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Expedition Voyage Demystifies Coastal Chilean Patagonia’s Beauty And Cultural Complexity

September 12, 2019 Cruise No Comments Email Email

Small ship expedition cruise specialist, One Ocean Expeditions (OOE) celebrates the end of an exceptional cruise season to the Canadian Arctic and a series of new destinations. The new collection of voyages began this past March in Chile, with the sensational Chilean Fjords Explorer voyage.

Sailing along the western coast of Chilean Patagonia from Ushuaia, Argentina to the city of Valparaiso, Chile, the 14-day Chilean Fjords voyage had OOE’s guests awestruck by the region’s colourful culture, colossal natural wonders and fascinating history.

Travelers with a deep interest in the environment, glaciers, nature, history and photography enjoyed an incredible journey onboard RCGS Resolute. Throughout the voyage guests experienced a wide range of active and educational activities, led by OOE’s talented and hospitable staff. Expert glaciologists, geologists, naturalists, historian and ornithologists as well as artists and photographers treated guests to daily lectures, workshops and shore excursions.

The voyage took guests on an immersive exploration of the world’s most isolated National Parks and Fjordswith visits to Garibaldi Fjord and Alberto de Agostini Sound and its imposing glaciers Dainelli and Serrano. Sailing north, RCGS Resolute travelled along the shore of Magellan Strait to Cabo San Isidro, the site of a century old lighthouse and whaling station. Guests were taken on guided nature hike in the area to experience the Magellanic southern beech forests.

The adventure continued to the Peel Fjord and almighty Amalia Glacier, a visual feast and mesmerizing journey where guests were in awe of the glaciers’ towering beauty and thundering sounds. Throughout the voyage, OOE’s marine mammal specialists, ornithologists, naturalists and animal lovers were on the lookout for whales, South American Sea Lions, Rock Cormorants and Andean Condors, amongst other species.

The journey went on to Wellington Island, one of the most isolated inhabited places in the world. An emotionally charged visit to the small village of Puerto Edén, home of the Kawéskar people, stirred guests’ emotions as they met the last remaining indigenous community of Southern Patagonia.

The voyage sailed further north to the milder climate of coastal Chile and Castro, the nation’s third oldest city. Founded in 1567, the provincial capital of the island of Chiloé is known for its colourful houses built on stilts and elaborate manmade wooden churches, many of which have been designated as UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Sailing Chile’s narrow fjords to remote coastal villages can only be done on a small expedition cruise vessel, such as OOE’s flagship vessel RCGS Resolute that can skilfully navigate polar regions’ complex waters with stability and strength. The vessel offers a spacious and comfortable environment for active discovery.

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