Trip Code: TURFTA
Duration: 2 & 3 day(s)
Day 1. Punta Arenas
Today is spent in a pre trip briefing where we we learn of the safety procedures, protection of the local environment during our stay as well as an introduction to your fellow explorers. Join some of your fellow travelers tonight for dinner in this remote but beautiful city (dinner or accommodation not included in the trip price).
Day 2. Punta Arenas - Antarctica - Punta Arenas
Our Antarctic adventure begins. Weather permitting we fly to Antarctica to King George Island (South Shetland Islands).
We cross the Magellan Straight and Tierra del Fuego, the many glaciers dotting the Andes before passing over Cape Horn and the furthest point south in the world.
The first explorer on King George Island in 1819 was the British sailor William Smith. Unlike Smith, Scott, Palmer, Shackleton and other earlier and now modern day explorers, who had and do face the roughness of the Drake sea for several days, you will arrive at the Antarctic airport of Frei Base at King George Island after a pleasant three and a half hours flight.
After arrival, we will visit the establishments of Villa Las Estrellas, as well as witness the wild fauna, glaciers and other attractions dotted in the nearby.
Baleen whales, Orcas or Killer Whales, Sea Lions, Weddell Seals, Antarctic Seals and Penguins make up the the fauna all of which feeds on the Antarctic's rich waters. The famous Adelie penguins are abundant but you will also be able to see the Papua Penguins, Antarctic Penguins amongst others.
Frei Base was established in 1980 under the name of Teniente Rodolfo Marsh, along with Presidente Frei Meteorological Center, inaugurated in 1969. It is one of the main meteorological and navigational stations in the Antarctic and we spend time visiting the centre.
After a day packed full with sights sounds and exploration we return by air back to Punta Arenas. Your trip ends on arrival at Punta Arenas airport.
There is an option to overnight on the peninsula and return on day 3. See below. L
Day 3. Antarctica - Punta Arenas
Today is spent visiting some of the other research stations. B
Both itineraries require a pre night in Punta Arenas for the pre trip briefing. The 1st nights accommodation is NOT INCLUDED in the tour costs.
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There are regular flights to Antarctica between November and April crossing the Drake Passage.
Departure is from Punta Arenas airport landing at the aerodrome located on King George Island.
The fleet consists of three airplanes capable of flying on this route. You can fly in a modern BAe-146 or the Beechkraft King Air 100.
Most flights to Punta Arenas fly via Santiago Chile. The flight from Santiago to Punta Arenas is a domestic flight and as such it is recommended that you allow for an overnight in Santiago and Punta Arenas on your outward bound journey to avoid missed connections. Please see our Santiago City Stop Over's for options.
OVERNIGHT IN ANTARCTICA
The overnight option if chosen is spent at one of the local research stations in basic accommodation.
Russian base Bellinghausen is used but this is subject to change.
HELICOPTER PROGRAM IN ANTARCTICA
Once on King George Island you can fly on a Bo –105 Helicopter that will fly you to nearby glaciers. Here you can enjoy a wonderful sight of millenary ices and enjoy a pleasant snowmobile ride over huge ice fields in Antarctica. PRICE ON REQUEST
- Chilean international departure tax $30 USD.
This fee should be included in your international airfare
- US$132 reciprocity fee, payable in USD cash on arrival is charged.
The receipt is regarded as a multiple entry visa and is valid until expiry of passport.
- Chilean domestic departure tax $10 USD
- Local currency is Pesos
- Time Zone: GMT/UTC -4
- Dialing Code: 56
- Electricity: 220V, 60Hz
- Weights & measures: Metric
(D) – Dreams Punta Arenas
(F) - Diego del Almargo
- Pre trip briefing
- Flight to and from Antarctica
- 1 night lodging in Antarctica if 3 day option taken
- Shore excursions
- All meals as listed B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
- Domestic Flights
- Visa fees (if required)
- Passport & Visa Costs
- Vaccination Costs
- Personal Spending Money
- Meals where not listed
- International Flights
- Travel Insurance
- Airport departure taxes
- Border taxes or fees
At the time of booking we will advise you of any visas or other documentation that will be required prior to your arrival.
Costs relating to the issue of visas or related documentation are the responsibility of the traveller.
As visa requirements change it is your responsibility to ensure that the correct documentation and visas are obtained before traveling. Failure to do
so may result in your not being able to join the trip.
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