Patagonia and the Chilean Fjords Itinerary
Day 1 - Valparaiso (Chile)
Embark Silver Explorer in Valparaiso.
Day 2 - At sea
Enjoy the ship's facilities on a relaxing day at sea.
Day 3 - Niebla
Niebla is a small coastal Chilean town, close to the city of Valdiva. Today drive to this charming city which became the most heavily fortified port in the Spanish Colonies as the area was rich in timber and gold. German emigrants also moved to the area in the late 19th century. See the intresting mix of Spanish, German and native Mapuche influences in the city and visit the Historical and Anthropological Museum which houses important artifacts from its past.
Day 4 - Castro
Go ashore to Castro on the Chiloe Island via zodiac and take a ferry ride across to Quinchao. This small village of just 500 inhabitants was home to cattle raisers and whalers in the 1850s. Head to Achao which was founded by the Jesuits and visit the church which is the oldest wooden structure on the island and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There is also the option to visit Chiloe National Park instead and explore the rainforest with its wide variety of animals from sea lions to the mountain monkey.
Day 5 - Puerto Chacabuco
Puerto Chacabuco is the entrance to Chile’s most isolated region, Region XI or Region Aysén del General Carlos Ibañez del Campo. The evergreen Magellanic forest is nearby; enjoy a morning visit to an ecological park to hike and get a closer look at the typical flora and fauna of the region.
Day 6 - English Narrows
Silver Explorer navigates the English Narrows where diving petrels, steamer ducks and the Chilean dolphin might be seen.
Day 7 - Pio Xi Glacier
Visit Pio Xi Glacier, which is 4.5km wide, and weather permitting take a Zodiac to get an impressive up-close view.
Day 8 - Chilean Fjords
Sail through the vast expanse of the Chilean Fjords where mountains loom and occasionally seals and dolphins can be seen. Listen to the on-board historian talk about early Spanish exploration, or perhaps attend a lecture on the region’s geology. Birdwatchers can look out for the species that live in this area, including Andean Condors which should majestically soar above the hills and mountains.
Day 9 - Punta Arenas
Enjoy a tour of the city, including a stop at the observation point on La Cruz Hill for sweeping views of the city and the Strait of Magellan. Continue on to the Mayorino Borgatello Museum and discover the history of Patagonia's aboriginal people. Stop at the Plaza de Armas to shop for local products and souvenirs, see the imposing statue of Fernando de Magallanes and touch the toe of the Fuegian native sitting at the base of the monument.
Days 10-11 - Drake Passage
The Drake Passage's nutrient-rich waters are home to a multitude of seabirds and whales, including the black-browed albatross, sooty shearwaters and white-chinned petrels. Attend wildlife, geography and history discussions hosted by expert naturalists and guest lecturers.
Days 12-16 - Antarctic Peninsula
While sailing to the vast white wilderness of Antarctica, every turn reveals a new and breath-taking adventure. In the true spirit of expedition cruising, each day the Expedition Leader and Captain will determine the best course depending on weather and ice conditions. Antarctica is irresistible for its spectacular icebergs, calving glaciers, and the possibility of up-close encounters with marine mammals. Watch for seals sunbathing on slow-moving ice floes and for humpback, Minke, and orca whales surfacing from the icy waters. If conditions permit, enjoy Zodiac cruises amidst colourful icebergs or step ashore to visit a variety of penguin rookeries and perhaps scientific research stations on complimentary excursions led by the team of natural history experts. Possible places you'll visit include Brown Bluff, Paradise Bay, Pleneau Island and Port Lockroy.
Days 17-18 - Drake Passage
Navigating back through the Drake Passage, watch for more seabirds and wildlife and attend additional presentations offered by the Expedition Team lecturers.
Day 19 - Ushuaia (Argentina)
Disembark Silver Explorer in Ushuaia.
For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.