Port reviews and tips for 14 Night South America Westbound (Buenos Aires To Santiago) on 2018-01-06.

Buenos Aires, Argentina Departs at 6:00pm - Jan 06, 2018

"Wow! We spent four days here and walked a lot. We did have a local contact who made sure that we saw the best that the city had to offer." - FSORET
"Take a city tour to see the main tourist sites and then walk up and down the pedestrian only street, Florida. But be aware of thieves at all times, and don't make yourself an easy target!" - erpaetz
"We stayed a week longer in Buenos Aires at the Anselmo Hotel - Curio by Hilton - in San Telmo neighborhood on Dorrego Plaza. Great small, modern hotel in safe area. Tango dancers in plaza most afternoons and evenings. Sunday is antique flea market and tango dancing at night. 10 blocks from Plaza Mayo - main downtown plaza. " - jequetta

Montevideo, Uruguay Arrives at 7:00am - Jan 07, 2018, Departs at 4:30pm - Jan 07, 2018

"Puerto Mercado with all the barbequing meats was mouth watering to tour." - erpaetz
"My wife and I enjoyed the "really good" wine tour and lunch." - DrBryon
"Great, clean, friendly (and SAFE) town to walk around in. If you haven't bought your herba mate paraphernalia souvenirs, now is the town (leather case, thermos, silver "straw" and silver brimmed gourd) - go native and eschew the "tourist" versions. " - ItaVero

Puerto Madryn, Argentina Arrives at 9:00am - Jan 09, 2018, Departs at 6:00pm - Jan 09, 2018

"Take the Great Patagonian Experience you will see all the wildlife available, go to a penguin colony and have lunch on a ranch." - channeling
"The penguin colony in Puerto Tombo is a must see! 210,000 breeding pairs of penguins!!" - erpaetz
"Book your excursion early - this was filled before we were able to book." - WLL

Port Stanley, Falkland Islands Arrives at 9:00am - Jan 11, 2018, Departs at 4:00pm - Jan 11, 2018

"I LOVED Port Stanley. For a special and unique "souvenir" I stopped in at the local police station and asked for a driver's license. The license itself is a big sheet of paper with photo and vitals - for a bit extra they throw in a wallet-sized version (all-told around $50). It took around 30 minutes and is good for life. Warning: the local banks won't accept U.S. dollars that have been "defaced" (that's ANY marks, ink pen scribbles, stamps, etc.). This causes local stores trouble - they want your dollars but don't want to get stuck with bills the banks won't accept." - ItaVero
"The 4x4 land rover ride was VERY rough to get to the penguin. My 80 year old back didn't enjoy it. However, once to the penguin colonies and the homemade treats....well, I'd do it again." - JudieCCC
"Bluff Cove Lagoon - see the beautiful scenery, penguins, and enjoy tea at the Sea Cabbage Cafe" - WLL

Cruise Cape Horn

"Very fortunate - like a "duck pond "" - Dorsetcruisers
"The sunrise over Cape Horn was spectacular." - marilyn122
"The weather was windy and cold but ok viewing" - tonneson

Ushuaia, Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina Arrives at 7:00am - Jan 13, 2018, Departs at 2:00pm - Jan 13, 2018

"independent tours with smaller buses more valuable here - we used Soloexpeditiones and they were wonderful" - jeannesimpson
"Take the ferry to the penquin island. This is the best variety of penguins - we saw Gentoos, Magellans, and 2 kings!" - lrclffrd
"Walk the town (it isn't that big but is fascinating) - work up an appetite and go all the way to the east end and feast on all you can eat gaucho-style lamb, beef and grilled "king" crab." - ItaVero

Cruise Beagle Channel Departs at 4:00pm - Jan 13, 2018

"Start looking an hour and a half before you are supposed to be there" - charlie1030
"Lucked out with great weather." - DaveQ
"didn't see much dark and bad weather" - youngatheart

