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Isla de los Estados

A remote wild island full of wildlife and adventures

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Antarctica Sailing Expedition

Sail to the White Contienent

Southern Ocean Passage

Sail the High Seas and Experience the Remote Isla de los Estados

A passage from Ushuaia to the Falklands/Malvinas is steeped in history, adventure, and nature. The trip will leave from Ushuaia, stop in Isla de los Estados and then continue to Stanely/Puerto Argentino.

The trip will depart from Ushuaia on Ocean Tramp down the famous Beagle Channel. You will sail past historic Estancias and islands once inhabited by the native Yaghan people. From there you and the crew will cross the Le Maire Strait as you head towards the famous Isla de los Estados for 2-3 days of exploration.  

Isla de los Estados is both a nature reserve and the setting for Jules Verne’s novel “Lighthouse at the End of the World”. The title is apt, as it’s a remote island that sits at the Eastern entrance to the Beagle Channel. It is a photographer’s paradise. The island has served as a prison, remote navy base, and wildlife nature preserve. Until very recently it’s been closed to all except scientists. The island is the only place in Argentina with fjords. Steep walls tumble into the sea.

To visit the island is a privilege. A small colony of King penguins calls it home and seabirds are at home here. While sailing you might see dolphins, orcas, or seals. Visit a replica of Jules’ Verne’s famous light house. See the remains of the ill-fated prison. Hike untouched terrain for an unforgettable experience.

From Isla de los Estados we head into the open Southern Ocean for 2 days of sailing towards the Falklands/Malvinas.  Everyone will take a turn at the helm.  Albatross and Petrels will soar above us as we sail.  If we are lucky we might spot whales along then way.

After our 2 days at sea we will arrive in Stanely/Puerto Argentino.  In town, Ocean Tramp will serve as a base camp and passengers are free to explore on their own.

The final night we will celebrate our grand Southern Ocean Passage before we all head our separate ways.

22 Mar – 31 Mar 2018
The trip will start in Ushuaia, Argentina and end in Stanely, Falkland Islands
$2900
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King Penguin Colony

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Stunning Fjords

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Numerous ways to explore

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Abundant Wildlife

Isla de los Estados - with Ocean Tramp

Day 1 – Depart Ushuaia

Join the vessel in Ushuaia – the city at the end of the world! We get to know the boat, stow our gear and finish final provisions and head out into the Beagle Channel. We will pass the famous and photogenic light house outside of Ushuaia harbor and then continue East. If the weather is good we will continue all day and night towards Isla de los Estados. Otherwise, we may spend the night in the Cove of Buen Suceso, where there is a remote coastguard station of 5 persons. They are usually open to a visit.

Days 2 – Le Maire Strait and Isla de los Estados

We cross the Le Maire Strait, named for the Dutch explorers who discovered the straight, just before their discovery of Cape Horn.

Once we arrive at the island, our first stop might be the mysterious and well protected cove of Puerto Hoppner. There is an inner and outer bay and to reach the inner bay we must pass through a narrow entrance only 7 meters wide!
Once inside we will anchor and spend the night. We will explore by kayak and zodiac.

Day – 3- 4 Exploring Isla de los Estados

We spend the next 2 days exploring the magical island. We might hike across the island to the southern coast or up to a waterfall. The forests and fjords feel pre-historic and at times other-worldly. We will try to make sure we visit the light house at the end of the world.

Day 5-6 – Sailing the South Atlantic

After checking the weather, we set off towards the Falklands / Malivinas. We will break into watches and each take a turn at the helm, watching for other vessels and enjoying the open ocean. We will not be alone, as the Albatross and Petrels will surely be soaring and swooping around us.

Day 7 – Arrival in Stanley / Puerto Argentino

Today we arrive in Stanley / Puerto Argentino after our sea passage. We will do customs and immigration and then spend the afternoon exploring the town. There is plenty to see in this small town, from an excellent museum along the waterfront, to the whalebone arch in front of the Cathedral.

Days 8-9 Exploration around the Falklands / Malvinas

These two days are free for passengers to explore the island. Many may want to explore and visit the famous penguin colonies. Five species call the Falklands home – King, Gentoo, Rockhopper, Macaroni, and Magellanic. Others may want to visit a sheep farm or remnants from the war. Ocean Tramp will serve as the base camp.

Day 10 – Time to Leave

After 10 days the adventure comes to an end. Many will leave on the weekly Saturday flight out of the Falklands, other may want to stay a week and explore on their own. For all this has been an amazing journey across the Southern Ocean.
I can not begin to say how much I enjoyed my time on Ocean Tramp! Your confidence and competence made for such a wonderful adventure. Thank you for getting around a spectacular part of the world in such comfort.
– World Wide Traveller Lorraine

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FAQ's, Dates, and More

Why have I never heard of this place?

