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Operator: Quark Expeditions
Price From: 5,595 USD
Ideal Age Range: 19 to 30, 31 to 50, Over 51
Fitness Needs: Light Impact
Program duration: 10 days
Venture to one of the world’s most inspiring destinations on this unforgettable journey through the Drake Passage to the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula.
Here you will find why Antarctica has inspired explorers for centuries, and become a bucket-list adventure for travelers the world over. You’ll discover a world unlike any other, where each trip is completely different. Each visit to land will be completely different from the last. You’ll be surrounded by miles of ice, in complete silence one minute, and then thoroughly entertained by curious penguins the next.
Visit Danco Island where you’ll have a chance to visit a penguin colony high up on the ridge. Opt to hike to the summit and enjoy 360-degree views of your surroundings. If hiking does not interest you, spend some time on the pebble beach watching the penguins play, or take the Polar Plunge swim!
Enjoy traveling on a zodiac through shattered sea ice, watch penguins build nests, and marvel at the towering icebergs as you pass by.
This opportunity to learn about the surrounding environment and unique wildlife from expert lecturers and polar specialists onboard is unparalleled, and you won’t want to miss this!
Start your journey in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Surrounded by the sea to the south and the mountains to the north, Ushuaia is a fantastic place to depart on your Antarctic adventure. Spend some time before the cruise visiting the Tierra del Fuego National Park, or exploring the city.
Embark late this afternoon and sail through the historic Beagle Channel. The channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago and is named after the ship that once carried Charles Darwin!
Prepare for sailing through the Drake Passage, which is often a rough sail! Hope for a smooth ride, but know that the Drake is unpredictable! Get to know your shipmates and the Expedition Team as they prepare you with safety briefings and some insight into the coming adventures!
Once you pass the Antarctic Convergence, your Antarctic adventure begins! Each expedition is totally unique because of the people on it, the weather and ice conditions, etc.
Each day, you will take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore local bays, channels, and landing sites. Youll visit penguin rookeries, watch for humpback and minke whales, and search for a number of southern seal species, including the penguin-eater or leopard seal.
The Antarctic Peninsula’s mountains will enchant as you scramble up snowy pathways to vantage points offering you 360° views of your surroundings. One of these in particular, in Danco Island, gives you the chance to visit a penguin colony high up on a ridge.
Here, you’ll have the choice between hiking to the island’s summit or spending time sitting quietly on a pebbled beach, enjoying the antics of curious penguins.
If you’re feeling extra adventurous, participate in the Polar Plunge swim!
Amid the serene silence of Antarctica, noisy interludes become indelible memories, such as penguins squabbling over prized pebbles, or the boom and crack of a calving glacier in Neko Harbour. Each day will be different, having been carefully crafted by your Expedition Team to entertain and educate you about this wonderful part of the world.
Begin your journey back through the Drake Passage. Spend time on the deck, watching for seabirds and scouting for whales, enjoy presentations by your Expedition Team, or simply relax and reminisce about your experiences with your shipmates and new friends!
You will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning, which allows you to continue your adventure on land or catch your flights home.
|Population||43,417,000 (2015 estimate)|
|Climate(s)||Desert (Warm/Cold), Semi-arid (Warm/Cold), Mediterranean, Oceanic (Warm/Temperate/Cool), Tundra, Humid Subtropical|
|Major Airport(s):||Ezeiza International Airport (EZE), Malvinas Argentinas International Airport (USH)|
|Economic Driver(s):||Agriculture, Industry, Tourism, Energy, Foreign Trade/Investment.|