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Some of the most remote cruising in the world is located on the west and south side of South America. Over a thousand miles of ever changing scenery provide epic views from snow-covered volcanoes in the north to jagged granite mountains in the south.

Ways to get there: By water from Puerto Montt, Puerto Cacabucco, Caleta Tortel, Puerto Natales cruising south to Punta Arenas and Puerto Williams

Ideal months to explore: November - March

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Countless activity opportunities exist across this region, including horse rides across beautiful terrain, soaking in natural thermal hot springs, heli fishing, kayaking at the foot of tidewater glaciers, and hiking through remote areas to view calving glacier faces.

It is easy to specify the individual objects of admiration in these grand scenes; but it is not possible to give an adequate idea of the higher feelings of wonder, astonishment, and devotion, which fill and elevate the mind.
— Charles Darwin, The Voyage of the Beagle (1839)
I was frequently surprised in the scenery of Tierra del Fuego, at the little apparent elevation of mountains really lofty. I suspect it is owing to a cause which would not at first be imagined, namely, that the whole mass, from the summit to the water’s edge, is generally in full view. I remember having seen a mountain, first from the Beagle Channel, where the whole sweep from the summit to the base was full in view, and then from Ponsonby Sound across several successive ridges; and it was curious to observe in the latter case, as each fresh ridge afforded fresh means of judging of the distance, how the mountain rose in height.
— Charles Darwin, Chapter XI The Voyage of the Beagle