Travelling deeper into the Chilean fjords, join our Discovery Team and local guides on daily excursions, from whale watching in the Gulf of Corcovado (one of only four known feeding grounds for pygmy blue whales) or visit Chiloé National Park to walk amongst southern beech or magnificent native conifer forests. The mostly flat wooden boardwalk of the El Tepual Trail introduces us to beautiful Coihües, Mañios and Cipreses trees.
Whether viewing with in-suite binoculars from your private verandah
, using a Swarovski telescope in the Observation Lounge or out on a Zodiac with your Discovery naturalist, watch for red-legged cormorants, kelp geese and Fuegian steamer ducks, as well as impossibly cute marine otters and their pups.
In remote Parque Nacional Laguna San Rafael, thrill to the calving of the San Rafael Glacier, one of the most dynamic in Patagonia thanks to its steep descent. Along the south coast of Tierra del Fuego, explore fjords leading into Cordillera Darwin, the spectacular tail of the Andes whose glaciers are the ice factory for ‘bergy bits’ that fill the channels below. And at Cape Horn, where the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans meet, observe the true skill of our Captain, crew and Discovery Team as they guide us ashore (weather permitting) to climb steps up to the lighthouse and albatross sculpture.
Depending on your Discovery Voyage, Scenic Eclipse will either make its way up the Beagle Channel to the bustling town of Ushuaia, or continue up the Atlantic Coast to Punta Arenas, a seaport on Magellan Strait. With Scenic Freechoice, join a local guide on a walking tour, delve into the region’s history at Fort Bulnes, examine a full-size replica of Magellan’s galleon at the Museo Nao Victoria or visit an estancia to learn of life on the land. The choice is up to you.