Explore Chile and the Fjords on board Scenic Eclipse

Chile and the Chilean Fjords

Discover Chile’s dramatic coast, from the bohemian seaport of Valparaiso, a vibrant, open-air gallery of street artists and home to romantic-poet Pablo Neruda, to Puerto Montt, a fishing port set amidst the stunning, snow-capped volcanos of the Lakes District. From Castro, a village on remote Chiloé Isla, with its World Heritage-listed wooden churches and nearby colony of both Magellenic and Humbolt penguins, to the wilderness of Tierra del Fuego and the chance to round Cape Horn on what is truly a Discovery Voyage.
Enjoy the ultra-luxury of Scenic Eclipse as it carries you through an enchanted world of fjords and archipelagos carved by the Patagonian Ice Sheet, draped in temperate rainforest and home to fantastic wildlife, from migrating blue, grey and humpback whales, playful dolphins and beaches abundant with fur and elephant seals.

Whether you like a relaxed pace or hope to fit in as much as possible, our Discovery Team, through Scenic Freechoice, offers a diverse, all-inclusive, range of activities to choose from. In Valparaiso, take an art walk through its labyrinth of cobbled streets, travel to Casablanca Valley to taste some of Chile’s finest wines, or visit Viña del Mar, renowned for its parks, palaces and museum.

In Puerto Montt, Scenic Freechoice offers the chance to visit the very German town of Puerto Vargas on stunning Lake Llanquihue, with commanding views Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes (both active), or explore the enchanting lakeside retreat of Frutillar, with its family owned Felmer Colonial Museum and world-class performing arts centre. Depending on voyage dates and local performances, our Scenic Enrich Journey Designers handpick experiences that will take you into the cultural heart of Patagonia. It might be traditional dance and song, or canoe paddling displays by descendants of the seafaring, hunter-gatherer Yaghan people.
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.
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