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Epic Antarctica: Crossing the Circle via Falklands and South Georgia

23 días

Atravesamos el Círculo a través de las islas Malvinas y las Georgias del Sur: la Antártida épica

Si en su aventura antártica "desea hacerlo todo", este es su viaje. No solo cruzará el Círculo Polar Antártico y viajará más al sur que el resto de los cruceros tradicionales a la Antártida, sino que, además, conocerá en su entorno la fauna de las islas Malvinas y las Georgias del Sur. Este viaje está confeccionado a la medida de alguien que busque una amplia variedad de paisajes, oportunidades inauditas de observar animales salvajes y una saludable combinación de enclaves terrestres históricos.

Day-by-Day Expedition in Brief

  • Explorará el sexto continente del mundo en la península Antártica en barco, en bote inflable y a pie;
  • Conocerá la geología, historia y fauna únicas de la Antártida con un equipo experto de académicos;
  • Observará la increíble vida silvestre de las islas Georgias del Sur, a menudo conocidas como "las Galápagos del Polo". Verá más de 30 especies de aves reproductoras, entre ellas, cuatro de pingüinos;
  • Seguirá los pasos de Sir Ernest Shackleton en sus arriesgados viajes por las Georgias del Sur y se detendrá un instante junto a su tumba;
  • Explorará la pintoresca ciudad británica de Puerto Stanley en las islas Malvinas;
  • Cruzará el Círculo Polar Antártico;
  • Disfrutará de charlas y presentaciones educativas a bordo a cargo de especialistas polares.

Day 1 — Buenos Aires, Argentina

You may arrive in Buenos Aires at any time during Day 1 of the itinerary. Upon your arrival at this splendid city, known for its soaring architecture and rich European heritage, you will independently transfer to the group hotel (pre-night hotel included).

Day 2 — Ushuaia, Argentina and Embarkation

After breakfast at the hotel, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina. Upon arrival, you will have a little time to explore this quaint port town before heading to the pier. Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which your vessel will sail down the historic Beagle Channel.

Day 3 — At Sea

There are many activities to keep you engaged while we’re at sea. You can take advantage of the library of books available on your ship, hang out at the bar chatting to other travelers or spend time out on deck, admiring the sea. Your Expedition Team will also conduct a series of presentations to familiarize yourself with how to prepare for Zodiac cruises and shore landings.

Days 4 and 5 — Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

The Falkland archipelago contains two main islands, East and West, which we will explore by Zodiac excursions and daily landings. These rugged islands have a frontier feel to them, especially at Port Stanley—the largest settlement on the islands.

Days 6 and 7 — At Sea

Enroute to South Georgia you’ll cross the invisible biological boundary unique to Antarctica – the Antarctic Convergence. This meeting of oceans is what creates the abundance of krill and marine life that attract large cetaceans such as humpback whales.

Days 8 to 11 — South Georgia

Evidence of the old whaling and sealing heydays is still found throughout the island. You’ll be surprised to learn that whale and seal populations were once decimated here, as today their populations are strong, with massive rookeries to be seen.

Days 12 and 13 — At Sea

Antarctica awaits, along with its own penguin and seal species. While you’re at sea, you can enjoy quiet time or take in presentations by the Expedition Team, who will cover everything from the history and geology of Antarctica to tips on identifying different species and what makes each of them unique.

Days 14 to 16 — South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

The most common reaction to arriving at the White Continent is a sense of reverence and awe. The experience is hard to put into words. You will discover that Antarctica is a land of extremes: at one moment you’ll be overcome with a feeling of complete silence and loneliness, the next you’ll be laughing at the comical antics of a curious penguin.

Days 17 and 18 — The Antarctic Circle

Crossing the Antarctic Circle is an impressive achievement, as most expeditions to the Peninsula do not come close to reaching this far south.

Days 19 and 20 — Northbound Along the Peninsula

If you haven’t had your fill of Antarctic wildlife and icebergs by now, you’ll surely be satisfied by the time we return to the Drake Passage. You will continue to journey onto land by Zodiac twice daily as you travel north along the western Antarctic Peninsula.

Days 21 and 22 — Crossing the Drake Passage

Day 23 — Disembark in Ushuaia & Fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina

We will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning after breakfast. After disembarkation, we will taste a little of Patagonia by touring Tierra del Fuego National Park before we transfer to the airport for the return group charter flight to Buenos Aires.
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Opciones de Aventura Ramp Up Your Expedition

Every Quark Antarctic voyage includes great daily outdoor activities including Zodiac cruises, hiking and some also offer snowshoeing. The more discerning adrenaline junkie can also choose from a range of optional adventure activities, with varying exertion levels, to experience the 7th continent in a more personal way.

Contact a Quark Polar Travel Adviser to learn more about adventure options, including physical requirements.

Kayakismo en la Antártida

950 dólares por persona

El kayakismo en la Antártida es probablemente una de las maneras más íntimas y estimulantes de explorar esta increíble región. Deslícese por las aguas tranquilas de la Antártida y empápese de su belleza. Reme entre impresionantes icebergs, observe pingüinos, focas y, probablemente, ballenas nadando alrededor de su kayak. El kayakismo en las regiones polares está supeditado a la meteorología, sin embargo, le garantizamos al menos una salida en el viaje. Los guías de kayak siempre intentarán sacarle lo máximo posible a lo largo del viaje. Se ofrece en la mayoría de los viajes antárticos, las plazas son limitadas y es necesario tener experiencia previa. Quark proporciona todo el equipo, guías e instrucciones. Contacte con un agente de viajes polares de Quark para obtener más información.

Pre- and Post-Trip Options Antarctica Extensions

Introduction to Buenos Aires Package

Introducción del paquete de Buenos Aires

Paladee una espectacular botella de Malbec con un buen chuletón argentino, disfrute del arte urbano en el colorido barrio de San Telmo o vaya de compras por tiendas de prestigio mundial en la Avenida Florida. Descubra la elegante belleza de Buenos Aires, una ciudad que fusiona el encanto europeo con el frenesí de la vida latina. Este paquete incluye una visita guiada por los lugares de interés más destacados de la ciudad, desde las pintorescas plazas adoquinadas hasta los barrios más sofisticados. Por la noche podrá disfrutar de una estupenda cena con un espectáculo de tango y orquesta en directo. Contacte con un agente de viajes polares de Quark para conocer los precios.

Expedition Facts

Packing Tips

Pack to dress in layers so you are prepared for these rapid weather changes. Average daily temperatures in mid-season are between 25 and 35 Fahrenheit or -4 and +2 Celsius; however wind conditions can make it seem colder.

Be sure your base layers and mid layers are made from breathable fabrics and your outer layers are waterproof (not water resistant) and don't forget to pack a hat, neck warmer and sunscreen & sunglasses.

Visit the Quark online Gear Shop to help prepare for your expedition.

Safety First

Life Boat Drill

By international maritime law, you must participate in an emergency drill within 24 hours of sailing. Upon embarkation, you will be asked to locate your life vest in your cabin and remember your life boat and muster station. This mandatory drill will be scheduled as soon as possible by the Expedition Leader. You will be provided with full details after you embark.

Onboard Lectures

Presentations by Quark’s Expedition Team are included as part of your voyage. Through formal illustrated presentations, as well as informal briefings, the Quark Expeditions Team will cover a range of topics including ornithology, marine biology, glaciology, geography, geology, history and the environment.