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Patagonia for Connoisseurs, Exploring and Cruising a Land of Legends © Far South Expeditions

Discover the essence of Patagonia through this in-depth nature tour and photo journey which combines the best of a land expedition and a comfortable cruise; great nature lodges, the best wildlife encounters, thorough nature interpretation. Experience the comfort of traveling in a small group.

This itinerary features Patagonia's premier wildlife destinations: Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares national parks, in Chile and Argentina respectively, as well as the most important and highly significant geographic and historic landmarks in the southern tip of the South American continent, the Straits of Magellan, Tierra del Fuego, the Beagle Channel and Cape Horn.

12-day trip. Starts: El Calafate, Argentina – Ends: Ushuaia, Argentina.

Scheduled and private departures; check out our updated 2015/2016 fixed dates and rates.

 

Andean Condor, Vultur gryphus, Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

Andean Condor, Vultur gryphus © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

 

Book this trip, reserve space now!In the first, terrestrial par of our trip, we’ll explore colossal glaciers, Perito Moreno in Argentina and Grey in Chile’s Torres del Paine; visit Otway Sound Magellanic Penguin colony, and the fascinating paleontological site of Mylodon Cave. Meet the locals while enjoying a shearing show and shepherd dog demonstration at a typical Patagonian farm.

During the second, ship-based part of this journey we will sail through a significant part of the Straits of Magellan, learning about the fascinating history of the indigenous people and the explorers of the Fuegian fjords and channels, and following in the footsteps of Darwin aboard the HMS Beagle. Tall snow-capped mountains, huge glaciers and magnificent forests, all add to the peculiar beauty of this landscape of peaks, trees, fjords and remote islands sculpted by the strong westerly winds and the powerful waters of the Pacific Ocean. We’ll see active breeding colonies of penguins and sea lions, and enjoy the elegant flight of the majestic albatross. Finally, we shall reach the southernmost part of our journey at the mythical and feared Cape Horn.

 

OVERVIEW

Overview

 

Magellanic Penguin, Spheniscus magellanicus, Otway Sound, Magallanes, Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South ExpeditionsItinerary in Brief (12 days / 11 nights)

 

Day 1 • El Calafate, Argentina – Perito Moreno Glacier & Los Glaciares National Park

Day 2 • Lago Argentino & Estancia ‘Cristina'

Day 3 • Drive to Cerro Castillo, Chile – Torres del Paine NP

Day 4 • Torres del Paine NP (west) – Boat trip to Grey Glacier

Day 5 • Torres del Paine NP (east) – Laguna Amarga & Laguna Azul

Day 6 • Mylodon Cave Natural Monument – Gaucho farm – Punta Arenas

Day 7 • Ferry to Tierra del Fuego – Useless Bay for King penguins

Day 8 • Flight to Punta Arenas – Otway Sound – Board M/V Stella Australis

Day 9 • Tierra del Fuego: Ainsworth Bay – Tucker Islets

Day 10 • Beagle Channel: Pia Glacier – ‘Avenue of Glaciers’

Day 11 • Cape Horn – Wulaia Bay

Day 12 • Arrival to Ushuaia, Argentina

 

Trip Highlights

• Comprehensive visits to Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks.

• Visits to Otway Sound, Mylodon Cave and Tierra del Fuego.

• An great diversity of wildlife, ranging from Andean condor to guanaco, from flamingos to penguins, from puma to dolphins and sea lions.

• An insight on the rich cultural history (and pre-history) of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, as well as the history of exploration from Magellan onwards.

• Sailing the most unknown and undisturbed southern archipelago.

• The unique privilege of sailing around Cape Horn, the world's most feared headland.

• The most southerly outposts of sub-Antarctic beech forest.

• Spectacular scenery including actively calving glaciers, fjords, channels and the pristine temperate Nothofagus forests of Southern Chile.

• Ideal journey for nature photographers (of all levels) as well as nature enthusiasts.

 

The Difference of Traveling with Far South Expeditions

• Great accommodation at hotels and nature lodges.

• Spacious vehicles that ensure a window seat to each trip participant.

• Our trips have a maximum of 8 participants.

• Each vehicle and driver we use has been authorized by the Chilean and Argentine Transportation Authority.

• The service and expertise of a professional local naturalist leader, who will look after every logistical aspect of your holiday.

• A useful pre-departure information package (maps, wildlife checklists and more).

