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Fly-Cruise Antarctica from Chile
One and 2 day flights to Antarctica from Chile
Expeditions to the Antarctic Peninsula,
South Georgia, Patagonia,
Cape Horn, Falklands
& Tierra Del Fuego
VICTORY ADVENTURE EXPEDITONS LTD.
A VIRTUAL TOUR OF
TIERRA DEL FUEGO
Tierra del Fuego is a 150 mile
long peninsula off the southern tip of South
America, separated from the mainland by the Strait
It is divided into Chilean and
Argentinean halves, and its principle mountain
range, a west-east range known as the Cordillera
Darwin, stretches across both halves.
The Cordillera is the continuation of the Patagonian
Andes, and rises along the southern shore. The
range holds beautiful ice-packed and misty
mountains, with large glaciers pouring down into
The range is dominated by two high peaks,
both situated in the Chilean southwestern portion
of the peninsula, within the boundaries of the
Parque Nacional Alberto de Agostini. Impressive
peaks, beautiful forests, lakes, glaciers, and
abundant bird life are highlights of the park.
Tierra Del Fuego island is vulnerably situated at the point
where two of the world's major oceans meet, and is
consequently stormy for much of the year.
The town of Puerto Williams is located on the southern
edge of the Beagle Channel, and is the southernmost town in the world.
The two dominant peaks of Tierra del Fuego are
Monte Darwin (8,163 ft./2,488 m.), the highest
and Monte Sarmiento (7,546 ft./2,300 m.).
- Sail by way of some of the world's narrowest and most
spectacularly scenic waterways. Your cruise in these
fjords will show you marvellous high cliffs, deeply indented
estuaries, thick emerald foliage & rugged mountains.
- These number more than all of Scandinavia's, but Chile's
magnificent fjords and glaciers of Tierra del Fuego along the Beagle
Channel are practically unknown except to a few expedition cruisers and
- We also have voyages to Antarctica, South Georgia and to
- You may accompany us on these history packed voyages
aboard the VICTORY and other specially built sailboats.
These excursions are by land and sea and mark the same
course taken by Charles Darwin's ship the "Beagle."
- You will recapture Darwin's voyages at the
"ends of earth", with it's awesome beauty of glaciers, fjords,
waterfalls and wildlife.
- From both sides of the glacier forged channel not more
than 4 miles wide, the ice covered Andes rise up on both sides before
as they come to meet the sea. This is the Darwin mountain range from
which are disengaged huge glaciers.
- During this astounding adventure one also has the
opportunity to observe the area's rich flora and different expressions
of fauna such as: the world's largest birds; condors and the albatross,
giant petrels, Magellanic penguins, Imperial cormorants, Antarctic
Terns, wild geese and ducks, large flightless "steamer ducks", red
headed woodpeckers, yellow winged finch, Chilean green parrots,
kingfishers, seals, sea otters, orkas and sporadically whales.
- We will navigate glacial etched flat water canals and
beautiful fjords outlined by exquisite dense green forests.
- You may get a close look at these imposing glacier
regions and fjords by horseback, foot, rubber boat and/or by sea kayak
- This trip will provide you with a rare glimpse at ancient Yagan Indian settlements, artifacts
and optionally a tour of the Martin Gusinde Indian Museum in Puerto
- You may hike, camp, go trout fishing and have enticing
barbecues of Patagonian lamb on the beach along the way.
- You may participate in sailing, docking and anchoring
during the cruise.
- Disclaimer : This voyage is for adventurers only.
- You may encounter narrower beds than you
may be accustomed to, wind, cold and other
unfavorable weather conditions.
Puerto Williams, Chile is the world's most Southern Town
Latitude S 54 deg 56 min, Longitude W 67 deg 37 min
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THE TIERRA DEL FUEGO INDIANS
THE CANOE INDIANS OF FIRELAND
The Yagans were the last representatives of one of
the most primitive human beings to live on the
earth. They paddled their flimsy Beech bark canoes
out as far as the treacherous islands of Cape Horn
and beyond. These nomads of the sea had lived there
for perhaps 5,000 years or more.
