Experience face-to-face encounters with two of the world’s last great frontiers: southern Patagonia’s majestic fjords and glaciers, and Torres del Paine’s stunning scenery.


  • Explore the highlights of Buenos Aires, including the mansions and parks of Palermo and the colorful bohemian district of La Boca.
  • Board the Ventus Australis in Ushuaia for a four-night cruise through the storied Tierra del Fuego archipelago, featuring Cape Horn; Pia, Garibaldi, and Águila glaciers; and Magdalena Island with its immense penguin colony.
  • Experience breathtaking Torres del Paine, a 700-square-mile World Biosphere Reserve and one of the world’s most unspoiled nature preserves.
  • Tour the old port of Valparaiso, Chile’s cultural heart, and tour a local winery.
  • In the Bellavista district of Santiago, visit La Chascona, the home and museum of Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda.

Itinerary at a Glance

February 28Depart gateway city
March 1Arrive in Buenos Aires
March 2Buenos Aires
March 3Buenos Aires
March 4Fly to Ushuaia | Tierra del Fuego | Embark on the Ventus Australis
March 5Cruising Cape Horn | Wulaia Bay
March 6Agostini Sound | Aguila Glacier
March 7Magdalena Island | Punta Arenas | Disembark ship
March 8Torres del Paine National Park
March 9Torres del Paine National Park
March 10Fly to Puerto Montt | Puerto Varas
March 11Puerto Varas | Puerto Montt
March 12Vicente Rosales National Park
March 13Fly to Santiago
March 14Valparaiso
March 15Santiago | Depart for gateway city
March 16Arrive in gateway city

Optional Extension(s)

Pretour Iguazu Falls (two days/two nights)

Trip Scholar

Michael LaBarbera

Michael LaBarbera is a professor emeritus in the Biological Sciences Collegiate Division and the Departments of Organismal Biology and Anatomy and the Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago. Despite his nominal retirement, he continues to teach an annual undergraduate course on biodiversity. He also be offered an intensive, three-week exploration of marine invertebrates for UChicago undergrads at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts this past fall. LaBarbera’s research focuses on the biomechanics of marine invertebrates, though he has published on everything from the mechanical properties of an aboriginal fishing line to the aerodynamics of flying snakes. His teaching has won him the University’s coveted Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, a Distinguished Educator/Mentor Award from the Biological Sciences Division, and the Morse Award for Excellence and Innovation in Science Education from the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. LaBarbera has been featured in specials on PBS and Animal Planet and in the Discovery Channel series Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman.