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Jan 15, 2017 - Eighty Six Knots Wind 20 feet swells. Updated Swell Info

We begin three sea days - it is a long haul along Chile's long, thin coastline and depending on the weather it can be a rough and bumpy ride! Coming down, these three sea days had us all ready for land and doing something off the ship. These are our last three days before we land in Valparaiso and begin the trip inland to Santiago to catch the plane to Dallas. This is Sunday morning and we are experiencing a rough ride right now. THe captain just announced it would be best for everyone to stay in their cabin and put anything breakable on...

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Jan 14, 2017 - Punta Arenas, Chile - A visit with the Penguins

Punta Arenas, Chile -- While indigenous people populated the region for more than 14,500 years, Ferdinand Magellan "discovered" the region in 1520. It was 'officially' founded on December 18, 1843. It is located on the Brunswick Peninsula, at the Strait of Magellan, at the southern tip of Chilie. In 2012 there were 127,454 people living here and it is the third largest city in the Patagonia region. From November through January, Magellanic penguins arrived to meet and mate. During our December 25th stop over here, many things were closed...

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Oct 27, 2016 - Exploring Las Montanas Fjord

Cruising Las Montanas Fjord Las Montanas Fjord threads between the Cordillera Sarmiento and the Cordillera Riesco mountain ranges. Cordillera Sarmiento includes the White Lady, a 7,000 ft mountain peak, while the Cordillera Riesco is best known for Grupo la Paz, a cluster of jagged rock towers. The small boats are launched and we explore Alsina Glacier with its small bay and enormous surrounding mountains from the boat - it was very windy and raining - no hiking this time. Back to the ship for lunch and further journey thru the fjord to...

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Oct 26, 2016 - Patagonia Fjords

This morning we arrived at the Amalia Glacier. After breakfast we took the small boats to a nearby beach where with a short hike we get to a viewpoint to take in the beauty of the glacier. I was surprised how noisy a glacier could be and how much calving was going on. Many times we saw the ice breaking away from the glacier but I was never fast enough to catch it on video. After returning to the ship we sailed on the the El Brujo Glacier. The weather and ice conditions are such that we are able to take the small boats to a rocky view point...

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Oct 25, 2016 - Puerto Natales

Leaving Torres del Paine National Park we stopped at the visitor center. Kris (our local guide) explained the geology of the area on a diarama. Just as we were pulling into the parking lot we witnessed a hare chasing a Crested Cara Cara - quite unusual as it is normally the opposite - apparently the hare was protecting its nest and doing an excellent job. Leaving the beautiful park we were anxiously looking forward to our three nights aboard ship cruising the fjords and glaciers - so on to Puerto Natales. On the way we stopped for lunch at...

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Oct 24, 2016 - Hiking in Torres del Paine

We woke up to a beautiful sunrise over the Blue Mastiff which we could see from our beds. After breakfast we all headed out for a day exploring the park. We stopped for a few "postcard" photo ops on the way to our first hike to the Salto Grande, a rushing waterfall set between Lago Nordenskjold and Lago Pehoe. The day started out really windy which is not unsual for Patagonia they tell us. Our first stop was on a bridge over a river with the Blue Mastiff in the back round. It was still windy--blow you off the bridge if you're not holding on...

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Oct 23, 2016 - Punta Arenas - Torres del Paine

Lunch at Punta Arenas Ranch & Torres del Paine After breakfast at our hotel in Punta Arenas we departed for Chile's first national park, Torres del Paine. But first we stopped at the airport to check on Judi B's and Jorge's (our tour guide) luggage. Still without luggage we journeyed on to experience Patagonian life. Our first wildlife siting was some Rheas (similar to an ostrich) as well as some birds (Black Chested Buzzard Eagle and Up Land Geese). Our first scheduled stop was the estancia (ranch) El Palenque for barbecued lamb....

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Oct 22, 2016 - The End of the World

The day got a very early start as we had to leave for the airport at 5:30 to fly to Punta Arenas to start the Patagonia leg of our journey. Punta Arenas is practically at the southern tip of South America overlooking the Straight of Magellan and rose to prominence in as a port in the late 19th century because of its sheep and wool industry and the discovery of gold nearby. Unfortunately Jorge and my suitcases did not get off the plane and continued on to the Falklands. After we were assured that they would be back when the plane returned to...

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Mar 26, 2016 - Torres del Paine National Park

We left the best hotel we've had so far. Nothing like having enough bathroom counter space and a magnifying mirror so I can see whether I got that contact lens in to make my day. There was a spectacular sunrise on the lake just outside out hotel. Then we hit the road for Torres del Paine National Park, the most popular national park in Chile. Chile is a skinny country under the best of circumstances and down here in the south we were on a little road bounded by the Andes to the west and the Argentinian border to the east. A great location...

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Mar 25, 2016 - disembark ship

The crew got us up before sunrise to suit up for a short zodiac ride to Magdalena Island to a Magellanic penguin sanctuary. These cute creatures share their rock with a picturesque light house. The soil on the island is light enough for them to dig burrows with their feet and flippers and lay two eggs inside. The penguins are great parents and one always stays with the eggs and/or babies to protect them from the marauding skua birds that lurk nearby looking for a quick snack. They take turns fishing and regurgitate the catch into their...

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Feb 19, 2015 - Punta Arenas, Chile - Day 6

Day 6 – Punta Arenas – February 19, 2015 This morning was early – we ordered breakfast room service for 6AM because we had to be leaving on the tenders by 7AM. Today is penguin day (or at least the first day to see penguins since our trip many years ago to New Zealand)! We took the tender into the dock – Prat Pier – and then met our tour director and got on the bus to go to Seven Bridges Pier where we were picking up the ferry. The ferry was taking us to Isla Magdalena to see the Pinguino Magallanico (Magellanic penguins – in English). This...

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Jan 11, 2015 - Back in Chile...................and endless supplies of FOOD!

The expedition is officially over. We flew back on the Russian Ilyushin 76 jet on January 9th. After a night at the Pole and 2 nights at base camp, it was time to leave the frozen continent. A couple of final photos attached and I have replaced all the ¨low quality¨photos sent from Antarctica with the originals, so if you are interested, please take another look. We now have a few days in Punta Arenas, where we are determined to eat the town out of food................should take no more than a couple of days. It will then be time to head...

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