During the night, we left the protection of the fjords to navigate around the Taitao Peninsula, a massive piece of land thinly connected to the continent. Rounding the south end, we found calm waters and were able to land on a sandy beach, with fantastic sunny weather and all the airs of a tropical paradise. Many of us embarked on a long and scenic hike to the Cabo Raper Lighthouse. Others explored the beach, and a few did Zodiac cruises in the fjord.
National Geographic Explorer
Waking in the protected harbor of San Juan de Salvamento, we began our operations for the day in true Patagonia weather: a bit cloudy with strong winds. We took our Zodiacs to the landing to visit the “Lighthouse at the End of the World.” After a winding hike through low southern beech trees, we crested the top and were treated to a view of the cliffs below and an ever-present fog hanging just above our heads. After lunch, we sailed back to pick up a few researchers we had dropped off in Isla de los Estados a few days prior. The conditions looked favorable, so we were able to make a short Zodiac cruise to see steep cliffs with nesting rockhopper penguins.