Cape Horn is globally known as being compared to something sort of like a Mount Everest for sailors who take on the challenge of navigating these territories. Its roots go as far back to the days when Magellan took on this arduous journey in the 1500s. These waters are by no means a gentle coast for those who take on the task of sailing through these waters. The ride is anything but smooth; it is an adventurous rollercoaster of high and outrageous waves like you have never seen before.
In 1992, the Albatross Memorial was inspired by and created in memories of the men from all over the world that lost their lives to the treacherous forces that this vast ocean produces. Australis Patagonia cruises give passengers the opportunity to visit this memorial and venture off to the desolate land of Cape Horn. For sea lovers and thrill seekers world-wide this is a must have travel experience.
How many people can say that they have traveled through the waters of Cape Horn and walked upon its land? Traveling the Cape Horn route, gives travelers the chance to have a once in a lifetime breath taking experience coasting through mystical waters filled with the rich history of courageous men.Download
Darwin in Patagonia
Charles Darwin, well renowned scientist famous for his theory of evolution, was greatly influenced by the diversity that can be seen in Patagonia’s wildlife and nature. No one would have guessed that his 5 year journey onboard the H.M.S Beagle under the command of Robert Fitzroy would have led to this major world discovery. Today we hold Darwin’s findings and his voyage as one of the most remarkable events in history.
The wide variety of wildlife that Darwin was able to see in Patagonia allowed him to compare and contrast different animal species, which played a part in confirming his belief in a circle of life. Fossils of ancient animals that no longer exist were also discovered by Darwin and this further heightened his already curious eye. He wanted to know what happened to these extinct species and what caused them to cease their existence. Memories of his findings of giant sloth fossils in Cueva del Milodón, his travels to the Patagonian region, and the Beagle’s fascinating expeditions are what sustained him in his later ailing years.
Visit Patagonia and see the world through Darwin’s eyes. See all of the diverse beauty of Patagonia from a land of ice to a land filled with exuberant vegetation. The wildlife from the colonies of Penguins that can amount to as much as 30,000 in their numbers to dolphins playfully leaping and swimming by as you coast through this majestic region will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime. Book your trip with us today and experience all of the thrilling excitement that our Patagonia cruises offer. For those who have a love for nature, the Darwin Route is a must have travel experience.Download
Discovering Tierra del Fuego
The origin of the island’s name “The Land of Fire”, derived from fires produced by natives that were unseen to passing voyagers. Ferdinand Magellan, who discovered the island in 1520, was even able to see numerous fires that lit up the island’s coastline, burning day and night. The fires were used by the Yamana Indians to ward off the cold and to keep their body temperatures regulated. Most of the Yamana’s time was spent hunting from their canoes for fish, where they also carried lighted fires aboard.
Tierra del Fuego is a land of extremes offering the world’s most southern city in the world, Ushuaia. Another interesting geographical note is that the island is actually divided up into Chilean and Argentinian halves. Argentina’s only coastal park can be found on Tierra del Fuego with a variety of water sports to choose from. Some water activities offered on the Argentinian half include kayaking, fishing, marine life, and amazing views of beautiful fjords. For Chile travel The Land of Fire offers a number of outdoor activities from trekking to exciting camping adventures.
Wildlife you may get to see:
- Artic Reindeer
- Sea Birds
The island is actually surrounded on three sides by both the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean. The warmest time of the year to travel is from mid- November to March. However due to its location the weather is unpredictable so be sure to prepare for your journey with all of your waterproof gear like boots, jackets, and hats. Book your trip with us to visit Patagonia for an authentic adventure travel experience.Download
The Magellanic Penguin
A unique species in the world, birds perfectly adapted to marine life in freezing temperatures.Download
Glaciology in Patagonia
Learn more about these huge ice fields that play a very important role in the climate of our planet.Download
Travel through the most important natural passage between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.Download