Punta Arenas, Chile Arrives at 8:30am - Jan 14, 2018, Departs at 8:30pm - Jan 14, 2018

"Gateway to Chilean Patagonia. Be sure to book wildlife tours - penguins and seals/sea lion colonies. Optional tours to Antarctica are prohibitively expensive - but after all - for me this was a bucket-list trip." - ItaVero
"See the penquins here. The ferry is preferable to the 2 hour dusty drive you will have in Puerto Madryn." - lrclffrd
"We enjoyed the trip to the estancia." - konadan

Cruise Strait Of Magellan Departs at 12:00pm - Jan 15, 2018

"Had to be up to see them " - lovetocruisenc
"Most of the straits was done in the very early morning and it was dark. Once we got to the Pacific Ocean - we had rough seas. But neither of us get sea sick - we are fortunate. " - ldwallinga
"All inshore cruising was stunning. Like Alaska & Norway on steroids !" - Dorsetcruisers

Cruise Patagonic Channel Departs at 12:00pm - Jan 16, 2018

"Diverted because of Medical Emergency onboard." - beshlin4
"Rough weather, but beautiful" - susanainvegas
"If going out of Santiago get a port side stateroom." - channeling

Cruise Chilean Fjords Departs at 12:00pm - Jan 16, 2018

"All inshore cruising was stunning. Like Alaska & Norway on steroids !" - Dorsetcruisers
"On this cruise you had to be up at 4:00 to see them" - lovetocruisenc
"Nice scenic cruising" - charlie1030

Cruise Canal Moraleda Departs at 12:00pm - Jan 16, 2018

"Diverted because of Medical emergency onboard." - beshlin4

Puerto Chacabuco, Chile Arrives at 7:00am - Jan 17, 2018, Departs at 2:00pm - Jan 17, 2018

"Make sure to go up the gorgeous Simpson River Valley to Coyhaquie. Beautiful scenery, waterfalls, river gorges, variety of terrain and biomes." - erpaetz
"We were able to spend the night in the port area with beautiful mountains coming right into the water. It was lovely sitting on our deck. The ship offered extra tender rides that evening - but we choose to just enjoy the scenery and wait until morning for our Puerto Chacabuco and surroundings. Again very lovely visiting Aiysen and the Rio Simson National Reserve. " - ldwallinga
"A very small port serving as a gateway to more national parks." - FSORET

Puerto Montt, Chile Arrives at 8:00am - Jan 18, 2018, Departs at 6:00pm - Jan 18, 2018

"Tour companies just outside pier. Took tour to Petrohue Falls and Puerto Varas. Have good view of volcano Osorno on way to falls and at falls. Cost $50/person. Best to get in line 45 minutes early for tender tickets so you have ample time for tour." - randy618
"Visiting the national park and lakes was a great experience." - FSORET
"Definitely eat here. We had the best lunch and ceviche ever." - lrclffrd

Valparaiso (Santiago), Chile Arrives at 8:00am - Jan 20, 2018,

"Neat town but most is in the hills. Need to be in good shape to walk around. Train or bus ride to Vina Del Mar is only a few dollars. Took private tour to fish market, Vina Del Mar, Concon, and Caleta Horcon. Cost 45000 pesos/person with English speaking driver. Stayed 2 days but should have stayed 3. Would have liked to spend a day just in Vina Del Mar." - randy618
"We arrived in Santiago a week before cruise and stayed at the Doubletree - a smaller, modern hotel with great service and staff. It is located near the large mall and other tourist attractions. We made arrangements through the hotel with One Tour - Claudio Sierralta for several private tours and transfer to Vina del Mar. Claudio is very personable, flexible, knowledgeable and professional. He took us to the Andes, to wineries and on a city tour. He is reasonably priced, punctual and made our time in Chile a great experience." - jequetta
"We think it is advisable to stay a couple of nights there, up on the hill, so that you can wander around this place, enjoy the graffiti art and the general ambiance of this delightful. town. " - konadan