Battling the Elements -Cape Horn & Wulaia Bay
Trip Start Nov 07, 2012
8Trip End Nov 20, 2012
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On our first day we sailed through the Beagle and Murray channels as we made our way to Cape Horn, a rocky promontory rising nearly 1,400 feet above the water. We were able to go ashore by zodiac and were able to visit Cape Horn National Park where we surveyed the seascape where the Atlantic and Pacific oceans meet. We were also greeted with fierce winds and sleet even though the pictures don't really convey this. At times it was difficult to maintain our balance walking along the boardwalk to the monument and then to the light house. But we made it
Later in the afternoon we disembarked in historic Wulaia Bay, once the site of the region's largest native settlements. The Yamana or Yaghan people used to live around the Beagle Channel. This area is also renowned for its distinctive vegetation and the beauty of its landscapes--which ma explain why Charles Darwin chose it as a landing point during his famous voyage on the Beagle.
We hiked through a forest and shoreline of native vegetation. Scenic...but definitely not our favorite stop on the cruise.