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Sailing Antarctica: The Ultimate Polar Nature Expedition

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S/V Australis

An Optimal Polar Expedition Vessel for Small-Scale Exploration
The 75-foot ice-strengthened sailing vessel S/V Australis is a sturdy, seasoned veteran of polar waters and our base for nearly two weeks of in-depth exploration along the Antarctic Peninsula and its islands. Based in the Southern Hemisphere, Australis is a steel-hulled, fully rigged motor sailor powered by a 180hp Gardner engine that can attain a speed of 8+ knots. Carrying a full range of safety, operational and navigational equipment, Australis is also equipped with two Zodiac tenders that provide access to remote coastal areas that larger vessels cannot reach.

The interior of the Australis is cozy, providing basic modern-day creature comforts within an experience that’s reminiscent of early Antarctica expeditions. Four cabins accommodate a maximum of seven passengers and one NHA Expedition Leader. A single bathroom is shared by all guests. (Ship crew members have their own berths and bathroom.) Guests can relax in the saloon, well-equipped with many entertainment options, and a large table seats guests comfortably. The small, but well-equipped galley features a cooktop, oven, microwave, toaster, double sink with running water, and three full-sized fridge/freezers. Our chef creates hearty and tasty meals throughout our journey. The vessel has 240-volt electricity throughout. On deck, the spacious outdoor cockpit area has a removable sun shade, and if the weather allows, there is a barbecue on the aft deck for outdoor dining. A crow's nest with ladder access offers 360-views and fantastic wildlife viewing.
 
Important Information on Rooming Configuration
There are four cabins aboard the Australis. Two are configured with one lower double bed that could convert to two twins (with a separation board), plus a single upper bed above the double, and these rooms also contain a sink. The third cabin is configured with one lower and one upper twin, and also contains a sink. The fourth cabin has a lower double bed and an upper single bed, but there is no sink and only a curtain that provides complete privacy. Rooming configuration is determined by booking date as well as by gender and other preferences. Though our quarters are compact, the Australis is surprisingly comfortable. Utilizing this vessel as our mode of exploration allows us exclusive access to the 'White Continent' that most Antarctica travelers simply cannot experience. The rooming situation may not be as spacious or convenient as you will find on a larger cruise ship with a hundred (and often plenty more) guests on board, but getting away from those other tourists to experience the polar wilderness in solitude is exactly the point, isn’t it?
Alto Andino Hotel
Location
Ushuaia, Argentina

The Alto Andino Hotel provides stylish and sophisticated boutique accommodations in the world's southernmost city. A TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner, the hilltop hotel's 18 guest rooms offer 180-degree vistas of the harbor and surrounding peaks. Modern suites are furnished in dark hardwoods and warm earth tones with colorful accents. All rooms have spacious en suite bathrooms with hair dryers, a 32-inch plasma TV, direct-dial telephone, safe, mini bar and wireless Internet. Computers with complimentary Wi-Fi are also available in the lobby. A substantial continental breakfast buffet is included and served each morning in the Bar Mirador on the top floor, where panoramic glass windows and an outdoor terrace offer 360-degree views of the city, the Beagle Channel and the mountains beyond. Drinks and dinner are also served in the Bar Mirador each afternoon and evening.
La Yegua Loca
Location
Punta Arenas, Chile

Arguably Punta Arenas' most distinctive lodging, this boutique hotel is the realization of the creative vision of its founders, Paola Milosevic and Sergio Solar, whose grandparents were Croatian pioneers in Chilean Patagonia. Rehabilitating an old house built for the English court in 1929, they have created a sophisticated boutique hotel that pays homage to the multicultural traditions shaping the southern tip of Chile since the mid-1800s, when immigrants from Croatia, Russia, Ireland, Britain, Spain and elsewhere arrived to meld their cultures with the indigenous people living in the region.

Each of the inn's eight rooms is named and themed around a different trade that was important in Chilean Patagonia's early history: The Coachman, The Stable, The Leather Braider, The Orchard, The Milkman, The Blacksmith, The Carpenter and The Shearing Shed. Rooms are furnished with period antiques relevant to those pursuits, offering guests a taste of history along with a supremely comfortable stay. Located on the second and third floors of the house, rooms have panoramic views over the Strait of Magellan and colorful rooftops of Punta Arenas. Each is harmoniously decorated in a neutral palette of white and browns and has central heating, en suite bathroom with hair dryer and custom toiletries, super king-size or two double superior beds, Wi-Fi, telephone, desk, luggage storage and safe.

The restaurant on site, La Cocina de la Nonna, features Patagonian specialties with a Croatian flair, including roast lamb, gnocchi and grilled octopus. The Bar is a faithful reflection of traditional Patagonian pulperias: these were old warehouses used during the early colonial days as drinking establishments and purveyors of groceries and other products. That heritage is replicated at La Yegua Loca with local specialty cocktails such as the Pisco Sour and Ruibarbito, and artisan handicrafts, books and regional gourmet items for sale in the small shop on site. Or relax in the glass-enclosed Terraza, which offers inviting lounge space with territorial views in all directions. 
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