 

Patagonia for Connoisseurs can be combined with one of the following optional extensions:

Easter Island (3 to 5-day options), in-depth exploration to the enigmatic Rapa Nui, the most remote populated island on Earth.

• Atacama Desert Explorer (6 days, 5 nights), a unique private photo safari to discover the wildlife and landscapes of the world's most arid desert.

 

ITINERARY

Detailed Itinerary and Activities

 

Starts: El Calafate, ArgentinaEnds: Ushuaia, Argentina

Note: We suggest our guests arrive to El Calafate (Argentina) the prior day to the starting date of the tour.

 

Day 1 • El Calafate, Argentina – Visit to Perito Moreno Glacier, Los Glaciares National Park

Your guide will pick you up at your hotel. After that, you will be heading towards 'Los Glaciares' National Park, where you will enjoy breathtaking views of the most famous glacier in Patagonia, the majestic 'Perito Moreno'. This ice cathedral is surrounded by Southern Beech (Nothofagus) forest growing so close to the ice that sometimes seems as if they touched each other. It is certainly astonishing to find Canelo (Drymis winteri), Notro (Embothrium coccineum) - a Protea related tree/bush - plus other species from rather tropical origin, like orchids, facing the glacial front. We expect to see soaring Condors in the area as well as Magellanic Woodpecker and other charismatic birds of the Patagonian sub-Antarctic woodlands.

Overnight at Hotel Kau Yantun or similar, El Calafate. (Lunch) (Guide).

 

Perito Moreno Glacier, Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

 

Day 2 • Full day exploring Lago Argentino and Estancia Cristina, Los Glaciares National Park

Today we will have the extraordinary opportunity to explore the northernmost part of the huge Lake Argentino. We will start our day with a transfer to Puerto Bandera in order to take our boat; we will cruise, during the whole morning, the gelid waters of the lake, seeing impressive icebergs to eventually have fascinating views of the front of Uppsala Glacier. We will arrive to Estancia Cristina by noon and will have the whole afternoon to explore the surroundings with 4x4 vehicles. We will enjoy short hikes to some viewpoints where we can see part of the Southern Patagonian Ice field and the imposing Andes.

Overnight at Hotel Kau Yatún or similar, El Calafate. (Breakfast, Lunch) (Guide).

 

Argentino Lake, Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

 

Day 3 • Crossing into ChileDrive to Cerro Castillo Torres del Paine National Park

Early in the morning you will have a private transfer to Cerro Castillo, in Chile, in order to continue towards Torres del Paine, Patagonia’s premier wildlife destination. At the eastern corner of Sarmiento Lake, we will reach a location that commands the most incredible views of the towering peaks of Las Torres (the 'towers'), the granitic spires from which the park takes its name. As we move around the park, you shall observe confiding herds of Guanaco, most southerly relative to camels, the curious-looking Lesser Rhea and our first Andean condors along the road.

Overnight at Hotel Rio Serrano or similar, Torres del Paine. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide).

 

Guanaco, Lama guanicoe, Torres del Paine, Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

 

Day 4 • Torres del Paine National Park (western side) – Boat trip to Grey Glacier

Today we will explore the southern and western regions of this huge -242,000hectares/600,000 acres- national park. The landscape is dominated by the omnipresent Paine Massif, a magnificent set of rugged peaks of granite and sedimentary rock. The long-gone Indians of Patagonia gave the name Paine, meaning “blue”, presumably referring to its remarkable colour when observed at a distance. We will have the opportunity to explore theNothofagus or southern Beech forests to study its diversity of plants and animals; we will look for Magellanic Woodpecker, Austral Parakeet and, if we are lucky, the shy Andean Deer or Huemul. We will be marveled by the contrasting mosaic of towering mountains, glaciers, lakes and forests.

Lake Grey is certainly one of the highlights of the day. Colossal icebergs are stranded on the southern shore of the lake after a long and slow transit from the glacier front. From this shore we will board our boat (the M/V Grey II) for a 3-hour excursion through the icy waters of the lake towards the impressive and active calving front of the Grey Glacier. Grey is one of the nearly 50 outlet glaciers which originate from the massive Southern Patagonian Ice Field, world's third largest after Antarctica and Greenland, and is one of the most beautiful and colourful in all Patagonia. The front is full of crevasses and the solid glacial ice colours vary from whitish to deep indigo. The glacier is flanked towards the east by impressive granite walls, which are part of the Paine Massif, and towards the west, by the eroded and low summits of the older Andes. Photography is great at this particular spot. We will be treated with a glass of 'Pisco sour' or Scotch containing glacier ice hundreds, maybe even a thousand years old!

