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“TurboDown to South America & Beyond” Sweepstakes Winner to Tour Southern Chile & Antarctica

Quark Expeditions & Partners Offer Two-Week Adventure Of A Lifetime Prize

[Waterbury, VT] – September 10, 2014 – Polar travel experts Quark Expeditions and contest partners LAN Airlines, Columbia Sportswear and Turismo Chile will send two lucky travelers on a once-in-a-lifetime, two-week expedition to Chile’s Torres Del Paine National Park and Antarctica. The ‘TurboDown to South America & Beyond’ grand prize winner and their guest will also receive new TurboDown gear to keep them warm on their adventure.

The sweepstakes winner will fly on LAN Airlines, part of the LATAM Airlines Group, from the United States to Punta Arena, Chile, where they’ll shuttle to EcoCamp Patagonia in the heart of the scenic Torres Del Paine National Park. There, they’ll spend five days in their own geodesic dome and visit attractions including the Paine Massif, Glacier Grey and the Three Towers.

The winner and their guest will then travel to Ushuaia, Argentina, to embark on Quark’s Antarctic Explorer voyage bound for the 7th Continent. Onboard they will enjoy lectures and presentations by the expedition team as the ship sails south along the Antarctic Peninsula.  The expedition will focus on exploring the Peninsula’s west coast and its dramatic icescapes via Zodiac watercraft, as well as going ashore to walk along beaches covered by thousands of penguins.

The winner and their guest will receive new TurboDown gear from Columbia Sportswear to help them stay toasty warm on the seventh continent.

The “TurboDown to South America & Beyond” sweepstakes begins September 1, 2014 and runs until 11:59 p.m. PDT, September 30, 2014.  Members of the public can enter daily to increase their chances of winning and can enter at

“TurboDown to South America & Beyond” is sponsored by Quark Expeditions, LAN Airlines (part of the LATAM Airlines Group), Columbia Sportswear, Turismo Chile, EcoCamp Patagonia and

About Quark Expeditions

For over 20 years, Quark Expeditions has been the leading provider of polar adventure travel. With its diverse fleet of specially equipped vessels, seasoned expedition leaders, and a new land-based adventure program in the Canadian Arctic, they offer travelers unparalleled access to the most remote regions on earth: the Arctic and Antarctica.

In 2013, Quark Expeditions was voted “World’s Leading Polar Expedition Operator” by the World Travel Awards, received the “Blow the Budget” award from the Amadeus & World Travel Mart Travel Experience Awards and was named one of National Geographic Traveler’s 50 Tours of a Lifetime for their “Three Arctic Islands” voyage.