Victorious Adventures Presents: Welcome to Victory Adventure Travel, the world's most southern cruise agency. Expeditions to the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia, Cape Horn, Falklands & Tierra Del Fuego. On this virtual tour you'll see: Majestic mountains dipped in snow...Crystalline waterways...Dolphins, seals... Soaring Andes condors...Ice-blue Glaciers that shimmer like jewels...

Expeditions to the Antarctic Peninsula,
South Georgia, Patagonia,
Cape Horn, Falklands
& Tierra Del Fuego



A VIRTUAL TOUR OF
TIERRA DEL FUEGO


CONTENTS

 
 

Introductio Antarctic, Patagonia, Cape Horn, Tierra Del Fuego, South Georgia Expeditions, VICTORY ADVENTURE TRAVEL


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Photo of the "Victory"

Photo of Puerto Williams, Chile

The Yagan Canoe Indians of
Tierra Del Fuego

Photos of the last of the Yagan Indians,
ona
 Indian culture

New cruise routes for Cape Horn
and Beagle Channel

Maps of the area

Photo of Tierra Del Fuego glacier
and the Beagle Channel

Itinerary

Cape Horn Tour info

Beagle Channel Screen Saver

Tour of Tierra Del Fuego
(continued)
Tierra del Fuego is a 150 mile
long peninsula off the southern tip of South
America, separated from the mainland by the Strait
of Magellan.
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 sea.
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 Sarmi
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Introduction:
     
       
         
        • Sail by way of some of the world's narrowest and most spectacularly scenic waterways.  Your cruise in these extraordinary 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 sail boats. 

        • We also have voyages to Antarctica, South Georgia and to Cape Horn.


        • You may accompany us on these history packed voyages aboard the VICTORY and other specially built sailboats.

        • The VICTORY is an authentic exact replica of a William Garden design cargo schooner which combines the enchantment of a 19th century vessel with modern amenities.


        • She was fabricated of Native Chilean Cypress Wood in 1986. Two Zodiac type rubber boats are available for more extended explorations.


        • These excursions are by land and sea and mark the same course taken by Charles Darwin's ship the "Beagle."


        • The VICTORY is so similar a ship that it "starred" as the "BEAGLE" in a recent documentary recapturing 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 us as they come to meet the sea. This is the Darwin mountain range from which are disengaged huge gla100%" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center"> Montly Patagonian
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  • 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 excursions.


  • 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 Williams.


  • You may hike, camp, go trout fishing and have enticing barbecues of Patagonian lamb on the beach along the way.
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  • Current Weather in
    TIERRA DEL FUEGO

    It's very safe to travel and do business in Chile

    Travel Insurance

    Patagonian Environment
    News from China

    Quicktime Movies of
    the SV VICTORY
    sailing the Beagle Channel
    (1.2 MB and 800 KB)


    Other Important
    Southern Ocean pages
     
    Tour of Tierra Del  Fuego (104 KB)

    Patagonia

    Torres Del Paine


    The Voyage of the Beagle"
     Charles Darwin, chapter  10

    Photos of Puerto Williams

    Maps and info on 
    Patagonia, Tierra Del Fuego

    Pot Harbor


    Expedition photos
    Tierra Del Fuego

    Japanese ExpeditionVolier Harbor (255 KB)

    Japanese expedition to Garbaldi Fjord 

    Garibaldi Fjord

    More Patagonian Beauty

    Southwest branch of the Beagle Channel
    Beagle Channel

    Arqueology of Navarino Island (Spanish)

    Ukika Indian village

    Photo of Puerto WilliamsBeagle Channel

    Puerto Williams Plaza

    HMS BEAGLE drawings and plans

    Patagonian sea life, birds and animals



  • Private cabins are available and hot fresh water showers make the voyage even more enjoyable for a tour which is paced for all age groups.


  • You may participate in sailing, docking and anchoring during the cruise which includes 4 meals and beverages.



