Ushuaia - Puerto Natales
Explore Southern Chile and its snowcapped fjords and glaciers on our way to Puerto Natales.
Ushuaia - Puerto Natales
Fri. 20 - 03 - '20
Sat. 28 - 03 - '20
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After another spectacular Antarctica season, we will hoist our sails for a next adventure. This time into the Pacific. Via the impressive Chilean Channels we will explore Southern Chile and its snowcapped fjords and glaciers on our way to Puerto Natales. Ushuaia We start our journey in Ushuaia, also known as “El fin del Mundo” – the end of the world, where you will embark our lady EUROPA. A short taxi ride will take you from the center of Ushuaia to the harbour. After signing on to the crew list and taking your luggage to your cabin, you will enjoy your first meal on board. The captain and the expedition leader will inform you about the plans. puerto williams This voyage will start with a short sail from Ushuaia, crossing the Beagle channel to Puerto Williams. Here we will step ashore for the most southern trek of South America on Isla Navarino, were we will be welcomed by stunning views of the Beagle Channel, Puerto Williams in Chile and Ushuaia in the background in Argentina. Puerto Williams is the capital of the Chilean Antarctic Province and claims the title of the world’s southernmost city. The settlement was founded in 1953 and served primarily as a naval base for Chile. The port attracts tourists and scientific activity linked to Cape Horn or Antarctica, but also hike enthusiasts that go on multi day hikes in the Dientes de Navarino (Teeth of Navarino) mountains surrounding Puerto Williams. After a day spent hiking, our visit to Puerto Williams will end with an all-time South American favorite: the Asado, or traditional barbeque! Sailing to Puerto Natales Sailing further through the beautiful channels and fjords of Southern Chilean Patagonia, a breathtaking landscape of high snow-capped peaks, glaciers and dramatic fjords will be seen. After 3 days, we will arrive in Puerto Natales, a fishing port in southern Chile and the gateway to the Torres del Paine or Bernardo O’Higgins National Parks. Puerto Natales was founded in 1911 and is nowadays one of most important urban centers of Patagonia. The surroundings of Puerto Natales are characterized by their natural resources and beauty, being surrounded by valleys, fjords, archipelagos and ice fields. It’s a perfect base for hikes in the Torres del Paine National Park and we give you the opportunity to explore the nature of Chile with its rich array of wildlife and plants. After spending a day in Puerto Natales, some will decide to end the journey with Bark EUROPA here and continue to explore the beautiful Torres del Paine nature reserve. Others will decide to come with us to the north, to Valparaíso. For them, another two weeks of sailing along the coast of Chile is waiting!
Being a sailor
Onboard Bark EUROPA we call our guests ‘voyage crew’. This means that EUROPA’s permanent crew will train you to be a sailor. Unlike going on a cruise, on Bark EUROPA you will be going on a hands-on, active sailing adventure. You will be divided into three watches; Red watch, White watch and Blue watch, named after the colours of the Dutch flag. You will be ‘on watch’ for four hours after which you have eight hours of free time.
During your four hours on watch there will be different tasks that will be divided between the members of your watch. There will always be two people on helm duty. You will together, maintain a steady course on the helm. The crew will explain how to steer the ship and what to look out for. During the watch there will also be two people on look-out duty at all times. On the bow of the ship, you will stand look-out. You spot ships, buoys, debris, and icebergs in the water then communicate this to the officer on watch. The rest of the watch members will be on deck duty.
The permanent crew will give you sail training and you will assist in all sail handling. The captains and officers of Bark Europa are easy to talk to and like to get involved in your sail training. They will explain traditional- as well as modern ways of navigation. They will organize and run you through safety drills and procedures. During your eight hours ‘off watch’, there is time to rest and enjoy the scenery. You can read a book in the library or in the deckhouse. The bar will be open for a drink and a snack.
The crew will be giving lectures on various subjects, from traditional sailors skills and knowledge to science and astronomy. During your time off watch, you can still assist the permanent crew and the voyage crew ‘on watch’ with sail handling and maintenance jobs. The galley team sometimes asks for a hand peeling potatoes or apples on deck so they can make yet another of their famous pies. In the deckhouse, there will be people playing games, reading books, listening to music, writing diaries and emails.
Your off watch time is for you to fill in, you may do as little or as much as you would like. These hours are also for you to catch up on your sleep. When you are setting sails, reading or working away on deck, in the galley they are always busy preparing meals to keep everyone well fed. Multiple course meals will be served three times a day with coffee and tea times in between. In the evenings the crew prepares team challenges and pub quizzes to enjoy together with your watch mates.