You don’t have to venture deep into this huge continent – larger than Europe – to have a rewarding experience of what Antarctica has to offer. And you don’t have to spend several days sailing over choppy seas to get there and back – skip the stomach-lurching waves by flying from southern Patagonia to join a cruise ship in the most accessible region of the continent around the Antarctic Peninsula, a slim finger of land and offshore islands reaching out from the main continental mass towards southern Argentina.
In addition to prolific wildlife and extraordinary ice-carved landscapes of the Antarctic Peninsula you will see evidence of the human impact – derelict whaling stations, and research outposts. This expedition provides an in-depth experience of the snow-drenched mountains and icebergs of these more accessible fringes of the White Continent. The cliffs and bays are brought to life by the chattering and wheeling of birdlife, sea-lions and penguins.
Before your Antarctica adventure begins, take advantage of your positioning in Chile’s far south before you fly to spend a few days in Torres del Paine National Park, replete with icy spires, aquamarine lakes and wilderness wildlife. And round everything off with a couple of days at a sunny vineyard outside Santiago.