Every day during my Antarctic Circle expedition started with a delightful breakfast aboard the MH Minerva. After getting stuffed and then changing into my “landing” clothes, I went downstairs to Basecamp, located on the third floor to board the zodiacs. By 8:30 am we were cruising through the frigid … [Read more...] about My landing at Horseshoe Island
Southern Patagonia, and especially the Andes mountain range, has an extremely changeable and unstable climate. Within hours, you can feel intense heat when the sun shines directly on you and in minutes you can be under intense rain, with very low temperatures and strong winds. This makes it very … [Read more...] about How to Pack & Dress for Tierra del Fuego
Co-owner Quixote Expeditions & Polar Citizen Science Collective Chair of the Board of Trustees We are lucky to have interesting friends in the world of Antarctic travel, and Laura Smith is definitely one of those people. Laura co-owns Quixote Expeditions with her husband Federico, where they … [Read more...] about Spotlight: Laura Smith & the Polar Citizen Science Collective
One of the things that I like most about my job is having the opportunity to meet interesting people from around the world. I'm lucky enough that some of these people have become close friends. This is one of those cases. I met Federico a six years ago at a "Thanksgiving " dinner here in Ushuaia, … [Read more...] about Sailing to Antarctica: An Interview with Federico Guerrero
Are you planning to visit the southernmost city in the world during wintertime? Here you will find the Top 10 winter activities to enjoy Ushuaia. Whether you are spending only one day in Ushuaia, or you have an entire week, you can choose from our recommended activities according to your … [Read more...] about Top 10 Winter Activities in Ushuaia
South Georgia is a geographically unprotected island in the middle of the Southern Ocean, swells are large and thus weather heavily impacts landings. If you plan to join a longer voyage that not only takes you to Antarctica, but also allows you to visit this marvel, you may be wondering what are … [Read more...] about Potential Landing Sites in South Georgia
Wondering exactly where you go when you join an Antarctica expedition? Although explorers in the past had a plan A in mind, they were prepared to change course because they knew they were going to unexplored places on Earth. In the same spirit today, traveling as a polar explorer on expeditions to … [Read more...] about Potential Landing sites in Antarctica & The South Shetlands
In the extreme south-east of Argentina, in the Tierra del Fuego Province, where the American continent ends and the Andes mountains touch the sea, Peninsula Mitre is one of the few places that have resisted the advance of humanity, keeping its landscapes largely unchanged and pristine. … [Read more...] about Mitre Peninsula, where landscapes are unchanged & pristine
There are 6 species of seals (or pinnipeds!) in Antarctica and the Sub-Antarctic islands: they forage and breed in these areas where there is abundance of food! Terrestrial or Ice breeding species? The Antarctic Fur Seal and the Southern Elephant Seal breed on land while the Weddell Seal, the … [Read more...] about Antarctica Seals: species & adaptations to the cold!
Spitsbergen is the largest island in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. This pristine island is known as the land of the midnight sun, the wildlife capital of the Arctic and the land of the polar bear! This is a popular destination for intrepid travelers in search of an adventure to witness … [Read more...] about Spitsbergen: The Wildlife Capital of The Arctic
Always dreaming about Antarctica, but it's too expensive, or you don't have enough time to get on a ship for 11 days? We have a similar place in Patagonia, near Ushuaia, in the Cordillera Darwin, where you will see scenery similar to Antarctica. The Cordillera Darwin, located in Chile, is an … [Read more...] about Darwin Range: the Patagonian Antarctica
This is a question we get from many travelers every season. Is it worth spending 18-20 days on an expedition ship, and spend the extra money to see this remote island? What is so great about it? In order to understand this question and make your own conclusion about South … [Read more...] about Is South Georgia Worth the Visit?
If you are looking for a non-conventional way to visit the Antarctic Peninsula, full of adventure activities and unique experiences, Basecamp Antarctica could be a good choice for you. From a night camping on the ice surrounded by penguins, to strapping on crampons and climbing a snowy peak, to … [Read more...] about BaseCamp Antarctica: An Adventurer’s Voyage
This elegant penguin species is the largest of them all, and it is sometimes confused with the King Penguin because of their similar appearance. Emperors are also the hardest penguin species to encounter, as they live inland from the coast in the mostly icy, inaccessible Weddell Sea region. Emperor … [Read more...] about Emperor penguins on the White Continent
If you are thinking about joining an Arctic expedition, you may be wondering where you should go and what the options are. The Arctic spans one–sixth of the area of the Earth, featuring some of the most wild, untamed and majestic landscapes. The most popular destinations for Arctic expeditions … [Read more...] about Arctic destinations: what are the options?
Every summer more and more adventurers visit the marvelous places Patagonia has to offer. Torres del Paine National Park in Chile and Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina are often at the top of their list when they plan their trekking destinations. Nevertheless, very few travelers have had the … [Read more...] about Exploring the Chilean Fjords
What’s excluded in an Antarctica Expedition? You have been thinking about joining an Antarctica voyage for a while, but are curious of what exactly is extra, or additional to the rate you are paying? We are happy to explain these below! Remember that there are different ships going down to … [Read more...] about What’s excluded in an Antarctica Expedition?
