July 11, 2019

Welcoming Committee: Be prepared to be greeted by wildlife in Patagonia wherever you go

WITH only one inhabitant per square kilometre, Patagonia is one of South America's most sought-after destinations for travellers looking to get off the beaten path. Situated at the southern tip of the continent and stretching across Argentina and Chile, Patagonia boasts an unrivalled sense of remoteness and is packed with scenic and biologic...

For an intimate, exclusive experience, nothing beats these winners in the small-ship category.

Travelers often choose a small cruise ship because of, well, size. Small ships don’t just feel more intimate; they can reach harder-to-access ports, such as Gustavia, St. Bart's glamorous capital, orSicily's Porto Empedocle, gateway to the impressive classical ruins of Agrigento. Some small cruise ships are even outfitted to be expedi...

Cape crusader 

Family-owned Patagonian cruise line Australis, which offers expedition cruises to Cape Horn and Tierra del Fuego, is building a new ship tailor-made for its voyages. The as-yet unnamed ship will launch in late 2017 and carry 200 passengers, replacing the current smaller vessel Via Australis. The company's other ship Stella Australis will continue to offer expedition voyages in southern Chile. Australis runs three...

​​It is dawn in Cape Horn National Park and I am on deck as our cruise ship approaches Isla Hornos (Cape Horn Island). With the captain’s assessment of landing conditions imminent, the will-we-or-won’t-we sense of expectation weighs heavily.


“The albatross is down,” says a sailor, pointing to the shore. I follow his gaze, expecting to see a large, blackwinged bird. Nothing. In threadbare Spanish, I try to ascertain the meaning...

A cruise with Australis takes passengers on a wild journey through the dramatic Tierra del Fuego region of South America.


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PATAGONIA, a land best known for bitter winds and vast empty spaces, sprawls across the southern halves of the South American continent, either side of the mighty Andean cordillera. Like our own Outback, Patagonia, which encompasses much of southern Argentina and Chile, is more a state of mind than a defined region.


Its national parks encompass awe-inspiring glaciers and sawtooth peaks, granite massifs and verdant forests. Sou...

In Ushuaia, Argentina, the capital of the province of Tierra del Fuego, where I began a three-night cruise through southern Patagonia, the daily newspaper is called El Diario del Fin del Mundo — The Journal of the End of the World. It’s a startling name for a newspaper but an apt description of the cruise, during which it is easy to believe that you have, indeed, sailed to the very end of the earth.


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SINCE childhood I have studied maps showing the southern tip of South America fracturing into a tail of jagged islands and wondered what the fabled Cape Horn is really like. I am about to find out.


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The Australian - Cape Horn adventure a journey to the end of the earth

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