Their shellfish middens may still be seen, some as
high as 4 meters, lining the beaches. They had no
protection from the Antarctic cold except for seal
grease on their skin and a loose fur around their
shoulders. They walked barefoot in the snow and
then "warmed" their feet in near freezing ocean
water. Their blood temperature is said to have
been a degree or so higher than white Man. The
women skin dived without clothing for their
seafood, cared for the canoes and fished. The
Yagan men left the swimming and diving to the
women and spent most of their time hunting.
The islands, fjords and channels in the area of
Tierra del Fuego were their home where
archaeological evidence of their ancient culture
still abounds. These coasts are still the home of
sea lions, seagulls, seals, and skuas, which enjoy
a practically untouched habitat.
* Darwin, The voyage of the Beagle , Chapter X,
January 22: "We were well clothed, and though
sitting close to the fire were far from too warm;
yet these naked savages, though further off, were
observed, to our great surprise, to be streaming
with perspiration at undergoing such a roasting."
- ANOTHER CRUISE SAILING THE HISTORIC
ROUTE THAT DARWIN USED IN ORDER
TO VISIT THE YAGAN INDIANS VIA THE MURRAY CHANNEL. THIS
RECENTLY HAS OPENED UP TO VESSELS FLYING
THE CHILEAN FLAG.
Charles Darwin has an account of these Indians' dress in
an excerpt from his excellent classic, "Voyage of the Beagle"
- From chapter 10, December 25, 1834:
"On the east coast the natives (Onas),
as we have seen, have guanaco cloaks,
and on the west (Alakaluf)
they possess sealskins.
Amongst these central tribes (Yagans)
the men generally have an otter-skin,
or some small scrap about as large as a
pocket-handkerchief, which is barely
sufficient to cover their backs as low down as their loins."
- The entire book of "Voyage of the Beagle" may be seen
- You may also download all of Chapter 10
(about Tierra Del Fuego) at our web site: Darwin's "Voyage Of The Beagle" (87
Tierra del Fuego's Culture
FELIPE, THE SURVIVOR
He was The Last Of The Pure Yagan Men
(Felipe died of old age in May, 1977)
Photo by Peter Mulgrew, who died in an ANZ crash on Mt Erebus, 28 Nov.
Tierra Del Fuego's Yagan & Ona
Indian's Culture and Photos :
~A very large Photo of Felipe
~The last of the Yagan Women
~Some Yagan girls and words
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Please feel free to continue your
Virtual Tour of Tierra Del Fuego:
- There are many beautiful photos of the area a
little further ahead.
- You will find Tierra Del Fuego to be one of the
last places in
the world essentially free of air, water and land
- Maps of the area
You may experience the "ends of earth", Tierra Del Fuego,
with the awesome beauty of glaciers, fjords,
waterfalls and wildlife. During this astounding adventure
one also has the opportunity to see a rich flora and
different expressions of fauna such as: the world's
largest birds; condors and the albatross, giant petrels,
penguins, cormorants wild geese and ducks, large flightless
"steamer ducks", red headed woodpeckers, yellow winged
finch, kingfishers, seals, sea otters, orkas and
whales. You may see the Darwin Mountain area,Tierra Del
Fuego's highest mountain .
We will navigate glacial etched flat water canals and
Beautiful fjords outlined by exquisite dense forests.
You may get a close look at these imposing glacier regions,
mountains, and fjords by, foot, and rubber boat also providing
you with a rare glimpse at ancient Yagan Indian settlements.
The VICTORY at the
The Beagle Channel
during summer with
ice capped Andes mountains
- See large photos of The yacht VICTORY
anchored at the
Garibaldi Glaciers ~
the Beagle Channel (55K total)
Glaciers Tour, The
Tierra Del Fuego Fjords
along the Beagle Channel
and Cape Horn
CAPE HORN (55°50'S / 67°18'W)
"The classic aspect of Cape Horn is the
cliff face to the southern headland.
