On December 1, 2007, I sailed around Cape Horn at the southern tip of
South America aboard the Mare Australis. The voyage was part of a
two week trip to the Patagonia.
This trip marked the final corner of a year in which I traveled
to the four corners of the Western Hemisphere. In July I was in
Coldfoot, Alaska, north of the Arctic Circle. In February, it was
the Virgin Islands. In October it was Hawaii.
It began in Buenos Aires and included a stay at a sheep ranch El
Galpon del Galciar in the Parque Nacional Los Glaciares where I watched
sheep being sheered and spent a day hiking the Perito Moreno
From there, I crossed over into Chile and spent the next few days at
EcoCamp in Torres del Paine National Park exploring Lake Nordenskjold,
Salto Grande, and Grey Glacier.
The small city of Punta Arenas was next. It calls itself the
southernmost city in the world. Here I boarded the Mare Australis ,
and spent the next three days exploring Tierra del Fuego and the
channels and islands of the Magellan Straits.
Finally, we sailed, around Cape Horn where we were able to disembark,
and then up to Ushuaia. which also calls itself the southernmost city in
One note: This part of South America looked more like I expected
Alaska to look than much of Alaska looked.