Overnight at Hotel Rio Serrano or similar, Torres del Paine. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide).

 

Sunrise at Torres del Paine National Park, Argentina © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

 

Day 5 • Torres del Paine National Park (eastern side) – Laguna Amarga and Laguna Azul

This morning we will have an early start in order to photograph the 'Horns' (Los Cuernos) at dawn. With the right lighting, the mountain base turns into orange colours and the scene become very dramatic with peculiar lenticular clouds moving fast over the peaks. During the morning we will visit the eastern side of the park to enjoy the views of one of the impressive waterfalls of Paine River and if it’s clear, of the fabulous granite columns of the Paine massif from Laguna Amarga. After our picnic, we will keep exploring the alkaline ponds and reed-fringed lagoons located of the eastern part of the park. There are approximately 120 species of birds in the park and we will see a considerable number of them, with the help of binoculars and spotting scopes. The flora is a very interesting subject for observation and photography, as well. The park holds nearly 500 species of plants; the southern spring and early summer (mid-October through late January) is a great period of the year to see the myriad flowers that bloom in these magnificent mountain landscapes. After our return to the hotel and enjoy our delicious dinner, we will have another chance to photograph the mountains and clouds at sunset.

Overnight at Hotel Rio Serrano or similar, Torres del Paine. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide).

 

Chilean Flamingos, Phoenicopterus chilensis © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

 

Day 6 • Visit to Mylodon Cave Natural Monument – Sheep farm (shearing show and barbecue) – Punta Arenas

We will leave the park early in the morning, after enjoying another photo session of the Paine mountains. Later we will visit Mylodon Cave Nature Reserve, an outstanding natural formation that sheltered a large number of long-gone Pleistocene mammal species, including the Giant Ground-Sloth or Mylodon, about 12,000 years ago when most of the surrounding area was covered by glaciers. Then, we will head towards the picturesque coastal town of Puerto Natales, where there are are gorgeous vistas of Ultima Esperanza ('Last Hope') fjord, with tens of stunning Black-necked Swans feeding along the shore. In the afternoon we will visit Estancia Cerro Negro, a typical working sheep-farming station, where we will watch a shearing and sheep dog demonstration and enjoy a delicious Patagonian-style barbecue. Later, we will be transferred towards Punta Arenas, Chile's most southerly town.

Overnight at Hotel Rey Don Felipe or similar, Punta Arenas. (Breakfast, Lunch) (Guide)

 

Southern Grey Fox, Pseudalopex griseus © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

 

Day 7 • Morning ferry crossing in the Straits of Magellan – Afternoon visit to Useless Bay for King Penguins

We will start our journey to the ferry docks located at the northern side of Punta Arenas. At approximately 9 am, we will begin our 2-hour crossing through the mythic waters of the Straits of Magellan; these world-famous seaways are very rich in terms of history of exploration. Magellan, Drake, Cavendish, Bougainville, Fitz Roy and Darwin, among several other sailors and explorers, surveyed this region, most of the times, in really harsh and dangerous conditions. You will see an interesting array of seabirds, including Black-browed Albatrosses, Southern Giant Petrels, Southern Fulmars, King Cormorants, Dolphin Gulls and South American Terns. It is very likely to see interesting marine mammals such as pods of Peale's Dolphin and inquisitive South American Sea Lions.

As soon as we land you will realize that the vegetation of this part of Tierra del Fuego is dominated by flat wind-swept steppes, with tussock grasses and low shrubs, and interspersed with rolling hills. Immediately we will be driving for approximately two hours along the shores of Bahia Inutil (Useless Bay), where we expect to see Guanaco, Southern Grey Fox, the ubiquitous Upland Goose, Chilean Flamingo and a great diversity of waterfowl. At sea we may see albatrosses, petrels, gulls and skuas patrolling the waters of this huge sound.

At Parque Pingüino Rey, we will have a short introduction on how to visit and approach the King Penguins. This is a private nature reserve, which aims to preserve the small numbers of Kings that visit the area and even remain year-round here, taking advantage of the excellent feeding conditions of the surrounding seas. We will have plenty of chances to observe and photograph the penguins from a reasonable distance (maximum approach distance will be given by the guide and must be respected at all times during your visit). Later we will return to Porvenir for lodging.

