As the ship slides without haste, the western shore of Tierra del Fuego unveils deep fjords and islets covered with forests and sea wildlife.
The Strait of Magellan and the Beagle Channel make up an inseparable and unforgettable combination for those who choose to navigate around these southern waters. This tour leaves from Punta Arenas on board the watercraft known as Stella Maris.
From October to April, the most temperate months, exploring this desert area leads to unspoiled spots with unusual flora and fauna as well as ancient glaciers. In turn, hundreds of stories and legends about a distant past in which the Yaganes, pirates and shipwrecks used to be the protagonists can be heard.
We took part in one of those outings and, filled with expectation, we went to the harbor. The ship would become our home for the next four days. No sooner had we got on board than we left our luggage at the cabin we had been assigned. Then we went around the boat in order to get familiar with it.
At the beginning of the voyage, we approached the inlet known as Seno del Almirantazgo. It is an imposing gulf nestled among steep mountains. We got ready to land at Ainsworth Bay on board Zodiacs. We caught a spectacular view of Marinelli Glacier and, a little bit farther, an elephant seal colony.
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Level of Difficulty: Hiking tours feature different levels of difficulty. Passengers are provided essential information by the guides before the tours begin.
Duration: 4 days and 3 nights.
Recommendations: The cruise ship offers different cabin levels. Breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as welcome and farewell cocktails, are served on board. There are no special services for disabled people on board. The entire tour goes around areas where temperatures are very low. Therefore, it is advisable to pack warm clothes, especially for landing. Inside the ship, the temperature is pleasant and it is usually recommended to wear sports clothes.