Our eight days journey has its starting point in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego (Fireland). After the check-in and get to know on board Tari II we will sail the Beagle Channel to Puerto Williams on Navarino Island and will then head westwards – always on Darwin’s tracks.
On the northern side of the Beagle Channel, only a few miles after the border between Argentina and Chile, we will visit Yendegaia Bay with its Estancia (large farm). On our journey further westwards Caleta Olla provides the next anchor facility – and the possibility to get to know our first glacier. A walk will lead us to the glacier Holanda. In this region of the Darwin range one can find some of the few glaciers in the world which can still be called “healthy” as they are about to grow – and in a velocity only a few glaciers do nowadays.
One of the highlights of our journey will certainly be the visit of Fjord Pia, a sidearm of the Beagle channel – also called the “avenue of the glaciers” as six glaciers are to be viewed here. We will be able to approach them on board Tari II but also by walking, exploring their natural beauty. Directly opposite of our anchorage we will enjoy the loveliest scene: snow-capped mountains and huge, in the sunlight sparkling glaciers. Charles Darwin described it best in his diary: “It is scarcely possible to imagine anything more beautiful than the beryl-like blue of these glaciers…”
Throughout our journey we will experience the life in an untouched environment, doing a barbecue on the beach of a lonely bay, browsing the books of the board library and enjoying delicious regional food. The glaciers and their ice crashes will naturally be the main characters on our journey providing us with impressive photo and film scenes. Moreover, with a little luck, we will also be able to watch the majestic flight of the condors.
As we are only able to reach our goals in a team, our fellow travelers will be part of the crew throughout our expedition journeys. Therefore, the daily routine work on board Tari II as steering, helping with sailing and anchoring maneuvers, driving the tender or preparing food will be shared among the crew members. Previous experience is not required to participate in our trips.