From Tierra del Fuego to Buenos Aires, the flamboyant capital of Argentina, via the fabulous archipelago of the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), set sail to discover a wild and exceptional nature during a brand-new 15-day expedition cruise aboard Le Lyrial.

We will begin our expedition in the world's southernmost city, Ushuaia, in Argentina's Tierra del Fuego, and chart a course around the legendary Cape Horn before sailing to Isla de los Estados, home to the famous Lighthouse at the end of the world, which gave its name to a novel by Jules Verne.

The Falkland Islands have a wind-swept landscape with a wild beauty and abundant wildlife. Home to nesting albatross colonies and a variety of penguin species, these rich waters support a great diversity of wildlife, and were once one of the centres of whaling in the world. You will have the opportunity to explore New Island, Carcass, Saunders islands, Volunteer Point and Port Stanley.

Sailing North, you will discover the small city of Camarones in Chubut province, southern Argentina. A true nature refuge for marine animals, including sea lions, elephant seals and Commerson’s Dolphins.

In our last call, Puerto Madryn, wildlife reigns supreme. Visit the Valdes Peninsula, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999 thanks to its substantial population of marine mammals, including the threatened Southern Right Whale, Orcas and South American sea lions.

End your cruise in the vibrant city of Buenos Aires, offering the perfect blend of magnificent architecture with European influences and a joyful Latin American atmosphere

At the end of your trip, sit down with your National Geographic Expert and photographer and reflect on the experiences you have shared on your voyage and how they have changed you upon your return. At National Geographic Expeditions we believe that when people understand the world, they care more deeply and are inspired to act to protect it.

This Expedition Cruise is onboard PONANT’s Le Lyrial ship, part of the Sisterships fleet.

We are privileged guests in these extreme lands where we are at the mercy of weather and ice conditions. Landings on certain sites and the observation of certain wildlife cannot be guaranteed. They vary from day to day, making each PONANT cruise a unique experience.

Overnight in Buenos Aires + visit + flight Buenos Aires/Ushuaia + transfers included.

Trip highlights

Sail with a National Geographic photographer, who will be available for lectures, workshops, and one-on-one sessions to help you capture the story of your journey, whether you are a seasoned photographer or just using your phone.

Sail with a National Geographic Expert, a leader in their field who will bring to life the insights and stories of their work, and will guide you to experience this region through the lens of National Geographic.

Enjoy this brand-new itinerary between Tierra del Fuego and Buenos Aires, via the fabulous archipelago of the Falkland Islands, to discover the wild and untouched nature of this region.

Sail around Isla de los Estados at the far south of Argentina, boasting the Lighthouse at the End of the world.

Visit the Falkland Islands with their wild beauty and lush moors, and the breeding colonies of black-browed albatross, rockhopper and gentoo penguins.

Optional excursion on the Valdes peninsula, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, from Puerto Madryn.

By travelling with National Geographic to Argentina and the Falkland Islands, you will also be doing your part to protect it, as part of the proceeds of your trip are returned to the National Geographic Society, who works to further the understanding and protection of our planet.

Itinerary - 14 Days

1 Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia is the capital of Tierra del Fuego and is a busy port situated in Argentina's southernmost tip. The city is nestled between snow-capped Andean mountains and the shores of the Beagle Channel and is the gateway to Antarctica. Nicknamed “el fin del mundo”, the end of the world, Ushuaia is a fascinating city, with vibrant life, breath-taking landscapes and stunning wildlife in the plains, mountains and waters surrounding it.

2 Sailing Around Cape Horn, Chile

Cape Horn is the southernmost headland of Tierra del Fuego, located on Hornos Island, and marks the meeting point between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Discovered in 1616 by Willem Schouten, Cape Horn is one of the iconic landmarks of the world’s oceans. Due to the persistent strong winds and rough waters, ‘rounding the horn’ was a major milestone for the sailing trade ships that were key for global commerce. On many occasions ships were simply unable to make headway in the prevailing weather, sometimes being forced to turn and sail around Africa! Fortunately, for our voyage we will experience no such delays and we will sail this legendary ocean route.

3 Sailing along Isla de los Estados, Argentina

At the extreme far-east of the Tierra del Fuego, Isla de los Estados is a tiny mountainous and rugged island. Covered with a dense forest, the island is a true nature sanctuary rich in wildlife. This mysterious island is home to the lighthouse that inspired Jules Verne’s Lighthouse at the end of the world - and you may be lucky enough to see it during your journey.

