Brimming with cascading waterfalls and impressive glaciers, Chilean fjord is a destination that will astound you with its off-the-beaten-path wonders. Chilean fjord is not only about stunning scenery; it is also home to some of the world’s fantastic wildlife. So, if you are visiting this part of South America, expect to see some elephant seals, whales and penguins – if not all, at least one of these creatures.
Cruise ships sailing the fjord offers the most comfortable way to adore the view and absorb the luring splendour of this South American wonder – and it is in this mode of transport where I experienced a memorable journey to the end of the earth. Leaving the port of Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, the ship traversed further south and down to Cape Horn, the southernmost point of Chile.
The waters surrounding Cape Horn is notorious to being prone to strong current, unpredictable wind and violent waves. The ship arrived Cape Horn; the area was unusually calm and was in perfect visibility allowing us to see rock island formations of cliffs with trees on it. Is there a human settlement in the area? Well, because of the unfriendly weather condition, not a single of the most adventurous persons on earth would want to stay here.
From Cape Horn, the ship then sailed in a more or less northerly course heading to the Beagle Channel, a strait in the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, where narrow fjord with high granite walls unfolded into view. Continued gliding through the fjord, negotiating narrow bends and turns, we reached in an area of glaciers. Ship slowed down, stopped and drifted for few minutes for the passengers (and crew) to enjoy the amazing view.
As fascinating as the views, wildlife in the area is as well not-to-be-missed. Transiting the fjord either by cruise ships, expedition boats or tour boats, you’ll have your chance to encounter seals, whales and penguins. I may have missed the whales and seals but not the penguins. I remembered passing a small island dominated with colonies of penguins. And yes! Penguins wear a tuxedo… 🙂 🙂 🙂
To have sailed this part of the world, I would say that I had my share of encountering nature’s captivating and off-the-beaten-path wonders. With stunning views and clean atmosphere, the Chilean fjord is a must-visit destination for those who are extremely passionate about nature and wildlife.