WHAT TO DO WHILE IN PATAGONIA? EL CHALTÉN, SANTA CRUZ – ARGENTINA El Chaltén is a small town located within Los Glaciares National Park in the province of Santa Cruz. It is a popular destination for climbers and hikers from all around the world. Its many trails lead you to fantastic views of … [Read more...] about WHAT TO DO WHILE IN PATAGONIA? – El Chaltén
Our lovely expedition leader welcomed the day with her enthusiastic morning call at 7:00am through the PA system informing us about weather conditions outside: Temperature: 1ºC, Wind: 29 knots. A little windy, but still safe to make our first landing. Even though it was cozy and warm in the cabin, … [Read more...] about What is a day like in Antarctica?
They say that you can have a “Drake Lake” or a “Drake Shake”, but either way you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy from the different activities and presentations your expedition team will offer you while crossing this mythic passage. Right after breakfast, our expedition photographer invited us to … [Read more...] about What is a day like in the Drake Passage?
Planning to visit Patagonia along with your Antarctica expedition? One of the most important details to have in mind if you want to enjoy this experience to the fullest is how to dress and what to pack – without packing too much! Weather changes all the time (just like in Antarctica), so you do not … [Read more...] about What to pack when traveling to Patagonia
If you want to expand your knowledge about the history of Tierra del Fuego, here are two museums you can visit in the city of Ushuaia: Museo Marítimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia You’ll have the chance to visit the old jail of Ushuaia, learn about the life, work, privileges and punishments of the … [Read more...] about Two Museums of Ushuaia you shouldn’t miss!
After traveling thousands of kilometers to get to Tierra del Fuego, you must be ready to eat! Fear not, Ushuaia has a great variety of delicious offerings. From empanadas and pizza, to delicious seafood, tender steaks and Patagonian lamb, you’ll find a varied menu in the capital city. Take a look … [Read more...] about Gastro Tour: Where to Eat in Ushuaia
If you only have two days to spend in Tierra del Fuego, these are the “must do” activities during your stay! VISIT THE STUNNING TIERRA DEL FUEGO NATIONAL PARK TDF National park is about 20 kilometers away from the city center of Ushuaia. If you plan to spend the whole day there and enjoy from … [Read more...] about 48 Hours in Ushuaia: What to do?
If you are planning to embark in an amazing polar expedition, one of the most important things to have ready for the adventure is the necessary documentation to travel. When you are traveling internationally, a passport is essential! Make sure your passport is valid not only for the duration of your … [Read more...] about Do you need a visa to travel to Antarctica?
For those looking for longer hikes around Ushuaia, Laguna del Caminante is the perfect option to combine hiking and camping during the austral summer. It is highly recommended that you start early in the morning to guarantee you’ll arrive at Laguna del Caminante before the sun sets, and get your … [Read more...] about Sheep Pass: Laguna del Caminante – What to pack?
If you have come this far, you don’t want to miss visiting Tierra del Fuego National Park, just about 20 km away from the city center of Ushuaia. Although the most common way to get there is by taking a half-day guided tour, you have the possibility of visiting it on your own by taking a shuttle bus … [Read more...] about What to do at Tierra del Fuego National Park
Three hikes to Enjoy the Fall Colors in Ushuaia In March, here in Ushuaia, we welcome the colorful season of autumn. As leaves start to turn golden and temperatures lower, nature marvels both visitors and locals alike. Autumn is a perfect time to go outdoors and enjoy the many half-day or full … [Read more...] about Three hikes to Enjoy the Fall Colors in Ushuaia
It was the raviolis that broke me. “If I have to throw up, where should I do that?” I asked Andy, one of the three crew members aboard our 19-day sailing expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula. Nonplussed, he pointed outside. I nodded, but didn’t get up. It seemed unlikely that I’d be able to … [Read more...] about Transitioning to Antarctica: What It’s Like to Sail the Drake
As protected terrain, Antarctica remains largely untouched by humans. Yet the coldest, driest, southernmost continent still boasts a population of a few thousand, depending on the time of the year. Scientific researchers and base staffers occupy small settlements both winter and summer alike. If … [Read more...] about Antarctica Bases to Know!
Punta Arenas, Chile, a port city in the Magallanes region of Chilean Patagonia, is the second most important access point to Antarctica in South America. Antarctica voyages depart here to the South Shetland Islands via charter flight. A colorful town along the coast, Punta Arenas is the perfect … [Read more...] about 24 Hours in Punta Arenas
As the last unpopulated continent, Antarctica is a land of great mystique. Tales of epic adventures and misguided expeditions fuel a romanticized vision of the world’s southernmost terrain. For the bold travelers headed there, reading up about the history of Antarctic exploration will contextualize … [Read more...] about 8 books to read before your trip to Antarctica!
