With a shared passion for remote and in-depth exploration together, both companies offer Patagonia as the complete package.
A huge emphasis is placed on Chile's Torres del Paine National Park, an area encompassing mountains, glaciers, lakes and rivers; it is the transition area between the Magellanic subpolar forests and the Patagonia Steppes. Anticipate full day or half day explorations, either by foot or horseback in small groups of no more than eight people. These are led by expert bilingual guides, and for an added experience, “gauchos,” the iconic Patagonian cowboys.
It is between Torres del Paine National Park, Chile and Ushuaia, Argentina, where Australis thrives. Accompanied with a series of talks given by experts in the fields of glaciology, bird watching, ethnography, geology and wildlife, you participate in shore excursions in small groups of no more than seven people. Take in looming glaciers, like Pia Glacier (the sheer size will completely mesmerize you), as you follow in Charles Darwin's path when he visited the region nearly two centuries ago. The pinnacle of this leg of the trip is sailing to Cape Horn – known as the “End of the Earth” and the last territory before arriving in Antarctica.
Rates for the nine-day Patagonia by Land and Sea itinerary start at $4,970 per person, depending on the month and accommodation, and includes all meals, excursions, an open bar, national park fees, port taxes and airport transfers. More information can be found at http://www.australis.com/explora/patagonia-por-mar-y-tierra-en.html.