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Cape Horn - South America


Cape Horn - Darwin Range

The sailing adventure to Cape Horn & the glaciers of Tierra del Fuego

15-day sailing trip:

Puerto Williams/ Chile - Cape Horn -
Darwin Range - Puerto Williams

Price: 7.425 EUR

Welcome to an unforgettable sailing trip through the breathtaking waters of Tierra del Fuego!

Explore the legendary waters around the famous Cape Horn in a sailing boat, where the seas of the Atlantic and Pacific meet. Feel the thrill as you conquer the waves of this historic route.

Immerse yourself in the unspoilt beauty of Tierra del Fuego as we sail through picturesque bays and pass majestic mountains along the Beagle Channel. Each vista offers a new breathtaking view of the mesmerising landscapes of Tierra del Fuego.

Explore the wild landscapes on foot on exciting trekking adventures and experience nature up close on thrilling trekking adventures. Discover hidden trails, spectacular views and unspoilt nature.

Savour authentic culinary diversity and Patagonian delicacies, from delicious asados to fresh king crab straight from the region's waters.

Experience the rich culture of Tierra del Fuego, meet the last descendants of the indigenous people and visit local museums that offer insights into the fascinating history and traditions of the region.

Discover the diverse flora and fauna of Tierra del Fuego, from majestic condors to rare plant species. Every day offers the opportunity to discover the unique nature of this remote region.

Prepare to be mesmerised by the beauty and diversity of Tierra del Fuego! This sailing trip promises unforgettable experiences and moments in one of the most spectacular regions in the world.


Cape Horn - Darwin Range

The sailing adventure to Cape Horn & the glaciers of Tierra del Fuego

Day 1: Via Santiago and Punta Arenas you arrive at the starting point of your sailing adventure in Puerto Williams. From Punta Arenas, you will fly either with the twin-engine Twin Otter or the new BAe/RJ aircraft of DAP Airline over the breathtaking Darwin Range to the remote Beagle Channel, where you will reach the starting point of our expedition. Puerto Williams, with a population of around 2,300, is located on the island of Navarino and is considered the southernmost settlement in the world. Here we are at the last frontier of civilisation. On arrival, we settle in on the yacht. The berths are distributed and the luggage stowed away. The yacht's cosy cabins will be our home for the next fifteen days. The yacht offers protection and security as we venture into the unspoilt wilderness. We go through the technical installations and safety equipment on board. Everything is thoroughly demonstrated and explained to ensure safety throughout the journey. Puerto Williams is located in the northern part of the island of Navarino. The last descendants of the indigenous people, the Yaghan sea nomads, live on the island in the small settlement of Ukika. During our stay, we have the opportunity to visit the regional museum "Yagan Usi - Martín González Calderón". It gives us an insight into the local environment and the culture of the indigenous people. The museum focuses mainly on the historical aspects of the Yaghan, nomadic canoeists who were the original inhabitants of the region. In the evening, we meet at the "Casa Kloss" for a traditional Tierra del Fuego asado (barbecue). We enjoy the perfect end to our first evening with a glass of pisco sour.

Day 2: Let's go! We set sail and head eastwards down the Beagle Channel. We pass picturesque estancias and the remains of a small, stranded freighter until we reach Puerto Toro. A century ago, Puerto Toro was intended to be the administrative centre of the southern part of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago. But after the gold rush, Puerto Toro fell into oblivion. Today, the local fishermen use the harbour as a safe haven.

Day 3: Today we cross the Bahía Nassau in one long stroke, over 50 nautical miles. We venture into the heart of the Wollaston archipelago, which ends in the south with the notorious Cape Horn. The Santa Maria Australis drops anchor in a sheltered bay and waits for favourable weather conditions. Caleta Maxwell serves as an ideal starting point, only 15 nautical miles from Cape Horn.

Day 4/5: We take the first opportunity to round Cape Horn. On this leg, we sail about 30 nautical miles across the open waters of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Weather permitting, we will make a stopover in Caleta León, located at the foot of the cape. The dedicated Chilean lighthouse staff stand guard here. If conditions permit, we will pay a visit to their remote station. In the modest, windswept Stella Maris chapel, we pause to pay our respects to the countless sailors who bravely faced the elements and lost their lives in this stormy place. A monument in the shape of an albatross towers high in memory of their sacrifice. As night falls, we drop anchor in Caleta Martial, where we will gather for a captain's dinner near Cape Horn to celebrate our journey so far.

Day 6: Heading north, we cross Bahia Nassau to reach Lennox Island. We find a safe anchorage on the sheltered side of the island. About a century ago, this area experienced a gold rush similar to that in Alaska. Remnants of this era can be found in place names such as Caleta Oro, which remind us of the past.

