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We will navigate the Drake Passage and the Antarctic Peninsula on-board a modern vessel, which will be our “base camp” for all sorts of activities. The ship will stay for one or two nights at different strategic points, where we will be able to disembark and live different experiences: mountaineering, hiking, photography, camping and kayaking. The zodiacs will lead us to places that the ship can’t access to, and even those who are not keen on adventure will be able to enjoy, by taking advantage of this boats to explore the area.
Antarctica triggers so many feelings that it’s difficult to process them all at once. The days before the expedition you feel excited and kind of worried, thinking if the weather conditions will be ok, if you will be feeling well, etc. Then, when the tour starts, all those thoughts are left behind, and the power of the immensity surrounding you doesn´t let you think in anything else than to be “here and now”.
Today you will arrive in Buenos Aires where your private transfer will be waiting for you to take you to the Hotel. There are many different categories, styles and locations in Buenos Aires to choose a Hotel. At night you will enjoy one of the most beautiful Tango Shows in the City: Rojo Tango, in the Faena Hotel. A three-course dinner with Argentinian wines will prepare the mood for the dynamic and lively show. Let’s have a look at the referential map for this trip. To see the Antarctica navigation map in detail please go to day 5:
– Ice-trekking in Perito Moreno Glacier: one hour and a half or three hours and a half
– Navigations through Lago Argentino
– Kayak Experience
We will navigate across the legendary Drake Passage. When we reach the Antarctic Convergence, we will have chances to see Grey Headed Albatrosses, Wandering Albatrosses, Black-browed Albatrosses, Cape Petrels, Light-mantled Albatrosses, Wilson’s Storm Petrels, Southern Fulmars, Antarctic Petrels, and Blue Petrels. We will see our first icebergs before reaching the South Shetland Islands.
We will pass by the Melchior Islands and the Schollaert Channel (which is between Brabant and Anvers Island), in direction to “High Antarctica”. Then, when we reach the area of the Neumayer Channel, we will position our ship for the multi-activity basecamp.
We will have the chance of exploring the area by foot or zodiac, and also by kayak trips. Those who love hiking will be able to put on the snowshoes and go on excursions near the shorelines, whereas the mountaineers will find their challenge by climbing hills and viewpoints further inland (if weather permits).
It’s planned to be two overnights at anchor (two full activity days), aiming to implement two camp nights. We will visit as well the museum and post office at Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. If the conditions allow, we may visit the Jougla Point, inhabited by Gentoo Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags. We will try to find as well leopard seals, whales, and Crabeater seals.
It’s planned also to navigate through the Lemaire Channel, passing by the Pleneau and Petermann Islands, with views to the colonies of Adelie Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags. The chances of finding Humpback and Minke Whales in this area are quite good. We choose a strategic point and we set our camp. This a great area for kayaking, glacier walks or mountaineering.
Once at Neko Harbour, the magnificent huge glacier will be the perfect background for our different activities. Overnight in Paradise Bay, on a camp, erected ashore. Afterwards, we will head back to the Drake Passage.
We will cross the Drake Passage, back to Ushuaia, followed by different kinds of sea birds.
Arrival and disembark in Ushuaia during the morning. Flight to Buenos Aires and night there.
End of the tour, and optional extensions to other regions in Argentina, Chile, Brazil and Perú. We strongly recommend our travellers to take advantage of the visit to enjoy as well the main highlights of Southern Patagonia.
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