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expedici贸n Fitz Roy Expedition Cruises in Patagonia, seasons 2017

漏 2016 Luis Bertea R.

T emporada - 2017

exclusive exploration cruise , especially dedicated to photography and wildlife observation in the remote region of




and the

Magellan Strait, CHILE

We’d like to invite you to join us on this exclusive Photography Expedition aboard the M/N Forrest, sailing through the fjords of Patagonia and visiting Francisco Coloane Marine Park in the Magellan Strait. This expedition, guided by photographers and nature experts, is designed for all those who have a love for photography and nature. We are committed to making your experience in Patagonia unique, an opportunity to explore pristine landscapes visited by very few. We look forward to having you with this adventure!

Š 2010 Luis Bertea R.

Luis Bertea Patagonia Photosafaris


Whale Sound, Santa InĂŠs island Francisco Coloane Maritime Park

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Š 2012 Luis Bertea R.

Albatross islet, Almirantazgo sound


This alliance has allowed us to create an

alliance with Expedición Fitz Roy, to offer

exploration cruise in which we’ll embark on

expedition cruises through the Magellan

a search for the most fascinating nature

Strait and Tierra del Fuego aboard the

spots Patagonia has to offer.

M/N Forrest, a tourism vessel especially equipped for sailing in this area.

Join us on one of our adventure cruises and discover with us this wild geography

This motorship was conceived as much

in its purest state, just as it was 500 years

more than just a vessel to carry out

ago when Ferdinand Magellan became the

regular itinerary daytrips to the spectacular

first European to explore it.

locations of the fjords and southern canals; its technical design, facilities and

All you need - apart from your camera - is

interior infrastructure, along with the size

a desire to discover new places, a passion

of its deck, its electronic navigation and

for adventure, good humour in the face

communication systems and its auxiliary

of the unexpected, a respectful attitude

equipment, make it the ideal vessel for

towards nature and wildlife, and the soul

other activities that require a “mothership”

of an explorer in search of pristine lands

or a platform from which expeditions in

untouched by man.

photography, sports and special interests can be organised.


We look forward to having you aboard!

Fitz Roy Expedition

Patagonia Photosafaris has formed an

in adventure

Expedición Fitz Roy & Patagonia Photosafaris Expedition Cruises



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Š 2014 Luis Bertea R.

Countless photographic opportunities make this an unforgettable expedition.


Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) A distinctive feature of this species is its remarkably long pectoral fins, which can measure up to a third of its entire body length.

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Fitz Roy Expedition

Photography & Nature Cruise 7 days on the M/V Forrest Navigation through the Magellan Strait, the De Agostini and Almirantazgo sounds.

Day 0 Punta Arenas

Arrival in Punta Arenas. Evening meeting at the hotel and welcome dinner.

Day 1 Punta Arenas – Carlos III Island

Departing from your Hotels at 8 pm, we’ll drive out to Punta Carrera (area of Fort Bulnes), from where we’ll board and weigh anchor at 9 pm. Setting off on our adventure, we’ll sail across the Straits of Magellan towards Isla Carlos III in the Francisco Coloane Marine Park.

Day 2 Carlos III Island –Helado Glacier

In the early morning we’ll navigate through Barbara channels towards the Helado Glacier. In the afternoon we’ll look for whales in the surroundings of Rupert Isle, where we´ll observe sea lions, penguins, skúas, storm petrels and albatrosses.

Day 3 Carlos III Island –Bárbara Channel

All the day we’ll look for whales in the surroundings of Bárbara Channel and Rupert Isle. Sailing all night through the Magellan Strait towards the De Agostini Sound.

Day 4 De Agostini Sound –Angelito Bay

In the night , we enter the Magdalena Channel and the Kyats Fjord, travelling towards the De Agostini Sound. We’ll then set anchor at Angelito Bay In the morning we’ll visit Aguila Glacier and kayaking in Bahía Angelito. On midday we departure on direction of the Serrano or De Agostini Glaciers.