You’re about to embark on the adventure of the lifetime, but you have some time to kill before you get on the ship to Antarctica. Luckily, Ushuaia is full of incredible hikes, delicious food, and fun activities for travelers of all ages and budgets. TAKE A HIKE The mountains surrounding … [Read more...] about 24 Hours in Ushuaia
Antarctica is the world’s last great wilderness. The white continent’s unique geography and fauna are novel for even the most experienced traveler, which is why the remote region attracts over 30,000 visitors a year. Such a singular ecosystem requires careful preservation in order to be … [Read more...] about Freestyle gives “1% for the Planet.” What does that mean?
A Day in the Life Your Expedition Leader will wake you up in the morning, coordinate navigation details with the bridge and meal times with the hotel manager, plan shore activities with the Expedition Team…In brief, you will see the EL run up and down the ship, drive zodiacs, welcome … [Read more...] about A Day in the Life of an Expedition Leader
Exploration at the end of the world... Now, more than 100 years after the first person reached the South Pole, modern day explorers continue to push the limits of human resilience and endurance with new Antarctic exploration challenges. Some expeditions are solo, some are on skis, some employ … [Read more...] about Over 100 Years of Antarctic Exploration
Summer has come to a close in the Southern hemisphere and autumn is beginning to color Southern Patagonia with its reds, oranges, and yellows.Meanwhile, in the Northern hemisphere, spring is in full bloom. But what about Antarctica? Does the White Continent have seasons? The earth’s tilt is … [Read more...] about Antarctic Seasons
Is Antarctica worth it? 5 questions probably on your mind Guest blog written by Meghan Advent Committing to an Antarctic adventure is no joke. No matter how you slice it, it’s more expensive than most other travels. You could literally spend months in certain places throughout Asia, Africa or … [Read more...] about Committing To An Antarctica Adventure Is No Joke
There are lots of excursions in Ushuaia to choose from, and I’m going to write the next few blog posts about activities here at the “End of the World” to give you an idea of what’s out there. My first outing was a small boat excursion out into the Beagle Channel that takes you to four … [Read more...] about Beagle Channel Boat Tour
We sat down with Laura Smith, the co-owner with husband Federico, of Quixote Expeditions and sailboat “The Ocean Tramp.” We got a firsthand look at the boat and were able to ask her a few questions about sailing south. Afterward she gave a great tour of Ocean Tramp and showed us how everything works … [Read more...] about What’s it like to travel to Antarctica by cruise ship versus sailboat?
This is a question we frequently receive from travelers. After all, you are going to the coldest, highest, driest, windiest place on the planet, right? Fear not, packing to travel to the Antarctic Peninsula and surrounding areas is not as daunting as you might think. When packing for … [Read more...] about How do I pack for Antarctica?
Now, more than 100 years after the first person reached the South Pole, modern day explorers continue to push the limits of human resilience and endurance with new Antarctic exploration challenges. Some expeditions are solo, some are on skis, some employ bicycles, but all require incredible physical … [Read more...] about Modern Antarctic Explorers
In addition to penguins and seals, Antarctica is home to research stations and bases belonging to 29 countries. Some of the bases are open year-round, while others are just open during the summer months (usually from October-March). Many of the first bases were established by nations nearby to the … [Read more...] about People on Antarctica? Learn about some Antarctic bases!
The Southern Ocean is vitally important in the entire Antarctic food web, and at the base of this web are two tiny players: phytoplankton and the krill that eat it. Krill are 85 or so species of small shrimp-like crustaceans (order Eucarida), the most abundant being the Antarctic krill (Euphausia … [Read more...] about Krill: the Building Blocks of Antarctica
Camping in Antarctica? Who would want to do that? Camping in Antarctica? Wow, that sounds incredible! We get varied reactions to the option of camping on the Antarctica Peninsula during ‘Classic’ voyages. The reality is, camping on the Antarctic continent appeals to a certain sort of traveler and … [Read more...] about Camping in Antarctica
The first ships are already arriving here in Ushuaia and passengers from all over the world are setting sail for the White Continent. So the most common question I get from travelers this time of year: what´s the weather like down there? Weather in Antarctica is hard to predict, as it … [Read more...] about Early Summer on the Antarctic Peninsula: What to Expect
If you are thinking about Antarctica as your next destination, you will find that the options are varied, and there are different kinds of trips in many different types of vessels: a luxury ship, with a 5 star hotel and fancy restaurants, an ex-Russian icebreaker, or a small sailing boat for those … [Read more...] about Ernest Shackleton: Epic Antarctic Explorer
“Do polar bears live in Antarctica?” No. This is one of the most common misconceptions about Antarctica, and a frequently asked question we get from passengers. While there are no large bears on the White Continent, there are a variety of whales and seals who call Antarctica home, at least for a … [Read more...] about Mammals in Antarctica: Seals