Patagonia and Chilean Fjords

Silver Explorer Cruise Ship
Silver Explorer
144 Passengers

This all–encompassing journey is an explorer’s dream. Discover the wild tranquillity and peaceful waters on this journey through Patagonia and the Chilean fjords. With highlights that include the magical silence of the Torres del Paine National Park, the famous wooden churches of Chiloe and the awe-inspiring beauty of the Pio XI glacier, this is a voyage that not only takes in the stunning natural landscapes of Chile but allows ample time to relax, rewind and reboot.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Valparaiso, Chile
Day 2 At Sea
Day 3 Niebla
Day 4 Puerto Montt
Day 5 Castro
Day 6 At Sea
Day 7 Tortel
Day 8 Cruise English Narrows and Pio XI Glacier
Day 9 Cruise Chilean Fjords
Day 10 Alberto de Agostini National Park
Day 11 Punta Arenas
Day 12 Garibaldi Fjord & Glacier
Day 13 Ushuaia, Argentina

Day 1 ⁠— Valparaiso, Chile

Valparaíso's dramatic topography—45 cerros, or hills, overlooking the ocean—requires the use of winding pathways and wooden ascensores (funiculars) to get up many of the grades. The slopes are covered by candy-color houses—there are almost no apartments in the city—most of which have exteriors of corrugated metal peeled from shipping containers decades ago. Valparaíso has served as Santiago's port for centuries. Before the Panama Canal opened, Valparaíso was the busiest port in South America. Harsh realities—changing trade routes, industrial decline—have diminished its importance, but it remains Chile's principal port. Most shops, banks, restaurants, bars, and other businesses cluster along the handful of streets called El Plan (the flat area) that are closest to the shoreline. Porteños (which means "the residents of the port") live in the surrounding hills in an undulating array of colorful abodes. At the top of any of the dozens of stairways, the paseos (promenades) have spectacular views; many are named after prominent Yugoslavian, Basque, and German immigrants. Neighborhoods are named for the hills they cover. With the jumble of power lines overhead and the hundreds of buses that slow down—but never completely stop—to pick up agile riders, it's hard to forget you're in a city. Still, walking is the best way to experience Valparaíso.

Day 2 ⁠— At Sea

Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching or catching up on your reading, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

Day 3 ⁠— Niebla

Niebla is a small village on the banks of the Rio Valdivia where Chile’s Corral Bay meets the Pacific Ocean. Today Niebla is a beach resort, but in 1671 it was a defensive fortress built by the order of the Viceroy of Peru to prevent attacks against the town of Valdivia by pirates and corsairs. Niebla is well-known for its lively markets, the remains of the colonial fortress declared a National Monument in 1950 and restored in 1992, and a museum dedicated to its history. Nearby is the charming river port city of Valdivia, where cultural influences from the native Mapuche, Spanish settlers, and German immigrants have blended.

Day 4 ⁠— Puerto Montt

For most of its history, windy Puerto Montt was the end of the line for just about everyone traveling in the Lake District. Now the Carretera Austral carries on southward, but for all intents and purposes Puerto Montt remains the region's last significant outpost, a provincial city that is the hub of local fishing, textile, and tourist activity. Today the city center is full of malls, condos, and office towers—it's the fastest-growing city in Chile—but away from downtown, Puerto Montt consists mainly of low clapboard houses perched above its bay, the Seno de Reloncaví. If it's a sunny day, head east to Playa Pelluco or one of the city's other beaches. If you're more interested in exploring the countryside, drive along the shore for a good view of the surrounding hills.

Day 5 ⁠— Castro

Bright, wooden huts teeter on stilts over Castro's estuary waterfront, inviting you into a patchwork of color that’s sure to brighten any day. These traditional palafitos give the warmest of welcomes, as you prepare to experience Chile at its most vibrant. Castro has faced something of a tumultuous past, having been hit by a succession of earthquakes and fires - the most recent a devastating earthquake in 1960. But this city is incredibly resilient, and today the capital of Chiloe Island makes for a fantastic base for exploring the archipelago that surrounds it.

Day 7 ⁠— Tortel

Tortel is a commune located in Southern Patagonia, a spectacular wilderness region of rugged mountains, glaciers, rivers and forests of infinite beauty. The uneven geography of Tortel shapes a unique landscape, characterized by an archipelagic area with numerous islands and channels. Tortel is known as the “footbridge city” for the unique beauty of its wooden walkways that connect the piers and houses of this quaint place through bridges and stairs, built from cypress wood, that run for four and a half miles around the cove and that respect the rich vegetation that grows under them. Even though it is the sixth largest commune in Chile, it has the lowest population of all with roughly 531 people. The history of the town dates back to 1520 when it was inhabited by nomadic Kawesqar, now extinct. Its definitive foundation was in 1955, after numerous attempts to populate the area. In 2001, it was declared by the Chilean government as a Picturesque Zone of National Heritage.

