Calling All Explorers! Nomads of the Sea Sets Sail in the Patagonia This Fall


Luxury ecotourism expedition cruise offers ‘explorers’ an opportunity to discover the hidden treasures of the Patagonia

MIAMI, September 2006—Yearning to go on an extreme fly-fishing and ecotourism adventure through an area untouched by humankind? Look no further than ‘Nomads of the Seas,’ an intimate 28-passenger, 32 crew-member state-of-the-art expedition cruise ship offering guest explorers an opportunity to experience the beauty and isolation of Southern Chile’s Patagonia by air, land and water.

Designed for the adventurous and nature-loving at heart, ‘Nomads of the Seas’ comes equipped with a six passenger Bell 407 helicopter, six jet boats, six Zodiac for heli-fishing operations and a Zodiac Hurricane 920 with twin 250 hp four-stroke outboards for 16 passengers and two crew members. In addition, it carries a spectacular air-water transportation system, specifically designed to service extreme fly-fishing, whale-watching, ecotourism and soft adventure excursions.

‘Nomads of the Seas’ is the first luxury cruise liner to ever to set sail through the Patagonia, an undiscovered area in the southernmost point of the Western Hemisphere. Spanning the South American countries of Chile and Argentina, where the Pacific Ocean and the Andes Mountain Range converges, the Patagonia offers a unique and breath-taking experience. The area offers an infinite number of channels, rivers and lakes, some never before seen by humans.

Surrounding glaciers and lush forests serve as an ecological barrier for traditional modes of transportation, permitting vast regions of Patagonia to remain untouched. For these and many reasons, the Chilean Patagonia is, by far, one of the world’s best spots to practice exploratory fly-fishing and specialized ecotourism.

Nomads of the Seas will be kicking off week-long excursions throughout the area as of November of this year, departing on Saturdays from the seaport of Puerto Montt, Chile. Future expeditions will run from October through April.

“Our goal was to create a unique experience combining adventure, nature preservation, and lush surroundings, with a different dimension of luxury,” said Andrés Ergas, President of Nomads of the Seas. “We have reformulated the concept towards excellence, quality of service, safety, infrastructure, training and thoroughness; in a nutshell, Grand Class. We guarantee each and every one of our guests a unique level of carefully-planned details at all times and in all places”, he added.

The Atmosphere offers spectacular views of the Patagonia from the comfort of its 10 twin and 4 double cabins. Those seeking relaxation can also enjoy the on-board sauna, and spa, featuring thalassotherapy treatments and massages. In addition, culinary delights abound on the ship, serving up some of the finest traditional Chilean cuisine, as well as daily Chilean wine tasting events.

Explorers will never have a dull moment aboard the Nomads of the Seas week-long expedition.

Activities include:

Extreme Fly-Fishing
‘Nomads of the Seas’ introduces the concept of ‘extreme fly fishing,’ taking explorers to via top- helicopter and jet boats to pristine destinations chosen for their singular beauty and quality fish. The area’s humid and cold southern forest hosts an abundant, large variety of rainbow and brown trout (resident, anadromous and coastal), brook trout, silver, king, and the occasional, Atlantic salmon.

As part of an exploratory team, trained professionals help anglers locate and catch, providing a wealth of information on the area’s fish population and fish behavior.

Whale-Watching Adventure
Combining unique experts and sophisticated observation equipment, whale-watching is a spectacular visual and educational experience aboard ‘Nomads of the Seas.’ Following the guidelines of the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, the expedition offers explorers the opportunity to conduct on-site research alongside expert marine scientists.

The Chilean Patagonia is home to more than 50 percent of the world cetacean (whale, dolphin and porpoise) species. Spectacular Blue Whales, Humpback Whales, Sperm Whales, Pygmy Killer Whales as well as Peale’s Dolphins, Commerson’s Dolphins, and Black Dolphins, among many others, abound in the area’s waters..

Bird-Watching Expeditions
Approximately 450 different bird species can be found in Chile, endemic to the region. ‘Nomads of the Seas’ offers full amenities for the safe and easy identification, observation and safe, easy documentation of the area’s amazing birdlife.

Birds in the area include Magellanic Woodpeckers, Humboldt Penguins, Coscoroba Swans, Wandering Albatrosses, Ringed Kingfishers, Cocoi Herons, Thorn-tailed Rayaditos, Cahuil Seagulls, Flightless and Flying Steamer Ducks and Patagonian Sierra-Finches.

Ecotourism Adventures
Surrounded by scenic beauty and impressive fauna, the Chilean Patagonia provides an abundance of ecotourism activities. Guests can trek and boat through untouched landscapes while being part of photo safaris, where ‘explorers’ immortalize breath taking views through the lens of a camera. Nomads’ trained staff also provides information on the glaciers, as well as guided cultural excursions.

Beyond a cruise expedition, Nomads of the Seas provides explorers the knowledge and experience of on-board experts. All activities are supervised and accompanied by highly-trained professionals in diverse fields. Facilitators undergo an intensive on-going training program. Such program includes jet boating, heli-deck operations, drift-boating, scouting, customer service, hospitality and catering, casting and presentation, reading water, marine biology, ecotourism, biogeography, ecology, zoology, ornithology, cetology, aquatic entomology, botany, regional history, archaeology, social anthropology, astronomy, photography, first aids, survival, rescue and safety, as well as an ongoing program of physical training.

Sign me up!: Booking and Arrivals
As an introductory special, for the months of November and December, the ‘Nomads of the Seas’ week-long voyage through some of world’s most secluded areas has a cost from US$8,568 for non-fishing guests to US$12,495 for those wanting to partake in extreme fly-fishing. Rates are based on availability and accommodation preferences. Regular rates range from US$10,115 for non-fishing guests to US$14,875 for fishing participants.

The nearest airport is Aeropuerto El Tepual in the city of Puerto Montt, Chile. From the United States, both Lan Chile (www.lan.com) and American Airlines (www.aa.com) have regular flights to the southern city. Transportation from the airport to the embarking port is provided. If the adventurer is already in Chile, the two-hour flight from Santiago to Puerto Montt serviced by many local airlines, including Lan Chile and Sky Airlines.

For reservations and further information visit www.nomadsoftheseas.com. A representative will contact the person shortly to confirm dates and contact information.

About Nomads of the Seas
‘Nomads of the Seas’ operates a state-of-the-art 28-passenger vessel, the Atmosphere, hosting week-long visits to the Patagonia in Southern Chile. Specializing in the concept of extreme fly-fishing, whale-watching and ecotourism, The Atmosphere is fully equipped with a helicopter, jet boats and a Zodiac Hurricane, providing a true air, land and water adventure. Nomads of the Seas is owned and operated by the Chilean holding Ergas, with a solid trajectory in the financial, hotel and real estate industries, among others.

PHOTO: Todos los Santos Lake, Photographer: Pablo Negri Edwards ©

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