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QUARK-EXPEDITIONS-LOGOIn an unparalleled venture, Quark Expeditions has redefined the essence of adventure travel with its new helicopter-supported journey through the breathtaking landscapes of Patagonia. The groundbreaking 15-day expedition offers luxury and exploration unmatched by traditional tour operators, elevating Quark to the pinnacle of polar expedition excellence.

From March 13 to 27, 2024, the journey commenced from Buenos Aires and set sail from Ushuaia. Travellers embarked on a path less trodden with stops at iconic landmarks, including Cape Horn and the serene Beagle Channel, leading into Chile’s majestic network of fjords and channels. This route offered scenic helicopter flights and intimate Zodiac cruises along the pristine and secluded coastlines, famously known for their untouched beauty and dramatic landscapes.

Andrew White, President of Quark Expeditions, shared his insights on the voyage’s success. “Our expedition team, acclaimed as industry leaders, collaborated with local entities to craft experiences that push the boundaries of adventure in Patagonia,” stated White. “The capabilities of our advanced vessel, Ultramarine, equipped with twin-engine helicopters and a fleet of Zodiacs, allowed our guests unparalleled access to the remote wonders of this region.”

Highlights from the trip included:

  • Helicopter Flightseeing: Passengers experienced aerial views of Patagonia’s glaciers and ice caps, sights unattainable from sea level.
  • Remote Landings: Travelers set foot on the Canal de las Montanas, absorbing the panoramic vistas of the fjords enveloping them.
  • Cultural Immersion: A visit to an 85,000-hectare estancia highlighted the rich heritage of Puerto Natales.
  • Diverse Wildlife: The expedition offered sightings of local fauna such as guanacos, pumas, and whales.
  • Bird-Watching: Enthusiasts observed species ranging from Andean condors to Magellanic penguins.
  • Interactive Excursions: Options included photography tours, hikes in Torres del Paine, and paddling adventures.

These distinctive elements of the trip ensured a blend of thrill and learning, with eco-conscious practices at its core, showcasing Quark’s commitment to sustainability and conservation.

The high rate of returning explorers further underscores the voyage’s success. “55% of our participants are repeat guests, entrusting us to deliver extraordinary experiences consistently,” added White. This loyalty underscores the quality and allure of Quark’s expeditions.

Looking forward, Quark Expeditions has announced its next series of Patagonian adventures, scheduled for March 2025 and 2026, promising continued excellence and innovation in their tour offerings.

As adventure seekers worldwide look for new and exciting experiences, Quark Expeditions continues to lead with its innovative approach, ensuring every trip is memorable, responsible, and deeply engaging.




Written by: Anne Keam