Day 8 ⁠— Cruise English Narrows and Pio XI Glacier

The English Narrows warrant time spent on the outer decks as the captain and local Chilean pilots expertly maneuver through the slalom course of islands and channel markers. The waterway is home to Magellanic Diving Petrels, Steamer Ducks, and the rare endemic Chilean dolphin. This small dolphin is shy of ships and enjoys spending its time in constricted straits with heavy tidal rips such as the English Narrows.

The Pio XI Glacier is classified as a tidewater glacier, which means the river of ice starts in the high mountains and then courses downhill all the way to sea level where it slowly melts into the salty ocean bit-by-bit. The Pio XI Glacier is an offshoot of the South Patagonian Ice Field and approaching from the sea, the ice sprawls out in front of the ship in a wide band that reflects a remarkable shade of brilliant blue.

Day 9 ⁠— Cruise Chilean Fjords

Winding through the vast expanses of the Chilean fjords will reveal mountains looming on both sides, waterfalls, and the marvel of hardy flora clinging to barren rocks. Seals and dolphins patrol the length of these uninhabited fjords as they have done for millennia. Small fishing-boats come out of Punta Arenas luring fish and trapping for king crab, while terns dip and glide coaxing their own small fish out of the deep, dark fjord waters amongst tiny islands thick with vegetation.

Day 10 ⁠— Alberto de Agostini National Park

Alberto de Agostini National Park was created in 1965 and takes its name from an Italian explorer, photographer, writer and missionary of the Salesians of Don Bosco order that lived and explored Patagonia as a missionary around 1930. De Agostini was known for his discoveries, photographs and maps of the region. The park is located in the Region of Magallanes and Chilean Antarctica, the southernmost, largest, and second least populated region of Chile. The park covers 5,637 square miles and touches Magallanes, Tierra del Fuego and Antarctica provinces. It is the third largest protected area of the country. The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2005 and protects many species of animals and sea birds. Its rich fauna includes species like the Andean fox, the South American grey fox (also known as the Patagonian fox), the southern elephant seal, the leopard seal, the Chilean dolphin (also known as the black dolphin or tonina), and the humpback whale.

Day 11 ⁠— Punta Arenas

Impenetrable forests, impassable mountains, and endless fields of ice define Chilean Patagonia, and meant that the region went largely unexplored until the beginning of the 20th century. Located in the southernmost part of the country, this area is still sparsely inhabited, though you will find a few populated places—like the colorful provincial city of Punta Arenas, which looks like it's about to be swept into the Strait of Magellan. Some unique wildlife, particularly colonies of elephant seals and penguins, call this breathtaking topography home. To the north is Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, the country's most magnificent natural wonder, and whose snow-covered peaks seem to rise vertically from the plains below. The vistas, such as the fantastic Avenue of the Glaciers, are breathtaking; along this stretch of the Beagle Channel, you can pass six tremendous glaciers all within a stone's throw of each other.

Founded a little more than 150 years ago, Punta Arenas (Sandy Point) was Chile's first permanent settlement in Patagonia. Plaza Muñoz Gamero, the central square, is surrounded by evidence of that early prosperity: buildings whose then-opulent brick exteriors recall a time when this was one of Chile's wealthiest cities. The newer houses here have colorful tin roofs, best appreciated when seen from a high vantage point such as the Mirador Cerro la Cruz.

Day 12 ⁠— Garibaldi Fjord & Glacier

Looming like a colossal river, frozen in the icy hold of time – the first time you set eyes on the Garibaldi Glacier will live with you forever, sending shivers down your spine that are absolutely nothing to do with the fjord weather’s chill. A stunning, unimaginably vast wedge of slowly creeping blue-white ice, the glacier is a fitting climax to the voyage through the cinematic majesty of the Garibaldi Fjord. Sail amid tumbling waterfalls, tightly-packed forestry and soaring mountains as you explore the glacier-sculpted Parque Nacional Alberto de Agostini – the newest member of Chile’s exclusive club of extraordinary, remote National Parks. Spread across the fractured lands of South America’s southern tip, this is the dramatic region where the peaks of the Andes mountain range plunge down into the depths of the icy ocean, generating some of Chile’s most spectacular scenery.

You may witness occasional chunks of the ancient ice calving and plunging spectacularly into the waters below, as the glacier continues its gradual retreat. The fresh chunks of ice add to the floating confetti of tiny frozen islands all around you –ranging in hues from creamy whites to electric blues. It may appear like a frigid, unforgiving environment at first glance, but the fjord is alive with unique fauna and flora and recognized by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve. Full of diverse ecosystems, you can spot penguins, sea lions and Peruvian condors all adding to the rich tapestry of life here.