Day 5 Gabriel Channel - Almirantazgo Sound

In the morning we’ll visit Vergara Glacier. On midday we departure on direction of the Canal Gabriel, a narrow crossing of extraordinary beauty that leads us into Almirantazgo Sound. From here we’ll continue our journey towards Azopardo Bay to visit a colony of black-browed albatrosses. We’ll then set anchor at Parry Fjord.

Day 6 Caleta María – Jackson Bay

Visit a colony of black-browed albatrosses in a little isle, and colony of sea elephants in Jackson Bay. We’ll then set anchor at Parry Fjord. We’ll sail into Parry Fjord to admire a spectacular glacier surrounded by the highest icy peaks of the Darwin Range.

Day 7 Punta Carrera – Punta Arenas

We´ll navigate through Gabriel Channel towards our final destination. After disembarking we´ll be driven back to Punta Arenas to our hotel.


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11 Š 2014 Luis Bertea R.

Š 2015 Luis Bertea R.

Helado glacier, Santa InĂŠs island


Departure dates 2017 • January 16 to 22 - 2017 • February 18 to 24 - 2017 Price per participant • US$ 2.990 per person

galleries with images of our expeditions

Bookings • For bookings and queries, please write to Deposit • US$ 600 Trip confirmation deposit The price of the expedition includes: One night in hotel, welcome dinner, transport to and from the boat, accommodation, meals, guide services and open bar. Not included in the expedition price: Local flights, tips, travel insurance, Chilean entry tax, extra beverages, a la carte menu, laundry service, phone calls and any other items or services of personal nature. *Important During the sea voyage, the activities described in this programme will not necessarily be carried out in this order. We will study the weather conditions on a day-to-day basis to make the best use of our time and of any possibilities of visiting new areas. Some disembarkment points will also vary, depending on the interests of the group or the weather conditions.

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Information about expedition

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An exclusive 7-day cruise to wild, remote regions of the Magellan Strait and Tierra del Fuego. Sail through Francisco Coloane Marine Park in the Magellan Strait, in search of the Humpback whale. Sail the coastline of the stunning Darwin Range, exploring fjords and glaciers. An itinerary designed for observation of marine mammals, dolphins, sea elephants, leopard seals and South American fur seals and sea lions, among other species. A wide variety of birdlife such as penguins, albatross, petrels, skuas, Antarctic terns, cormorants as well as other sea and land birds. Spectacular landscapes and the world’s southernmost forests and their diversity of plantlife. Personalised assistance from photography experts. Participate in talks on glaciology, the wildlife of the Strait and its history, among others. Kayak expeditions through floating ice. Disembark at the foot of glaciers such as Santa InÊs, Aguila, De Agostini, Serrano and Escondido, among others.

All this for a small, privileged group of no more than 20 participants. 14

Š 2016 Luis Bertea R.

Southern elephant seal (Mirounga leonine)

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Š 2016 Luis Bertea R.


Thanks to the versatility of our vessel we’re able to explore bays far away from the regular tourist routes

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Fitz Roy Expedition

Factsheet Length : Beam : Draught : TRG : Engine : Builder : Crew : Passengers staying: Pullman seat passengers: Accommodations :

Heating : Run time : Liferafts : Auxiliary vessels :

26,21 meters 6,7 meters 2,6 meters 144 ton Kelvin TS8 320 HP J. Cook (Inglaterra) 1967 11 20 40 4 cabins quadruplets 2 double cabins 4 Bathrooms Central hot water 20 days 4 x 25 pax c/u two 12-passenger boats Pumar one 6 passengers a zodiac boat