Overnight at Hosteria Yendegaia or similar, Porvenir (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide)

 

King Penguins, Aptenodytes patagonicus © Enrique Couve, Far South Expeditions

King Penguins, Aptenodytes patagonicus © Enrique Couve, Far South Expeditions

 

Day 8 • Flight to Punta Arenas – Visit to Otway Sound penguin colony  Board Australis Cruise

After breakfast you will be transferred to the local airport to take a short 12-minute flight back to Punta Arenas. After our arrival, you will visit Otway Sound and its Magellanic Penguin rookery. Here, we will have more time than the conventional/general tours in order to photograph and study the behaviour of this endemic and most common penguin species of Patagonia. Our guide will give a field talk about their breeding and feeding ecology, and some remarks about other penguin species occurring in the southern region of South America. We will also bird along the path in search of some of the local songbirds including Austral Canastero, Grass Wren, Long-tailed Meadowlark. There is a good chance of seeing Chilean Flamingo plus a good selection of southern ducks. 

Board the M/V Via Australis or M/V Stella Australis cruise ship at 18:00. After a welcoming cocktail reception hosted by the Captain and his crew, the ship will depart for one of the remotest parts of the planet. Our trip will take us through the Strait of Magellan and Beagle Channel to explore one of the most breathtaking wilderness regions in the world: Southern Patagonia, which includes the Tierra del Fuego archipelago.

Overnight at M/V Stella Australis or M/V Via Australis. (Dinner)(Guides).

 

One of the Australis cruises, western Tierra del Fuego, Chile © Cruceros Australis

 

Day 9 • Ainsworth Bay – Tucker Islets*

At dawn, we will navigate our way through Almirantazgo Sound, arriving at Ainsworth Bay which is sited within Alberto De Agostini National Park. It’s the perfect spot from which to see the Marinelli Glacier descending from Darwin Mountain Range in the distance; and to appreciate how the land returns to life after glacial retreat. We will also take a walk to a beaver dam in the stunning sub-polar Magellan Forest. Whether on the beach or the island, there’s a good chance of sighting Southern Elephant Seals. But do bear in mind the fact that sightings cannot be guaranteed due to the colony’s unpredictable movements.Later, we will be sailing to Tuckers Islets, and after lunch, we will board well-equipped Zodiac boats to get close to a colony of Magellan Penguins (indigenous to the Southern Hemisphere) and cormorants.

Overnight at M/V Stella Australis or M/V Via Australis. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)(Guides).

 

Southern Elephant Seal, Mirounga leonina, Tierra del Fuego, Chile © Enrique Couve, Far South Expeditions

 

Day 10 • Pia Glacier – Glacier Alley**Beagle Channel

We will navigate along the northwest arm of the Beagle Channel before disembarking at Pia Fjord. From there, we’ll take a short hike to a panoramic viewpoint from where we can enjoy spectacular views of the awe-inspiring Pia Glacier whose main tongue extends from the mountaintops down to the sea. After this memorable experience, we will continue our voyage along the Beagle Channel through the majestic Glacier Alley.

Overnight at M/V Stella Australis or M/V Via Australis. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)(Guides).

 

Black-browed Albatross, Thalassarche melanophris © Enrique Couve, Far South Expeditions

 

Day 11 • Cape Horn Wulaia Bay

During the morning we will be sailing through Murray Channel, going ashore at historical Wulaia Bay, originally the site of one of the region’s largest Yamana aboriginal settlements. Charles Darwin landed there in 1833 during his voyage on the HMS Beagle. This area is also renowned for the mesmerizing beauty of its vegetation and geography. We will take an enchanted walk through the Magellan Forest of lengas, coigües, canelos, ferns, and other endemic vegetation, to reach a panoramic viewpoint.In the afternoon we will go South through Nassau Bay to reach Cape Horn National Park, where, weather permitting, we shall go ashore. The legendary Cape Horn was discovered in 1616 and is a sheer 425-meter (1,394-foot) high rocky promontory. For many years it was an important navigation route between the Pacific and the Atlantic, and is referred to as the ‘End of the Earth’. The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2005.

Overnight at M/V Stella Australis or M/V Via Australis. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)(Guides).


Landing at Cape Horn Island, Chile © Cruceros Australis

 

Day 12 • Arrival to Ushuaia, Argentina

Disembarkation in Ushuaia: Stella Australis at 08:00 and Via Australis at 09:30. (Breakfast).

