Cape Horn and The Beagle Channel

Feb 06, 2020 - National Geographic Explorer

After having crossed the Drake Passage under very pleasant conditions, we began our day within sight of land, the first in nearly 600 nautical miles. This land was the tip of South America, Cape Horn, or Cabo de Hornos, the very same peril-wrought land responsible for hundreds of shipwrecks over the last two centuries. With fairly calm conditions and the occasional albatross soaring by, we were able to keep “The Horn” in sight off our port side as we made our way to the entrance to the Beagle Channel. 

Just as we began our expedition sailing the Beagle Channel, so did we conclude, with the glacially sculpted slopes clad in lush southern beech forest, making for a striking contrast and warm welcome after our time in Antarctica. Our destination, Ushuaia, on the northeastern shores of the channel, serves as the jumping off point for Antarctic adventures of all sorts. The rest of the day would be spent taking in the sights, watching wildlife, and preparing for the journey home, along with a farewell reception hosted by the captain—a fine time to reminisce about our time together on the White Continent.

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Doug Gualtieri


Doug’s passion for the natural world started at an early age in his home state of Michigan. He received two biology degrees from Central Michigan University, and later went on to get a master’s degree in conservation biology. His education led him to study a diverse range of natural sciences, with an emphasis on ecology, animal behavior, and migratory birds. Shortly after leaving the academic world, Doug migrated north to Alaska with his trusty Siberian husky, Koda. He began working as a naturalist in Denali National Park in 1999. For over seven years he has shared his love of Alaska and Denali’s six million acres with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic guests, as trip leader for the Denali Land Extension based at the North Face Lodge deep within the park.

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