|Perito Moreno panorama, courtesy of google photos!|
Patagonia is the southern "cone" of South America, with Chile on the west of the Andes, and Argentina on the east (although it gets a bit complicated around Tierra del Fuego!).
|Ice recently calved from Perito Moreno glacier.|
|Seno Ultimo Esperenza, Sound of Last Hope!|
|Serrano Glacier, Torres del Paine.|
|Torres del Paine|
|Lago Grey icebergs, Torres del Paine|
|Torres del Paine from Puerto Natales|
|Stella Australis in a sheltered fiord|
|Landing at Cape Horn|
|Cape Horn lighthouse|
|Cape Horn on a calm day.|
|Wulaia Bay - in the 19th century, missionaries brought Fuegans from here to the Falklands, and the UK.|
Sadly, most indigenous people were wiped out after coming into contact with Europeans and their exotic diseases. In the mid-19th century, missionaries from the UK established a mission station on Keppel Island in the Falklands, and brought over some Fuegans to try and "improve" the lot of the indigenous people. Different times.
Ushuaia, above, is the main city of Tierra del Fuego, and the embarkation point for most Antarctic cruises. You might notice the Andes rising up to the north and east, yet this is Argentina - it should be on the other side of the mountains! The border area around the Beagle Channel has been hotly disputed in the past. It was only relatively recently resolved by Papal intervention....
|Crossing the Magellan Straits, to mainland South America.|
|Black-neck swans at Puerto Natales|
After a brief refreshment (Cerveza Austral) in the Shackleton Bar in Punta Arenas, all too soon our Patagonian adventure was over.
At the Punta Arenas airport, we mingled with scores of passengers heading for Stanley to board their ship, the Akademik Vavilov - more of which in 2016! They were sailing for South Georgia, where they were going to film a re-creation of Shackleton's famous walk across the island in 1916. Camera teams were accompanying them. Our enthusiasm about the project waned slightly when we realised that all their ski-ing and filming equipment would mean no room on the plane for fresh fruit and vegetables for the Falklands! And so it proved! Back to Earth.
Fin del Mundo - The End of the World!