Chile to Antarctic Cruise
Destinations Destinations
South America, Antarctica
Chile, Antarctica
Activity Activity
Cruise, Nature & Wildlife, Culture & History, Luxury, Photography
Tour Type Tour Type
Custom itinerary, Group tour
Physical Level Physical Level
Easy

A 19-day journey that begins in Chile's capital, Santiago, before heading south to Patagonia, across the Drake Passage towards the Antarctic Peninsula. After exploring the White Continent the trip heads back north back through Patagonia to explore the incredible fjords. This is a great route for seeing Patagonia and Antarctica in one expedition. Popular variations include visits to Atacama and Valparaiso and a longer stay in Torres del Paine. Contact Chimu Adventures for more advice.

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Our recommended activities and highlights

Cultural Santiago
Santiago

Cultural Santiago

Not as unruly as other Latin American capitals, what Santiago lacks in boisterousness it more than makes up for with understated charm. Take a couple of days to explore the city’s museums, galleries and restaurants for an inside view on contemporary Chilean culture.

Navigating Drake Passage
Antarctica

Navigating Drake Passage

If you’re starting your voyage from South America, you’ll spend two days navigating Drake Passage. You’ll encounter giant albatross — and occasionally giant waves — as you await your first view of Antarctica’s icebergs.

Whale watching
Antarctica

Whale watching

Antarctica is one of the best places on earth to see whales. From orcas to humpbacks, minke to sperm, the relative isolation whales have enjoyed in the Antarctic means they are curious of ships and even approach them.

Penguins in Paradise Bay
Antarctica

Penguins in Paradise Bay

Home to gentoo penguins and the occasional humpback whale, Paradise Bay is a must-stop on any Antarctica cruise. Come to see penguins diving off ice floes and huge chunks of jagged ice surrounding the harbour. Wrap up — Paradise Bay’s temperatures remain below freezing year round.

Get your camera ready at Lemaire Channel
Antarctica

Get your camera ready at Lemaire Channel

Antarctica is a land of beauty, but perhaps the best views are reserved for the 1km stretch of Lemaire Channel, located between the mainland and Booth Island. It’s so photogenic that travellers have nicknamed it Kodak Gap.

Postcards from Port Lockroy
Antarctica

Postcards from Port Lockroy

This British research base was founded in 1944 and abandoned in 1962, and now operates as a museum staffed by volunteers. They operate the centre as it was in the 1940s, which means no internet or TVs, but you can buy and send postcards from one of the most southerly Post Offices in the world.

Cruise Cape Horn fjords
Cape Horn

Cruise Cape Horn fjords

Forget everything you think you know about cruises; the voyages between Ushuaia and Punta Arenas are genuine expeditions that get you up close to the dramatic fjords, glaciers and wildlife of Tierra del Fuego and Cape Horn.

Hiking Torres del Paine
Torres del Paine National Park

Hiking Torres del Paine

Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park is renowned for its trekking and hiking, with excellent infrastructure for day hikes and multi-day treks. While the popular W and Circuit treks steal all the glory, other lesser-trafficked routes are available.

Birdwatching in Patagonia
Tierra del Fuego

Birdwatching in Patagonia

What Patagonia lacks in megafauna it more than makes up for in rare bird life. There are Magellanic penguins on the Valdes Peninsula, Andean Condors soaring above Torres del Paine, flamingos in Tierra del Fuego, and much more everywhere else. Bring your binoculars!

Sea kayaking
Antarctica

Sea kayaking

Not all excursions are on dry land! Your ship may carry kayaks, giving you a chance to explore the ice floes under paddle power.

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