Expedition Overview

Expedition Overview

  • See Patagonia by land and sea, exploring the staggering peaks of Torres del Paine National Park and setting sail into Chile’s coastal fjords aboard the National Geographic Resolution.
  • Settle into Tierra Patagonia perched on Lake Sarmiento.
  • A National Geographic photographer joins each departure, offering tips and techniques for capturing the majesty of the region.
  • Enjoy special access to remote wildlife reserves, including the Karukinka Natural Park in Tierra del Fuego and Argentina’s Isla de los Estados (Staten Island).

Itinerary

Itinerary

From soaring granite spires to glacier-sculpted fjords, immerse yourself in the wonders of Patagonia on a unique expedition by land and sea. Spend three days exploring the blue-ice lakes and razor-backed ridges of Torres del Paine National Park—a UNESCO biosphere reserve. Then set sail aboard the National Geographic Resolution to discover Chile’s deeply indented coast, cruising through a mazelike wonderland of fjords, islands, and icebergs. Search for whales, dolphins, and penguins; take in panoramic views from the Beagle Channel; and hike the windswept archipelago of Tierra del Fuego. Cap off the expedition on Argentina’s Staten Island, accessing remote wildlife preserves seen by few others on Earth.

This trip is operated in collaboration with Lindblad Expeditions.

Days 1-2: U.S./Santiago, Chile

Depart on an overnight flight to Santiago and check in to our hotel. Set out on a guided tour of the city to discover the Plaza de Armas and the Presidential Palace.

Meals Included:Day 2 (Lunch)
Accommodations:Mandarin Oriental
Day 3: Puerto Natales

Fly to Punta Arenas, and then drive to Puerto Natales, one of the gateways to the wilderness of southern Patagonia. Settle into our hotel before an afternoon tour of the town.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Hotel Singular
Days 4-6: Torres Del Paine National Park

Settle into Tierra Patagonia and spend three days discovering one of the most spectacular wildernesses in the Americas: Torres del Paine National Park. Tailor your exploration of the park’s towering mountains, turquoise lakes, and glaciers to your interests, choosing from a variety of excursions ranging from hiking and horseback riding to kayaking.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
Accommodations:Tierra Patagonia
Day 7: Puerto Natales

After a final morning in Torres del Paine, depart for Puerto Natales, where we embark the National Geographic Resolution.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 8-9: Kirke Narrows/Chilean Fjords

We begin our exploration of the Chilean coastline. Spot elephant seals and other wildlife as you glide through the shimmering fjords and inlets of Estero las Montañas by Zodiac and kayak. If you wish, go for a hike to a stunning inland lake.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
Day 10: Tierra Del Fuego: Karukinka Natural Park

Explore Tierra del Fuego, one of Patagonia's crown jewels. We have special permission to visit Karukinka Natural Park, home to nesting black-browed albatross, condors, and elephant seals.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11: Exploring the Beagle Channel

Cruise into the fjords that line the coast and explore by Zodiac, kayak, and on foot. Then transit the Beagle Channel.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12: Cape Horn

Today we round the southernmost tip of South America: Cape Horn. Weather permitting, take Zodiacs ashore for a panoramic view of this windswept landscape and the wild seas that stretch beyond the shore.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 13-14: Isla De Los Estados (Staten Island), Argentina

By special permission, the National Geographic Resolution is one of the few expedition ships ever to visit extraordinary Staten Island. Watch for 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.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
Days 15-16: Ushuaia

Disembark in Ushuaia, and fly to Santiago by private charter to connect with your overnight flight home.

Meals Included:Day 15 (Breakfast, Lunch)