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Franz Josef Land es un archipielago conformado por 191 islas cubiertas de hielo y pertenece a Rusia. Pero luego de la caida de Union Sovietica, el gobierno ruso esta tratando de ser mas permisivos ya que esta permitiendo el ingreso de cientificos e historiadores. Asi, los 148 huespedes de este reconocido buque de expedicion fueron los pocos afortunados que pudieron disfrutar de las islas ubicadas en pleno Glacial Artico muy cerca del Polo Norte.
We cruise up the expansive estuary, a maze of channels and islands, hoping to view the rarely observed Franciscana, or La Plata dolphin, as well as the local and rare Olrog’s gull. Enjoy the ship’s amenities: have a massage, work out in the gym, savor time in the library, and listen to talks by the staff on photography and the marine environment of the Patagonia Shelf. A UNESCO Site, Peninsula Valdes is a wildlife haven where endangered southern right whales come to mate and calve their young.
Leaving the whales behind, we journey further into the peninsula, stopping to look at guanacos (a wild relative of the llama), maras, armadillos, and a Magellanic penguin colony. For a small port village isolated along a rugged coast, Puerto Deseado has a distinctive maritime history. The remote Argentine coast has been visited by countless expeditions through history, including Charles Darwin aboard HMS Beagle. One of the highlights of the day is a stop at Isla Magdalena to watch the amusing Magellanic penguins (also called jackass penguins for their characteristic bray) at their nesting sites, poking their heads out of their burrows. One of Patagonia’s crowned jewels, Tierra del Fuego is a beautiful island known as the ‘Land of Fire’ at its most southern tip — home to remarkable wildlife. After sailing through the famous White Narrows yesterday, we arrive at Puerto Natales to begin our three-hour drive through Chilean Patagonia to the monumental Torres del Paine National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere World Reserve. We have another opportunity to explore the Chilean Fjords’ myriad islands and maze of channels.
Our transit of the scenic Beagle Channel takes us through protected waters in view of the snow-covered peaks of the Cordillera Darwin, which makes up the Western Peninsula of Tierra del Fuego. Our focus today is on Yendegaia, a stunning piece of wild nature that stretches more than 95,000 acres.
Today we round the southernmost tip of the continent, named in 1616 by Dutch navigator Willem Schouten. Disembark in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, with time to explore before our private LAN charter flight to Buenos Aires. Meals: Served in single seatings with unassigned tables for an informal atmosphere and easy mingling. Cabins: All cabins face outside with windows or portholes, private facilities and climate controls.
Special Features: A full-time doctor, Undersea Specialist, LEX Photo Specialist and Video Chronicler, Internet Cafe and laundry.
Wellness: The vessel is staffed by two Wellness Specialists and features a glass enclosed Fitness Center, outdoor stretching area, two LEXspa treatment rooms and Sauna.
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From life inside North Korea to gang life on the streets of America, from ancient mysteries to cutting-edge science - join Explorer for a riveting journey to the front lines and hear the story from the inside. Es uno de esos lugares muy dificiles de llegar ya sea por la ubicacion extrema como por las restricciones de acceso que habia de parte del gobierno de ex-Union Sovietica.
El buque quedo por 5 dias por la zona explorando a este remoto archipielago muy particular, visitando lugares de interes historico y tambien disfrutando de la fauna de la zona viendo los osos polares y morsas. Never precisely defined, it stretches south from the Rio Colorado and eastern part of the Rio Bio-Bio to the tip of the continent. Contact our reservations team for suggestions of other departures or view similar small ship cruising options here. Head to the Bridge to watch for marine life, and gather in the lounge for presentations from our staff. From this port city, set on the edge of vast grasslands called the pampas, we venture into the countryside flanked by the mountain range of Sierra de la Ventana.
October is the peak of the migration season, and at this time of year the cows and newborn calves can be seen, often in water as shallow as 15 feet. Even the familiar form of penguins seems so out of place here in this strange and exotic peninsula. Today we visit a private estancia (ranch), which has been in the hands of the Soriano family for 50 years. First discovered by Magellan in 1520, other explorers followed including Sir Frances Drake, Thomas Cavendish and Charles Darwin.