This is exactly why you should come on this trip. It has had only a handful of visitors over the last hundred years. It was at first a prison, then a reserve only for scientists.
A New York times article from nearly 20 years ago sums up the mystic: Isla de los Estados Journal; Dream Fulfilled at End of the World

I’m not a sailor – is that ok?

YES! Please join us. Anyone with a sense of adventure and a desire to explore pristine wilderness will find our trips enjoyable. We teach you everything you need to know. Sailors and non-sailors alike both have incredible experiences.

I’m a photographer – is this trip for me?

This is a great trip for photographers, especially those looking to get the perfect shot. Our size offers us incredible flexibility. We can help you get some great shots and we can take advantage of the weather and the light!

How will I know what to bring?

Don’t worry – we will send you a list of gear you will need. If you have winter clothes, most of it you will already have. A must have are some Arctic Muck boots – insulated rubber boots. They are amazing.

What are the cabins like?

Our cabins are some of the most comfortable available for sailboats. We have private double cabins, and even one with a private bathroom. Each cabin has a door that can be closed, they are fitted with warm and cozy duvets and storage space for your things. A luxury suite it is not, however each cabin gives you a place to call your own for the duration of the journey.

How will we explore?

Ocean Tramp will act like a base camp. Some days we will travel other days we will stay put. Once we are anchored we will launch the zodiac to explore. Sometimes we will cruise around the in the zodiac exploring the area, other times we will use the zodiac to bring us to shore. Sometime on shore we will be able to freely move around, explore and hike, other times we may be limited due to the wildlife and limiting our impact on them. We also bring kayaks and can use them to explore at eye level.

What sort of food do we eat?

On-board you will eat hearty well made delicious home cooked food. Lunch is often warm and hearty soups and stews, while dinners can be a variety of meals. Meals range from a Sunday roast to Saturday night Captain Pizza night, to goulash to pad thai to butter chicken. So far everyone has left a bit heavier than when they arrived. We also always have snacks available during the day and water ready for coffee or tea. If you do have any special snacks or teas that you can’t live without, we recommend bringing some with you.

Will I get seasick?

Everyone is a little different, but we highly recommend bringing some seasickness pills with you. There is only one section of the trip that is highly exposed – from the Eastern Entrance until you get to Isla de los Estados – about half a day. The rest of the trip we will be fairly sheltered.

Is it dangerous to travel in a Yacht?

Our operation is very safe. Safety is a core element of our business. Every decision we make is based on a risk analysis. Crossing the LeMairne Channel to Isla de los Estados could indeed be dangerous. Sailing could be dangerous. Then again crossing the street could also be dangerous – cars whiz by at 60 miles an hour. However just like you taking precautions when crossing the street, we take extreme cautions when sailing. We continuously watch the weather, we are a surveyed vessel, which means we MUST comply with all safety regulations. We have strict requirements for lifejacket use.
That being said, this is not a cruise. Each person onboard must also use good judgement. If you follow what the Captain says you will be in good hands.

What is included?

Once you are onboard everything is included – port fees, meals, wine with meals. We also provide your basic safety equipment including life jackets.
What is not included – flights, airport transfers, and REQUIRED evacuation insurance. Accommodation before and after the trip is not included. (we’re sorry, but you can not stay onboard the night before your trip starts)
Please note – day trips in the Falklands / Malvinas are not included. Ocean Tramp will be a base camp and from there you can explore on your own. A great resource is The Falkland Islands Tourism Board http://www.falklandislands.com/

Do I need to fill out a medical form?

Yes. The places we go are quite remote and while what we do is safe, it does require some physical activity. Once you sign up for a trip we will require you to give us a medical form that is signed by a doctor.

Will there be internet onboard?

One of the wonderful aspects of this trip is it allows you to unplug and get away from emails, phone calls, etc. We do have a connection to the internet via our satellite phone. We use this for weather updates, email to update our position, emergencies, and facebook and blog updates. We encourage everyone to tell their friends and families to subscribe to our blog and like us on facebook. Then they can get updates while you are here with us. Our guests and their families have appreciated these “news” updates in the past.

Is alcohol allowed onboard?

Alcohol consumption is that the discretion of the captain. If we are underway sailing then we do not drink, as it is not in the interest of safety for crew and guests. If we are comfortably in a cove for the night then indeed, we all enjoy a nice glass of Argentine wine with our meal.

Inebriation will not be tolerated onboard and the Captain has the right to cancel a trip should guests not adhere to this policy.

22 Mar – 31 Mar 2018
The trip will start in Ushuaia, Argentina and end in Stanely, Falkland Islands
$2900

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