Well below its summit, the old
lighthouse I saw burning back in 1977,
still stands, but shines no more below
the clouds. On exposed rocks, a mile
offshore, the sea breaks heavily even on
a calm day, as the rollers coming in
from the Southern Ocean pile up on shelf
water, 75 miles away to the south-west."
(Skip Novak: 'Cape Horn cloaked in
On a calmer day, it is possible to go
onshore and explore the "Cabo De Hornos" island,
visit the Navy base and
see the Cape Horn Monument.
A certificate of "Rounding The Horn" available
for a small fee from the Navy in Puerto Williams. Cape
is the steep headland on Horn
part of TIERRA DEL FUEGO, in southern Chile.
It is the last point of South America extending into the DRAKE
PASSAGE, gateway to Antarctica which lies 600 miles farther
Cape of the ultimate challenge - many
destinies and catastrophes have taken
place here - symbol for the end of the
world. - visit to the island: Chilean
navy control post - passport stamps and
post - chapel - monument - wildlife -
deep tussock gras
CALETA MARTIAL (55°40'S /
We get a bit of rest - we can make a
beautiful long trekking along the coast
- Yamana Indians have lived here with
their open canoes: they had no clothing,
rowed in open canoes with an open fire
in the middle, the women dived for king
Crab, the coast was full of mussel
heaps, they ate the 'Pan dos Indios' -
we head up north again towards Puerto
Williams going around the East end of
DAY FIVE BAHIA SCOURFIELD (55°45'S /
- We may anchor at Bahia Scourfield,
Wollaston Group, and do some trekking to
an inland lake.
Early in the morning we can watch the
sea otters before we weigh anchor.
DAY SIX PUERTO TORO (55°05'S / 67°06'W)
Puerto Toro is the most southern
settlement of the world - 50 inhabitants
where one can deal 10 lbs of flour for a
couple of buckets full of King Crabs -
DAY SEVEN PUERTO WILLIAMS (54°56'S /
Sailing back to the yacht club at 'Seno Lauro',
the best natural harbor of this region.
(The wreck of the 'Micalvi' is our jetty and
provides at the same time all harbor
facilities: yacht club and shower) There are a
handful of boats tied off here, getting ready
for Antarctica or just coming down from the
- -On a calmer day, it is possible to go onshore and
explore the "Cabo De Hornos" island, visit the Navy base and
see the Cape Horn Monument.
-A certificate of "Rounding The Horn" available for a small
fee from the Navy in Puerto Williams.
Horn is the steep headland on Horn
Island, part of
TIERRA DEL FUEGO, in southern Chile.
This is the last point of South America extending into the DRAKE
PASSAGE, gateway to Antarctica which lies 600 miles farther
- Things to see in Puerto Williams:
- Martin Gusinde Museum-
- Omora botanical park-
- Teeth of
- Yamana Indians -
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Puerto Williams -> 70 miles to the North
The inhabitants, living chiefly upon shellfish, are
obliged constantly to change their place of residence; but
they return at intervals to the same spots, as is evident
from the piles of old shells, which must often amount to
many tons in freight. These heaps can be distinguished at a
long distance by the bright green color of certain plants,
which invariably grow on them.
Among these may be enumerated the wild celery and scurvy
grass, two very serviceable plants, the use of which has not
been discovered by the natives. The Fuegian wigwam
resembles, in size and dimensions, a haycock. It merely
consists of a few broken branches stuck in the ground, and
very imperfectly thatched on one side with a few tufts of
grass and rushes. The whole cannot be the work of an hour,
and it is only used for a few days.
Screen Savers - Desk Top Photos
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free quality images of
Tierra Del Fuego (88K),
"Sunrise on the Beagle Channel"
and nice screen saver images of:
The Yacht "Victory" and
"A Sunset on the Beagle Channel"
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