The white continent at the bottom of the world is far from a lifeless, barren land. Antarctica is a wilderness like no other, untamed and untamable, a vast landscape of snow and ice inhabited by some of the hardiest wildlife on the planet. To cruise the frigid waters is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, a humbling adventure to see Mother Nature at its most pure and undisturbed. Here we look at what awaits responsible travelers on an expedition to Antarctica.
Setting Sail in the Wake of Charles Darwin
At the far bottom of the great South American continent, between Chile and Argentina, the Patagonian Fjords are the gateway to Antarctica and a stunning spectacle in their own right. The Beagle Channel, named after Darwin’s famous ship, the HMS Beagle, is the first taste of Antarctica, with vast glaciers meeting choppy grey seas and great mountains towering into the sky. The Beagle Channel empties into the Drake Passage, and from there, it’s directly south until reaching Earth’s coldest, driest and windiest continent.
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