Cape Horn, Chile

Nov 18, 2019 - National Geographic Orion


Cape Horn is a small island at the southern tip of Tierra del Fuego. This notorious point marks the southernmost point of South America, a graveyard for many mariners of wooden sailing ships. “I am the albatross who awaits you at the end of the world,” wrote Sara Vial in 1992. Today the poem, written in a marble slab by the monument, that reveals the silhouette of a wandering albatross, honors all those fearless souls, that unsuccessfully tried to round the cape.

With a mix of anxiety and high expectations, the guests onboard National Geographic Orion woke up this morning, eager to put their feet onto this notorious place. With wind and swell in absolute perfect conditions, Zodiacs were launched, and the whole morning was spent in the footprints of those who did not make it.

Getting onto Cabo del Hornos, the end of the world, also marks our final time in Chilean Patagonia. This afternoon we checked out of Puerto Williams and are now checked into Argentina and headed towards Isla de los Estados, Staten Island, where new exciting exploration awaits us.

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About the Author

Andreas Madsen

Naturalist

Andreas was born in the village of Ebeltoft on the central east coast of Denmark and has spent his childhood years with the sea and open fields as neighbours. For a child of the North, fishing, bicycling, skiing, and hiking come along with your first steps and nature has always had a self-explanatory role in Andreas’ life. Between studies he left Denmark to travel and it was during his months in South America he discovered his curiosity and interest for geology. 

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Shaylyn Potter

Undersea Specialist

Shaylyn was born and raised in small-town Oregon, which she credits for her unwavering love and respect for the natural world. Her passion for the outdoors and exploration began at a young age, and she spent her childhood taking full advantage of what Oregon had to offer—waterskiing, snowboarding, hiking, and camping.

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