Our itinerary & experience make the most of your time & curiosity

Flexibility is a hallmark of our expeditions, and often the day-by-day itinerary will change as we take advantage of rare wildlife sightings or photographers linger ashore through the golden hour of light. Extraordinary adventure is a guarantee. 


  • DAY 1-2: U.S./Santiago, Chile

    Fly overnight to Santiago, and check in to the Mandarin Oriental. The Andes form an inspiring backdrop to our guided overview. (Day 2: L)

  • DAY 3: Puerto Montt/Embark

    Fly by private charter from Santiago to Puerto Montt, Chile’s northern gateway to Patagonia. Embark National Geographic Explorer. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 4: Castro, Chiloé Island

    Explore Chiloé’s culture including its palafitos (colorful stilt houses) along the water and a some of its magnificent wooden churches. Alternatively, visit Chiloé National Park for a hike through the wilderness. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 5: Pumalín National Park

    Pumalín’s 750,000 acres in Chilean Patagonia are protected as one of the last remaining areas of the unusual alerce forest, consisting of huge trees similar in size to California redwoods. Walk the park trails to see them up close. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 6-10: The Inside Passage & the Chilean Fjords

    A vast area of snowcapped mountains, glaciers, thousands of islands, lakes, soaring granite walls, and waterfalls, the archipelago is virtually untouched by man. We make good use of our Zodiacs, kayaks and undersea technology. One highlight is the Pio XI Glacier, the longest glacier in the Southern Hemisphere outside Antarctica. Look for condors as our ship transits the White Narrows. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 11: Puerto Natales/Torres del Paine National Park

    From Puerto Natales, drive to monumental Torres del Paine National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere reserve. Discover spectacular and wildlife-rich areas, covering 450,000 acres of glaciers, forests and grasslands, rivers and colorful lagoons. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 12-13: Tierra del Fuego: Karukinka Natural Park

    Tierra del Fuego is one of Patagonia’s crown jewels. We have special permission from the Wildlife Conservation Society to visit Karukinka Natural Park, home to nesting black-browed albatross, condors, and elephant seals. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 14: The Chilean Fjords, Beagle Channel & Exploring

    Myriad fjords or senos indent the coast. We cruise deep into the senos, punctuated at the end by tidewater glaciers, to explore by Zodiac, kayak, and on foot. Transit the Beagle Channel and explore some of its many possibilities. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 15: Cape Horn

    Today we visit Cape Horn, the southernmost tip of the continent, and, conditions permitting, land there for panoramic views. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 16-18: Isla de Los Estados (Staten Island), Argentina

    By special permission, Explorer is one of the only expedition ships ever to visit extraordinary Staten Island. Its mountainous, forested landscapes and rugged fjords are beautiful. Search for southern rockhopper and Magellanic penguins, fur seals and sea lions. See the San Juan de Salvamento “lighthouse at the end of the world,” which inspired Jules Verne’s novel by the same name. (B,L,D)

Please note: All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.

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