Cape Horn, Chile

Shaylyn Potter, Undersea Specialist, November 2019

  • Daily Expedition Reports
  • 18 Nov 2019

Cape Horn, Chile, 11/18/2019, National Geographic Orion

  • Aboard the National Geographic Orion
  • Patagonia

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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