Cape Horn and Tierra del Fuego’s Darwin Range 14 Days

Expedition Destination

Days/Nights Nautical Miles

Cape Horn and Darwin Range

14 days - 13 nights

420

Intro

The most popular of our expeditions, Cape Horn & Tierra del Fuego’s Darwin Range provide a mixture in which one of the planet’s oldest man-nature challenges such as the rounding of the horn meets an immersion into the deep wilderness that the southern shores of Tierra del Fuego have to offer; all this as part of a crew, in the spirit of sailor’s camaraderie.

The same brutal nature feared by the seafarer’s of the past, is today cherished as home to one of “earth’s last wild places” as stated in 2002 by NGO Conservation International. The government of Chile has created two national parks (PN Cabo de Hornos, PN Alberto de Agostini) in the area, and UNEP designated in 2005 the “Cape Horn World Biosphere Reserve”.

What makes these Expeditions so special?

They are a chance to experience first-hand the adventure and camaraderie of sea navigation.

Why is it a good idea?

Because individual berths are sold on each trip, giving enough flexibility for different group sizes to join in. Also these Expeditions are a good opportunity to fully explore the area the way not even airplanes or big cruise ships can. Full access to coves and islets are what make “our way”, the unique way in which to carefully unveil the secrets of the area.


Expedition Style

Our CREW expedition style, which is the unique way to experience first-hand navigation, contemplates team-work, duties, chores, and the traditional sailing spirit which are emphasized, encouraged, and expected. Participants join the expedition as crew, getting access to the special opportunity to be part of a revival of the ancient art of sailing-based exploration.



Highlights

Visit to Puerto Williams, southernmost community in the world. Sail through waters of the ancient Yamana (Yaghan) culture. Explore the very same fjords, coves, and islets that Fitzroy and Darwin surveyed. Visit and spot of wild flora and fauna such native Southern Beech forests, Magellanic and Rockhopper penguins, Minke whales and Orcas, albatrosses, Peale’s and Black dolphins, and other. Visit and explore Tierra del Fuego’s Darwin Range with its dramatic fjords and superb glacier tongues. …and of course, the ultimate sailor’s test: the rounding of Cape Horn.

 


Who can join and participate?

Anyone with an adventurous spirit and a taste for wilderness.
It must be kept in mind though, that this is a sailing expedition, and as such, a good physical condition as well as a positive attitude towards team-work in order to be able to spend time with other individuals in enclosed spaces for periods of time are not only desirable, but required in order to participate and fully enjoy these expeditions.

Previous sailing experience is desired but not essentially required. All those who join participate in all aspects of the expedition, such as kitchen chores, navigation watch, navigation maneuvers, sailing maneuvers, and other. Those without experience get to learn, and those with the experience get to practice once more.


What can be expected?

Of the Destination

Cape Horn has been regarded not only as a landmark for sailors around the world, but today, it remains as one of earth’s oldest challenges. Few venture this far south, and even fewer have the opportunity to not only “round the horn” but also of exploring the areas’ pristine wilderness.

North of Cape Horn lays the southern shores of Tierra del Fuego and the Fuegian Archipelago of countless coves and islands. Deep fjords with stunning glaciers at their end, steep mountainsides, and wild scenes of flora, fauna, and landscapes compose the core of Tierra del Fuego’s rarely accessed Darwin Range.

Of the climate

It’s no secret that Cape Horn is renowned for its fierce climate. In general, Patagonia, the Fuegian Archipelago, and Cape Horn, are known for the changing pattern of their weather. During the summer, temperatures range from just above zero to around 15 (degrees Celsius) on a single day. The same can be said for rains, sunshine, snow and wind. It’s pretty much a cliché (but always true) to mention that you can experience all four seasons in one single day.

Rain and snow can be experienced during the spring and summer, but they usually go as fast as they come. The whole “layers” concept for clothing works in Patagonia at its best, given that rarely any weather lasts more than a couple hours, giving ample time for the wind to dry clothes and gear.

One of the best things about the summer this far south, is that the hours of light available make it perfect for fully enjoying full-day activities. A day can be started with good sunlight as early as 5 or 6am during the summer months, and it can end with plenty of sunlight by 9pm.

During the wintertime, temperatures go down and they stay often below zero. The area endures snowfalls, and ice forms on some bays and fjords. The main aspect of the winter to consider is the significant less hours of sunlight available. This is the reason we only plan for longer expeditions during the wintertime. An expedition that would take 6 or 12 days during the summer, will typically last 8 or 15 days in the winter respectively.

Of the Expedition

SIM Expeditions founder Wolf Kloss puts it quite well when he says that “our expeditions are not just about sailing, but mainly about discovery.”