 

* In September and April this excursion is replaced with Brookes Glacier

** Not an excusion; ship-based sightseeing excursion

 

MAP

Trip Map

 

Patagonia for Connoisseurs Trip Map


DATES & RATES

Dates and Rates Season 2015/2016

 

For Scheduled Departures

 

Patagonia for Connoisseurs
Trip Code PAT08
Trip Length 12 days, 11 nights
2015 Dates Dec 19
2016 Dates Jan 16, Feb 20, Mar 19*
Price per person (US$) Low Season*: $5,773 • High Season: $6,387
Single Supplement Low Season*: $1,635 • High Season: $1,935
Trips are guaranteed to depart with a minimum of 4 participants.

Maximum group size 8 participants.

Aboard M/V Stella Australis

 

Rates for Custom Departures (you choose the date)


Available from September 2015 through April 2016 and September 2016 through April 2017.

Departures from El Calafate, Argentina on Saturdays and Mondays.

High Season: 1 November until 15 March | Low Season: October; 16 March until April.  

 

Patagonia for Connoisseurs

Aboard M/V Stella Australis (Saturday departures) & M/V Via Australis (Monday departures)

Trip Code PAT08
Trip Length 12 days, 11 nights
No. of guests 2 4+ Single Suppl.
Price per person (US$) - Low Season $6,998 $5,773 $1,635
Price person (US$) - High Season $7,673 $6,387 $1,935
Trips are guaranteed to depart with a minimum of 2 participants.

 

What the trip includes/excludes

The above prices are per person in US$, based on double occupancy and in cabin Category A during the cruise; upgrade for superior cabins (AAA, AA Sup or AAA Sup) is available upon request. All payments are in US Dollars.

Single supplement will be added if single accommodations are requested.

 

The trip price includes: All accommodations, meals and guide services as stated in the itinerary, private ground transportation during the tour, boat trips to Grey Lake and Lago Argentino, ferry fares to Tierra del Fuego and park entrance fees (Mylodon Cave and Otway Sound nature reserves, and Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks). During the cruise: welcome cocktail, expedition cruise accommodations and activities on full-board basis, drinks, shore excursions in zodiac boats, lectures, shipboard entertainment and expedition guide services.


The trip price excludes: Domestic flights, tipping, visa and/or passport expenses, port taxes (US$40 per person), lodging and meals other than those offered in the program, personal insurance, extra baggage charges, additional expenses, such as: laundry service, telephone calls, use of Internet or other means of communication, etc. Entrance tax to Chile, excess baggage charges, private excursions, à la carte dishes, snacks, drinks, laundry, telephone calls and anything else of a purely personal nature.

 

Tour Registration

To book this tour, please complete our online registration form. We will process your booking form and will send you (within 24 hours) a note with space confirmation and a deposit invoice with payment instructions. The deposit amount is US$ 500 per person. Full payment of the tour fee is due 90 days prior to tour departure.

NOTE: Inquires received on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays will be replied during the following working day.

 

Cancellation Policy

Notice of cancellation can only be accepted IN WRITING from the person who signed the booking form and takes effect on the day such noticed is received by us.

 

Refunds are made according to the following schedule:

If cancellation is made 120 days or more before departure date, the deposit less US$ 200 is refundable.

If cancellation is made between 120 and 60 days before departure, the deposit is not refundable, but any payments covering the balance of the fee will be refunded.

If cancellation is made fewer than 60 days before departure date, no refund is available.

This policy and fee schedule also applies to pre-trip and post trip extensions, as well as any transfers from one tour to another. We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation insurance to protect yourself.

 

LODGES

The Lodges


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Hotel de Campo Kau Yatun, surrounded by the Patagonian steppe in Estancia 25 de Mayo, features traditional ranch style architecture, a cosy bar by the fireside and spacious rooms with panoramic windows. Set among aspen and pine trees, the Hotel de Campo offers spacious rooms with private bathrooms, separate bathtub and shower and free Wi-Fi and 24-hour room service. Buffet breakfast and regional cuisine is served at the house´s restaurant. Boutiques and restaurants in downtown El Calafate are within 6 blocks. The glaciers of Parque Nacional Los Glaciares are a 50 mile drive from the hotel.

