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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 biological diversity. There's no single tourist trail, which is exactly what makes it a unique destination for experience-driven travellers.

Australis Expedition Cruises has been providing access to the region's breathtaking sights for 25 years. Catering to only 200 passengers, it offers a choice of three-, four- and seven-night itineraries from September-April, integrating luxury accommodation with nature, culture and history.

Remarkable sights include Pia Glacier, located in one of the many fjords along the Chilean coast, and Cape Horn, truly at the bottom of the world with wildlife sightings galore. Then there's Ainsworth Bay, one of Patagonia's longest fjords, hemmed by subpolar forest and snow-capped peaks; the panoramic Laguna Sofia Valley; and the wild Torres del Paine National Park.

The park is a focal point for hikers and horse riders and home to towering mountains, blue glaciers and grasslands teaming with wildlife. Visitors never see the same scene twice as the seasons appear to revolve throughout the day. The three granite towers (torres) from which the park takes its name are one of Patagonia's biggest attractions.

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