Majestic mountains dipped in snow...
Whales, seals, Soaring Andes condors...
Ice-blue Glaciers that shimmer like jewels...
You may find yourself crying for joy:
Doctor Adele looked at me with tears in her eyes
and said; "It's incredibly beautiful".
Best Experience in Southern Sea Navigation
Cabo de Hornos y los glaciares del Canal Beagle a Vela
Cruise ship to Cape Horn and the Beagle Channel
Cape Horn by sailing yacht
he following cruise is ideal as it utilizes
the new protected passage and the protected waters of the Beagle
Channel to the beautiful fjords and glaciers of Tierra Del Fuego.
These trips to Wulaia aboard the 19th century Bergantine schooner
replica VICTORY may optionally continue on for another week to
see the very beautiful and practically unexplored
region of the glaciers and Fjords of Tierra Del
This special new cruise sailing to Wulaia and to the marvellous
glaciers and fjords of Tierra Del Fuego was made possible in November 2000,
by Presidential decree, in order to help develop tourism in Tierra Del Fuego and
Patagonia. This is the historic MURRAY CHANNEL route that
Fitzroy and Darwin followed around Navarino Island
in the 1830 and is opened up to Chilean flag vessels only like the VICTORY.
eginning in the 2007 the Tall Ship "Victory"
will make historic tours of the first
missionary settlement, Historic Wulaia, Button
Island, and the old Missionary settlement for the
Yagan Indians at Douglas Bay. This voyage is by way of the MURRAY CHANNEL.
See http://www.victory-cruises.com/wulaia_douglas.html for location of Nassua Bay.
he glaciers and fjords tour goes to the
glaciers of Tierra Del Fuego.
After arriving by to the Northern entrance of the
Murray Channel we continue sailing West.
In this navigation of the Beagle Channel,
you will find it possible to appreciate the beauty of
the northern coast of Hoste island and the southern
extreme of the island of Tierra Del Fuego.
A great many small bays unite here with landscapes
of unique beauty and we cruise within about 10
miles from the City of Ushuaia, Argentina which
you will see across the bay.
During sailing you will have the opportunity to
see different expressions of fauna such as: the
world's largest birds, condors and albatross,
giant petrels, penguins, wild geese and ducks,
large flightless "steamer ducks," seals, dolphins
and occasionally whales and Orcas (killer whales).
e continue to the place where the Beagle Channel
divides in two branches and then to the
picturesque South Seas type Pot harbor (Caleta
Holla). This is located at the foot of the Holland
glacier on the Island of Tierra Del Fuego. You may
take an interesting 3 hour hike up along the river
and woods filled with Beaver dams to the base of
this beautiful glacier named after a 19th century
Dutch expedition to the area.
We sail early again, continuing West, to the
Marvelous Pia fjord and Glaciers. This is a fjord
with various branches and glaciers planted among
the peaks of the Darwin Mountain Range and is one
of the most spectacular of our voyage. Hiking,
exploring ice caves, taking photos of the
breathtaking snowcapped peaks and glaciers.
We weigh anchor very early again to navigate along
the northwest arm of the Beagle Channel to
uring this trajectory we pass Mount Darwin,
the highest mountain in Tierra Del Fuego and
one may appreciate a succession of glaciers
located along the Beagle Channel at close range.
These glaciers are named France, Italy, Germany,
and Romanche. We sail north abandoning the Beagle
Channel to reach the Garibaldi glacier at the end
of the fjord.
A large quantity of blue and green floating ice is
characteristic of this place. During this
trajectory you will see some of the most marvelous
scenery on earth - some say, even better than
Norway or Switzerland. If you paddle, it should be
done with caution because of huge chunks of ice
which sometimes fall from the glaciers causing
large waves. (Overnight in Garibaldi fjord.)
The President of Chile, Ricardo Lagos, has also
asked that the very spectacular and largely
unexplored area of the Southwest branch of the
Beagle channel now be opened up to promote tourism
he area of the glaciers and fjords of Hoste
Island along the Southwest branch has not been
previously opened to exploration by the public. It
has many unexplored areas.
We will now include the exploration of the
"Southwest branch" of the Beagle Channel in our
From the Southwest Branch, we sail very early for
the Puerto Williams Yacht Club. You may visit the
Puerto Williams Yagan Indian museum to see Indian
artifacts and visit other points of interest.