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    For larger photo of Puerto Williams and also of
    the trekking circuit of the peaks in background
    (60K) Photo by Peter Mulgrew
     

    Your tour begins in the
    Southernmost town
    in the world :
    Puerto Williams, Chile
    Latitude S 54 deg 56 min,
    Longitude W 67 deg 37 min

    Typical Tierra Del Fuego plants

    Patagonian Birds

    Tierra Del Fuego Historyand Information

    Yagan Indian's culture and photos


    Ona Indian's Culture and Photos


    Comments about Yagans in Spanish

    Cape Horn closeup

    Cape Horn info,square Rigger paintings

    Some Cape Horn History

    Cape Horn from a newsletter

    Magellan's chart of Cape Horn and info

    Southern Ocean Storm

    Cape Horn hoves into view unobscured by wind or wave

    Cape Horn Trip report

    Richard Dana on Cape Horn

    Some Cape Horn Graphics

    Images of Main Salon Deck Plan

    The VICTORY's Crew

    Sail plan, specifications and interior photos

    PHOTOS OF VICTORY

    Large Photo of VICTORY sailing the Beagle Channel

    Getting to Tierra Del Fuego via Santiago and Punta Arenas

    Getting to Tierra Del Fuego via Ushuaia, Argentina

    Chile Facts

    FAQ

    Kayaking


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    THE TIERRA DEL FUEGO INDIANS
     
     
     
     
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    Captain Fitzroy and the HMS Beagle

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    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."

            • A CRUISE SAILING THE HISTORIC
              ROUTE THAT DARWIN USED IN ORDER
              TO VISIT THE YAGAN INDIANS.

            • THE MURRAY CHANNEL HAS BEEN
              CLOSED UNTIL ONLY RECENTLY AND
              NOW OPEN 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 at: http://www.literature.org/Works/Charles-Darwin/voyage/

            • You may also download all of Chapter 10
              (about Tierra Del Fuego) at our web site:
              Darwin's "Voyage Of The Beagle" (87 KB)

    Tierra del Fuego's Culture




    FELIPE, THE SURVIVOR

    He was The Last Of The Pure Yagan Men

    (Felipe died of old age in May,


     

    The yacht "Victory," is an exact 75-foot schooner replica that combines the enchantment and excitement of a 19th century vessel with the luxury of modern amenities on board.

  • She will take you on history-crammed excursions by land and sea that mark the course taken by Charles Darwin's "Beagle." The VICTORY is so similar
  • a ship that it "starred" as the "BEAGLE" in a recent documentary recapturing Darwin's voyages.
    This amazing voyage is for true adventurers only. You could experience wind, cold, rain, snow and other unfavorable weather conditions whilst aboard. The bunks are narrow, rooms small with basic luxuries and  while the "Victory" is in a unique class of her own ... she is NOT the Queen Mary.


  • What do other Adventurers think?

    Victorious Adventures Presents: Welcome to Victory Adventure Travel, the world's most southern cruise agency. Expeditions to the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia, Cape Horn, Falklands & Tierra Del Fuego. On this virtual tour you'll see: Majestic mountains dipped in snow...Crystalline waterways...Dolphins, seals... Soaring Andes condors...Ice-blue Glaciers that shimmer like jewels...

    Expeditions to the Antarctic Peninsula,
    South Georgia, Patagonia,
    Cape Horn, Falklands
    & Tierra Del Fuego

    Tierra Del Fuego's Yagan & Ona
    Indian's Culture and Photos :
    (180K total)

    ~A very large Photo of Felipe
    ~The last of the Yagan Women
    ~Some Yagan girls and words

    Back to contents

     
     

    Please feel free to continue your
    Virtual Tour of Tierra Del Fuego:



    A VIRTUAL TOUR OF
    TIERRA DEL FUEGO


    CONTENTS

    Introduction

    Photo of the "Victory"

    Photo of Puerto Williams, Chile

    The Yagan Canoe Indians of
    Tierra Del Fuego

    Photos of the last of the Yagan Indians,
    ona
     Indian culture

    New cruise routes for Cape Horn
    and Beagle Channel

    Maps of the area

    Photo of Tierra Del Fuego glacier
    and the Beagle Channel

    Itinerary

    Cape Horn Tour info

    Beagle Channel Screen Saver

    Tour of Tierra Del Fuego
    (continued)


     
              • 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 pollution.

            • Maps of the area

     
     
     

    The VICTORY at the
    Garibaldi Glaciers

    Tierra del Fuego is a 150 mile
    long peninsula off the southern tip of South
    America, separated from the mainland by the Strait
    of Magellan.
    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 sea.
    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.).
     
    Introduction:
     
          • Sail by way of some of the world's narrowest and most spectacularly scenic waterways.  Your cruise in these extraordinary 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 sail boats. 

          • We also have voyages to Antarctica, South Georgia and to Cape Horn.


          • You may accompany us on these history packed voyages aboard the VICTORY and other specially built sailboats.

          • The VICTORY is an authentic exact replica of a William Garden design cargo schooner which combines the enchantment of a 19th century vessel with modern amenities.


          • She was fabricated of Native Chilean Cypress Wood in 1986. Two Zodiac type rubber boats are available for more extended explorations.


          • These excursions are by land and sea and mark the same course taken by Charles Darwin's ship the "Beagle."


          • The VICTORY is so similar a ship that it "starred" as the "BEAGLE" in a recent documentary recapturing 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 us as they come to meet the sea. This is the Darwin mountain range from which are disengaged huge gla0080" face="Arial" size="5">

    The Beagle Channel
    during summer with
    ice capped Andes mountains



  • 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 excursions.


  • 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 Williams.


  • You may hike, camp, go trout fishing and have enticing barbecues of Patagonian lamb on the beach along the way.


  • Private cabins are available and hot fresh water showers make the voyage even more enjoyable for a tour which is paced for all age groups.


  • You may participate in sailing, docking and anchoring during the cruise which includes 4 meals and beverages.



    • 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.

    • Our passengers say that the VICTORY is a very comfortable boat.
      However, it should be said that she is NOT the Queen Mary!
  • CLICK for larger images of the Yacht VICTORY

  • (67KB total)

  • Back to Contents



    For larger photo of Puerto Williams and also of
    the trekking circuit of the peaks in background
    (60K) Photo by Peter Mulgrew

    Your tour begins in the
    Southernmost town
    in the world :
    Puerto Williams, Chile
    Latitude S 54 deg 56 min,
    Longitude W 67 deg 37 min


    Back to Contents


    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 ">
            • See large photos of The yacht VICTORY
              anchored at the
              Garibaldi Glaciers ~
              the Beagle Channe
              l (55K total)

    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."

     
            • A CRUISE SAILING THE HISTORIC
              ROUTE THAT DARWIN USED IN ORDER
              TO VISIT THE YAGAN INDIANS.

            • THE MURRAY CHANNEL HAS BEEN
              CLOSED UNTIL ONLY RECENTLY AND
              NOW OPEN 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 at: http://www.literature.org/Works/Charles-Darwin/voyage/

    • You may also download all of Chapter 10
      (about Tierra Del Fuego) at our web site:
      Darwin's "Voyage Of The Beagle" (87 KB)

    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. 1979

    Tierra Del Fuego's Yagan & Ona
    Indian's Culture and Photos :
    (180K total)

    ~A very large Photo of Felipe
    ~The last of the Yagan Women
    ~Some Yagan girls and words

    Back to contents

    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 pollution.

            • Maps of the area

    The VICTORY at the
    Garibaldi Glaciers

    The Beagle Channel
    during summer with
    ice capped Andes mountains

            • See large photos of The yacht VICTORY
              anchored at the
              Garibaldi Glaciers ~
              the Beagle Channe
              l (55K total)

    Back to Contents

    Glaciers Tour, The
    Tierra Del Fuego Fjords
    along the Beagle Channel
    and Cape Horn

    Season: October 15 - May 15

       
         
           
             
            • Your reception is at the airport in the Puerto Williams on
              the island of Navarino.

            • You are transported to the Schooner VICTORY,
              moored at the yacht club. After lunch, you may
              help us hoist sails to make a course to Port
              Navarino, situated on the west end of the island.

              In this navigation of the Beagle Channel, you will
              find it possible to appreciate the beauty of the
              northern coast of Navarino island and the southern
              extreme of the island of Tierra del Fuego.

            • We sail past Mejillones harbor and Yagan Cemetary.
              It is a very old Yagan Indian settlement.

            • A great many small bays unite here with landscapes
              of unique beauty and we cruise within about 10 miles
              from the City of Ushuaia, Argentina.

            • During sailing you will have the opportunity to
              see different expressions of fauna such as:
              the world's largest birds, condors and albatross,
              giant petrels, also penguins, wild geese and
              ducks, large flightless "steamer ducks," seals,
              and occasionally whales and orcas (Killer Whales).

            • On arriving at Port Navarino, you may disembark
              and visit ancient Indian settlements, paddle,
              hike or fish for salmon and trout.

            • Early in the morning we weigh anchor to sail
              to Cape Horn by way of the Murray Channel.

            • After waiting for good weather, the sailing route to Cape Horn
              from Puerto Williams is by way of the Murray Channel to the
              historic site where Darwin and Fitzroy sailed at Wulaia. This is at
              the West side of Navaino island. From there we go south, stopping in Douglas
              Bay if, time permits, past the island of Milne Edwards taking
              advantage of the protection from the strong West winds.
              We hug the coast of the peninsula Pasteur, and the
              Peninsula Hardy on Hoste island where False Cape Horn lies.

              Whoever arrived from the Pacific Ocean had to overcome
              the danger represented by the "false Cabo de Hornos", as the
              Chileans who own the area, call it.

              This cape is sighted twenty miles ahead and, when surrounded
              by big breakers and foamy waves that sometimes carry powered
              snow along their crests, it may confuse the helmsman, some of
              whom have tragically choosen the wrong route.

            • In Port Maxwell, as everywhere in Tierra Del Fuego good
              anchoring is assured by tying off to some stout trees or
              rocks to anticipate a possible Williwaw!

              This is a natural phenomenon which exists in here and is
              a strong wind up to 100 knots that comes from a sudden
              difference in atmospheric pressure and can be a spectacle
              difficult to forget.
              (Don't worry, there has never been any accident involving
              tourists as, our native crew members are very well prepared)

            • From Port Maxwell anchor is weighed for a sail around the Horn

              from either the West or East depending on the wind at the
              time. 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 Horn is the steep headland on Horn Island, 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
              South.

            • Coming back from Cape Horn & arriving to the

              Northern entrance of the Murray Channel, sailing is then
              West. (We may make a short stop at Puerto Navarino) we
              cruise within about 10 miles of the City of Ushuaia,
              Argentina which you will see across the bay.

            • If weather conditions are not favorable to sail West to the

              Murry Channel from Puerto Williams, we take the
              following route to Cape Horn:

              PUERTO WILLIAMS (54°56'S /
              67°36'W)

              Sailing from 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: pub and shower) There are a
              handful of boats tied off here,
              getting ready for Antarctica or just
              coming down from the Chilean Channels -
              Yamana Indians - Martin Gusinde Museum -
              last shower at Micalvi.

              DAY 2 PUERTO TORO (55°05'S / 67°06'W)

              Laid back Puerto Williams - 1200
              inhabitants - high military presence but
              totally out of date - no private
              telephone lines - sailing the Beagle
              Channel - Puerto Toro: most southern
              settlement of the world - 50 inhabitants
              - dealing one bottle of whisky for a
              couple of buckets full of King Crabs -
              detailed weather analysis for the right
              moment to go to the Horn.

              DAY 3 BAHIA SCOURFIELD (55°45'S /
              67°20'W)

              Early in the morning we can watch the
              beavers - passing 'Isla Lennox' and
              'Isla Nueva' - at 'Isla Evout' we might
              sight some Albatross, since this island
              is an important breeding place for them
              - we anchor at Bahia Scourfield,
              Wollaston Group, and do some trekking to
              an inland lake.

              DAY 4 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
              mystery')

              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 grass.

              DAY 6 ROUNDING CAPE HORN

              This will most probably be a tough day,
              the sea is very rough, we get short
              waves, we get changing local winds, its
              cold and wet - we have to fight - last
              radio contact with navy patrol station
              at 'Cabo de Hornos', they will contact
              Puerto Williams and have our names
              registered: we have rounded Cape Horn -
              the sea is full of life: Commerso="#000080" face="Arial" size="5">

    Glaciers Tour, The
    Tierra Del Fuego Fjords
    along the Beagle Channel
    and Cape Horn

    Season: October 15 - May 15

            • Your reception is at the airport in the Puerto Williams on
              the island of Navarino.

            • You are transported to the Schooner VICTORY,
              moored at the yacht club. After lunch, you may
              help us hoist sails to make a course to Port
              Navarino, situated on the west end of the island.

              In this navigation of the Beagle Channel, you will
              find it possible to appreciate the beauty of the
              northern coast of Navarino island and the southern
              extreme of the island of Tierra del Fuego.

            • We sail past Mejillones harbor and Yagan Cemetary.
              It is a very old Yagan Indian settlement.

            • A great many small bays unite here with landscapes
              of unique beauty and we cruise within about 10 miles
              from the City of Ushuaia, Argentina.

            • During sailing you will have the opportunity to
              see different expressions of fauna such as:
              the world's largest birds, condors and albatross,
              giant petrels, also penguins, wild geese and
              ducks, large flightless "steamer ducks," seals,
              and occasionally whales and orcas (Killer Whales).

            • On arriving at Port Navarino, you may disembark
              and visit ancient Indian settlements, paddle,
              hike or fish for salmon and trout.

            • Early in the morning we weigh anchor to sail
              to Cape Horn by way of the Murray Channel.

            • After waiting for good weather, the sailing route to Cape Horn
              from Puerto Williams is by way of the Murray Channel to the
              historic site where Darwin and Fitzroy sailen- &
              Dusky Dolphins, Seals, Whales (Fin-,
              Sei-, Orca- ) - the air is full of life:
              Wandering Albatross, Condor, Giant
              Petrels, Wild Goose, Skuas.

              DAY 7 CALETA MARTIAL (55°40'S /
              67°25'W)

              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.

              DAY 7 PUERTO WILLIAMS (54°56'S /
              67°36'W)

              We fill up our tanks and might be lucky
              to get some fresh bread - we get our
              'zarpe', our permission to head west -
              if the weather allows, we continue west
              along the Beagle Channel to the place where
              the Beagle Channel divides
              into two branches
              to the picturesque South Seas type refuge,
              Pot harbor (Caleta Holla).

              [The 15 day combination tour goes directly to the glaciers
              and Fjords of Tierra Del Fuego after Cape Horn]

              d at Wulaia. This is at
              the West side of Navaino island. From there we go south, stopping in Douglas
              Bay if, time permits, past the island of Milne Edwards taking
              advantage of the protection from the strong West winds.
              We hug the coast of the peninsula Pasteur, and the
              Peninsula Hardy on Hoste island where False Cape Horn lies.

              Whoever arrived from the Pacific Ocean had to overcome
              the danger represented by the "false Cabo de Hornos", as the
              Chileans who own the area, call it.

              This cape is sighted twenty miles ahead and, when surrounded
              by big breakers and foamy waves that sometimes carry powered
              snow along their crests, it may confuse the helmsman, some of
              whom have tragically choosen the wrong route.

            • In Port Maxwell, as everywhere in Tierra Del Fuego good
              anchoring is assured by tying off to some stout trees or
              rocks to anticipate a possible Williwaw!

              This is a natural phenomenon which exists in here and is
              a strong wind up to 100 knots that comes from a sudden
              difference in atmospheric pressure and can be a spectacle
              difficult to forget.
              (Don't worry, there has never been any accident involving
              tourists as, our native crew members are very well prepared)

            • From Port Maxwell anchor is weighed for a sail around the Horn

              from either the West or East depending on the wind at the
              time. 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 Horn is the steep headland on Horn Island, 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
              South.

            • Coming back from Cape Horn & arriving to the

              Northern entrance of the Murray Channel, sailing is then
              West. (We may make a short stop at Puerto Navarino) we
              cruise within about 10 miles of the City of Ushuaia,
              Argentina which you will see across the bay.

            • If weather conditions are not favorable to sail West to the

              Murry Channel from Puerto Williams, we take the
              following route to Cape Horn:

              PUERTO WILLIAMS (54&de
            • Caleta Holla is located at the foot of the
              Holland glacier on the Island of Tierra Del Fuego.

            • We sail early again towards the West, to the Marvelous
              Pia fjord and Glaciers.
              We will navigate, continuing always westerly along the
              Beagle Channel past the islands of Gordon,

            • We weigh anchor very early again to navigate along the
              northwest arm of the Beagle Channel to Garibaldi fjord.
              During this trajectory we pass Mount Darwin and one
              may appreciate a succession of glaciers located along
              the Beagle Channel at close range.

            • These glaciers are named France, Italy, Germany, and Romanche.

            • After Garibaldi, we sail south to the newly opened Southwest
              branch of the Beagle channel


            • See http://www.victory-cruises.com/southwest_branch.html


            • We then head back to Puerto Williams stopping at some out of

              the way coves to stay overnight on the way back.

            • You may visit the Puerto Williams Yagan Indian museum
              to see Indian artifacts and visit other points of interest.
              You will have an early farewell lunch and then make your
              final disembarkation from the "Victory" in order
              to be transported to the airport for your return to
              Punta Arenas and an optional tour of Torres Del Paine.

            • If time and weather permit, we will see even more
              out of the way coves, lakes, forests and streams
              that are not on the itinerary.



    CAPE HORN

    Puerto Williams -> 70 miles to the North

    Closer look at Cape Horn & Albatross sculpture
    DARWIN ON THE YAGAN INDIAN SETTLEMENTS

            • 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.

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    Dear Captain Ben,

    What an adventure! Not only did we 'round the Horn, we doubled it, didn't we!

    Although we were bucking through some hefty waves with the wind moaning and the rain blowing sideways, wild horses could not have dragged any of us off the deck.

    The Victory did you proud, sailing through flying sea foam like the splendid Cape Horner she is.

     Cape Horn is one of the most dramatic places in the world.

    I heartily recommend this voyage to anyone who is compelled to go on a pilgrimage to the ends of the earth



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