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If you’re seeking a unique and awe-inspiring adventure, look no further than a Chilean Fjords cruise with AE Expeditions.

With a backdrop of craggy peaks, snow-covered mountains, forests, waterfalls and glaciers-galore, our expeditions in this magical part of the world promise an experience like no other.

From sailing through historic waters and postcard-perfect landscapes to visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites and watching playful marine wildlife from the observation deck, read on to learn what is in store on a Chilean Fjords expedition.

Retrace Darwin's Footsteps in the Historic Beagle Channel

As you journey through the Chilean Fjords, you’ll have the unique opportunity to follow in the footsteps of one of history’s most renowned explorers, Charles Darwin. The Beagle Channel, named after the ship that carried Darwin on his famous voyage of scientific discovery, holds a significant place in the annals of exploration. This iconic waterway, framed by stunning fjords and dramatic landscapes, offers a chance to retrace Darwin’s route and delve into the storied history of southern Chile.

While the early explorers faced harsh conditions, you’ll have the privilege of travelling in comfort on board one of our purpose-built small ships, ensuring your journey is both comfortable and unforgettable.

Sail Through Jaw-Dropping Landscapes

As you cruise through the Chilean Fjords, you’ll be treated to a visual feast of stunning landscapes, where channels are surrounded by towering mountains that captured and hearts of European explorers over 500 years ago.

If our Chilean Fjords voyages were to have a theme, it would be glaciers. Here, the sight of towering glaciers is guaranteed to take your breath away and deplete your camera battery. These massive ice formations, glistening in every shade of blue, create a dramatic and unforgettable spectacle. If you’re lucky, you may witness a calving event, where ice chunks break free and plunge into the ocean with a resounding splash.

See the Legendary Cape Horn

Weather and time permitting, your Captain may even sail close to Cape Horn. An iconic landmark marking the southernmost point of South America, Cape Horn has a rich maritime history, symbolising adventure, endurance and the ultimate challenge for sailors navigating its temperamental waters.

Discover Rich Heritage in Chiloé Island

One of the highlights of a Chilean Fjords cruise is a visit to Chiloé Island, a place of enchanting natural beauty and cultural richness located off the coast of southern Chile. It is renowned for its captivating blend of lush, rolling hills, dense forests and serene coastal landscapes. What sets Chiloé apart is its unique architectural heritage, characterised by iconic wooden churches that are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These distinctive churches, built by the Chilote people, showcase a fusion of indigenous, Spanish and Jesuit influences, making them cultural gems of global significance. Chiloé is also famous for its folklore, featuring mythical creatures like the Chilote mermaid and ghost ships that add to the island’s air of mystique. The island’s inhabitants, known as Chilotes, are known for their warm hospitality and rich traditions.

Castro, Chiloe Island

Diverse Wildlife Encounters

Keep your binoculars and cameras ready as you scan the waters for the incredible variety of wildlife that calls this region home, and the myriad seabirds and marine wildlife preparing to migrate to Antarctica to feast on the plentiful krill there.

The Chilean Fjords are home to a diverse range of species, including:

Diverse Birdlife: From the Chilean skua, kelp gull and adorable Magellanic penguin to majestic giant petrels and soaring Andean condors, you’ll be amazed by the avian diversity.

Curious Mammals: Leopard lion seals and fur seals can be seen basking on rocky shores, while sei whales, humpback whales, dusky dolphins and hourglass dolphins frolic in the rich waters.

Each encounter provides an opportunity for extraordinary wildlife photography and appreciation.

So, if you’re ready to follow in the footsteps of the world’s greatest explorers and immerse yourself in untouched landscapes, a Chilean Fjords cruise with AE Expeditions awaits. This is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that promises breathtaking scenery, remarkable wildlife encounters and unforgettable memories.

Dream & Discover the Chilean Fjords

Embark on a Chilean Fjords adventure with air credit and up to 20% off* for a limited time! Combine your adventure with Patagonia for an immersive exploration of the southernmost tip of South America, or continue south to the fabled white continent for the adventure of a lifetime. Contact us to find our more about our current offers and lock in your once-in-a-lifetime adventure today!

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