Our exciting trip started at Pointe Overlook on February 5, 2020. Our group, led by Seppo, headed to the Miami International Airport for an overnight flight to Santiago, Chile. From Santiago, we traveled to the cruise port in San Antonio, Chile, and boarded the Coral Princess for our cruise around Cape Horn.
February 7th was a day at sea and the first formal evening. Seppo hosted a lovely cocktail party for our group. The ship arrived in Puerto Montt, Chile, early the next morning. A trip to Puerto Varas, a village settled by German immigrants in the 1800 hundreds, Petrohue River and waterfalls, and Osorno Volcano were few of the things to see and do. The next day was spent at sea and early the following morning, February 10, we viewed Amalia Glacier.
On February 11, we arrived at Punta Arenas, Chile, a city in the Strait of Magellan. A few of the sights in Punta Arenas include the Punta Arenas Cemetery, known as Cementerio Municipal Sara Braun, the replica of Magellan’s ship, and many monuments.
After Punta Arenas, the ship cruised along the Beagle Channel, through aka. Glacier Alley, where we saw several glaciers. Later in the morning, we arrived in Ushuaia, Argentina. A drive through Tierra del Fuego National Park takes you to the end of the Pan American Highway, and the southernmost railway in the world.
On February 13, the ship cruised around Cape Horn and brought us to the Atlantic Ocean. From there, we were on our way to Stanley, in the Falkland Islands. We arrived in Stanley on Valentine’s Day, but because of bad weather conditions, we couldn’t go ashore. We spent the next day, February 15, at sea.
Puerto Madryn, a nice small city in Argentina was our next port. Some members of our group went to see penquins and some of us just did a city tour. The following day was a relaxing day at sea.
On February 18, Montevideo, Uruguay was our next stop .It was a much larger city than any of the others we visited. It was easy to explore the old town on pedestrian-only walkways where there were many café’s, markets and street vendors.
Buenos Aires was our last port of call. We arrived in the morning, on February 19, and disembarked the ship early the next morning. We did a city tour and visited Eva Peron’s mausoleum at the Recoleta Cemetery, saw Casa Rosada presidential mansion at the Plaza de Mayo, stopped at La Boca District, a historic neighborhood, and had some Argentinian food in a local restaurant. The next stop was the airport and a flight back to Miami.
It was an awesome trip and well worth it with so much to see, experience and learn. Thank you, Seppo for organizing such an exciting and adventurous trip.