Day 7: We sail to Isla Picton and anchor in Caleta Banner. This picturesque bay has a moving history: missionary Allen Gardiner once tried to familiarise the Yaghan natives with the teachings of the Bible here. But faced with aggression from the natives, Gardiner was forced to retreat. Tragically, he and his men later starved to death on the opposite side of the Beagle Channel.

Day 8: We set sail and follow our route back to Puerto Williams. We return to the village at dusk. At the Micalvi Yacht Club, the new Cape Hornians gather to raise their glasses and toast the successful circumnavigation of the Cape, celebrating our remarkable journey.

Day 9: The second leg of our journey begins today! We sail westwards up the Beagle Channel, past small estancias set against the imposing mountain range of the Cordillera Darwin, until we reach Puerto Navarino. With every mile we cover, the snow-capped peaks rise higher and the channel gradually narrows. Beautifully nestled and sheltered at the foot of the mountains lies the old, now abandoned Estancia Yendegaia. The sight of its abandoned houses and dilapidated facilities gives us a glimpse of the eroded peaks higher up and the channel gradually narrows. Beautifully nestled and sheltered at the foot of the mountains lies the old, now abandoned Estancia Yendegaia. The sight of its abandoned houses and run-down facilities gives us an insight into the remote and unpretentious life that still characterises this area today.

Day 10: Today we immerse ourselves in the peaceful solitude of this remote mountain range. We anchor in Caleta Olla, where a white sandy beach at the foot of the magnificent Mount Frances glacier awaits our arrival.

Day 11: We set off on a hike through the unspoilt wilderness to the glacial lake. Numerous beaver dams stand in our way. We then continue our journey along the Beagle Channel. Glaciers plunge directly into the sea here. Our exploration takes us to the majestic Pia Fjord, where we take a walk to see the glacier up close. The fjords are filled with floating glacial ice and the howling of a seal colony echoes in the distance. We have reached the westernmost point of our journey and spend the night here.

Day 12: Our route takes us southwards through the Thomson Channel. Arriving at the end of the canal in Bahía Cook, we encounter the long, rolling waves of the Pacific Ocean. We now turn eastwards into the Brazo Suroeste of the Beagle Channel. Here we discover numerous tantalising bays waiting to be explored.

Day 13: Today we are warmly welcomed for lunch by Gaucho Eugenio and his wife Esther at their Estancia Kanasaka. They have some horses ready for those who are interested in exploring the surroundings on horseback. Their son Claudio will accompany them. After our adventure in the Darwin Cordillera, we are treated to a traditional local meal, centollas as a starter followed by spit-roasted lamb.

Day 14: We bid farewell to the majestic, remote mountain range and set sail back to Puerto Williams. Back in "civilisation", we enjoy the hospitality of the southernmost clubhouse in the world and raise our glasses to toast our unforgettable adventures in the Darwin Cordillera.

Day 15: A perfect day for a good night's sleep, packing and confirming our return flights. Our return journey follows the same route via Punta Arenas and Santiago. We fly back to Punta Arenas on the familiar Twin Otter or BAe/RJ aircraft. As we bid farewell to the last views of the Beagle Channel and the Cordillera Darwin, we say goodbye to one of the last unspoilt nature reserves in the world.

Ship description

Cape Horn - Darwin Range

The sailing adventure to Cape Horn & the glaciers of Tierra del Fuego

The Santa Maria Australis was designed and equipped to sail long distance cruises in comfortable conditions. She was built in 1998 in Gdansk, Poland as an aluminum ketch training vessel. Her safety equipment is monitored every 2 years. The SMA has the CE certificate category A (high seas). In 2004 she was further equipped for high latitude operations in Southampton, England. On this occasion she was adapted to modern standards and the strict English MCA requirements as a sail training vessel. The SMA is designed for a maximum of 12 persons and sails under German flag with home port Berlin. In 2006, the SV SMA reached the high southern latitudes and to date 40 sailing expeditions to Antarctica have been accomplished and in 2011 she sailed through the Northwest Passage. The Santa Maria Australis has a StarLink satellite internet connection.

