Enjoy the rare privilege of face-to-face encounters with two of the world’s last great frontiers: the majestic fjords and glaciers of Southern Patagonia, on a small-ship cruise; and the dramatic scenery of Torres del Paine on a three-night stay at the park. Along with a visit to Santiago, discover the remarkable diversity of this South American nation.

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 Smithsonian travelers in Torres Del Paine National Park, Chile. Credit: Alex Maureira  Hiking in Patagonia. Credit: Stephanie Wise  Lake Pehoe at Torres del Paine National Park  Patagonian Fox  Guanaco in Torres del Paine National Park  Torres del Paine National Park with guanaco  Beagle Channel  Cormorants along the Beagle Channel  Cormorants and seals along the Beagle Channel  Magellanic penguins  Osorno Volcano with Petrohue Falls, Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park, Chile  Travelers admire surreal ice formations. Credit: Peter Kibbee  Icebergs  Blazing fall colors of the Andes.  Credit: Diaz Luciano  Recoleta Cemetery

Chile’s Patagonian Frontier

16 days from $9,282 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Enjoy the rare privilege of face-to-face encounters with two of the world’s last great frontiers: the majestic fjords and glaciers of Southern Patagonia, on a small-ship cruise; and the dramatic scenery of Torres del Paine on a three-night stay at the park. Along with a visit to Santiago, discover the remarkable diversity of this South American nation.

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Accommodations

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Hotel Cabo de Hornos

Punta Arenas, Chile

The stylish Hotel Cabo de Hornos is located in the center of Punta Arenas, only a few blocks from the Strait of Magellan. The hotel’s amenities include a restaurant, bar, and lounge; library; fitness center; laundry service; and complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access. Each of the hotel’s 110 guest rooms are decorated with local woods and plush carpets, and feature private bath with separate tub, writing desk, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 2

Hotel Rio Serrano

Torres del Paine, Chile

Located at the entrance of Torres del Paine National Park with panoramic views of the Paine mountain range, this wood-and-stone lodging offers such amenities as restaurant and bar, gift shop, library, Internet access, three golf greens, free golf clubs and fishing gear rentals, and laundry and dry cleaning services. The 95 rustic-style guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, fan, mini-bar, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, and phone.

Number of nights: 3

Pullman Santiago Vitacura (formerly Hotel Atton Vitacura)

Santiago, Chile

Opened in 2012, this bright, modern 295-room hotel is located in one of Santiago’s most stylish neighborhoods. The hotel features a restaurant and bar, unheated outdoor swimming pool, gym facilities, complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, and gift shop. Each air-conditioned guest room offers a private bath with hairdryer, in-room safe, TV, phone, and minibar.

Number of nights: 3

Activity Level

Activity Level 3: Moderate / Active


Expectations: Most trips will feature long touring days, many full-day excursions, and a full and active itinerary with a faster pace and longer distances. Some tours may have activities with higher intensity and more active choices/options. Excursions require standing and walking for extended periods of time over more difficult terrain (cobblestones, city hills, stairs without handrails, limited or no access to elevators, muddy/slippery walking/hiking trails), and walking to city centers where coaches are prohibited. Specific itineraries may feature hiking, use of local transportation, extended overnight train travel, extensive use of Zodiac crafts or other smaller ship conveyances, or multiple internal plane rides. Some itineraries may require early morning departures and later evening returns. Travelers may be in remote and/or rugged regions, and may be touring at higher altitudes with steep ascents/descents. Leisure time may be limited (sometimes only in the later evenings). Certain tours feature more active excursions (such as moderate hiking, swimming, snorkeling, canoeing, bicycling, rafting, or kayaking), though another choice may be offered for an alternate skill level. Walking/hiking tours may feature up to six-mile walks/hikes.  

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit, lead active lives, are comfortable participating in long days of activities, and expect some physical exertion. 

Ship

Ventus Australis

The M/V Ventus Australis offers a comfortable travel experience in one of the world’s most remote regions.  The ship offers daily land excursions (weather permitting); open bar service (select wines and liquors); boutique; on-board lectures; game room; panoramic lounge; library; wide promenade deck; fitness center; and open bridge policy.  There is no elevator onboard ship.  Air-conditioned cabins have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safes, and panoramic windows.   While on board, you will not have cell phone service or Wi-Fi internet access.   

Ventus Australis

The M/V Ventus Australis offers a comfortable travel experience in one of the world’s most remote regions.  The ship offers daily land excursions (weather permitting); open bar service (select wines and liquors); boutique; on-board lectures; game room; panoramic lounge; library; wide promenade deck; fitness center; and open bridge policy.  There is no elevator onboard ship.  Air-conditioned cabins have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safes, and panoramic windows.   While on board, you will not have cell phone service or Wi-Fi internet access.   

Reading List

Highly Recommended

In Patagonia (Penguin Classics)
By: Bruce Chatwin
Gently used copy. No ncrease to sapine. Clean unmarked copy. mild shelf/edge wear from normal handling. Satisfaction guartanteed!
The Whispering Land
By: Gerald Durrell
Fans of Gerard Durrell's beloved classic My Family and Other Animals (the inspiration for The Durrells in Corfu on Masterpiece PBS) and other accounts of his lifelong fascination with members of the animal kingdom will rejoice at The Whispering Land. The sequel to A Zoo in My Luggage, this is the story of how Durrell and his wife's zoo-building efforts at England's Jersey Zoo led them and a team of helpers on an eight-month safari in Argentina to look for South American specimens. Through windswept Patagonian shores and tropical forests in Argentina, from ocelots to penguins, fur seals to parrots, Durrell captures the landscape and its inhabitants with his signature charm and humor.
Patagonia: A Cultural History (Landscapes of the Imagination)
By: Chris Moss
Patagonia is the ultimate landscape of the mind. Like Siberia and the Sahara, it has become a metaphor for nothingness and extremity. Its frontiers have stretched beyond the political boundaries of Argentina and Chile to encompass an evocative idea of place. A vast triangle at the southern tip of the New World, this region of barren steppes, soaring peaks and fierce winds was populated by small tribes of hunter-gatherers and roaming nomads when Ferdinand Magellan made landfall in 1520. A fat...
Moon Patagonia: Including the Falkland Islands (Travel Guide)
By: Bernhardson, Wayne

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