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South South of the Equator in the western hemisphere

We travelled as far south as Antarctica, where complete solitude was discovered.\"El Mitad del Mundo\" was the most northernly stop. Hiked the \"W\" circuit of Torres del Paine and the Inca Trail. Awed by Punta del Diablo, Salar de Uyu

flipper motion
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Jayne Hope
Before embarking on our four month adventure I did a lot of research on explorers, conquistadors, indigenous and natural history in South America and Antarctica. Here we were following routes taken …
Penguin on the rocks
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Jayne Hope
The Mare Australis also had zodiac landings.The zodiacs seated more people and the process more formal. The zodiac landing on the north end of Cape Horn was very precarious because it was very windy …
feather duster
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Jayne Hope
Today we said adious to Ushuaia. We boarded a totally different ship, the Mare Australis, which is Chilean. It was more luxurious than the Akademik Shokalsky. We had a huge bed and a large adjoining …
Adelie Penguins
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Jayne Hope
We spent the day mailing items back home to lighten our load. Visited the home one of the crew from Akademik Shokalsky, Alejandro.
Taking a break from swimming
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Jayne Hope
We disembarked the ship at 9:30am. I was barely awake. We took a taxi up to the hostel; I could only crawl up hill to the hostel. When we finally got our room, I dived into bed and slept most of the …
Feeding time
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Jayne Hope
This was our final full day on board. I joined in the night's festivities by over induldging. I consumed several cocktails, glasses of champagne and beer. So much that to this day I am not aware of …
Feeding time
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Jayne Hope
The return voyage to Ushuaia through the Drake Passage saw more passengers seeking medicinal aid from the ship's doctor. The ship pitched and swayed more. The waves passed over the decks. It was …
Feeding time
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Jayne Hope
A beautiful sunny day sailing through Neumeyer Channel. A zodiac landing at Danco Island. Passed by gleaming icebergs and an explosion of reality to magnify the senses. The blue of the water and sky …
Neko Harbour
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Jayne Hope
Another exceptional day. Saw a Snow Petrel while zodiac cruising Paradise Bay. The glaciers in Paradise Bay are the size of mountains as the zodiac gets as close to them without being in danger. The …
Narcissistic
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Jayne Hope
Very early in the morning, as the sun was rising, we sailed through Lemaire Channel also known as Kodac Gap. Until you get close, it does not appear to be a passage through this channel. The glaciers …
hide & seek?
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Jayne Hope
Sunrising over the land and ice shelves of Antarctica. The colours and sounds are awesome! Spent the morning zodiac cruising Foyn Harbour, between Nansen and Enterprise Islands in Wilhelmina Bay …
chick loosing its down
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Jayne Hope
Walker Bay, Livingston Island and Deception Island were the two zodiac landings for this day. Every zodiac landing we went for a hike. The elevation and length of the hike varied. We would usually …
curious
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Jayne Hope
At 4:30 in the afternoon land was spotted; land with snow and ice covering it. It was quite strange to travel for almost two complete days without seeing land. Imagine being in a city at the edge of …
Deception Island
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Jayne Hope
During the crossing of the Drake Passage we had seminars on ice bergs, glaciers, marine life, birds, vegetation and history. We received expedition jackets, special boots and directions on getting in …
Deception Island
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Jayne Hope
By 5 o'clock we were on board the Akademik Shokalsky. We found our lodgings. We would be living here for the next 10 days. Bob bunked with the guys. I took the top bunk in a cabin with two other …
Bird on the shore
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Jayne Hope
It was at this hotel that we met passengers who would be on our Antarctic expedition.
Giant Petrel
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Jayne Hope
Los Comoranes Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, the edge of the world. A great place to stop before and after an Antarctic expedition. Museos Maritmo & Presidio are interesting. …
Stealing a prized pebble
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Jayne Hope
Spent the morning walking around El Calafate before catching a bus to Rio Gallegos. Walked arond El Calafate in the morning. The lake was high. There geese around the lake. Found a very interesting …
A group of penguins
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Jayne Hope
It was a beautiful sunny day when we visited El Chalten. We hiked up to Los Condores and Las Aguilas for a panoramic view. Stopped at El Bodegon Cerveceria for homemade beer and pizza. El Chalten is …
Chinstrap
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Jayne Hope
A once in a lifetime experience for someone's birthday. Perito Moreno Glacier should not be missed! We took a trip through our hostel.
A group of penguins
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Jayne Hope
El Calafate reminded me of Banff in Alberta, Canada.
A group of penguins
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Jayne Hope
Woke up early to hike to a viewpoint that gave a closer look at Grey Glacier at Campamento Paso. The colours, expanse and ruggedness of the glacier is worth seeing. The crew on the catamaran that …
A group of penguins
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Jayne Hope
Trekked from Paine Grande to Grey Glacier. Cerro Paine Grande is 3050m. It is very rugged with pointy and jagged peaks and glaciers everywhere. This is very different from the Rocky Mountains which …
Chinstrap Penguins
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Jayne Hope
Along the trail I fell into one of the many streams we crossed and dislocated a finger. Rather than stop to have it assessed, I reset the finger and continued on. We trekked up to Valle Frances which …
Sheathbill
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Jayne Hope
Waking with the sights and sounds of the parque is exhilarating. Hiked four hours from Las Torres to Los Cuernos through riverbeds as trails. The spires of Los Cuernos are daunting to look at. We are …
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Jayne Hope
Began hiking the "W" circuit from Hosteria Las Torres. Getting up the huge rocks in the final ascent to Mirador Las Torres was challenging. It was raining off and on which made the surface …
comical
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Jayne Hope
One never knows if arrangements made via internet are going to pan out. Niko picked us up from our hostel in Punta Arenas to transfer us to Puerto Natales just as I had arranged through Paine …
very photogenic
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Jayne Hope
Caught a bus very early in the morning to Santiago. Our travel alarm worked! We connected with another bus to Aeropuerto Internacional Arturo Merino Benitez. Flew Sky Airline to Punta Arenas. …
mirror mirror on the wall...
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Jayne Hope
Found Pablo Neruda's digs in Valparaiso. The hike from our hostel to his place was all up hill. The view from Neruda's house is well worth the effort. There is plenty to do in Valparaiso and it is …
gentoo penguins
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Jayne Hope
Bob wanted to do some wine tasting. Spent the entire day visiting two different wineries between Valparaiso and Santiago. We booked the tour through our hostel.
Penguins everywhere
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Jayne Hope
Casa Aventura in Cerro Conception is the hostel we stayed at. A fulfilling and nutritious breakfastis served every morning. The hostal is very clean. We stayed in a private room with shared bathroom. …
1st zodiac launch
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Jayne Hope
I definately recommend the Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino as a way to comprehend the indigenous prior to Spanish conquistadors. I was amazed at the history and diplay at this museum. We took the …
1st sight of Shetland Islands
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Jayne Hope
Went for a walking tour of central Santiago. Santiago is a very modern city surrounded by mountains. It was wonderful not to have to wear winter coats and boots.
Cape Petrel
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Jayne Hope
After a long flight we arrived in Santiago just after noon. Had no difficulty finding shared transportation to our hostel. La Casa Roja is the "Party Hostel". A great place to hang out and …
Ushuaia
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Jayne Hope
Bob and I had been making plans for over a year. Finally the day arrived for our departure. Neither of us had been away from family, friends and province for this length of time. We were excited and …