Carved by fjords and capped by glistening glaciers, Patagonia is a natural wonderland at the end of the world. Begin your journey in the lively and cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires, "the Paris of South America." Fly to southern Chile for a cruise through a landscape of thick forests and icebergs to the tip of Cape Horn and the Strait of Magellan, then travel to Patagonia’s crown jewel, Torres del Paine National Park, where rolling pampas and exotic wildlife mix with stunning vistas and towering granite peaks. Your adventure comes to a close in Santiago, Chile’s vibrant capital, where you'll get a taste of the region's celebrated wine, cuisine, and culture.
Located on the shores of Lake Pehoe in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park, Explora Lodge offers its guests intimate contact with the magnificent natural world of remote Patagonia. The lodge’s Salto Chico rooms look out on the Salto Chico waterfall while the Cordillera Paine rooms feature mountain views of Macizo del Paine. Amenities include a heated indoor lap pool, two outdoor Jacuzzis, a sauna, exercise equipment, massage salons, a game room, a dining room, and a bar.
Via Australis (or Mare Australis)
The M.V. Via Australis has 63 outside-facing cabins and were built specifically to cruise the spectacular Patagonian waterways. All cabins are the same size and feature a large window, en suite bathroom, and individual temperature controls. Cabins are available on three levels: Category A on the second level, Category AA on the third level, and Category AAA on the top level. Amenities include an open deck, two lounges, a library, a game room, and a single seating dining room. National Geographic has reserved 16 cabins on each of these departures.
Oct 17 - 29, 2010 [aus]
Feb 06 - 18, 2011 [ste]
Mar 06 - 18, 2011 [ste]
Oct 16 - 28, 2011 [ste]
Nov 09 - 21, 2011 [aus]
[ste] Stella Australis
[aus] Mare/Via Australis
Disclaimer: Pins in map may not be accurate if Google Maps cannot find the exact address. In this case an approximation is made.
(note that prices may vary depending on date of departure)
Category A/Salto Chico $9,690 ($9,990 Oct. and Nov. 2011)
Category AA/Cordillera Paine $10,990 ($11,290 Oct. and Nov. 2011)
Category AAA/Suite Exploradores $11,990 ($12,290 Oct. and Nov. 2011)
Categories A, AA, and AA refer to ship categories; Salto Chico, Cordillera Paine, and Suite Exploradores refer to rooms at the Explora Lodge.
Prices are per person, double occupancy. For single accommodations in Category A/Salto Chico, add $2,545.Post-trip extensions: Easter Island (from $3,3550) or the Atacama Desert (from $2,150))