Is it worth including a cruise in my trip to Patagonia?

Skorpios III - Kaweskar Route in Patagonia. Cruises in Patagonia

Patagonia is a vast region in the southernmost portion of the South American continent. Shared by Argentina and Chile, it is an area that offers a wide range of wonderful attractions, including the Perito Moreno Glacier, Mount Fitz Roy, Torres del Paine National Park, Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel, and much, much more. Now, is it possible to include cruises? Absolutely, there are cruises available and they are highly recommended because they offer a different experience and are undoubtedly a highlight within an organized trip, combining both countries. In this article, I will try to explain why you should include a cruise during your trip to Patagonia.

Why is it an excellent idea to include a cruise in your trip to Patagonia?

There are different types of cruises, but let’s focus on expedition cruises, which explore remote corners of this southern and wonderful Patagonia. These are expedition cruises that connect important points and visit places that can only be seen from these routes, giving the experience a different, distinctive importance…

But let’s go point by point to see why it’s worth including a cruise in the trip to Patagonia.

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5 reasons to include an expedition cruise in Patagonia

Let me explain the five main reasons why you shouldn’t hesitate to include an expedition cruise in Patagonia.

1 – They are all-inclusive experiences.

These cruises are expeditions to remote places and include everything on board. Of course, accommodation in cabins, but also meals, very interesting informative talks about animal life, the origin of the visited sites of interest, and onboard activities. You don’t have to worry about anything; it’s a comprehensive experience.

2 – They include unique landings and visits.

Indeed, these expedition cruises disembark in zodiacs for walks on islands, islets, and remote corners that can only be accessed on that particular cruise. For example, the landing at the mythical Cape Horn aboard the Australis Cruise, which we will talk about later.

3 – They connect points of interest.

In some cases, cruises serve as transportation to connect two points of interest in Southern Patagonia. Such as the Australis Cruises that go from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas, or vice versa. They serve then, as transport on a journey through the region, in addition to offering a unique experience day by day.


4 – It’s an experience within the experience.

Indeed, visiting Patagonia is an experience in itself; it’s a region that will amaze you at every step, at every destination, at every attraction. But an expedition cruise adds another level to your journey. It’s an experience in itself, where you’ll enjoy 4 nights aboard an expedition ship and learn a lot about various aspects of nature, fjords, glaciers, climate, etc.

5 – You will see ice, ice, and more ice.

It’s not an experience in Antarctica, but it’s the closest you can get, as the routes showcase countless glaciers, as well as icebergs scraping in the fjords and channels of Tierra del Fuego.

Australis Expedition Cruise to visit Cape Horn in Patagonia

What regions are visited aboard these expedition cruises in Patagonia?

Well, the Skorpios III Cruise, with its Kaweskar route, travels through the fjords and channels of southern Chile, from Puerto Natales, through the Tierra del Fuego Island. Nothing better than a map to highlight what I’m telling you:

Kaweskar Route aboard Skorpios III Expedition Cruise in Patagonia


Australis, on the other hand, follows a route from one point to another. It goes from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas, or vice versa, traversing the channels of the southern part of Tierra del Fuego Island, and even Cape Horn. See the map below.

Australis Cruise Expedition in Patagonia


Is it safe to aboard an expedition cruise in Patagonia?

Absolutely! The expedition cruises in Patagonia are safe, as they are operated by experienced companies with a focus on passenger safety. These cruises adhere to strict safety protocols, including having trained staff, well-maintained vessels, and emergency procedures in place. However, like any outdoor adventure, there are inherent risks associated with travel in remote regions and unpredictable weather conditions, but it´s part of the experience. I have personally enjoyed these activities, and I can suggest doing these cruises without fear, as they are truly safe. Of course, it’s essential to follow the instructions of the crew, stay informed about safety procedures, and be prepared for the unique challenges of the environment. Be ready to enjoy!

What expedition cruises can I include in Patagonia?

There are two companies that offer wonderful cruises through Southern Patagonia. Skorpios Cruises offers its Kaweskar route, traversing the fjords and glaciers of the remote southern region of Chilean Patagonia, on a four-night journey from Puerto Natales, with a return to the origin.

The other option is offered by Australis, which offers marvelous four-night cruises from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas, or vice versa. These cruises visit channels and fjords of the Tierra del Fuego Island and land at the mythical Cape Horn.

Let me explain a bit more about these amazing options:

Australis Expedition Cruise to visit Cape Horn in Patagonia

Cruises from Ushuaia and Punta Arenas: Australis Expedition Cruise in Southern Patagonia

Australis Cruises, offers unforgettable journeys through the unique and remote wilderness of Patagonia. Their cruises provide a unique opportunity to explore some of the most remote and spectacular landscapes in the world.

