A cruise from Punta Arenas, Chile to Ushuaia, Argentina is among one of the best adventures a traveler in South America can embark upon.
On Patagonia cruises like this, you’ll set off from Punta Arenas and gaze incredulously at the Magdalena Island, home to an enormous colony of Magellan penguins. Then you’ll travel through the famous Strait of Magellan, where Ferdinand Magellan first discovered a crucial link between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It’s hard to imagine how someone in the 1500s could have possibly navigated through this narrow passageway of dangerous waters. Modern-day captains depend on communicative technology to get through the Magellan Straits safely.
Tierra del Fuego Island is a wonderful destination for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts of all shapes, sizes and skill levels. Visitors can trek and explore through this gorgeous park, filled with unforgettable scenery. Since several Patagonia cruises stop here, be sure to check out the delectable seafood caught from the surrounding waters.
As you travel through the Beagle Channel, you’ll be treated to wonderful views of seals lounging on various beaches. The small islands dotting the channel are filled with shells and natural wildlife. During the final stretch to Ushuaia, you’ll see the famous red and white Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse, which helps to guide ships during the night.
Traveling through the remarkable Magellan Straits, which connects the Atlantic to the Pacific (and thus, Chile to Argentina) is truly a magnificent experience. The two countries are distinctly beautiful, especially within their shared Patagonia region. But being able to travel between them via the sea is an especially rare opportunity that shouldn’t be passed up.