Battling the Elements -Cape Horn & Wulaia Bay

Trip Start Nov 07, 2012
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Trip End Nov 20, 2012


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Via Australis

Flag of Chile  , Magallanes,
Saturday, November 10, 2012

The Via Australis was a wonderful ship which carried up to 136 passengers, although this voyage was not full.  The cabins were large (161 square feet) with large picture windows to view the scenery we sailed through.  The meals aboard ship were excellent and we also had an open bar available to us.  You can't get much better than this!

On our first day we sailed through the Beagle and Murray channels as we made our way to Cape Horn, a rocky promontory rising nearly 1,400 feet above the water.  We were able to go ashore by zodiac and were able to visit Cape Horn National Park where we surveyed the seascape where the Atlantic and Pacific oceans meet.  We were also greeted with fierce winds and sleet even though the pictures don't really convey this.    At times it was difficult to maintain our balance walking along the boardwalk to the monument and then to the light house.  But we made it.  This was really the only "bad weather" we confronted .We can now cross that off our "bucket list".  This was actually the fiercest weather we encountered and amazingly it wasn't that cold!

Later in the afternoon we disembarked in historic Wulaia Bay, once the site of the region's largest native settlements.  The Yamana or Yaghan people used to live around the Beagle Channel.  This area is also renowned for its distinctive vegetation and the beauty of its landscapes--which ma explain why Charles Darwin chose it as a landing point during his famous voyage on the Beagle.
We hiked through a forest and shoreline of native vegetation.  Scenic...but definitely not our favorite stop on the cruise.
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