An Amazing Cruise Through the Chilean Fjords In Patagonia
We enjoyed an amazing cruise through the Chilean Fjords in Patagonia on our cruise around South America with Oceania Cruises. The days were spent enjoying the wonderful views all around us. Our stop at the Amalia Glacier was awesome.
A port day in Punta Arenas gave us a fun day at Magdalena Island for a penguin visit. When we docked in Port Montt, on our day trip we explored the Osorno Volcano and Petrohue Waterfalls. We only skimmed the surface of what there was to see and do in Patagonia Chile. And we knew that one day we would return.
Started In Argentina Patagonia in Ushuaia
The area referred to as “Patagonia”, covered the area in the southern end of South America in both Argentina and Chile. We started in Ushuaia in Argentina Patagonia. From Ushuaia, we explored the Tierra del Fuego National Park in many different ways – by train, bus and catamaran. It was our first view of the stunning outdoor vistas that awaited us in Patagonia.
Cruise Through the Chilean Fjords In Patagonia
When we left Ushuaia, we cruised along the Beagle Channel towards the Chilean Fjords. As the sun went down, we got our first view of the glaciers as they crept towards the water.
We cruised through the Chilean Fjords and enjoyed so many great views. The rocks towered above the channel. And we saw waterfalls as they cascaded down. It reminded us very much of our cruise through the Norway Fjords.
It was not long before we reached the area with higher snow-capped peaks all around us. We imagined how stunning the view was when winter snows covered much more.
As we cruised through the Chilean Fjords, we had great weather and there was always something to see. Sometimes we sat on our cabin balcony and watched the views as they passed by. And at times we joined others on the upper decks taking in the wonders on both sides of the ship.
An Awesome Day To View The Amalia Glacier
One day we got very excited when we headed towards the Amalia Glacier (or Skua Glacier). This was a tidewater glacier that originated in the Southern Patagonian Ice Field in the Torres Del Paine National Park. It flowed through a valley and ended in the ocean near the Reclus volcano. This glacier was receding at a much fast pace than other glaciers in the region.
We were ready for our visit to the Amalia Glacier. We staked out a spot and enjoyed the cruise along the Sarmiento Channel. Ahead we saw the entrance to the bay for the glacier. The ship slowed as floating ice started to appear. The icebergs at this time of year were generally not an issue. But the Captain was wary of all ice in the channel.
When we got in front of the glacier, the Captain swung the ship from side to side so that people on both sides of the ship saw the Amalia Glacier. It reminded us very much of a similar day on our Alaska cruise when we enjoyed the Sawyer Glacier in the Tracy Fjord. The view of the Amalia Glacier was quite stunning.
The ship got quite close and we saw the amazing blue ice that characterizes a glacier. The bubbles of air that were normally present in ice were compressed out of it and made it more dense and created that brilliant blue colour.
There were so many great views on a cruise through the Chilean Fjords. But the view of the Amalia Glacier sure stood out!
Penguins And More In Punta Arenas
On our cruise around South America, we had our first amazing penguin experience when we visited the Bluff Cove Lagoon in the Falkland Islands. We saw vast fields filled with Gentoo Penguins. And we were treated to King Penguins too. So we were excited when we docked in Punta Arenas and did a day trip to Magdalena Island for another penguin adventure.
We took a catamaran to Magdalena Island and explored amongst the Magellanic penguins that inhabited this spot. It was a wonderful spot to wander and find the molting penguins.
The landscapes were amazing on our cruise through the Chilean Fjords. But we loved the chance to visit with the fun penguins on Magdalena Island.
Osorno Volcano And Petrohue Waterfalls From Puerto Montt
On our day in Puerto Montt, we enjoyed a busy day as we chased views of the Osorno Volcano from many different vantage points. We got our first view of the stunning peaks in the area when we cruised into the harbour.
On our day trip, we then saw the volcano high above Lake Llanquihue. From there we drove up the Osorno Volcano and took a chair lift up higher for stunning panoramic views.
When we stopped in the Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales where we got another view of the Osorno Volcano over the flowing Petrohue Waterfalls. Our final stop was in Puerto Varas for yet a different view of the volcano over Lake Llanquihue.
We knew there were volcanos in many parts of Patagonia Chile. So we were so delighted we got so many views of the Osorno Volcano on this stop on our cruise through the Chilean Fjords.
A Lazy Day in Puerto Chacabuco
When we originally booked our cruise excursion for our port day in Puerto Chacabuco, we planned to take a catamaran and visit Ensenada Perez. This was a collection of pools naturally heated by the volcanically fueled hot springs. The trip then returned along the Aysen Fjord for views of the Cinco Hermanas Natural Monument, known as a paradise for birdwatching. It was a very expensive excursion and we cancelled this before we arrived in Puerto Chacabuco.
There were other outdoor trips that we also passed on. One went to Coyhaique and the Simpson Valley. Another trip included kayaking on Lake Los Palos. Yet another excursion offered a guided walk along a nature trail on Deer Island. For the fishermen, there was even a fly fishing adventure. We ultimately decided we wanted a lazy day on the ship.
When we saw the weather as we entered the harbour at Puerto Chacabuco, we were doubly glad we passed on the available outdoor experiences.
We saw so many great outdoor sights on a cruise through the Chilean Fjords in Patagonia. We were ok to miss one day and just relax.
Starting And Ending The Days Were Beautiful
We often picked our cruises for the great port destinations. But we never forgot that it was often quite magical when we started and finished our day at sea.
On a cruise through the Chilean Fjords in Patagonia, it always paid to be up early. And the setting sun was often the last outside view we got for the day.
So Many Awesome Sights When Cruising The Chilean Fjords In Patagonia
We enjoyed so many awesome sights on our cruise through the Chilean Fjords. Everywhere we looked there was something to enjoy. Great port stops gave us amazing day trips. And our trip to the Amalia Glacier was something we would not forget. One day we knew we would return and explore more.
From the Chilean Fjords, we continued our trip north in Chile. When we docked in San Antonio we had a very different kind of day planned. On our day trip to Casablanca, we enjoyed both a great horse show and a wine tasting experience.
What are your favourite things to do on a sea day when cruising? Or do you get bored waiting for the next port?
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