Days 3–13. Cape Horn and Chilean Patagonia
Cape Horn is the southernmost headland of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago; it is located on the Hornos Island in the Southern Ocean on the shore of the Drake Passage separating South America from the Antarctic. This place is steeped in legends. For ancient sailors going smoothly around Cape Horn meant acknowledgement of your skill and respect from your colleagues. They even used to have a special tradition. After the first passage around Cape Horn sailors had the right to wear a copper earring, after the second — a silver one, after the third — a golden one. The thing is that the wind here is doing the round-the-world voyage all the time, flying around the planet without any obstacles — and suddenly there is a narrow strait on its way. As a result, Cape Horn's location is notorious for constant storms, heavy fog and very little sunlight — that is the reason they call it sailors' Everest. In 2005 this legendary place, recognized as a natural world heritage, acquired UNESCO protection.
There are two ways to get to Cape Horn — a western and an eastern one. We'll choose one on the spot, depending on the weather. We can not predict where exactly we will find ourselves on each day, but we can assure you that we have chosen the most beautiful spots of the region for this route. You will see pristine nature, Alberto de Agostini National Park, snowy mountain peaks, glaciers, quiet bays, waterfalls, rivers full of mussels — all this beauty will be there for you during these 12 days.