The itinerary above is contingent on the weather
and may change according to the discretion of the
private cabins, hot water, 4 meals and drinks.
The VICTORY is fully crewed with a
and the VOYAGE OF THE BEAGLE by Charles Darwin at
Most of the islands in the southern tip of South
America, including Tierra Del Fuego, are still as
forested as the day Columbus waded ashore the new
world. At about 900 meters, the snow line is a
strangely uniform and defined division separating
the island into two very distinctive worlds.
Above, the slopes abruptly steepen and sharpen to
hundreds of jagged peaks with knife blade ridges
and pinnacles all left from the recently and still
retreating last glacial period.
Below the tree line is another world, beneath a
thick canopy there are moss forests, fungus, along
with peace and shelter.
You may find this almost unspoiled area similar to
Alaska, but without the multitude of tourists.
The Wulaia trip may be extended to the beautiful glaciers and fjords of Tierra Del Fuego.
For the route, see map at http://www.victory-cruises.com/beagle.html
See Map showing locations of Puerto Williams, Puerto Navarino,
Button Island, Wulaia and Douglas harbor at http://www.victory-cruises.com/wulaia_douglas.html
The above dates are for sailing from and returning to
Puerto Williams,Chile. Many airlines fly to Chile from all
over the world and it's easy to get to Puerto Williams from
Punta Arenas, Chile with DAP airlines.
For DAP bookings, contact us below at bottom of page:
You may pay DAP on line by credit card.
They have flights Tuesdays through Saturdays to Puerto Williams from Punta Arenas, Chile during the low season and 6 days a week during the high season.
You may take LAN Chile or several other airlines from Santiago
with a short 1 hour stopover in Punta Arenas, the world's most southern city
and then a one hour flight to Puerto Williams, the world's most southern town.
See http://www.lanchile.cl/ for flight schedule and bookings from the US and inside Chile.
LAN Chile may be paid by credit card on line.
or photos, sail plan and deck plans of VICTORY, please see
We can provide references available from
many satisfied clients upon your request.
Mr. Charles Darwin, coming to Patagonia as
naturalist on board the H.M.S. Beagle
under the command of Mr. Robert Fitz Roy,
wrote on January 20th of 1833 :
"...Early in the morning we arrived at the point
where the Beagle Channel divides into two arms;
and we entered the northern one. The scenery here
becomes even grander than before.
The lofty mountains on the north side compose the granitic
axis, backbone of the country and boldly rise to a
height of between three and four thousand feet,
with one peak above six thousand feet (This is
probably refering to Mount Darwin, the highest
peak in Tierra Del Fuego and capped with ice 300+
They are covered by a mantle of
perpetual snow, and numerous cascades pour their
waters, through the woods, into the narrow channel
below. In many parts magnificent glaciers extend
from the mountain side to the water's edge.
It is scarcely possible to imagine anything more
beautiful than the beryl-like blue of these
glaciers, and specially as contrasted with the
dead white of the upper expanse of snow. The
fragments which had fallen from the glaciers into
the water were floating away, and the channel with
its icebergs presented, for the space of a mile, a
miniature of the Polar Sea..."
Charles Darwin, The Voyage of the Beagle.
ictory Links to Patagonia,
Cape Horn & Tierra Del Fuego
Tierra Del Fuego Fauna & Flora
Yagan & Ona Indians of Tierra Del Fuego
FOR ROUTE GLACIERS AND FJORDS
OF TIERRA DEL FUEGO ADVENTURE,
PLEASE SEE THE MAP BELOW
SAIL THE HISTORIC ROUTE
THAT FITZROY & DARWIN
USED IN ORDER TO VISIT
THE YAGAN INDIANS.
THIS VOYAGE IS BY WAY OF THE MURRAY CHANNEL,
AN AREA WHICH HAS BEEN CLOSED
AND NOW OPEN ONLY
TO VESSELS FLYING THE CHILEAN FLAG.
A Victory Adventure passenger's testimony about Cape Horn and Tierra Del Fuego
A map showing some photos of the area
Map shows the route of the 19th century classic schooner replica, VICTORY
to Wulaia and the Glaciers and also the route to Cape Horn aboard specially built yachts
or one of the Cruisers Australis
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