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Greg Mortimer, Antarctic Explorer ex Punta Arenas Return

Greg Mortimer, Antarctic Explorer ex Punta Arenas Return

8 Night Cruise sailing from King George Island roundtrip aboard Greg Mortimer. Hotel stays pre and post-cruise in Punta Arenas with return flights to King George Island.

Antarctica at its most accessible! Save time (and at least one Drake Passage crossing) on our unique 'Fly/Sail' voyages to the icy continent’s picturesque west coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. Mountains disgorging glaciers to the sea; humpback and minke whales feasting on krill; lively penguin colonies watched by hungry leopard seals – it all awaits you. Simply choose the dates that suit.

Highlights of this cruise:

Punta Arenas
Punta Arenas is the most prominent settlement on the Strait of Magellan and the capital of the Magallanes y la Antártica Chilena Region, Chile. It is lcoated at the southern end of mainland Chile, between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans on the Brunswick Peninsula.

The city centre features the imposing mansions of the sheep barons of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Palacio Sara Braun and several good museums. Local custom holds that visitors who rub the foot of the Magellan statue in the central Plaza de Armas will have good luck, and return again.

Situated nearby is Fuerte Bulnes, a replica of a wooden fort from 1843 and the Monumento Natural Los Pinguinos on Isla Magdalena, where you will find a colony of 60,000 Magellanic penguins.

King George Island
King George Island is the largest of the South Shetland Islands. It is located 120 kilmeters off the coast of Antarctica in the Southern Ocean. The island was discovered in 1819 and over 90% of its surface is permanently glaciated.

The coastal areas of the island are home to a comparatively diverse selection of vegetation and animal life, including Elephant, Weddell and Leopard seals, and Chinstrap and Gentoo penguins.

Human habitation of King George Island is limited to research stations belonging to Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Ecuador, South Korea, Peru, Poland, Russia, and Uruguay. Most of these stations are permanently manned, carrying out research into areas as diverse as biology, ecology, geology, and palaeontology.

Deception Island
Deception Island is an island in South Shetland off the Antarctic Peninsula, which has one of the safest harbours in Antarctica. A recently active volcano in 1967 and 1969 caused serious damage to the local scientific stations. The only current research bases are run by Argentina and Spain.

Over half the island is covered in glaciers; its centre is a huge flooded caldera which forms a large bay called Port Foster. Attractions include swimming at Pendulum Cove, giant icebergs, penguins, seals, whales, pack ice, sea birds and more.


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