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Friday, March 31, 2006

Cruises in Patagonia, Argentina / Part one

Cruiser in front of a glacierIf you want adventure, direct contact with nature, and extreme luxury, you must try a cruise in Patagonia. There are cruises that sail from Ushuaia, world’s farthest southern city, navigating through the Beagle Channel, to finish in Punta Arenas, Chile. There are other tipes of cruises, which we’ll see in a future post.

The itinerary includes:

Cape Horn, where the Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean touch. There stands the Albatross monument, homage to the hundreds of marines that perished in those risky waters.

Navigation through Pia and Garibaldi glaciers (you’ll come as close as possible to these beautiful masses of ice), channels and fjords.

Magdalena Island, a solitary point in the middle of the Strait of Magellan, and very close to Punta Arenas, Magdalena Island is a natural reserve of cormorants, sea-lions, and Magellan penguins. You can walk between 120 thousand penguins that come every year to nest in the island.

Look at this video that shows the Magellan penguins in Patagonia making their nests.

During these cruises, a variety of bonds are formed between passengers, who come from all over the world. There must be something special in the experience that unites people with such different backgrounds and languages.

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