Even though the main activity in our expeditions we recognize as sailing, the whole concept of exploration is what we want people to take back home. To achieve this, efforts are made in order to land in places where treks, wild flora and fauna, and even visits to some of the local people are a possibility. In order to keep a schedule that will provide the opportunities to witness the breath-taking landscapes the area has to offer, wind conditions are key, and whenever sailing does not allow for efficient mobility, the vessel will turn to engine power in order to not only make the best of the track, but also to avoid unfavorable weather conditions.

Life on board is to be expected in an atmosphere of expedition. Chores and sailing maneuvers reinforce the camaraderie unique to this type of expeditions. Early mornings are the rule, in order to take maximum advantage of the area’s attractions.

The temperature inside the boats can vary depending on the situation, and the climatic and sailing context typical of a sailing vessel, but inside temperature averages around 16-18 degrees Celsius. Both Vessels have pump-powered toilets and “sailboat showers” available. Please note that even though available, showers cannot be expected everyday given the importance of conserving and efficiently use water. A good recommendation is that each person brings his/her own sponge in order to better enjoy a “sailboat shower”.

Meals are prepared with the help of everyone on the expedition, and are composed of a variety of oven and pot menus, with local ingredients and a solid caloric content.

Of SIM Expedition’s Crew

You can expect a team of friendly and hospitable individuals who will help you out experience the Expedition at its fullest. Also, we have a very “down to-earth” approach towards everyone, making the atmosphere in the boats, the field, or the office, accessible, warm, and welcoming.

At SIM Expeditions we have worked hard to have our taste for sailing meet our call for exploration and let it become the core of our objective: to provide world-class opportunities to immerse oneself into wilderness, and explore the world in order to discover oneself.

 


Itinerary

Expedition Itinerary 

Day 1 – You reach Puerto Williams, the starting point of your sailing expedition, via Santiago and Punta Arenas. From Punta Arenas you will be boarding the two-engine Twin Otter or the new BAE 146-200 of the air taxi regional operator DAP, which will take you on a spectacular flight across the Darwin Range into the Beagle Channel to Puerto Williams, the starting point of our expedition. A member of our SIM Expeditions team will be waiting at the airport, ready to pick you up.

The skipper welcomes you aboard. If he sees a weather window, we will begin our voyage as soon as we get everyone on board. Otherwise, we will prepare the boat to leave the next day. In the evening a glass of “pisco sour” will round-off our first day in the south.

Day 2 – Puerto Williams eastbound to Puerto Toro.

Day 3 – Puerto Toro southbound to Puerto Maxwell

Day 4 – Puerto Maxwell, rounding of Cape Horn, Caleta Martial

Day 5 – Caleta Martial northbound to Cal Banner, Picton Island

Day 6 – Caleta Banner westbound to Puerto Williams

Day 7 – Puerto Williams westbound to Seno Yendegaia

Day 8 – Seno Yendegaia westbound to Caleta Olla

Day 9 – Caleta Olla westbound to Seno Pía

Day 10 – Seno Pía southbound to Seno Coloane

Day 11 – Seno Coloane eastbound to Bahía Fleuriais

Day 12 – Bahía Fleureais eastbound to Fuegian Estancia

Day 13 – Fuegian Estancia eastbound to Puerto Williams

Day 14 – End of expedition. Sleep off. Get luggage packed

 

 

 

Please Note This trip is an extraordinary journey with an expeditions character. This itinerary is tentative only. The weather has always the last word. The itinerary is designed in order to leave enough time at the end of the Expedition in case of any delays. The itinerary, if necessary, will be modified by the Captain according to his criteria. Always keeping in mind the best interests of all participants and the safety of the vessel.

Right to technical amendments, typing errors, omissions and general errors reserved.


Participation Fee - What's included - What's not included?

A Standard CREW-Expeditions-Participation Fee includes:

• Participation on board of a sailing vessel.

• Own berth on board.

• Expenses of the permanent crew.

• Life jacket (PFD) with harness.

• Linen which includes a cozy “Duvet”.

• Towel.

• Limited Access to IRIDIUM satellite communication device. Transmissions costs are not included.

• Access to interpretative material such as nautical charts and a petite on-board thematic library.

A Standard CREW-Expeditions-Participation Fee does not include:

• Necessary visa, immigration obtainer procedures.Please be aware if you must obtain visa and/or the necessary paperwork in order to enter Chile and other countries we visit during the navigation.

• Travel costs to port of boarding such as airfare, hotels, taxi, restaurants and other.

• Personal clothing and gear unless otherwise stated.

• Personal medications. A general medical kit is available on board, despite this we recommend you consult your doctor and bring your personal medical kit.

• Transmission costs from the use of the IRIDIUM Satellite Communication Device.

• Access to laptop or personal computers. The vessels do have this equipment on board, but they are for exclusively for the skipper's use for weather forecast reports,emergency communication, and others. No foreign USB drives or such can be plugged to this equipment either. We recommend you to bring your own storage device.

