Cruise Patagonia & explore the southernmost region of the earth
Australis is a Chilean owned and operated cruising company specialising in extraordinary voyages through the pristine waterways of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego at the southernmost limits of South America. This remote part of the world is the ‘final frontier’ before the great, icy wilderness of Antarctica and it is wild, remote, unforgiving and breathtakingly beautiful.
A choice of specialist itineraries will see you cruising the fabled Beagle Channel and following the fjords of the southern edge of Tierra del Fuego, discovering important historical sites dating back to early settlement and witnessing the immense geography, ecology and glaciology of the area. The immense Pia Glacier, who’s entire displacement from mountain to ocean can be seen, will leave you feeling dwarfed, while the area around Águila glacier offers spectacular walking through Patagonia’s cold rainforest. The mystical Wulaia Bay boasts a historical site which was one of the largest settlements of the original canoeing inhabitants of the region and was the famous landing spot of Charles Darwin in 1833. Meanwhile the wildlife rich Ainsworth Bay provides a habitat for southern elephant seals and many different bird species and exploring Tuckers Islets by small Zodiac boat will allow close encounters with the resident Magellanic penguin colony. Cape Horn, an almost vertical 425 meter high cliff, was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in June, 2005 and is hauntingly known as the end of the world.
Throughout your journey you will travel aboard Australis’ small fleet of luxurious vessels, which are purpose built to provide comfort, space and
exceptional views of the scenery floating past. Expert guides and lecturers will deliver a fascinating programme of evening talks and off-ship expeditions.
A cruise with Australis showcases some of planet’s most remote places and incredible scenery. Leaving the twinkling lights of Ushuaia or Punta Arenas behind,
discover Patagonia’s pristine landscapes, rich wildlife and wild beauty.
Why we like it
- Follow legendary maritime routes through the Strait of Magellan
- Navigate the Beagle Channel, visit Cape Horn or Tierra del Fuego
- Expertly guided activities
- Spectacular scenery and untouched wilderness
- Wildlife, glaciers and incredible sub-polar Magellanic Forest
At a Glance
EXAMPLE ITINERARY: Fjords of Tierra del Fuego
Day 1: Board the M/V Stella Australis or M/V Via Australis at 18:00 (6 PM). After a welcoming cocktail reception hosted by the captain and his crew, the ship departs for one of the remotest corners of planet Earth.
Day 2: Ainsworth Bay - Tuckers Islets, enjoy zodiac excursions to view Magellan penguins, southern elephant seals and copious bird life.
Day 3: Enjoy a zodiac excursion to view Pia Glacier before cruising east along the Beagle Channel through an area called Glacier Alley.
Day 4: Navigate the narrow Murray Channel and drop anchor at historic Wulaia Bay. In the afternoon cruise across Nassau Bay into the remote archipelago that includes Cape Horn National Park.
Day 5: Arrive in Ushuaia, the world's southernmost city. Disembark at 09:30am.
- Australis voyages operate between September and April
- Choose from differnt 8 sailing itineraries
- Voyages range from 3-7 nights in duration
- Start/end in Ushuaia and Punta Arenas
- One way or round trip options