clear, blank, unused visa pages for each visa required, not including any amendment pages. Visa pages with stains or ink from other pages in the passport are not usable. Guests who deviate from the scheduled embarkation or disembarkation port should research the foreign entry requirements for the port country. Due to government regulations, regrettably, Ponant will have to deny boarding to any guest who fails to obtain the appropriate travel documentation for this trip.

      • Warning about the use of drones: the use of drones aboard PONANT ships, whether they are sailing at sea, at a port of call or anchored, is strictly forbidden. The use of drones on land in the Arctic and Antarctic regions is also strictly forbidden by international polar regulations. In other regions, it may be possible to use drones on land if permission has been obtained from the relevant authorities of each country and each region travelled through, as well as a pilot’s licence that should be obtained from your home country. Passengers are responsible for obtaining these permits; they should be able to present them at all times. Passengers who do not obtain these authorisations expose themselves to the risk of legal proceedings.

      • Chile: Entry/Exit requirements for Australian and Mexican citizens entering/exiting Chile must have a valid passport and pay a RECIPROCITY TAX that will be issued for a stay of up to 90 days upon payment. Currently, the fee is only charged at the Santiago International Airport. Payment can be made in U.S. currency or by credit card. At time of print, the fees were as follow (subject to change without notice): Australia: US$117 - Mexico: US$23

      • Argentina: should you require a visa to travel to Argentina, we recommend you apply for a double-entry visa as a technical stop in Chile might be scheduled.

      Important information

      There are 6 expedition days and 5 nights.

      Expeditions programs include activities such as Zodiac® outings (often with "wet landing"), moderate walks to more active hikes. All this accompanied by your expedition team of naturalist guides. Calls, landings & zodiac® cruises will depend on weather conditions, position of ice (during polar cruises) and winds and the state of the sea. These can force a change of plans at any time.

      Taking into consideration the unusual and exceptional character of expedition itineraries, the calls shown are an indication only. The final route will be confirmed by the Captain and Expedition Leader, who will take into account the touristic quality of the sites and above all, the safety of the passengers. Their decision will be subject to that of local authorities and the expert pilots present on board during the navigation in polar and /or isolated zones.

      Travelling to polar/isolated regions is an exhilarating experience. The raw beauty and untouched wilderness offer an unusual chance to experience a place where there is little evidence of human presence. Inevitably, there are some consequences that come with such remoteness: please remember that you are far from modern hospitals with full medical facilities, thus evacuation is highly expensive. Without the necessary medical coverage, all expenses will have to be immediately paid for with your personal funds. We urge you to subscribe a full coverage insurance, choose your insurance company very carefully and be extremely vigilant and ensure your insurance is fully comprehensive. 

       

       Dressing tips:

      • Water-resistant over pants - COMPULSORY
      • Ski jacket - COMPULSORY
      • Waterproof hiking shoes with non-slip soles - COMPULSORY
      • Winter pants/track suit in cotton, jogging
      • Thermal underwear and polar fleece
      • Fleece mufler/scarf
      • Beanie
      • Gloves
      • Polarised sunglasses with hugh UV filter
      • Total sunblock cream protection
      • Binoculars
      • Walking sticks
      • Small water-resistant bakcpack (in order to protect your camera from water)

      Pre/Post & Overlands

      1. Before your cruise

        06/11/2018 – FROM SANTIAGO TO VALPARAISO (1 NIGHT)

        790.00 AU$ **

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        04/11/2018 – THE ATACAMA DESERT (3 NIGHTS)

        3650.01 AU$ **

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        06/11/2018 – FROM SANTIAGO TO VALPARAISO (1 NIGHT)

        790.00 AU$ **

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      2. After your cruise

        20/11/2018 – IGUAZU FALLS (4 NIGHTS)

        2650.00 AU$ **

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      Attention: the prices listed at the time of your reservation can be different from those listed in the brochure. These prices can evolve based on availability and the real time rates of the airline companies selected.
      Travellers are advised to check all the information with the authorities concerned prior to the departure date. Ponant advises Travellers to consult the country factsheets relating to the chosen destinations. Ponant specifically draws Travellers' attention to the fact that the information provided may change up until the departure date, and they are advised to consult that information up until the time of departure. CDP invites Travellers to adjust their behavior to the visited country, to exercise vigilance and to avoid carrying valuable objects during their travel.
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