Special Edition Antarctica Part 2

Peterman’s Island and Pleneau Bay The 5th day of the trip will always be remembered as the day we saw Orcas, the biggest species of dolphins and the most dangerous predator in the sea. This was followed by an incredible scenic walk on Peterman’s Island which is hard to describe, this was also the most…

Special Edition Antarctica Part 1

The 7th continent, the Antarctica is twice the size of Australia and its surrounded by the Southern Ocean, one of the coldest, deepest and stormiest in the world. The Drake Passage is the only way from South America to reach the Antarctic Peninsula and the waves can become up to 18 meters there. We were…

El Fin del Mundo

The trip to Ushuaia from Santiago was spectacular and terrifying, the landing in Buenos Aires was one of the scariest we have ever done as we came in fast and hard in wet conditions and there was a real fear that we would not stop in time. I am sure that the pilots had everything…

ANTARCTICA

Tomorrow we fly to Ushuaia, the southern most city in the world and the starting point for our 10 day cruise to the Antarctic. Since booking this as a last minute deal in October we have had many discussions about what we will see and what to expect. We have had also many talks about…

In Vino Veritas

To spend a few warm days at the sea we decided to visit Valparaiso, which is around 110 km Northwest of Santiago. The second half of the 19th century the city was a major stopover for ships traveling between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans by crossing the Straits of Magellan and it was known by…

Up a Volcano

It was time to start our journey back north heading to Santiago, and on the way we decided to stop in Puerto Varas which is a small village in an area called the Lake District. Although small it is a place which offers a lot of activities like kayaking, hiking, horse riding andskiing. Just over…

Rosamund Pilcher Setting

Puñihuil island is 26 km southwest of Ancud and the drive there goes over green hills with cows,horses and sheep and reminds a bit of Switzerland or Austria with the difference that you have the sea next to it.                         The island is the only…

Just around the corner

Chile offers everything you are looking for as a tourist. Santiago is is a beautiful city, 2 hours east you can go skiing in the Andes and 2 hours west you are on the beach. It has glaciers and volcanoes in the south and geysers in the north. Any activity from kayaking, hiking or climbing…

Moving On

Well, we could not leave Rio without seeing the Corcovado and so we planned another 2 days in the city hoping the weather would play along this time….and we where not so lucky. We went up to the Christ Statue to find it engulfed in clouds with no sign of the city below, and sometimes…

At last some diving

Our one true day of activity was on Saturday when we went diving. This was the main reason we went to Arraial as we had heard it was one of the best diving spots near Rio. Overall the visibility was not comparable to Egypt or the Maldives (not really sure if this was just on…