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Expediciones Fitz Roy – On the Trail of the Whale

Experience the fascinating sea life of far-southern Chile! The wild fjords of Patagonia are home to a great variety of impressive species, and with a bit of luck they can be seen up close. The star among the sea-dwellers is certainly the humpback whale, but elephant seals, dolphins, and penguins, as well as birds like petrels, great albatrosses and cormorants can also be observed.
The ship M/N Forrest takes you on an excursion into the Francisco Colane Marine Protection Area located south-west of Punta Arenas. The shared 3-day tours start at Seno Otway and lead south into a branch of the Strait of Magellan, where you can experience not only the fascinating wildlife but also the imposing Santa Inés Glacier. Several landings familiarize the passengers with the local flora.

The M/N Forrest was built in England in 1968 and was converted into a passenger ship after serving as a transport vessel in the Falklands for almost 40 years. With a capacity of 12 passengers it does not offer the on-board comforts of a large cruise ship, but does guarantee a pleasant stay with personal service.

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Day 1 – Punta Arenas – Caleta Toro – Isla Carlos III
Early in the morning you will be picked up at your Punta Arenas hotel and driven to Isla Riesco, to board the M/N Forrest. Breakfast will be served while the boat cruises through Otway Sound toward Caleta Toro, where you will go ashore to explore the lush vegetation surrounding the bay. After passing through Canal Jerónimo, the ship will reach the famous Magellan Strait, where you will likely see the first of many sea lions, petrels, albatrosses and
penguins. Soon after, you will arrive at the Carlos III Island, where the Forrest will anchor for the night.

Day 2 – Seno Ballena – Glaciar Santa Inés – Estero Condor
After breakfast, the Forrest will set off for “Whale Sound” (Seno Ballena) and the impressive Santa Inés Glacier. You will go ashore in this scenic spot to explore the starkly beautiful natural surroundings. In the afternoon you will cruise back toward Carlos III Island, taking plenty of time to observe the wide variety of the sound’s wildlife, which often includes whales. Tonight you will anchor in the “Condor Estuary,” where you will take a walk on land before dinner.

Day 3 – Brazo Nuñez – Bahía Delfines – Punta Arenas
At the start of the day, the ship will cruise toward Nuñez Estuary, where you will take a zodiac tour of “Dolphin Bay” and go ashore for a hike through the lush Canelo forest. Back on board, you will take a short cruise before disembarking again to explore a hidden lagoon amidst the green wilderness. Then the final leg of your trip will begin, back through scenic Otway Sound to the pier on Isla Riesco. A transfer will take you back to Punta Arenas.

Full board
Listed excursions
Warm clothing and raingear is essential, as well as good hiking boots and sunscreen.
Life wests are provided.
Several other Cruises with expediciones Fitz Roy (longer and shorter) from/to Punta Arenas are available.

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