Patagonia cruises will take you to the end of the world. Patagonia is located on the southern tip of South America, sprawling across the border of Argentina and Chile, making it a must-see destination when visiting one of our ports of call in those two countries. You’ll depart your ship and head into the vast wilderness of the region where you’ll find nature on a grand scale. Gaze at the jagged mountaintops, sail along scenic fjords, and marvel at long glaciers framed by frosty glacial lakes. However, you choose to spend your time, you’ll be astounded by the breadth of pristine nature all around you.
During your journey to Patagonia, you’ll also have the chance to discover the lovely cruise port towns that serve as the gateway to the region, but you’ll want to make sure to reserve time to explore farther afield where the glaciers, hiking trails, and backcountry beauty that make this far southern region of the world so awe-inspiring for travelers await you.
The Andes mountain range slices through Patagonia and provides a sensational skyline to the region. The Patagonia area of the Andes Mountains has glaciers, wildlife, waterfalls, and river rapids just waiting to be explored. Combine that with the wild ocean coastline and you may find yourself never wanting to put your camera away.
While cruising between the ports of Patagonia, you’ll have the opportunity to see many animals frolicking in the surf from your cruise ship. Elephant seals and whales are common sea mammals to spot. Magellanic penguins can also be seen in the water or on incredible shore excursion while in port.
No trip to Patagonia is complete without seeing a glacier (or two…or three…). The area on the Chile side is home to most of Patagonia’s glaciers, some of which are accessible by water via your cruise ship, while others are farther inland and make for a great shore excursion.
The ice fields of Patagonia stretch between the glaciers in the region and are famous for being some of the largest in the world. There are two ice fields: the Northern Patagonian Ice Field and the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. The latter is the largest contiguous icefield in the southern hemisphere outside of Antarctica.
You can get to the wonders of Patagonia from several different cruise ports in both Argentina and Chile. Our Patagonia cruise stops include Ushuaia, Argentina; Punta Arenas, Chile; Cape Horn, Argentina; and Puerto Montt, Chile. Cruises to Patagonia also visit other ports of call in South America, such as Buenos Aires, Argentina (which often serves as the starting and ending port).
It’s all about the nature when it comes to choosing shore excursions during your Patagonia cruise ports. The region of Patagonia is known for its breathtaking scenery, wildlife encounters, and epic hikes. You can explore Patagonia easily and conveniently with one of our guided shore excursions.
While in Punta Arenas, you won’t want to miss seeing cute little penguins waddling around if you’re an animal lover. Take a shore excursion to Magdalena Island Natural Penguin Reserve for an up close and personal encounter with Magellanic penguins and learn more about these cute creatures.
While in Ushuaia, learn more about the scenery surrounding the southernmost city in the world with a shore excursion on the End of the World Train, a fun and scenic train ride that goes around Tierra del Fuego National Park, which is the world’s southernmost national park.
Osorno Volcano is an easy day trip from Puerto Montt, one of our cruise ports of call in Chile. While there, you’ll have the chance to see this still-active volcano and its surrounding scenery which includes beautiful Todos Los Santos Lake as well as a river flowing through old lava channels.
Our Patagonia cruise itineraries sail in the winter months, which is actually summer in Patagonia since it is located in the southern hemisphere. Despite being there during South America’s summertime, don’t expect overly warm weather. You might have some pleasant, sunny weather, but you’re still in the land of glaciers and not too far from icy Antarctica. Pack layers that include a stocking cap, gloves, wool socks, and a warm jacket. You’ll also want sturdy hiking shoes or boots for navigating the terrain you’ll encounter during Patagonia cruise ports of call.
Be prepared with currency if you’re planning on doing any shopping or dining in a Patagonia cruise port. The Patagonia region stretches across both Argentina and Chile, and businesses in each accept a different currency – and not always credit cards. Have Argentine peso with you in Argentina ports of call and Chilean peso with you in Chile; most ports of call have ATMs near the city center or cruise terminal.