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Cape Horn

The Dutch navigator, Willem Cornelisz Schouten, was the first European to sail around the cape in 1660 and named it after his birthplace of Hoorn in the Netherlands.  

Despite its legendary difficult conditions of strong winds and rough seas, cruises around this bleak and wonderful cape are popular with many cruise operators, including Fred Olsen, P&O and Princess.  

A significant trade route from the 18th to the early 20th century, the opening of the Panama Canal made its use unnecessary, but it is now a magnet for the intrigued and adventurous, keen to see its beautiful, rocky, challenging and untouched landscape.

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Why visit Cape Horn ?

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Located on Chile’s Hornos Island

The southernmost point of South America

Those cruising to Cape Horn often enjoy round the horn cruises that travel between Buenos Aires and Valparaiso, with highlights including a glimpse of the Chilean fjords and scenic ports, including Puerto Madryn, Punta Arenas, Ushuaia and Puerto Montt.  

Horn Island’s shingle beaches and steep cliffs are home to many birds, including kelp geese, steamer ducks and the black-browed albatross.  

Many cruise trips take a route from Cape Horn to the Chilean fjords towards Punta Arenas, travelling though possibly some of the wildest and most impressive landscapes in the world. You can follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin and explore the deep fjords with their high mountains and spectacular glaciers.  

Tierra del Fuego is distant and isolated, but it is not cut off from the mainland’s prosperity. The Argentinian half is more developed than the Chilean half, and there are busy ports, successful oil refineries and many fly fishers, hikers and travellers heading there to begin their cruises. The archipelago has one large island, Isla Navarino, and numerous other smaller, uninhabited ones.  

Tierra Del Fuego National Park is a whopping 60,700 hectares of beautiful rivers, peat bogs and wildlife. Established in 1960, it extends from the Beagle Channel in the south and along the Chilean border to Fagnano Lake in the north. Vast sections of the park remain untouched.  

Ushuaia is a starting point for cruises to Antarctica, a boom town with glass high rises built next to Tyrolean chalets and tin homes. Organised excursions include a four-wheel drive trip into the tundra and a walk through the beech forest. Despite the weather, more than 90% of cruises can disembark at Cape Horn, and while it can be windy, rainy and cold, it is worth it to feel you are at the end of the world, as this is an opportunity that doesn’t come around often. The world’s most southerly lighthouse is here and is home to a resident lighthouse keeper, a naval serviceman who lives on the island for a year or more with his family.  

If you have an adventurous spirit, a thirst to follow in the footsteps of brave explorers and a craving to experience rugged and windswept beauty, a cruise to Cape Horn is not to be missed.

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