 

Hotel Kau Yatun, El Calafate, Patagonia, Argentina

Check out our photo gallery of Hotel Kau Yatun, El Calafate, Patagonia, Argentina. Click here.

 

TripAdvisor Review here.

Photo Gallery: Hotel Kau Yatun, El Calafate, Patagonia, Argentina

Hotel Río Serrano, Torres del Paine, Chile

Check out our photo gallery of Hotel Rio Serrano, Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile. Click here.

 

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Photo Gallery: Hotel Rio Serrano, Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile

Yendegaia House, Porvenir, Tierra del Fuego, Chile

Check out our photo gallery of Yendegaia House, Porvenir, Tierra del Fuego, Chile. Click here.

 

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Photo Gallery: Yendegaia House, Porvenir, Tierra del Fuego, Chile

Hotel Rey Don Felipe, Punta Arenas, Patagonia, Chile

Check out our photo gallery of Hotel Remota, Puerto Natales, Patagonia Chile. Click here.

 

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Photo Gallery: Hotel Rey Don Felipe, Punta Arenas, Patagonia, Chile

 

SHIPS

The Ships

 

 

M/V Stella Australis

 

Gross tonnage: --- GRT (Gross registered tonnage)

Built: 2010

Cabins: 100 cabins, with private facilities, low beds and panoramic windows.

Passenger capacity: 210

Decks: 5

Lounges: 3 lounges and one dining room.

Length: 236 ft. • 71,83 m

Draft: 10,3 ft. • 3,15 m

Breadth: 44 ft. • 13,4 m

M/V Via Australis

 

Gross tonnage: 2,716 GRT

Built: 2005

Cabins: 64 cabins, with private facilities, low beds and panoramic windows.

Decks: 5 Decks.

Lounges: 2 lounges and one dining room.

Length: 237 ft. • 72,30 m

Draft: 10,8 ft. • 3,30 m

Breadth: 44 ft. • 13,4 m


 

1st Deck "Patagonia"

Deck Patagonia - B Cabins

M/V Via Australis: 7 "B" Cabins (7 twin beds)

 

2nd Deck "Magallanes"

Deck Magallanes - A Cabins

M/V Via Australis: 29 "A" Cabins (7 double beds + 2 triple + 20 twin beds)

 

3rd Deck "Tierra del Fuego"

Deck Tierra del Fuego - AA Cabins

M/V Via Australis: 18 "AA" Cabins (5 double beds + 6 triple + 7 twin beds)

 

4th Deck "Cabo de Hornos"

Deck Cabo de Hornos - AAA Cabins

M/V Via Australis: 10 "AAA" Cabins (3 double beds + 7 twin beds)

Cabin A, AA and AAA

Cabin A, AA and AAA - double bed

Private facilities

Independently controlled heater

Safety box

Closet

Large windows to enjoy scenery

220/110 V - US sockets

Cabin A, AA and AAA

Cabin A, AA and AAA - twin beds

Private facilities

Independently controlled heater

Safety box

Closet

Large windows to enjoy scenery

220/110 V - US sockets

 

Cabin B

Cabin B - twin beds

Located on the first deck

Private facilities

Independently controlled heater

Safety box

Closet

Large windows to enjoy scenery

220/110 V - US sockets

Cabin plan Cabin plan for all decks

 

CHECKLIST

Field Checklist

 

Birds and Mammals of Patagonia & Tierra del Fuego. Possible species to be seen during this trip.

 

BIRDS MAMMALS

 

Rheas | Rheidae

Lesser Rhea Rhea pennata

Penguins | Spheniscidae

King Penguin Aptenodytes patagonica

Magellanic Penguin Spheniscus magellanicus


Grebes | Podicipedidae

White-tufted Grebe Rollandia rolland

Great Grebe Podiceps major

Silvery Grebe Podiceps occipitalis

Albatrosses | Diomedeidae

Black-browed Albatross Thalassarche melanophris

Grey-headed Albatross Thalassarche chrysostoma

 

Shearwaters & Petrels | Procellariidae

Antarctic Giant Petrel Macronectes giganteus

Southern Fulmar Fulmarus glacialoides

Cape Petrel Daption capense

White-chinned Petrel Procellaria aequinoctialis

Great Shearwater Puffinus gravis

Sooty Shearwater Puffinus griseus

 

