Best of Patagonia: From Torres del Paine to Cape Horn

  • Trip Type: Expedition Cruise
  • 16 Days | Santiago to Ushuaia
  • Group Size: Max 102

Expedition Details


From soaring granite spires to glacier-sculpted fjords, immerse yourself in the wonders of Patagonia on a unique expedition by land and sea. Spend three days exploring the blue-ice lakes and razor-backed ridges of Torres del Paine National Park—a UNESCO biosphere reserve. Then set sail aboard the National Geographic Orion to discover Chile’s deeply indented coast, cruising through a mazelike wonderland of fjords, islands, and icebergs. Search for whales, dolphins, and penguins; take in panoramic views from the Beagle Channel and Cape Horn; and hike the windswept archipelago of Tierra del Fuego. Cap off the expedition on Argentina’s Staten Island, accessing remote wildlife preserves seen by few others on Earth.

Trip Highlights

    • See Patagonia by land and sea, exploring the staggering peaks of Torres del Paine National Park and setting sail into Chile’s coastal fjords aboard the National Geographic Orion.
    • Settle into Tierra Patagonia, a stunning National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World perched on Lake Sarmiento (October departure).
    • A National Geographic photographer joins each departure, offering tips and techniques for capturing the majesty of the region.
    • Enjoy special access to remote wildlife reserves, including the Karukinka reserve in Tierra del Fuego and Argentina’s Isla de los Estados (Staten Island).

Itinerary - 16 Days

Days 1 & 2 — Puerto Natales

Depart on an overnight flight to Santiago and check in to our hotel. Set out on a guided tour of the city to discover the Plaza de Armas and the Presidential Palace.
Mandarin Oriental (L)

Day 3 — Puerto Natales

Fly to Punta Arena, and then on to Puerto Natales, one of Southern Patagonia's gateways. Settle into our hotel before an afternoon tour of the town.
Hotel Singular (B,L,D)

Days 4, 5, & 6 — Torres Del Paine National Park

Settle into Tierra Patagonia, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World (October departures), and spend three days discovering one of the most spectacular wildernesses in the Americas: Torres del Paine National Park. Tailor your exploration of the park’s towering mountains, turquoise lakes, and glaciers to your interests, choosing from a variety of excursions ranging from hiking and horseback riding to kayaking.
Tierra Patagonia (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Puerto Natales

After a final morning in Torres del Paine, depart for Puerto Natales where we embark our ship, the National Geographic Orion.

Days 8 & 9 — Kirke Narrow/Chilean Fjords

We begin our exploration of the Chilean coastline. Spot elephant seals and other wildlife as you glide through the shimmering fjords and inlets of Estero las Montañas by Zodiac and kayak, and, if you wish, go for a hike to a stunning inland lake.

Day 10 — Tierra del Fuego: Karukunka

By special permission, visit the private reserve of Karukinka, which harbors rich wildlife, including guanacos, Andean condors, and the endangered culpeo fox.

Days 11 & 12 — Beagle Channel/Cape Horn

Sail the Beagle Channel, exploring more stunning fjords and glaciers by Zodiac and kayak and on foot. The next day, visit the southernmost tip of South America: Cape Horn. Weather permitting, take Zodiacs ashore.

Days 13 & 14 — Isla de los Estados (Staten Island), Argentina

By special permission, the National Geographic Orion will be one of the only expedition ships ever to visit extraordinary Staten Island. Spot southern rockhopper and Magellanic penguins, fur seals and sea lions. See the San Juan de Salvamento “lighthouse at the end of the world,” which inspired Jules Verne’s novel by the same name.

Days 15 & 16 — Ushuaia

Disembark in Ushuaia, board a charter flight to Santiago, and take an overnight flight home.
(Day 15: B,L)

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Special Offer

Complimentary Bar Tab and Gratuities

Book any departure and we will cover your bar tab and all tips for the crew.

National Geographic Expert

Michael Hanson

Michael HansonMichael Hanson is a travel and documentary photographer represented by National Geographic Creative. His images have appeared in National Geographic Traveler and National Geographic Adventure, and he is a frequent contributor to The New York Times and Outside Magazine. Michael began his photography career while playing professional baseball in the Atlanta Braves Organization, and in 2013, he was identified as one of the top 30 New and Emerging Photographers by Photo District News. Hanson later went on to create a Republic of Baseball series documenting the sport’s importance in the Caribbean nation of Dominican Republic, which was featured in the New York Times and earned Pictures of the Year International and Communication Arts awards in 2017. He has also received awards from National Geographic, Banff Film Festival, and American Photo, with Popular Photography Magazine naming him as one of the World's Best Travel Photographers. Michael has worked on a number of assignments worldwide, from Patagonia to Ethiopia and from Costa Rica to his home base in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. He has also co-directed an award-winning film, Who Owns Water, in his native South, and has fine art work in the permanent archive at the Sir Elton John Collection.

Michael will join the following departure:

Oct 25 - Nov 08, 2018


Lindblad/National Geographic Logo

This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.


  • Oct 25 - Nov 08, 2018 ALT
  • Nov 27 - Dec 12, 2019
  • Mar 08 - 22, 2020 ALT

ALT indicates a departure that has a slightly different itinerary than the one shown on this page. Click the ALT icon to see the day-to-day itinerary.

If departing from outside the U.S., plan to arrive on the morning of Day 2.

Please note: The March 8, 2020 departure follows the itinerary shown but in the reverse order, starting in Ushuaia and ending in Puerto Natales.

Add a four-day post-voyage extension to Easter Island. Please call for details.

Expedition Cost

Category 1 $13,940
Category 2 $14,600
Category 3 $15,610
Category 4 $17,540
Category 5 $19,640
Category 6 $21,710
Category 1 Solo $20,120
Category 3 Solo $22,620

Category 1 $15,660
Category 2 $16,430
Category 3 $17,610
Category 4 $19,870
Category 5 $22,330
Category 6 $24,750
Category 1 Solo $22,650
Category 3 Solo $22,590

Prices are per person, double occupancy, except those marked solo, which are based on single occupancy.

Airfare to/from Santiago and airfare within South America are not included in the expedition cost. The group flights between Santiago/Punta Arenas and Ushuaia/Santiago are $980 per person (subject to change).

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Activity Level

Light or Moderate

Travelers can choose between a light or moderate activity level. For a light level of activity, they should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives on bumpy roads, or easy hikes.

For a moderate level, travelers should be prepared for multiple hours of physical activity (e.g. hiking, kayaking, biking) each day.

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