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.
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 National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World perched on stunning 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 - 15 Days
Days 1 & 2 — U.S./Santiago, Chile
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. Grand Hyatt Santiago (L)
Day 3 — Puerto Natales
Fly to Puerto Natales, one of Southern Patagonia's gateways, and 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 Explora Lodge (March 2018 departure) or 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. Explora Lodge or 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.
Day 8 — Chilean Fjords
Today 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. (B,L,D)
Day 9 — Tierra Del Fuego: Karukinka
By special permission, visit the private reserve of Karukinka, which harbors rich wildlife, including guanacos, Andean condors, and the endangered culpeo fox. (B,L,D)
Days 10 & 11 — 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. (B,L,D)
Days 12 & 13 — 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. (B,L,D)
Days 14 & 15 — Ushuaia
Disembark in Ushuaia, board a charter flight to Santiago, and take an overnight flight home. (Day 14: B, L)
For more than a decade, Krista Rossow has worked as a photographer, photo editor, and educator for National Geographic. She began her career as a photo editor at National Geographic Traveler magazine, where she shaped compelling stories from world-class imagery. In her freelance career, she has shot feature stories as a contributing photographer for Traveler in South Africa, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Japan, and various U.S. cities. She regularly judges Instagram contests for @NatGeoTravel and photo edits for National Geographic Books. Krista travels with National Geographic Expeditions teaching photography around the world–from the Galápagos Islands, Patagonia, and Peru to Alaska, Antarctica, and the Arctic. She sees the camera as a tool for understanding new cultures, meeting the locals, and exploring the natural world. Her images are represented by National Geographic Creative.
If departing from outside the U.S., plan to arrive on the morning of Day 2.
Please note: The March 7, 2018 departures follow 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 on the October 25, 2018 departure. Please call for details.
Category 1 Solo
Category 3 Solo
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/Puerto Natales and Ushuaia/Santiago are $855 per person (subject to change).
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.
Click here for a description of all activity levels.