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1. Posted by Gez (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y

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Hi,

I'm travelling around Lat Am and Punta arenas / Patagonia is my first stop. I'm looking into doing a cruise through the glaciers and around Cape Horn but the only option seems to be the Mare Australis which does not come cheap at USD 1244 for 4 nights.

Can anybody recommend a more cost effective way of seeing the area, glaciers, fjords, nature reserves etc??I speak Spanish so should have no problems there.

Thanks!!

2. Posted by sinfronter (Budding Member 29 posts) 11y

You could consider taking the Navimag that depending on the luxury you want, and the season, can cost between 200 and 1690 dollar. Besides a beautiful trip (if you´re lucky with the weather) it is not just a touristic cruise. Take a look at

http://www.navimag.com/navimag/html/espanol/canales_patagonicos/tarifas_y_salidas/tar_sal_ruta_norte.asp

for more information. In that case you could take land-based excursions around Tierra del Fuego.

Have fun planning!

3. Posted by Everett (Budding Member 30 posts) 11y

Hi Cez

I'm in Patagonia right. My advice would be the same as the other one, but keep in mind that's 4 days on a carrierboat with absolutely nothing todo beside the views. It's not possible to get of these 4 days, and the only thing served is basic meals and no alcohol to kill the time:-):)

4. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

Navimag is cool, in my mind. Don't pay for more than the C berths - anything above that isn't worth the extra money. When I was there, there was lots of alcohol, actually, though the bar is over-priced and therefore I would suggest bringing your own alcohol on board. The weather can be bad, which means that if it is foggy and rainy you might not see much.

As for land, check out Torres Del Paine, Perito Moreno Glacier and Isla Magdalena.

Greg

5. Posted by Gez (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y

Thanks for that guys - will look into it.

One more question - has anyone travelled from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia by land / sea? Again, trying to avoid the very expensive and tourist cruises!

Thanks again for your help - much appreciated!!

6. Posted by Everett (Budding Member 30 posts) 11y

Hi Gez

I think there`s a bus from Punta Arenas to El Calafate in Argentina and from there it's pretty easy to get to Ushuaia. I`m not sure that there is a cruise or any other kind of boat between Punta Arena and Ushuaia.

Have a nice trip
Kim

7. Posted by igetlost (Full Member 89 posts) 11y

be careful at el calafate you could lose a day pending on bus arrival time.
why anybody would want to go to ushuaia is beyond me though.
and its impossible to go 'non tourist'.
you sound like you a big cash flow though. but be careful of the very costly cruises..i find them great for the first 7 hours and then repetitive.
but regardless its to beautiful down there to get down on it.
enjoy