4 New Island, Falkland Islands

New Island is considered to be one of the most beautiful islands in the Falkland archipelago. Landing on the wind-swept shores, you will pass by a tiny hamlet, home to just two families, before walking across the moorlands to one of the highlights of the cruise, a black-browed albatross colony, interspersed with rock hopper penguins. Sit and watch these majestic birds make their approaches to their nests, their many attempts giving perfect photographic opportunities as the rockhoppers wind their way between the nests below!

5 Carcass Island and The Neck, Saunders Island

Named after the ship HMS Carcass, which visited the island in the late 18th century, Carcass Island is located in the north-west of the Falklands. This island is a birdwatching paradise: no land predators have been introduced to the island, so numerous bird species thrive here. Steep rocks, sheer cliffs, wild expanses and white-sand beaches from a stunning landscape, topped by Patagonia-like flora and fauna due to the fresh, windy and humid subarctic oceanic climate. In Carcass Island you could get the chance to observe emperor, royal, Adélie or southern rockhopper penguins.

The neck, as you’d imagine, is a small and narrow stretch of land that connects the two sides of Saunders Island. With the assistance of the naturalist guides onboard, you’ll head to one of the most magnificent sights, a veritable paradise of endless shoreline lapped by turquoise waters. Saunders Island, like the rest of the Falklands, is a bird-lovers paradise with an abundance of wonderful bird species callings the island home. At the other end of The Neck, you'll encounter Magellanic penguins, southern rockhopper penguins, black-browed albatross and king penguins, all basking in the beauty of their surroundings.

6 Volunteer Point and Port Stanley

Volunteer Point, a peninsula named after the ship The Volunteer in 1815, has an exceptional birdlife, and it has been identified as an Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA). Above all, this area is renowned hosting the island’s largest king penguin colony. Surrounded by unspoiled nature, take the opportunity to photograph these majestic creatures with the help of your National Geographic photographer.

Port Stanley is the capital of the remote archipelago of the Falkland Islands, composed of nearly 700 islands and islets. In 1764, Louis Antoine de Bougainville settled the first pioneers here and the port grew rapidly. Being under the Spanish crown in 1767 and then under British sovereignty since 1833, the town has some South American features fused with the Victorian style. The colourful roofs of the houses contrast with the moorland landscapes. In front of the Cathedral, built in 1933, an arch made of whale jaw bones reminds us that Port Stanley was once a whaling port.

7-8 At Sea

During your days at sea, make the most of your time onboard Le Lyrial. Look out for wildlife in the air and the sea, catch up with our onboard National Geographic Expert and photographer as they give greater insight into the destination via lectures and workshops, or visit the photo gallery area where you can take a look at some of the professional photos that have been taken during your trip so far. Alternatively, venture to the upper deck to enjoy the spectacular scenery and you may be lucky enough to observe marine wildlife in the waters below alongside one of our naturalists.

9 Camarones, Argentina

Camarones is a small town located in Chubut Province, in Southern Argentina. Chubut stretches from the Atlantic to the Andes, offering a dramatic coast combining high cliffs and sandy beaches. This Patagonia region was inhabited by nomadic indigenous people until the Spaniard missionaries settled in the 17th and 18th centuries. Camarones means ‘shrimps’ in Spanish, as once the town was well-known for the abundance of shrimps in its bay.

10 Puerto Madryn

On the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, in the Argentinian province of Chubut, stands the city of Puerto Madryn, surrounded by wild and abundant nature. Following the narrow strip of land formed by the isthmus you will reach the Valdes Peninsula nature reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its microclimate, protected from the extreme conditions of the Southern Atlantic, makes this an ideal breeding ground for southern right whales, but also for southern elephant seals, southern sea lions, and orcas. You may also get the chance to spot numerous birds, Magellanic penguins, guanacos and Patagonian maras living in this desert steppe.

11-13 At Sea

During your last days at sea and we encourage you to make the most of your time onboard Le Lyrial. Catch up with our onboard National Geographic photographer for some final tips and practise your new-found skills out on deck capturing some seabird photos, or talk to the National Geographic Expert to recap on your adventure and better understand the wildlife and landscapes that surround you. At National Geographic Expeditions we believe that when people understand the world, they care more deeply and are inspired to act to protect it.

14-15 Buenos Aires, Argentina

Disembark in Argentina’s most energetic city and enjoy its lively streets, its colonial architecture, its food, its art and its world renowned tango before heading back home after an incredible nature and wildlife adventure.

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