Unspoiled Wonders: Patagonia, Chilean Fjords & Antarctica Cruise - 2020

Santiago • 17-night expedition cruise with Valparaíso, Chiloé Island, Puerto Edén, Puerto Natales, Chilean Fjords, Cape Horn, Antarctica
  • DISCOVER THE M/S ROALD AMUNDSEN, THE INDUSTRY'S FIRST HYBRID EXPEDITION SHIP
  • STEP FOOT ON THE ELUSIVE SEVENTH CONTINENT: ANTARCTICA
  • VIEW COLORFUL PALAFITOS WHILE EXPLORING CASTRO, THE CAPITAL CITY OF CHILOÉ ISLAND
  • MAKE LANDFALL AT CAPE HORN, A TRUE TRAVEL MILESTONE
  • CRUISE AMONG THE MASSIVE, MULTIHUED ICEBERGS OF ANTARCTICA
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Wildlife Viewing


Antarctica may be remote when it comes to human life, but this continent showcases some of the most grand and majestic wildlife on the planet — including loveable penguins, seals, and several varieties of whales. But before you get there, discover what South America has to offer on an exploration of Patagonia and Torres del Paine National Park. Between Patagonia and Antarctica, we’ve crafted this itinerary to include 9 wildlife expeditions — so don’t forget your camera and GoPro!




Whales

Whales

The White Continent is paradise for whales, including right, sei, humpback, minke, fin, sperm, killer, and blue — the largest creature to ever inhabit Earth. Once in Antarctica, you’ll find that these enigmatic mammals are hard to ignore — they’ll breach the surface often to breathe, throw up a tail to say hello, and if you’re lucky, you may even witness a “bubble net feeding,” which is when a group of humpbacks form a circle and produce bubbles beneath schools of fish to force them to the surface. Just a classic whale’s snack.

Get your camera and GoPro ready: Your Expedition Team members are handpicked experts in everything biology to photography, and they’ll not only offer you tips for photographing Antarctic wildlife, but spot it, too!

Penguins

Penguins

Everyone loves a penguin. These flightless birds are positively irresistible, thanks to their waddling walk, naturally occurring tuxedo uniform, and innate curiosity that compels them to approach humans and say hello! While on this Antarctic expedition, you can expect to view up to three varieties of penguins, including gentoo, Adelie, and chinstrap — often in colonies that boast numbers in the thousands! While in Chiloé Island and possibly the Chilean fjords, you might also encounter Magellanic penguins too.

Get your camera and GoPro ready: You’re likely to encounter anywhere from tens of penguins to hundreds of penguins on this adventure. Whenever possible, demonstrate scale in wildlife photography. Think big and capture the surrounding environment, too, which will both orient the viewer and depict this land of extremes as authentically as possible.

Fun fact: Penguins are synonymous with Antarctica, and while you’re there you’ll have ample opportunities to photograph them. Just remember: Antarctic rules stipulate that visitors must maintain a distance of at least 5 meters from penguins, unless they approach you — and they often do!

Seals

Seals

From crabeater and Weddell to leopard and elephant seals, you may encounter solitary seals or even colonies of these hefty cuties. While seals do spend most of their time under the ice, you’re likely to also spot them on land, or even luxuriating on a passing ice floe! The crabeater seal is the most populous species on the continent, while the Weddell is quite possibly the cutest with their catlike whiskers, as well as the most commonly seen.

Get your camera and GoPro ready: Whether photographing seals from land or your Zodiac boat, try to see eye-to-eye with your live subject and shoot eye-to-eye, too. Seals are expressive, and a close-up shot will not only aid the viewer in relating to the subject, it also captures a priceless moment of making eye contact with Antarctic wildlife.

Albatrosses

Albatrosses

The Drake Passage is renowned for its alternating placid and rough seas, and its albatrosses! These majestic seabirds are prolific in the Southern Ocean and feature some of the longest wingspans in the world and make for a mesmerizing sight. You might first encounter them on this fabled sea stretch, where they often trail the ship — think of them as an omen of good luck as you edge nearer and nearer to Antarctica.

Birdlife

Birdlife

Alongside albatrosses, 46 bird species make their home in Antarctica, including skuas, kelp gulls, southern fulmars, Arctic terns, snow petrels, black-bellied storm petrels, and even geese and swans. In Patagonia, you may find the Andean condor, Magellanic woodpecker, Chimango caracara, southern crested caracara, owls, and more — 300 bird species live here!

Patagonian Wildlife

Patagonian Wildlife

Not quite a llama, not quite a camel, the guanaco is an iconic Patagonian animal you’ll likely see on this expedition. Often traveling in herds, the guanaco are fantastic runners, and great swimmers too, and one of the largest wild mammal species in South America. You might also see pumas and Andean condors, but don’t get outfoxed by the culpeo, or Andean fox, and the South American gray fox.

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