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My adventures with Luis: I went in the FitzRoy Expedition, first in February of 2011 and was so delighted, that I returned in January of 2012, not to mention that I will be returning in 2013. I had been many places and in many photographic cruise but this different for many reasons. First of all is the geographic location of the navigation, the Straits of Magellan’s. Secondly is the exotic wildlife that you will encounter, such various species of penguins, whales and birds; imagine seating next to a black-browed albatross or having a whale surface next to your boat turning the watching action around. The wildlife in this area reminds me to that in the Galapagos Islands, they show no fear of man, so getting a great image is assured. Third, the landscapes encountered while navigating the Strait with tall mountains and glaciers coming down to the water’s edge is striking. There are forest too, and these are different; mostly of smaller trees with with colorful leaves. One thing I noticed, not many insects. Fourth, the R/V Forrest and its crew. It carries no more than 18 passengers so it is not overcrowded. The food has two strikes against the weight conscious, first it is incredible “gourmet food” and secondly, it is abundant. And then, there is a free flow of beer and famous name liquors; no shortcuts here. And finally the most important; the crew. No friendly and competent crew I have found in any of my previous cruises, and encompass ships carrying from 50 to 2000 passengers. By the time you leave, may have found new friends for life. But then, there is Luis, this one is always “pestering” you wanting to know if you are having a good time and what else you need? Jose E. Hernandez 2º expedition - 2011 & 1º expedition - 2012 22

Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)

Š 2010 JosÊ Hernandez

Chag passage, Barbara channel

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Angelito bay, De Agostini sound


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© 2012 Christián Cvitanic

© 2012 Sergió Bitrán adventure in Patagonia


If you wish to explore and photograph the best of Patagonia, venture through fjords and channels to reach the very end of Terra Australis, you really must discover the concept of expedition which has become the trademark of the Alliance between Patagonia Photosafaris and M/V Forrest. Exploration cruises in search of some of the best spots for capturing the most spectacular images a true adventure voyage into Patagonia.

The Alliance This Alliance between Patagonia Photosafaris, Nomadas and M/V Forrest, companies with ample experience in their respective fields, guarantees an extraordinary trip, specialized in the sort of photo expeditions that you simply cannot find elsewhere. A cruise vessel entirely dedicated to satisfying the needs of only wildlife photographers, with comfortable facilities in which to edit your images and organize workshops and talks. Specialized guides Our guides are naturalists, historians and photographers, true experts in their respective fields. They all have plenty of experience guiding people through Patagonia and the southern channels, and are always ready to answer your questions or help you to achieve that perfect shot. Personalized service Small groups of no more than 20 people allow for a personalized service throughout the whole expedition. Our team of experienced guides and staff aboard is entirely devoted to giving you the best experience, in a comfortable environment. All inclusive The price for both our land and sea expeditions is all inclusive. Everything you require for a fantastic experience in Patagonia is included with the expedition all you need is the desire to enjoy yourself and experience something completely new. Expedition Cruises


Š 2016 Luis Bertea R.


Parry sound, Tierra del Fuego island

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Š 2010 Luis Bertea R.


An expedition, NOT a tour Whether it’s navigating through the Magellan Strait or travelling on one of our overland excursions, our trips always have the character of an expedition. Small groups in special places is what gives us that distinctive trademark which our passengers have recognised in a very special sort of contact with nature. Flexibility Our expeditions have complete flexibility, and this is what allows us to go in search of the best photo destinations. Our itineraries are specially designed to make the very most of those precious moments nature offers us, but we always leave space for modifications that may appear necessary or convenient at any given time.

Expertise Thanks to our close relationship with the world of science, and as publishers of books, magazines and maps of Patagonia, we have access to privileged information. On some occasions we travel with scientists carrying out research in the area, and this gives us the chance to interact with them and acquire firsthand information about some of the most interesting locations on the planet. Respect for the environment All our expedition activities have an environmentally responsible approach. We donate time and resources, collaborating with local organizations and with our customers to protect, study or restore some of the wildest places in Patagonia.

Magellanic Penguin (Spheniscus magellanicus)

Innovation for real exploration Our ship is equipped with Zodiac inflatable boats to ensure a safe landing and the possibility to access rarely visited places. We also have sea kayaks for those of you who are more adventurous.

