In a seemingly shrinking world, the 1500 kilometres of untouched fjords, soaring peaks, exquisite anchorages and curious wildlife of Patagonia’s west coast offer sustenance to the adventurer. Charles Darwin, exploring the Chilean Channels 124 years ago, wrote: It is scarcely possible to imagine anything more beautiful than the beryl-like blue of these glaciers . . . the channel with its icebergs presented, for the space of a mile, a miniature likeness of the Polar Sea. Since then, little has changed. Here is a world for explorers and visionaries. Awake to the sound of dolphins breaking the mirrored surface of a misty fjord with joyful splashes. Curious otters float on their backs as they feed on mussels and watch us prepare for our day’s adventurer.
This region offers myriad opportunities for mountaineering, sea kayaking and backcountry treks. Unfold a map, draw a line across it, dream it – then do it. For paddlers, we carry two single and one double sea kayak on board, allowing closer views of curious seals and a spectacular variety of birds. We explore some of the world’s most spectacular waterways. Narrow channels twist and turn beneath towering, thousand-metre rock walls. Glaciers flow down narrow ravines; sparkling icefalls calve ancient emerald ice into the milky sea. Daytime brings ample prospects for shore visits.
Trek inland to discover massive beaver dams; set up an easel to paint, or hike up to higher ground for fantastic vistas. Nights are spent tucked safely in cosy, picturesque anchorages. Our trips last from 10 days to five weeks, with an optional dramatic conclusion – rounding Cape Horn. Fewer people visit the Chilean channels than Antarctica.
HOW MUCH ?
Australis: Please contact us. Charter price includes food, fuel and port fees. Maximum of 9 people.
10 days, 14 days recommended ex Ushuaia (Argentina).