Year of construction:1998
Shipyard:Euro Aluship Ltd, Gdansk 
Type of ship:Hydra Duo 66
Length:20,20 m
Width:5,50 m
Draft:2,30 m
Designer:Horst Glacer & Kurt Reinke
Sail area:220 qm
Guests:max. 12

Dates, prices & services

Cape Horn - Darwin Range

The sailing adventure to Cape Horn & the glaciers of Tierra del Fuego

*incl. 675 € on board cash (please bring cash)
Dates Route Price from Route-Nr.
11/04/2024-11/18/2024 Sailing Expedition: Puerto Williams/ Chile - Cape Horn & Darwin Range - Puerto Williams 7.425 € EX18-4551
02/10/2025-02/24/2025 Sailing Expedition: Puerto Williams/ Chile - Cape Horn & Darwin Range - Puerto Williams 7.425 € EX18-5551
03/03/2025-03/17/2025 Sailing Expedition: Puerto Williams/ Chile - Cape Horn & Darwin Range - Puerto Williams 7.425 € EX18-5552

Please note that the itinerary described is subject to change at the discretion of the expedition leader.
The itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of the expedition leader. As these expeditions are in remote and sparsely populated regions of the world, we reserve the right to change the itinerary at any time.
We reserve the right to change the itinerary due to factors such as weather conditions, availability of anchorages, political situations and other unforeseen circumstances, political situations and other unforeseen circumstances without prior consultation with the participants. Please be assured that such decisions are in the best interests of all passengers on board and with the utmost consideration for the safety of the vessel. Participants are advised that they are not entitled to any right to refunds or other benefits in the event of unavoidable changes to the itinerary.
itinerary. The tour price is made up of the "participation fee" and the "operating and provisioning fee/
provision costs".

The "participation fee" includes:
- Participation on board the sailing ship, personal berth on board.
- Costs for the crew, guided hikes.
- Personal flotation device (PFD) with safety lines. If you have your own inflatable lifejacket, you are welcome to take it on board.
- Bedding, including a cosy blanket, towel.
- Limited access to the Starlink satellite communication device. Transmission costs are not included.
- Access to information materials such as nautical charts and a small thematic library on board.

The "participation fee" does NOT include:
- Required visa and entry fees. Please check whether you need a visa or other
entry requirements for Chile or other countries you will visit during the voyage.
- Travel costs to and from the port of embarkation and disembarkation, such as flights, hotels, taxis, restaurants and others.
- Personal clothing and equipment, unless otherwise specified - Personal medication. A general first aid kit is available on board, we recommend that you consult your doctor and bring your own personal first-aid kit. travel first-aid kit with you.
- Transmission costs for the use of the Starlink satellite communication device.
- Access to laptops or personal computers. The ships have these devices on board, but they are exclusively for use by the captain for weather forecasts, emergency weather forecasting, emergency communications and other purposes. No unknown USB drives can be connected to these devices. We recommend to bring your own storage media.
- Costs for personal accidents and evacuation.

"Operating and provisioning fee".
This lump sum must be paid in cash on board. It covers the costs for catering on board on board and the running costs of the boat.

A standard CREW sailing trip "Operating and provisioning costs flat rate"

- Official travel permits for the vessel.
- Harbour and marina fees - unless otherwise stated.
- Food and non-alcoholic drinks on board.
- Operating costs of the ship. Fuel, oil, gas, water, electricity. Maintenance and repair.
- Final cleaning of the boat.

A standard CREW sailing tour "operating and provisioning fee" does not include:
- Personal visa fees.
- Personal immigration and visitor fees.
- In particular, but not exclusively, all costs related to COVID or COVID measures.
- Authorisations and or costs for special activities. (sports, filming, science, etc.)
- Expenses after the stay ashore.
- Beer, wine, spirits and other alcoholic beverages.
- Special and personal food supplements. (e.g. energy bars, energy drinks,
freeze-dried meals, etc.)
- Personal body care products.
- Third party services.


The overnight stay on board, costs for berths and diesel, the on-board cash, all food, alcoholic (limited) and non-alcoholic drinks are included. Any additional special beverage requests must be paid for and brought along. We also ask you to inform us in good time of any special dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarians). The minimum number of participants is 2.

Sailing boat trips are largely safe thanks to technical progress, the skipper's extensive experience, his knowledge of the area and the latest safety instruments. Nevertheless, we would like to and must point out that this is a special sailing area with unique conditions and that there is always a certain residual risk.

In the southern Patagonian summer, temperatures should not be overestimated. Temperatures fluctuate between 0° - 15° Celsius. In addition, due to the sometimes strong wind, warm clothing is recommended in accordance with the onion principle.

No previous sailing experience is necessary, nor is it necessary to help out yourself. The most important prerequisites are the willingness to integrate into the group and a particular enthusiasm for nature and adventure.

General advice

Weather and ice conditions are a constant changing parameter, and are an integral part of travelling in the South. Depending on the conditions at the time, the itinerary may be adapted accordingly to maximise the experience for everyone on board and to ensure the safety of the vessel and personnel.

The agency 'SLOWTRAVEL experience' is not the organizer, rather the agent of this travel. Therefore the Terms & Conditions of the shipping company are applicable.

For further information please do not hesitate to contact us. Changes and errors excepted!