Sailing in Magellan’s Wake in Patagonia

I know my Bucket List is a little out of control. But that doesn’t mean I don’t still approach each new experience with a huge sense of enthusiasm and anticipation.

The first part of 2016 was particularly good for ticking items off my Bucket List. I got to witness dawn off Cape Horn. I attended to the 100th running of the Indy 500. I went horse trekking in the Andes. I looked down on London from the top of the Shard. I completed my goal of visiting all six accessible Hawaiian islands. And so much more.

All that being said, one of the real highlights was sailing the Strait of Magellan in Patagonia. The landscape is bleak and breathtaking. And the sight of the southern sun shimmering on the water or a rainbow is simply mesmerising.

dsc_4188 dsc_4191 dsc_4192 dsc_4194 dsc_4196 dsc_4201 dsc_4207 dsc_4210 dsc_4214 dsc_4216 dsc_4219The Strait of Magellan is named after the Portuguese explorer, Ferdinand Magellan, who discovered the waterway almost 500 years ago, in 1520.

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Shipwreck of the Santa Leonora, which ran aground in March 1968

Shipwreck of the Santa Leonora, which ran aground in March 1968

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Storm coming

Storm coming

Sailing the Strait of Magellan properly!

Sailing the Strait of Magellan properly!

Blue skies and rainbows

Blue skies and rainbows

dsc_4267While separating Tierra del Fuego from mainland Chile, the 354-mile-long Strait connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Until the opening of the Panama Canal in 1914, it provided the main shipping route between the two oceans.

dsc_4269 dsc_4275 dsc_4276 dsc_4277 dsc_4278 dsc_4279 dsc_4282 dsc_4285 dsc_4286This post was inspired by the photo themes of Enthusiasm and Anticipation from The Daily Post, Shimmer from Ailsa of Where’s My Backpack? together with Cee’s Which Way Challenge.

Moonlight on the Strait of Magellan

Moonlight on the Strait of Magellan

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4 Responses to Sailing in Magellan’s Wake in Patagonia

  1. Great photos, Jaspa. We are presently on a Patagonia to the Antarctic cruise. Definitely Bucket List stuff. 🙂

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