Australis operates two main routes: the “Patagonian Explorer” and the “Fuegian Explorer.” The Patagonian Explorer route typically travels from Punta Arenas, Chile, to Ushuaia, Argentina, over four nights. Along the way, passengers have the chance to navigate through the legendary Strait of Magellan, visit historic Wulaia Bay, and witness the awe-inspiring beauty of Cape Horn, known as the “End of the Earth.”

On the other hand, the Fuegian Explorer route usually embarks on a journey from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas, also spanning four nights. This route offers passengers the opportunity to explore the stunning fjords and channels of Tierra del Fuego, with highlights including visits to the breathtaking Pia Glacier and the magical Garibaldi Glacier.

Both routes feature expert-led excursions that allow passengers to disembark and explore the rugged landscapes, observe diverse wildlife, and learn about the fascinating history and ecology of the region. Additionally, the comfortable and well-appointed ships of Australis provide a luxurious base for travelers to relax and unwind after each day of adventure.

Australis Expedition Cruises offer a unique way to experience the remote and enchanting wilderness of Patagonia, making it an unforgettable journey for adventure-seekers and nature enthusiasts alike. I suggest to include this cruise!

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Skorpios III, the Kaweskar Route to southern fjords and glaciers in Patagonia from Puerto Natales

It´s also a wonderful option from Puerto Natales in southern Patagonia. Skorpios III offers an extraordinary voyage along the Kaweskar Route, providing passengers with an immersive experience in the captivating landscapes of Chilean Patagonia.

The Skorpios III takes you on a journey through some of the most remote and pristine areas of Patagonia. The Kaweskar Route explores the fjords, channels, and glaciers of southern Chile, offering unparalleled opportunities for adventure and discovery.  The cruise typically lasts four nights, departing from Puerto Natales and returning to the same port. This allows passengers to delve deep into the heart of Patagonia, experiencing its raw beauty and untouched wilderness.

One of the highlights of the Kaweskar Route is the chance to witness majestic glaciers up close. The cruise takes you to various glacier sites, where you can marvel at their towering ice formations and shimmering blue hues.

In addition to natural wonders, Skorpios III offers opportunities for cultural immersion. Passengers have the chance to learn about the indigenous Kaweskar people, their history, and their traditional way of life in this remote region.

This amazing cruise provides comfortable accommodations and amenities to ensure a pleasant journey. From cozy cabins to onboard dining options featuring local cuisine, passengers can relax and enjoy their surroundings in style.
Let me say then, that Skorpios III offers an unforgettable expedition cruise experience in Patagonia, combining breathtaking scenery, cultural insights, and comfortable accommodations for an enriching adventure in one of the world’s most remote and captivating destinations. It´s also a must!

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How to combine Australis Cruise with other destinations in Patagonia?

The Australis cruise, besides being a unique experience that allows you, among other things, to disembark at the mythical Cape Horn (check it out on the map! You can’t go further south unless you go to Antarctica), is an excellent idea if you’re looking to connect Argentina with Chile (or vice versa). Indeed, Australis Cruises go from the city of Ushuaia, known as the southernmost city in the world, to Punta Arenas in Chile. Or from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia. This way, you can weave together a coherent itinerary that includes, for example, Ushuaia, the Australis Cruise, Punta Arenas, and then continue to Puerto Natales or Torres del Paine, and even cross into Argentina to continue to El Calafate and El Chaltén. Below, I leave you an excellent suggestion if you’re looking to explore the best of this region, including the Australis cruise!
Book a combined tour with Australis Cruises in Southern Patagonia

What season do these expedition cruises operate in Patagonia?

These expedition cruises in Patagonia operate during the months with the longest daylight hours and most suitable temperatures for landings and navigation. Indeed, they run during spring and summer, and also during part of the autumn. In general, the cruises are available between September and April each year, with the most important months being October, November, December, January, February, and March.

Check our Vacation Packages area to see departures and also rates for both cruises.

How to combine Skorpios III Kaweskar Route with other destinations in Patagonia?

The Skorpios III cruise is a perfect experience to combine with Puerto Natales and Torres del Paine. It’s an extension that allows you to add visits to remote and unique places, enjoy the glaciers and fjords on the Chilean side of Patagonia, and then continue your journey, perhaps crossing over to El Calafate to visit the Perito Moreno Glacier or even El Chaltén.


The conclusion is clear: include an expedition cruise when organizing your trip to Patagonia. As I explained before, it will add a plus to your journey because you will explore almost uncharted corners of southern Patagonia, seeing glaciers, marvelous fjords, unique landscapes, and fascinating wildlife along the way.”
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Ramiro Rodriguez

25 years working in travel market, as Sales & Marketing Manager in RipioTurismo, Marketing Manager in Nuevas Ideas Travel Consulting Group. Writer and travel lover.

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