Frutillar, Chile: A Little Slice of Germany in the Chilean Lake District

Frutillar, Chile: A Little Slice of Germany in the Chilean Lake District

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Chile | No Comments

The clues to Fruitillar’s heritage are scattered throughout the lovely lakeside town. Bavarian-looking architecture. A clock that seems like it belongs in an alpine village. A restaurant door carved with names of German cities. And one of the town’s main attractions: Museo Colonial Alemán, the German Colonial Museum. Nestled on the shores of Lago Llanquihue, […]

Castro, Chile: Colorful World on Isla Chiloé

Castro, Chile: Colorful World on Isla Chiloé

Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Chile | No Comments

“Color! What a deep and mysterious language, the language of dreams.” ~Paul Gaugin The residents of Castro, Chile, have a wonderfully creative, think-outside-the-crayon-box sense of style when it comes to color. The town’s wooden stilt houses called palafitos are swathed in a world of oranges, greens, blues and reds, all in the deepest and boldest […]

Puerto Chacabuco, Chile: Finding Meaning in a Most Unusual Place

Puerto Chacabuco, Chile: Finding Meaning in a Most Unusual Place

Posted by on May 8, 2017 in Chile | 6 Comments

“There is absolutely nothing there!” Jo was laughing as I asked her about Puerto Chacabuco, our next port of call in Chilean Patagonia. As one of Seabourn’s Destination Services staffers, Jo was helping passengers book last-minute tours for this unplanned stop. With an instantly likeable smile and a twinkle in her eye, she continued to […]

Chilean Patagonia: The Great Albatross & Cruising the Strait of Magellan

Chilean Patagonia: The Great Albatross & Cruising the Strait of Magellan

Posted by on May 1, 2017 in Chile | 4 Comments

“I now belong to a higher cult of mortals, for I have seen the albatross.” ~Robert Cushman Murphy It was the photograph that had eluded me. After more than two weeks of travel in Antarctica and southern South America, I had memory cards brimming with pictures of penguins, sea lions and sea birds…but none of […]

Punta Arenas, Chile: Magdalena Island & The Magnificent Magellanic Penguins

Punta Arenas, Chile: Magdalena Island & The Magnificent Magellanic Penguins

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in Chile | No Comments

“More penguins?” my husband Herb asked as we were finalizing plans for our day in Punta Arenas. “Aren’t you penguined-out by now?” The truth was that I would never completely tire of watching the antics of such delightful creatures. And the other truth was that the Magellanic penguins would be new to us, a species […]

Rounding Cape Horn & Cruising the Beagle Channel: A Tale of Two Waters

Rounding Cape Horn & Cruising the Beagle Channel: A Tale of Two Waters

Posted by on Apr 17, 2017 in Argentina, Chile | 2 Comments

“It is scarcely possible to imagine anything more beautiful than the beryl-like blue of these glaciers, and especially as contrasted with the dead white of the upper expanse of snow.” ~Charles Darwin, The Voyage of the Beagle Five-thirty came early as we turned off the alarm and made our way to the Observation Lounge on […]