Day 13 ⁠— Ushuaia, Argentina

A southerly frontier - on the cusp of wild nature and extraordinary adventures - the excitement in Ushuaia is palpable. Prepare for memorable exploits amid the extremes of this southerly location - as you adventure into the colossal scenery of the fractured Tierra del Fuego and beyond. Known as the 'End of the World' Ushuaia looks out across the Beagle Channel, and is surrounded by the Martial Mountains to the north. Despite its remote location, Ushuaia is a surprisingly busy and lively resort, with lots to keep its visitors entertained. For many people, Ushuaia is their last glimpse of anything resembling a city, before they jump off the map into the wilderness, to answer the call of immense national parks or Antarctic expeditions.

When it comes to food in Ushuaia, locals cook up fierce flavors using the freshest ingredients. King crab is one of the most popular dishes, while sea bass - hauled freshly from the waters - and mounds of meaty mussels - known as cholgas - are also on the menu here.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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   Owner's Suite
728 Sq Ft / 67 m² [Including private veranda (158 Sq Ft / 15 m²)]
Balcony with wooden parquet and patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors • Living room with sitting area • Twin beds or queen-sized bed • Marbled bathroom, with full-sized bath and separate shower • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe • Vanity table with hair dryer • Writing desk • Illy® espresso machine • Afternoon canapés upon request • Dinner at officer’s table • Unlimited WiFi Internet access for 2 simultaneous devices • Two hours of worldwide phone use from your suite, per voyage segment
   Grand Suite
618 Sq Ft / 57 m² [Including private balcony (86 Sq Ft / 8 m²)]
Balcony with wooden parquet and patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors • Living room with sitting area • Twin beds or queen-sized bed • Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe • Vanity table with hair dryer • Writing desk • Illy® espresso machine • Afternoon canapés upon request • Dinner at officer’s table • Unlimited WiFi Internet access for 2 simultaneous devices • Two hours of worldwide phone use from your suite, per voyage segment
   Silver Suite
422 Sq Ft / 39 m² [Including 2 French balconies (30 Sq Ft / 3 m²)]
Silver Suites can accommodate three guests
Two French balconies with floor-to-ceiling glass doors • Living room (with convertible sofa to accommodate an additional guest) • Twin beds or queen-sized bed • Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe • Vanity table with hair dryer • Sitting area with writing desk • Unlimited WiFi Internet access for 2 simultaneous devices • Afternoon canapés upon request • Dinner at officer’s table
   Medallion Suite
400 Sq Ft / 37 m² [Including private balcony (86 Sq Ft / 8 m²)]
Balcony with wooden parquet and patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors • Twin beds or queen-sized bed • Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe • Sitting area with writing desk • Vanity table with hair dryer • Unlimited WiFi Internet access for 2 simultaneous devices • Afternoon canapés upon request • Dinner at officer’s table
   Veranda Suite
206-216 Sq Ft / 19-20 m² [Including a French balcony (16 Sq Ft / 1.5 m²)]
French balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors • Twin beds or queen-sized bed • Marbled bathroom with shower • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe • Sitting area with writing desk • Hair dryer • Unlimited WiFi Internet access for 2 simultaneous devices
   Vista Suite
192 Sq Ft / 18 m² with large picture window
Large picture window providing panoramic ocean views • Twin beds or queen-sized bed • Marbled bathroom with shower • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe • Sitting area with writing desk • Hair dryer • Unlimited WiFi Internet access for 1 simultaneous device
   View Suite
192 Sq Ft / 18 m² with view window
View Suites can accommodate young children on sofa bed
View window • Twin beds or queen-sized bed • Marbled bathroom with shower • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe • Sitting area with writing desk • Hair dryer • Unlimited WiFi Internet access for 1 simultaneous device
   Explorer Suite
175-190 Sq Ft / 16-18 m² with view window
View window • Twin beds or queen-sized bed • Marbled bathroom with shower • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe • Sitting area with writing desk • Hair dryer • Unlimited WiFi Internet access for 1 simultaneous device
   Adventurer Suite
157-167 Sq Ft / 14-15 m² with 2 portholes
Two portholes • Twin beds or queen-sized bed • Marbled bathroom with shower • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe • Sitting area with writing desk • Hair dryer • Unlimited WiFi Internet access for 1 simultaneous device

All suites feature:
• Butler service
• Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
• Pratesi® fine bed linens
• Plush Etro® bathrobe
• BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
• A choice of pillows
• Alarm with iHome docking station
• Personalized stationery
• Umbrella
• Direct dial telephone(s)
• 220-volt outlets
• Unlimited, complimentary WiFi Internet access as per suite category
• Flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library

Connecting Suites: 702/704, 703/705, 500/502, 501/503, 504/506, 505/507, 510/512, 511/513