At a glance
14 Day expedition voyage on L'Austral, Ponant from £5,805 pp
Departure 04 March 2019 | Patagonia & Chilean Fjords
Fares are cruise-only unless otherwise stated. Contact us to add flights and tailor-make your holiday.
- At Sea
- Puerto Montt
- At Sea
- Chilean Fjords Cruising
- Puerto Natales
- Cape Horn and Beagle Channel Navigation
- Ushuaia to Buenos Aires
Patagonia & Chilean Fjords
- 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
- Accommodation in the stateroom of your choice
- All meals on board
- Open Bar - a wide selection of drinks (mineral water, soft drinks, wine, beer, Henri Abelé BRUT champagne, spirits, coffee, tea) is served on request and at any time of the day
Fares also include:
- Free boot rental
- Transfers and flight post-cruise from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires
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.
Day by day itinerary
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.
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 observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.
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.
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.
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
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.
It'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!
Capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia lies in a bay opening into the Beagle Channel at the country's southernmost tip.
Debark the ship and take your included charter flight to Buenos Aires, arriving early afternoon.
Sailing on L'Austral
Sister ship to Le Boreal and Le Soléal; the L’Austral joined the Compagnie Du Ponant family in 2011 and features the latest technology with sublime interiors to create an elegant cruising experience for 264 guests at a time.