• Personal Accident and Evacuation Costs.

Right to technical amendments, typing errors, omissions and general errors reserved.


Operation and Provision Costs Flat Rate

Please do not forget to take along 30 € per day cash for Operation & Provision Costs expenses.
We often sail in remote areas; therefore, it is difficult or very expensive to get cash money.
The Flat Rate disputes the cost of consumed food on board and running boat costs.
It will be collected on board prior to departure.

Operation and Provision Costs Flat Rate What's included?

A Standard CREW-Expedition Operation and Provision Costs Flat Rate includes:

• Governmental travel permissions for the vessel.

•Harbour and marina fees.

• Food and and non-alcoholic beverages.A standard of three meals are to be expected by the Captain.(Only a Joke -:)).

• Vessel running costs. Fuel, oil, gas, water, electricity. Maintenance and repair.Final cleaning.Laundry.

Operation and Provision Costs Flat Rate What's not included?

A Standard CREW-Expedition Operation and Provision Costs Flat Rate does include:

• Personal visa fees.

• Personal immigration & visitor fees.

•Permissions for special activities.(mountaineering, diving, paragliding, etc.)

•Expenses once ashore.

• Beer, wine, spirits and other alcoholic drinks.

•Special and personal dietary supplements.(i.e. power bars, energy drinks, freeze dried meals, etc.)

• Personal body care products.

• Third-party services.

Right to technical amendments, typing errors, omissions and general errors reserved.


Notes of Importance

Due to the geographical, meteorological, and cultural context of the area in which we operate, participants must be mindful of the importance of booking flights with enough time before and after the Expedition’s start and end dates.

We demand from every participant, to book flights, hotels, and other services for the dates before and after the Expedition, and not for the very same days the Expedition starts and/or ends. Please also note that it is highly recommended to purchase flexible air tickets given the possibility of late arrival due to unfavourable weather conditions, or other.

SIM Expeditions (Turismo SIM Ltda.) will not be held responsible for flight failure.

Please note that even though access to Global Communication Devices (in this case, Iridium and Inmarsat satellite Phone) is available, this access is limited and restricted to use according to the captain’s criteria. The use of such device, available on board, is primarily for safety reasons. If you need unrestricted, continuous use of such a device, we highly recommend you bring your own.


 

Suggestions

Further information and reading about the area, the geology, geography, history, and other important topics, as well as more practical one such as immigration documents for entering Chile and Argentina (need to get visa for both), currency, and other, can be widely found on the internet, and some of this info can be also be found in our website.

Please consider the importance of bringing the following items listed just below.
We strongly recommend the following items in order to better experience an Expedition to Cape Horn, Tierra del Fuego, and/or Antarctica.

Please note that these items are not just suggested, but most of them required.

1. Thermal Underwear.
2. Warm Socks (Fleece, Wool, or other).
3. Polar/Pile Fleece Jacket.
4. Trouser or Overall.
5. Outer Wind Proof Shell.
6. Water resistant and water proof protection (look for sailing and foul weather clothing gear, which is not the same as ordinary outdoor gear).
7. Waterproof Gloves.
8. Hat, Cap, Balaclava, preferably windproof.
9. Sea Boots, preferably full height, non-slip sole.
10. Boat Shoes or Slippers, with rubber sole.
11. Hiking Boots if desired for ashore hikes.
12. Towel.
13. Sleeping Bag (if sailing with SM).
14. Sunscreen of high PDF and after-sun Cream, as well as lip balm.
15. Sunglasses.
16. Small backpack.
17. “Soft Luggage” (no hard suitcases on board, unless it’s special photographic equipment, for example). Duffel bags are a good example of what’s a proper luggage format. If you happen to bring hard suitcases or similar, SIM Expeditions will provide storage space either in Puerto Williams.
18. Personal medications. A general medical kit is available on board, despite this we recommend you consult your doctor and bring your personal medical kit. 
19. Special Dietary supplements not included in SIM Expeditions meals.
20. A personal sponge for "sailboat showers".
21. Cash, in order to be able to purchase souvenirs. US dollars or Euros will work fine. 
22. Laptops, USB drives and other electronic equipment useful for downloading and storing personal pictures, videos, and other data. The vessels do have this equipment on board, but they are exclusively for the Skipper’s use for weather forecast reports, emergency communication, and others. No foreign USB drives or such can be plugged to this equipment either, so we recommend you bring your own in order to freely manipulate your personal information.
23. Plugs and adaptors. The electric current on the boats is of 12v and of 220v. The sockets on board are for plugs/outlets “Type C” (“European Two-plug”). Please be aware that access to the electric current on board is available, but limited to the Skipper’s criteria.