The southern coast has sandy beaches and impressive geological formations with dramatic arches and caves, perfect for exploring. Begin at Cerro de la Cruz for panoramic views of the Strait of Magellan then travel the main plazas, stopping at two unique museums: the Maggiorino Borgatello Museum, with its natural history exhibits, and the Braun Menendez Museum, an opulent mansion testifying to the wealth and power of sheep farmers in the 1800s. These penguins form lifelong partnerships and divide their chores equally: every morning and afternoon, the penguin couples change shifts — one heads out to fish, the other returns from fishing to take care of their young. Our destination is the newest and largest protected area on Tierra del Fuego: Karukinka Natural Park. The protected fjords and inlets of the honeycombed Chilean coastline are home to dolphins, whales, seals, and Magellanic penguins, with awesome views of the Cordillera Darwin as a bonus. The landscape is big, wide and sprawling, with miles of grazing land, snow-capped mountains and razor-backed ridges. Andean condors soar overhead, while humpback whales, Peale’s and the rare Chilean dolphins utilize the productive marine waters. We’ve received special permission to explore here from friends and wilderness advocates Kris and Doug Tompkins, who first saw its outstanding conservation potential in 1998 and worked to preserve it. He called the cape “Hoorn” after his birthplace while he was searching for a trade route to the Orient. It is a fully stabilized, ice-class vessel, enabling it to navigate polar passages while providing exceptional comfort.
While Blake was working in Congo in 1990, an orphaned gorilla named Sid captured his heart."In 1990, Howletts Zoo sent me to the Brazzaville Gorilla Orphanage to cover for the manager during his annual holiday. The National Geographic Society publications include National Geographic, The National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Kids and National Geographic Traveler magazines. Interactive features are presented throughout core content sections: Travel & Cultures, Science & Space, Adventure, Animals, History, Music, the Environment and Kids. It helps people find advertising opportunities with magazine publishers in 148 consumer markets. Our exploration here includes a look at total Patagonia—from the pampas of Argentina to the fjords, lakes and glaciers of Chile—along with unforgettable highlights and wilderness of epic proportion.Explore the must-see places, like Tierra del Fuego, Torres del Paine National Park and the marine-rich Valdes Peninsula, along with some of the region’s newest parks and reserves where we have special access.
Visit the Parque Provincial Ernesto Tornquist, which preserves a wide range of species native to the pampas.
When you come to Peninsula Valdes you must have a keen eye and an open mind, as things aren’t always as you imagine they should be. With 210,000 acres, the estancia still operates as a sheep ranch and also as a nature reserve.
We see a remnant of the port’s past at the local museum, where remains of the Swift, a British war ship sunk in 1770, is displayed.
Weather permitting, we may cruise along one of Argentina’s newest national parks, Monte Leon, which protects the coast, marine waters and inland. When this changing of the guard begins, the penguins politely line up and waddle to and from the sea.
Since 2004, it has been owned and managed by the Wildlife Conservation Society, who we’ve been in conversation with and are thrilled to have been offered permission to explore their park.


You’ll see gigantic glaciers and snowcapped peaks, thousands of islands covered with vegetation, lakes and waterfalls and come to appreciate (in the words of Herman Melville) “all the attending marvels of a thousand Patagonia sights and sounds.” Our Captain and Expedition Leader will constantly be on the lookout for memorable places to explore by ship, Zodiac and kayak. Look for Andean condors, flamingos and rheas, the flightless birds that are cousins of the emu and the ostrich.
