Lying in the Antarctic Circle that rings the southern part of the globe, Antarctica is the fifth largest continent.
We traveled to this extreme and remote land with G Adventures. Travel on an expedition cruise to Antarctica is only possible between early November and late March, which are the southern hemisphere summer months. Our expedition was in January, the high summer in Antarctica. Our ship’s two days Drake passage crossing had some small rough patches, but can be considered smooth sailing for the choppiest water of the world.
Scarcely touched by humans, the frozen land contain breathtaking scenery, broken by only a handful of scientific bases and a “permanent” population of scientists numbering only a few thousand.
We saw many colonies of different Penguins species. Gentoo Penguins were the most common for the islands we visited during the high summer season.
Before each of our zodiac landings, naturalists provided educational talks on history, landscape, wildlife, and the rules of engagement while on land. We were prohibited from initiating interactions with the wildlife. But if one sit still, the penguins, especially the curious babies, will want to check out these funny looking humans.
We visited Antarctica in 2011 as part of our 20-day G Adventures Patagonia & Antarctica trip.
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