Meals, accommodation and facilities We provide a selection of local and international dishes, especially balanced and prepared for our excursions (we also cater for those with special diets). Comfortable facilities and work spaces, with two 42“ screens for presentations and talks will help make this an unforgettable experience. Expedition Cruises


Black-browed Albatross (Thalassarche melanophrys)

Sec re t s anctuar y of the h u mp b a c k wh a l e

Humpback whales have been known to migrate through the Pacific Ocean from the warm waters of Central America, where they breed, to the freezing Antarctic waters in which they feed each summer. However, a group of Chilean scientists discovered that some of these great mammals have chosen the surroundings of the island of Carlos III as their feeding waters. They normally swim south together from the Equator line, but for some unknown reason, some of them decide to stay in the Magellan Strait while the others continue their journey towards Antarctica. This rare phenomenon makes this the only place in the southern hemisphere where Humpback whales feed away from the white continent. 100 humpback whales have been registered here, and are in fact quite easy to sight. In 2003, this location was declared the first Protected Marine Area of our country and was named “Francisco Coloane Marine Park”, in honour of the local writer who was particularly fond of these lands. Together with the Humpback whale, it is occasionally possible to sight other whales such as the Minke, the Sei and the Orca, as well as a great number of colonies of South American Fur Seals and South American Sea Lions. There is a considerable amount of birdlife in the area: albatross, petrels, ringed kingfishers, hummingbirds, Austral rails, owls, flying steamerducks, kelp geese and vultures, among others. The condor also dominates the mountain peaks in this area. And the most important of them all is the Magellan penguin, which nests on the isle of Rupert. Plantlife grows under the protection of the strong winds and harsh climatic conditions. The Magellanic Coigüe, Antarctic Beech, Guaitecas cypress and Winter’s bark are some of the scarce tree species that are able to resist these howling winds. Growing closely under their shelter, we find beautiful shrubs and herbs such as the chilco and the coicopihue. And dominating most of the soil surface, we find another bizarre form of vegetation: the turba, a complex, delicate ecosystem of moss, tiny poaceae, ferns and decomposing vegetable matter. This Marine Park is one of the most important attractions of our expeditions aboard the M/N Forrest, which last between 3 and 8 days, offering you the opportunity to enjoy all the scenic beauty of the fjords and visit the Santa Inés Glacier located inside Whale Sound.


Š 2016 Luis Bertea R.

Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)

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Š 2010 Luis Bertea R.


Dear Luis, we would like to give you a sign of life after returning home to Germany. It was an unforgettable experience for us to be with you on board of the expedition ship to the glaciers, fjords and desert beaches and islands of Patagonia in order to watch and take photos of the impressive nature and seldom animals. Until this time we could not imagine, that it could us make happy to see, hear, touch and smell the ice of glaciers, look at elephant seals, sea lions, sea birds and baby albatrosses and be them so near………And the big whales so near, that their breath made our glasses wet and they did not harm in any way to the rubber boat, we were sitting in….. We hope all the beauty of nature we could experience will be protected for future generations as long as possible. It was overwhelming for us. Now we are looking at the pictures and repeating the great moments we had during the journey. We hope, you will receive our “ muchas gracias” again and would be happy for a short reply and if possible, some professional made pictures of the nature and animals ( for example dolphins ) for our collection. We wish you good health, success in your creative work and happiness in life. Please give our regards also to your daughter and Vicente Muchos saludos Helga and Bernd Güllmar 2º expedición - 2012

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We have devoted many years to producing graphic material to show and promote the beauty of Patagonia and the Antarctic to the world. For this, we have travelled and photographed the most stunning parts of the region, and we’re always on the lookout for new locations to show you. Through our publishing house “Patagonia Interactiva”, we have published a wide collection of books, magazines, maps, multimedia CDs and postcards. These cover the whole Magellan region, with books especially dedicated to the landscapes of Antarctica, the Magellan Strait and Patagonia in general. To find out more about these products, visit;


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Los esperamos en Patagonia

© 2010 Luis Bertea R.

© 2014 Luis Bertea R.

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