A former cattle ranch on Tierra del Fuego, it boasts southern beech forests, expansive grasslands, mountains and wild rivers. Weather permitting, take Zodiacs ashore for a panoramic view from the southernmost tip of South America, and visit the family manning the weather station on top of the island. The orphanage was part of a project to reduce the trade in orphaned gorillas and return orphans to the wild. Unlike most whales species, which lift their tail flukes temporarily out of the water to make a dive, these right whales choose instead to hover vertically with their heads and bodies underwater, lifting their massive flukes high above the sea to catch the wind. Fifty miles of its coastline is included in Argentina’s Marine National Park Austral Patagonia, and most of the vegetation and wildlife of the Patagonia steppe lives on the property.
Deseado is actually a submerged estuary designated Reserva Natural Ria Deseado by the Argentine government. Spanning 1,160 square miles, this protected area is a bountiful reserve of sub-Antarctic woodlands, peat bogs, windswept steppes and snow-covered mountain ranges. It is hard to imagine that the park could top the drive, but the Torres del Paine are an amazing sight, a cluster of jagged granite mountains topped with a thick layer of dark slate.
Myriad fjords or senos indent the coast of Tierra del Fuego along the western Strait of Magellan: Seno Angostini, Seno Martinez, Seno Chico to name a few. An Undersea Specialist operates a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and sophisticated video equipment, extending access to the underwater world. One day I was playing with the baby gorillas when who should walk down the path but Eugene Linden, who explained that he was on assignment for National Geographic, covering a story about the relationships between great apes and humans. By special permission, we’ll explore Tierra del Fuego’s newest and largest reserve, Karukinka. Over 100 species of birds are found in the area, officially declared an Area of Importance for the Conservation of Birds.
We board small boats to view the steep cliffs and visit colonies of four species of breeding shags and other seabirds, including the only rockhopper penguin colony in Patagonia.
Karukinka is a showcase for the unique wildlife of Patagonia, sheltering guanaco, the endangered culpeo fox, the Andean condor and more. The park is one of the most spectacular and wildlife-rich areas in the Americas, covering about 450,000 acres of glaciers, mountains, forests, rolling hills and grasslands, colorful lakes, rivers and lagoons, and we explore and hike in the company of our Naturalists and local guides. Many are punctuated with tidewater glaciers at the end and we will cruise deep into one of the senos to explore by Zodiac and kayak. He asked if we could talk about the project, and if his friend, Michael 'Nick' Nichols, could take some photos of the gorillas and the project."For the next couple of days, Gene and Nick documented the project, including going to the little forest in the Brazzaville Zoo that we used to reconnect the stressed, frightened little gorillas to the woods. View the migration of southern right whales on Peninsula Valdes at the height of the breeding season. Dolphins often escort the boats and we hope to spot the distinctive black and white Commerson’s dolphin. For me the star of the gorilla group was a little male called Sid."When I first knew Sid, he was a fun-loving ball of energy. However, when Mark had rescued him, Sid was close to death—a terrified bundle of skin and bones, with dysentery, machete and shotgun wounds over his body, as well as deep 'string burns' cut into his groin from being tied up by his captors.
Hike the trails of Torres del Paine, the renowned reserve that guards the most magical of Patagonia’s scenic treasures. However, Mark, his wife, and their work partner, Helen, did a wonderful job of showering Sid with love and kindness, which transformed Sid into a fun-loving, energetic ball of fluff."During the three days with Gene and Nick, Sid tried everything he could to terrorize both writer and photographer and destroy every photo opportunity he possibly could. This involved jumping on Nick's head, stealing his camera and climbing up trees with it, nipping Gene's calves, and jumping out of the trees onto any head he could find, all while laughing his head off in that full-on 110 percent delight that only the young can attain. Sid used to love being carried on our shoulders, and as I hoisted him up and he began giggling and playing, for once Nick was unencumbered by hairy arms and chewing teeth and managed to click off a few frames."This photo is one of my all-time favorites of Nick Nichols's work. I don't care that he has captured some of the most spectacular wildlife photos ever taken; there is something perfect about this moment—little Sid, delighted to be on my shoulders, pulling on my head as if trying to yank it off, his little mouth beginning to curl into a huge belly laugh as I tickle his feet with my thumbs.



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