We've now returned, but it was an absolutely incredible experience. We ended up having a rescue call. The Chilean Navy keeps two boats in the area at all times in case any accidents happens. A Russian tourist ship ran aground about 65 degrees south on the mainland there, Tierra O'Higgins, so we got a rescue call at two in the morning and cruised down for 40 hours. We ended up towing this boat free and saving the day, as it were. The captain told me it was on CNN.
It was absolutely amazing getting farther south and actually seeing the continent itself, it's more the Antarctica of dreams, huge icebergs everywhere and the mountains that seem like solid snow, and the incredible glaciers coming into the water.
We spent a total of about 12 days on the boat and just arrived back in Punta Arenas. We've just bought tickets for the bus to take us down to Ushuaia so that we can actually get to the farthest point south on the mainland and then we begin biking north.
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