One Ocean Expeditions’ Voyage Demystifies Coastal Chilean Patagonia’s Beauty and Cultural Complexity

Ushuaia, Argentina  (Photo above credit Jerzy Strzelecki at Wikipedia)One Ocean Expeditions’ new collection of voyages began earlier next year with a March departure of a sensational “Chilean Fjords Explorer” voyage.

Sailing along the western coast of Chilean Patagonia from Ushuaia, Argentina to the city of Valparaiso, Chile, the 14-day “Chilean Fjords Adventure” voyage had OOE’s guests awestruck by the region’s colourful culture, colossal natural wonders and fascinating history.

Travellers with a deep interest in the environment, glaciers, nature, history and photography enjoyed an incredible journey onboard RCGS Resolute. Throughout the voyage guests experienced a wide range of active and educational activities, led by OOE’s talented and hospitable staff. Expert glaciologists, geologists, naturalists, historian and ornithologists as well as artists and photographers treated guests to daily lectures, workshops and shore excursions.

The voyage took guests on an immersive exploration of the world’s most isolated National Parks and fjords with visits to Garibaldi Fjord and Alberto de Agostini Sound and its imposing glaciers Dainelli and Serrano. Sailing north, RCGS Resolute travelled along the shore of Magellan Strait to Cabo San Isidro, the site of a century old lighthouse and whaling station. Guests were taken on guided nature hike in the area to experience the Magellanic southern beech forests.

The adventure continued to the Peel Fjord and almighty Amalia Glacier, a visual feast and mesmerizing journey where guests were in awe of the glaciers’ towering beauty and thundering sounds. Throughout the voyage, OOE’s marine mammal specialists, ornithologists, naturalists and animal lovers were on the lookout for whales, South American sea lions, rock cormorants and Andean condors, amongst other species.

The journey continued to Wellington Island, one of the most isolated inhabited places in the world. An emotionally charged visit to the small village of Puerto Edén, home of the Kawéskar people, stirred guests’ emotions as they met the last remaining indigenous community of Southern Patagonia.

The voyage sailed further north to the milder climate of coastal Chile and Castro, the nation’s third oldest city. Founded in 1567, the provincial capital of the island of Chiloé is known for its colourful houses built on stilts and elaborate manmade wooden churches, many of which have been designated as UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Sailing Chile’s narrow fjords to remote coastal villages can only be done on a small expedition cruise vessel, such as OOE’s flagship vessel RCGS Resolute. Purpose-built for polar expeditions and able to skillfully navigate complex waters with stability and strength, RCGS Resolute offers a spacious and comfortable environment for active discovery.

Rates begin from US$6,895 per person for a 13-night voyage departing on 28 March 2020.

(One Ocean Expeditions)