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Torres del Paine and Antarctica Fly Cruise \ Photos

Gorgeous views in Torres del Paine
Torres del Paine National Park
Watching baby penguin chicks and their mamas
View from the top at Whaler's Bay
Flamingos along Laguna Amarga
Dining dome at Ecocamp
Horseback riding is offered at Hotel Las Torres
View of Hotel Las Torres
Stunning views along the southern route of Torres del Paine
The walk out to board the Grey Glacier sailing vessel
Up close to the Grey Glacier
We spotted a cougar the first night at Ecocamp!
Views of the Cordillera Paine
A couple snapping a selfie at Grey Glacier in Patagonia
Punta Arenas and the Dreams hotel.
Boarding the flight to King George Island
Inside the charter flight to King George Island
At the beach on King George Island getting ready to board zodiacs
Our first approach to the Sylvia Earle
The Deck 5 common area with observation windows on Sylvia Earle
The Deck 8 Observatory on the Sylvia Earle allows for great wildlife viewing
A photo of us in Antarctica for the first time!
Penguin mamas and their chicks. They are beginning to molt.
The site of penguin colonies in Antarctica always included lots of guano!
Snapping a photo of a penguin in Antarctica
A shot of our cabin and my goofy husband on the Sylvia Earle
A lovely family on board with us in Antarctica.
Zodiac ride in Paradise Harbor!
Doing some citizen science projects on the Sylvia Earle
Zodiac cruising in the citizen science group!
Large ice formations in Antarctica. Don't get too close, they can roll!
Penguins on the shore in Antarctica
Yay we made it to the "7th" continent, first continental landing at Paradise Harbor.
An attempt to jump for joy at visiting Antarctica for the first time!
Shot of Paradise Harbor, complete with many ice formations in the water.
A weddel seal lounging on an ice floe.
Trying to steer clear of the penguins in Antarctica is tricky when on shore!
Many penguins and ice formations in the background.
Landing on shore on an Antarctica cruise always seems to come with black and white greeters.
The kayakers in Antarctica paddle ashore to see the landing site as well.
Going through Lemaire Channel.
Lemaire Channel.
Spotting penguins on an ice flow from the deck of the ship.
Giant whale bone as we land at Jougla Point.
Posing with giant whale bones
Baby penguins and their mamas at Jougla Point. They were so adorable.
A typical landing in Antarctica involves many people, many penguins, and avoiding the guano!
A gorgeous sunny day on our Antarctica cruise in January.
The lookout crew spotting our zodiacs arriving.
Port Lockroy, now a gift shop for Antarctica cruise visitors.
A weddell seal that seems to have suffered an injury.
A fur seal lounging on the snow.
Remnants of an old ice boat for whalers.
Giant whale vertebrae.
This is about the distance you typically stand from a penguin in Antarctica.
Snorkelers with Aurora spying out what is under the water just offshore from the rest of us.
Snorkeling in Antarctica is well supported with a zodiac and allows for seeing penguins and seals underwater.
A weddell seal in Antarctica.
Zodiac adventure around Spert Island.
Gorgeous landscapes in Antarctica.
Shoreline at Brown Bluff in Weddell Sea.
Many penguins awaiting our visit at Brown Bluffs.
Penguins playing in the waves in the Weddell Sea.
Penguins playing in the waves in the Weddell Sea.
Seal posing for my shot of Brown Bluffs and the Weddell Sea.
Spreading its wings to take flight.
Gorgeous views on our day in the Weddell Sea.
Brown Bluffs.
The Kayakers in the Weddell Sea approach the shore after spying out icebergs.
Ice floes in the Weddell Sea seemed to be more massive and frequent.
Penguins atop a giant iceberg.
The view from the ship of the giant iceberg transporting some penguins.
We spotted orcas twice on our Antarctica cruise in the Weddell Sea and near South Shetland Islands.
A seal at the Naze in Weddell Sea on James Ross Island.
A visit to Whaler's Bay on Deception Island.
Whaler's Bay on Deception Island.
A beautifully colored weddell seal on the Naze in Weddell Sea. See the massive tabular iceberg behind him.
A weddell seal lounging near the water in the Weddell Sea.
Views of the wildlife at the Naze.
View of the Naze. You can spot some fossils from this point.
A gorgeous shot at the Naze. The views were simply breathtaking in Antarctica.
Whaler's Bay greeting team at Deception Island!
Fur Seals playing with each other at Deception Island.
A view from the top of the hill of Whaler's Bay in Deception Island. The Island is a big caldera filled with water.
Gorgeous minerals and colors in the mountainside at Whaler's Bay on Deception Island.
Testing for microplastics at Deception Island as part of the citizen science projects on the Sylvia Earle.
Fur seals galore to greet us at Half Moon Caye.
This fur seal found a great rock to sleep on.
Antarctica is simply breathtaking. This is Half Moon Caye.
Kayakers out in Antarctica.
A gorgeous last zodiac around Greenwich Island turns up amazing wildlife from the water.
Gorgeous day in Antarctica.
Fur seals frolicking in the water.
Elephant seal we spotted from the water taking a nap!
Seeing the wildlife from the zodiac.
Sunbathing Elephant Seal in Antarctica.
Gorgeous views of Greenwich Island and the wildlife on shore.
Cruising to see some Antarctic glaciers. They were so massive!
The wildlife was so abundant it was difficult to land.
One of our expedition guides with Aurora.
The glaciers plung straight into the water at times.
We approached the glacier and felt the atmosphere get much colder inside the cove.
Spotting an ice cave formation in the glacier.
Our last day in Antarctica.
Glacier up ahead, the scale is really hard to read.
A heated waiting area as we wait for our flight out on King George Island.
How to pack for Antarctica.

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