Storm-Petrels | Hydrobatidae

Wilson's Storm-Petrel Oceanites oceanicus

Diving-Petrels | Pelecanoididae

Magellanic Diving-Petrel Pelecanoides magellani

Cormorants | Phalacrocoracidae

Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus

Rock Shag Phalacrocorax magellanicus

Imperial Shag Phalacrocorax atriceps

Herons, Egrets & Bitterns | Ardeidae

Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis

Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax

Ibises & Spoonbills | Threskiornithidae

Black-faced Ibis Theristicus melanopis

Flamingos | Phoenicopteridae

Chilean Flamingo Phoenicopterus chilensis

Ducks, Geese & Swans | Anatidae

Black-necked Swan Cygnus melanocorypha

Coscoroba Swan Coscoroba coscoroba

Upland Goose Chloephaga picta

Kelp Goose Chloephaga hybrida

Ashy-headed Goose Chloephaga poliocephala

Ruddy-headed Goose Chloephaga rubidiceps

Flightless Steamerduck Tachyeres pteneres

Flying Steamerduck Tachyeres patachonicus

Chiloe Wigeon Anas sibilatrix

Speckled Teal Anas flavirostris

Spectacled Duck Anas specularis

Crested Duck Anas specularioides

Yellow-billed Pintail Anas georgica

White-cheeked Pintail Anas bahamensis

Silver Teal Anas versicolor

Red Shoveler Anas platalea

Black-headed Duck Heteronetta atricapilla

Andean Duck Oxyura ferruginea

Lake Duck Oxyura vittata

New World Vultures | Cathartidae

Andean Condor Vultur gryphus

Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura

Hawks, Eagles & Kites | Accipitridae

Cinereous Harrier Circus cinereus

Chilean Hawk Accipiter chilensis

Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle Geranoaetus melanoleucus

Variable Hawk Buteo polyosoma

Rufous-tailed Hawk Buteo ventralis

Falcons & Caracaras | Falconidae

Southern Crested Caracara Caracara plancus

Chimango Caracara Milvago chimango

American Kestrel Falco sparverius

Aplomado Falcon Falco femoralis

Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus

Rails, Gallinules & Coots | Rallidae

Plumbeous Rail Pardirallus sanguinolentus

White-winged Coot Fulica leucoptera

Red-gartered Coot Fulica armillata

Red-fronted Coot Fulica rufifrons

Oystercatchers | Haematopodidae

Magellanic Oystercatcher Haematopus leucopodus

Blackish Oystercatcher Haematopus ater

American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatus

Plovers & Lapwings | Charadriidae

Southern Lapwing Vanellus chilensis

American Golden-Plover Pluvialis dominica

Two-banded Plover Charadrius falklandicus

Rufous-chested Dotterel Charadrius modestus

Tawny-throated Dotterel Oreopholus ruficollis

Magellanic Plover | Pluvianellidae

Magellanic Plover Pluvianellus socialis

Sandpipers & Allies | Scolopacidae

South American Snipe Gallinago paraguaiae

Hudsonian Godwit Limosa haemastica

Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus

Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes

Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres

Red Knot Calidris canutus

Sanderling Calidris alba

White-rumped Sandpiper Calidris fuscicollis

Baird's Sandpiper Calidris bairdii

Wilson's Phalarope Phalaropus tricolor

Seedsnipes | Thinocoridae

White-bellied Seedsnipe Attagis malouinus

Gray-breasted Seedsnipe Thinocorus orbignyianus

Least Seedsnipe Thinocorus rumicivorus

Sheathbills | Chionidae

Snowy Sheathbill Chionis alba

Skuas & Jaegers | Stercoraridae

Chilean Skua Stercorarius chilensis

Parasitic Jaeger Stercorarius parasiticus

Gulls | Laridae

Dolphin Gull Larus scoresbii

Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus

Brown-hooded Gull Larus maculipennis

Franklin's Gull Larus pipixcan

South American Tern Sterna hirundinacea

Doves & Pigeons | Columbidae

Rock Dove Columba livia

Eared Dove Zenaida auriculata

Parrots, Macaws & Allies | Psittacidae

Austral Parakeet Enicognathus ferrugineus

Barn Owls | Tytonidae

Barn Owl Tyto alba

Typical Owls | Strigidae

Magellanic Horned Owl Bubo magellanicus

