DAY 5: BEAGLE CHANNEL / PIA GLACIAR / GLACIERS AVENUE - AUSTRALIS CRUISE
After breakfast, a conference on birds from Patagonia takes place. Around 9h30 you visit the machine room. By the end of the morning you disembark on Pia Glacier. You will go on a half-hour mini trek on rocks to access a headland from where you can contemplate the Darwin Mountain range, which gives birth to the huge Pia Glacier.
After lunch, the Australis takes the Fueguinos Channel. You can either go to the superior deck in the open air, or stay inside, to go along the glaciers Avenue in the North-west branch of the Beagle Channel.
Conference briefing: around 18h30, complete talk on Cape Horn.
Duration and distances: You border the Massif of Darwin range. Then, the Australis takes the Canal Ballenero before the North-west branch of the Beagle Channel. The circuit covers a total of 208 nautical miles.
Log: From Patagonia, through Tierra del Fuego, Cape Horn, Magellan and Darwin, each name of the five decks is an invitation to the voyage of the silent footbridges of the Australis. In each boarding and disembarking, your memory associates the names of the zodiacs to the glaciers discovered during the day. In the middle of Southern Patagonia, between Chile and Argentina, all European countries have come together in an antediluvian ice deluge. Under the sunset light, you see a game of lights present in the ephemeral rainbows which you would have seen during the day. The following day, you head for Cape Horn. Legends and centuries of exploration will amaze you.
Canal Ballenero: name given by Commander Fitz Roy when the Yámanas Indians stole a whale ship in this channel.
Canal O’Brien: Commander of the Chilean fragataLautaro, Jorge O’Brien was first an officer in the English marine to then become part of the Chilean marine.
North-west branch of the Beagle Channel: Historical cannel, it got its name from the HMS Beagle, exploration ship which has participated in two hydrographic missions from 1826 to 1836 commanded by Captain Fitz Roy. The first commander in the Beagle, Pringle Stokes, committed suicide and was replaced by Captain Robert Fitz Roy. It was during his second expedition that Fitz Roy take on board the then naturalist amateur Charles Darwin. In 1985 the Beagle Conflict between Chile and Argentina on the Lennox, Picton and Nueva islands ended. In 1978 thanks to the intervention of Pope John Paul II and its envoy cardinal Antonio Samore the “Peace and Friendship Treaty” between Argentina and Chile was ratified in the Vaticano on March 14th and April 12th, 1985.
Birds species: bandurria (from the family of egyptian ibis, Southern Lapwing or telotelo and the duck steam), snipe, Southern Chincol, Magellan goose, kingfisher, Dark-bellied Cinclodes, pilpilén austral, Kelp Goose, Southern Tiuqueand Tiuque of Tierra del Fuego, caracara, red headed vulture and condor.
Lunch, dinner and night: on board of Stella Australis or Ventus Australis.