Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Puerto Madryn is a small city (~95,000 people, actually quite large by New Zealand standards!) at the very top of Argentinian Patagonia. It’s a hub for people visiting the Valdés Peninsula for wildlife, Punta Tombo for penguins and dolphins, Punta Loma for seals, and Gaiman for Welsh heritage. None of which I did. Which I’ll…

Stanley, Falkland Islands

One of the more remote places in the world, 480km off the east coast of South America, the Falkland Islands are about the same size as Wales or Connecticut but home to less than 4,000 people. The vast majority live in Stanley, the main (only) settlement of size on the islands, which is basically a…

Cape Horn to Antarctica

After 36 hours of literally going in circles to wait out some inclement weather (9m swells and 70mph winds) we finally set sail from the relative shelter of Tierra del Fuego for Antarctica. First we had to round the infamous Cape Horn, which looked quite terrifying even from a reasonably sizeable cruise ship in calm…

Ushuaia, Argentina

The most southernly city in the world, Ushuaia is the gateway to the Antarctica, with around 90% of visitors to the bottom of the planet leaving from here. The other 10% leave from Punta Arenas, Christchurch, Hobart or Cape Town, all further away. I spent a couple of days here two years ago so had…

Glacier Alley, Beagle Channel

Glacier Alley is an appropriately named part of the Beagle Channel (at the bottom tip of South America), home to six rather sizable glaciers in the space of an hour and a half of cruising along the channel. The glaciers are all named (in Spanish) after countries, and starting from the west are the Espana…

Chilean street art

I didn’t just find street art in Santiago, but in almost every place I visited along the Chilean coast, adding colour and interest. Even the drabbest of places, and Puerto Montt clearly had had better times, are improved by a bit of street art. I particularly liked the ever narrowing wall space and the choice of…

Punta Arenas, Chile

I first visited Punta Areaas, the second most southernly city in the world (after Ushuaia, the next stop), two years ago and thought that I would never return. Thankfully I did as a few evening hours that time around weren’t enough to properly explore what is initially (particularly from the port 5km from the city…