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Patagonia Cruise Attractions

Want to learn more about the wildlife, attractions, and sites that we visit while cruising through the Patagonian region? Use this section of our site to get all of the facts and details for the venues that we explore in Patagonia

Learn everything from the history of Darwin traveling the Patagonian seas to the amazing tales of sailing through Cape Horn.

Patagonia from Ice to Flowers

The Holocene is the last and current geological period. It corresponds to the end of the last glacial period approximately 12,000 years ago, when the glaciers slowly retreated and caused the sea level to rise. At the same time, the rocky bed was exposed on the surface of Patagonia, which had previously been covered by great ice masses...

Magellan Strait

At the end of the 15th century, the Portuguese discovered and monopolized the Cape of Good Hope. They thus opened up the first sea route to Asia and Oceania, a source of riches for European trade.
The Portuguese Ferdinand Magellan could not convince the king of his country to outfit a fleet to look for a passage to the Orient via America. Finally, it was the Spanish King Charles V who accepted Magellan’s proposal in 1518. This was the beginning of the most extraordinary of the European explorations to discover the world.

Glaciology in Patagonia

During winter, snow piles up and compresses. Its hexagonal crystals start to deform due to compaction, releasing air, giving crystals a more granular shape. This brings us to the second stage of snow: névé. As new layers of snow accumulate, the weight of said layers compresses the snow into glacial ice.

The Magellanic Penguin

The first mention of this cute animal dates back to 1520, when Antonio Pigafetta, the man that chronicled the voyages of Ferdinand Magellan, described it as a wild goose!
It is believed that the penguin was a flying land bird in a faraway past. It was supposedly related to the petrel and began getting closer and closer to the sea in order to look for food. Therefore, it stopped flying and adapted to an aquatic life, evolving into its wedge-shaped body (spheniscus), webbed feet and wings that serve as fins, just like a fish.

Discovering Tierra del Fuego

Tierra del Fuego is located at the southern tip of South America, beginning at approximately the 52nd parallel south. It is bordered by the Strait of Magellan to the north, the Beagle Channel to the south, the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. This giant island is shared by Chile and Argentina, to whom the western and eastern parts correspond, respectively.

Darwin in Patagonia

There is no doubt that chance can sometimes play a central role in the development of defining events in the history of humanity. Such was the case with Charles Darwin’s opportunity to travel on the Beagle; it was without a doubt the most important experience of his life and was a key element in the development of his ideas about evolution and the origin of species.

Cape Horn

There are few places in the world in which man feels as vulnerable and surrounded by a mystic aura of spirituality as Cape Horn. Its location between two oceans at 55°56’ South latitude and 67°19’ West longitude, along with the intensity of the climatic phenomena that occur there, make its passage a unique and incomparable experience.

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