Valparaiso to Ushuaia
FEX-682865/214136 S America
19 Nights
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Day 1
Valparaiso, Chile

The Chilean city of Valparaiso is situated on the Pacific Coast of Central Chile and is renowned for its array of brightly-coloured houses and wonderful sea views. This 19th century colonial city has gained UNESCO World Heritage status for its wonderful collection of buildings, plazas and ascensores (inclines) – which will take you to the higher parts of the city. A variety of seabirds including the stunning Inca tern and humboldt penguins can be seen in the surrounding coastal areas.

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Day 3
Valdivia, Chile

Capital of the Los Rios region of southern Chile, the city of Valdivia is home to many landmarks and areas of interest. The banks of the river that flows through the city are home to a number of sea lions and pelicans, while it is also possible to embark on a boat tour of the surrounding area to a number of 17th Century Spanish forts.

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Day 4
Castro, Chile

The city of Castro lies on the eastern coast of the Chilean Island of Chiloé. The city is full of history, and is perhaps most well-known for its traditional wooden stilt houses which line the harbour, and the UNESCO World Heritage church of Nuestra Senora de Gracia. The island is also an important location for Magellanic an Humboldt penguins, and is also a haven for other bird species such as ringed kingfisher, silvery grebe and Chilean flamingo.

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Day 5
Puerto Chacabuco, Chile

The Chilean city of Puerto Chacabuco is situated to south of Puerto Montt. Visitors to this port can see admire the lush green scenery or head to one of the nearby landmarks including the Simpson River Valley and the small town of Coyhaique.

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Day 7
PIO X Glacier, Chile

PIO X Glacier, also known as the Brüggen Glacier, is located in southern Chile and is the largest outflow from the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. Unlike most glaciers, the PIO X has advanced significantly throughout the years, and now at 41 miles long it is the longest glacier outside the Antarctic. The PIO X Glacier offers a unique view of the landscape, whether you chose to see it from a boat or standing on it. 

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Day 8
Chilean Fjords, Chile

The southern coast of Chile is home to a large number of fjords and fjord-like channels, many of which have been heavily explored by Spaniards throughout history. These fjords and channels can be split into four regions including: Chacao to Guafo, Guaitecas to the Gulf of Penas, Gulf of Penas to Straits of Magellan, and Tierra del Fuego and Puerto Natales. the blue glaciers, tiny islands and rugged coastlines of these fjords are home to dolphins, whales, seals, and Magellanic penguins.

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Day 9
Punta Arenas, Chile

Situated in the extreme southern regions of Chile is the Chilean city of Punta Arenas – the largest settlement on the Strait of Magellan. The city is often used as a base for Antarctic expeditions, due to its close location to the northern tip of Antarctica and James Ross Island. This city itself provides many wonderful walking opportunities and is also home to the world’s southernmost brewery, while a short journey outside of the city will provide plenty of penguin viewing opportunities at the “Seno Otway”.

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Day 10
Drake Passage, Seas

The body of water situated between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands of Antarctica is known as the Drake Passage. It is named after Sir Francis Drake who, in 1578, was blown far enough south to suggest there was an open connection between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. This infamous passage became famous during the age of discovery, as it involves sailing around the treacherous Cape Horn. Today, however, the modern vessels of the 21st century are able to pass through Drake Passage with minimal difficulty. Ships in the Passage are often good platforms for the sighting of whales, dolphins and seabirds including giant petrels. 

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Day 12
Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica

Situated at the northernmost tip of the base of the southern hemisphere, the Antarctic Peninsula consists of a string of bedrock islands which are covered by a huge sheet of ice. Although it has the mildest climate of Antarctica, it remains intensely cold throughout the year. There is an abundance of flora and fauna on the peninsula including a variety of lichens and a collection of seals, seabirds and penguins. Cruises departing from Ushuaia in Argentina often travel through the Antarctic Peninsula for stunning views of the unique scenery.  

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Day 17
Drake Passage, Seas

The body of water situated between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands of Antarctica is known as the Drake Passage. It is named after Sir Francis Drake who, in 1578, was blown far enough south to suggest there was an open connection between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. This infamous passage became famous during the age of discovery, as it involves sailing around the treacherous Cape Horn. Today, however, the modern vessels of the 21st century are able to pass through Drake Passage with minimal difficulty. Ships in the Passage are often good platforms for the sighting of whales, dolphins and seabirds including giant petrels. 

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Day 19
Ushuaia, Argentina

Arguably the southernmost city in the world, the Argentine city of Ushuaia, in Tierra del Fuego, is a perfect base from which to embark on journeys to the Falklands and the Antarctic Peninsula. This colourful and picturesque town is best viewed from the Martial Glacier, where visitors will be able to look out over Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel. It's position on the channel makes it a fantastic starting point to any Antarctic cruise. Wildlife is abundant in and around the city with attractions including local birds, penguins, seals, and orcas living in the Beagle Channel.