Austral Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium nanum

Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus

Hummingbirds | Trochilidae

Green-backed Firecrown Sephanoides sephaniodes

Kingfishers | Alcedinidae

Ringed Kingfisher Ceryle torquata

Woodpeckers & Allies | Picidae

Striped Woodpecker Picoides lignarius

Chilean Flicker Colaptes pitius

Magellanic Woodpecker Campephilus magellanicus

Ovenbirds | Furnariidae

Common Miner Geositta cunicularia

Short-billed Miner Geositta antarctica

Scale-throated Earthcreeper Upucerthia dumetaria

Band-tailed Earthcreeper Eremobius phoenicurus

Dark-bellied Cinclodes Cinclodes patagonicus

Gray-flanked Cinclodes Cinclodes oustaleti

Bar-winged Cinclodes Cinclodes fuscus

Blackish Cinclodes Cinclodes antarcticus

Thorn-tailed Rayadito Aphrastura spinicauda

Plain-mantled Tit-Spinetail Leptasthenura aegithaloides

Wren-like Rushbird Phleocryptes melanops

Lesser Canastero Asthenes pyrrholeuca

Cordilleran Canastero Asthenes modesta

Austral Canastero Asthenes anthoides

White-throated Treerunner Pygarrhichas albogularis

Tapaculos |  Rhinocryptidae

Magellanic Tapaculo Scytalopus magellanicus

Plantcutters | Phytotomidae

Rufous-tailed Plantcutter Phytotoma rara

Tyrant Flycatchers | Tyrannidae

White-crested Elaenia Elaenia albiceps

Tufted Tit-Tyrant Anairetes parulus

Patagonian Tyrant Colorhamphus parvirostris

Fire-eyed Diucon Xolmis pyrope

Chocolate-vented Tyrant Neoxolmis rufiventris

Dark-faced Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola macloviana

Cinnamon-bellied Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola capistrata

Austral Negrito Lessonia rufa

Swallows | Hirundinidae

Chilean Swallow Tachycineta meyeni

Blue-and-white Swallow Pygochelidon cyanoleuca

Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica

Wagtails & Pipits | Motacillidae

Correndera Pipit Anthus correndera

Wrens | Troglodytidae

House Wren Troglodytes aedon

Sedge Wren Cistothorus platensis

Mockingbirds & Thrashers | Mimidae

Patagonian Mockingbird Mimus patagonicus

Thrushes & Allies | Turdidae

Austral Thrush Turdus falcklandii

Old World Sparrows | Passeridae

House Sparrow ( I ) Passer domesticus

Siskins, Crossbills & Allies | Fringillidae

Black-chinned Siskin Carduelis barbata

Buntings, Sparrows & Allies | Emberizidae

Gray-hooded Sierra-Finch Phrygilus gayi

Patagonian Sierra-Finch Phrygilus patagonicus

Mourning Sierra-Finch Phrygilus fruticeti

Plumbeous Sierra-Finch Phrygilus unicolor

Canary-winged Finch Melanodera melanodera

Patagonian Yellow-Finch Sicalis lebruni

Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis

Troupials & Allies | Icteridae

Long-tailed Meadowlark Sturnella loyca

Austral Blackbird Curaeus curaeus

 

Armadillos | Dasypodidae

Big Hairy Armadillo Chaetophractus villosus

Pichi Zaedyus pichiy

 

Otters | Mustelidae

Marine Otter Lontra felina

 

Rabbits & Hares | Leporidae

Old World Rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus

Brown Hare Lepus capensis

 

Nutrias | Myocastoridae

Nutria Myocastor coypus

Beaver Castor canadensis

 

Camels | Camelidae

Guanaco Lama guanicoe

 

Dolphins | Delphinidae

Peale's Dolphin Lagenorhynchus australis

Chilean Dolphin Cephalorhynchus eutropia

Commerson's Dolphin Cephalorhynchus commersonii

Dusky Dolphin Lagenorhynchus obscurus

Orca or Killer Whale Orcinus orca


Whales | Balaenopteridae

Humpback Whale Megaptera novaeangliae


Eared Seals | Otariidae

Southern Sea Lion Otaria byronia

South American Fur Seal Arctocephalus australis

 

True Seals | Phocidae

Southern Elephant Seal Mirounga leonina

 

Deer | Cervidae

Southern Andean Deer Hippocamelus bisulcus

 

Cats | Felidae

Puma Puma concolor

 

Dogs | Canidae

Southern Grey Fox Pseudalopex griseus

Culpeo Fox Pseudalopex culpaeus

 

Skunks | Mephitidae

Patagonian Hog-nosed Skunk Conepatus humboldti

 

 

 
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