Of all the remarkable landscapes throughout Chilean Patagonia there are few that match the glacially polished, cloud-studded, crenulated skyline of Torres del Paine. Wind is a consistent companion to summer visits to this national park but, while today was no different in that regard, the clouds complimented our views nicely. Just enough for contrast but not too many to conceal the geology that makes this place so famous. From the commanding peaks above us to the multitude of birds and mammals all around we were given an incredible introduction to the crowned jewel that is Patagonia.
National Geographic Explorer
A common misconception of an expedition is that the final day is no fun. This is certainly not the case when traveling on board National Geographic Explorer . Following a night sailing through the Drake Passage, our last morning at sea offered time to review photos collected on our journey. A highlight of today was getting to see the preview of this trip’s video chronicle, created by our video chronicler, Steve Ewing. A longstanding program on board, it added value to our travel experience by enhancing the long-lasting memories we take home of our voyage. It often feels surreal to reflect on all the amazing things we’ve been fortunate to see and do in such a short time exploring these places! Between presentations from our natural history staff team about Southern Ocean Marine Conservation and the Swedish Antarctic Expedition, our hotel team treated us to a wonderful BBQ tea (or beer!) time on the back deck as we entered the calm and sunny waters of the Beagle Channel. Before long, it was time to don our best shoes for our Captain’s Farewell Cocktail Party to watch the premiere of the guest slideshow and celebrate all the amazing crew that work on board National Geographic Explorer . Cheers to a trip full of lifetime memories!