Itinerary Overview

Discover the breadth of Patagonia’s wildness on a land-and-sea expedition

Optimize your Chilean Patagonia experience with a land and sea expedition. Spend three days at an outstanding lodge to savor the grandeur of Torres del Paine’s sunrises and sunsets, its iconic landscapes, and profusion of wildlife. Then explore the fjords, glaciers, and panoramic vistas of Patagonia’s coast and waterways that are only accessible by expedition ship. Venturing out on Zodiac forays, kayaking pristine fjords, or hiking virgin trails, you’ll breathe the rarified air of a near-mythic region. Enjoy special access to Argentina’s Isla de Los Estados (Staten Island)—a seldom-seen island covered in wind-sculpted flora, with wildlife that includes South American fur seals and Magellanic penguins. Discover the vast parklands of Karukinka, and check viewing legendary Cape Horn off your life list as well.

  • Over three days, discover the wildlife-rich, iconic landscapes of Torres del Paine, Patagonia’s jewel, with either the superb Explora Patagonia Lodge (2019) or the Tierra Patagonia Hotel (2020) as your base camp
  • Explore wild, windswept Isla de los Estados (Staten Island), located at the extreme end of South America and largely off limits to travelers since 1923
  • Transit the legendary Beagle Channel and see storied Cape Horn
  • Venture through wildlife reserves not easily accessible to the public, including Karukinka Natural Park in Tierra del Fuego
  • Zodiac cruise and kayak through the breathtaking Chilean fjords

Explore inland Patagonia

These two exquisite properties offer a privileged location and are both a perfect base for exploring Torres del Paine National Park. Nestled within the park, and set on glacier-fed Lake Pehoé, the outstanding Explora Patagonia (in 2019) is one of the top resorts in South America and winner of Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers' Choice Awards 2018. Or stay at  the beautiful Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa (in 2020), a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World and winner of Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards 2018. Positioned on Lake Sarmiento in a remote spot just outside Torres del Paine National Park, Tierra Patagonia is a sustainable lodge, known worldwide for its innovative architecture, which blends naturally into the landscape.  

How you traverse the rugged landscape and explore the fjord-studded coastline is up to you, but expect to encounter Andean condors, guanacos, foxes, rheas, and abundant natural wonders. 

Discover Argentina's seldom-visited Isla de los Estados
By special permission, National Geographic Orion will call at Isla de los Estados, a wild island largely untouched by humans in decades. Its only human residents are the four guardians at a small naval outpost. Walk its wild beech forests, look for penguins, see the replica of the 1884 San Juan de Salvamento “lighthouse at the end of the world,” which inspired Jules Verne’s novel by the same name, plus explore the ruins of a penal colony. 

Experience iconic landscapes & see rare wildlife
From saw-toothed peaks to bright blue glaciers, you’ll discover a near-mythic wildness that is inaccessible without an expedition ship. This vast area of snowcapped mountains, gigantic glaciers; thousands of islands covered with vegetation, lakes, soaring granite walls, and waterfalls provide days of spectacular adventure. See the wildlife of the Patagonian steppes, including Andean condors soaring overhead. Look for Magellanic penguins, Austral parakeets, albatrosses, grebes, woodpeckers, fulmars, shearwaters, and more.

Take advantage of superb photo ops
You’ll have certified photo instructors as your traveling companions, to inspire you and provide tips in the field.  You’ll find no end of subjects, and the help you need to return home with your best photos ever.

Travel in excellent company
Explore Torres del Paine under the expert guidance of veteran Lindblad naturalists relying on their expertise to maximize wildlife sightings. And aboard National Geographic Orion, go with expedition leader, an assistant expedition leader, veteran naturalists, a National Geographic photographer plus a certified photo instructor, an undersea specialist, a wellness specialist and a video chronicler. Their knowledge and passion for Patagonia are key to your once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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