The White Continent the furthest outpost of our planet vast, remote, forlorn, windy, bleak and frozen. Yet captivating, otherworldly, beautiful, silent and pristine…
An undiscovered land
INTRODUCTION TO ANTARCTICA
The White Continent the furthest outpost of our planet vast, remote, forlorn, windy, bleak and frozen. Yet captivating, otherworldly, beautiful, silent and pristine. One human for every 32,000 square miles. Since the late 1700’s it has drawn the bravest souls of humankind to navigate the ravages of inclement seas and later in 1895 tread upon the ultimate frozen wilderness. Today it still holds that appeal of the unadulterated simplicity of mother nature. Our Totally Latin America Antarctica vacations continually seek that ability to connect to places less traveled on our expeditions. We invite you in the footsteps of the great explorers.
DISCOVERY OF ANTARCTICA
Early explorers searched for a huge southern continent known as Tierra Australis Incognita (unknown southern land). From 1772 – 1775, British Explorer Captain James Cook spent three long years exploring the brutal icy seas of the southern oceans, before finally throwing in the towel and returning home in vain. Plentiful explorers followed Cook in the hunt for the hidden continent, but none were successful. During the early 19th century as global competition for territory and global dominance grew, interest sparked once again in finding the mysterious icy continent. On January 27, 1820, the Russian explorer Fabian von Bellingshausen made the first sighting of an ice shelf attached to what is now known as Queen Maud Land. Then, just three days later, on a separate exploration Edward Bransfield, a British Naval officer spotted the Antarctic peninsula. On February 09, 1821, more than a year after initial sightings, John Davis an American Explorer and sealer made landfall. Join the expedition and follow in the footsteps of the great explorers on one of our Antarctica vacations.
MODERN DAY ANTARCTICA
On 01 December 1959, the Antarctica Treaty was signed by Twelve member countries whose scientists had been operating in Antarctica during the International Geophysical Year (01 July 1957 – 31 December 1958). Today, there are now fifty-four member countries. Antarctica is the only continent in the world without permanent residents. However, annually there are anywhere from 1,000 – 5,000 people residing there, depending on the season. Member parties of the Antarctica Treaty operate 70 or so permanent and temporary research stations. The largest research center is the US operated McMurdo Station. It is situated in the south of Ross Island, which is located within the boundaries of Ross Dependency, an area of Antarctica claimed by New Zealand. The station is like a small town and can accommodate 1,250 inhabitants. It features a fire house, residence halls, stores, and Antarctica’s only ATM. Ask an expert about which Antarctica vacations include the Ross Sea.
Most Antarctica vacations will visit the continent aboard an expedition cruise ship. Cruises operate during the months of November – March, when the weather is milder. The choice of vessels is extensive and somewhat overwhelming with three-dozen plus ships licensed to operate touristic cruises in the Antarctic. With the exception of a few vessels, most cruise ships have a capacity of 100 – 300 guests. It is important to note that due to regulations in Antarctica, only 100 people at any one time are allowed to disembark the vessel. Cruise operators are well adept at managing large amounts of guests with guest rotations and shifts, but this maybe a consideration when choosing a vessel. Cruise ship levels vary greatly, from traditional ships with more moderate facilities to luxury state-of-the-art hybrid ships complete with helicopters. Length of cruises also vary greatly. Shorter, budget conscious trips start from around 10 days and typically navigate a round trip from Ushuaia to the Antarctic Peninsula. Longer more comprehensive and cruises last up to 30+ days. To explore South Georgia and the Falkland Islands in addition to the Antarctic Peninsula you’ll need around 18-20 days. Typical expedition activities include zodiac rides and short hikes, wildlife spotting and sea-kayaking opportunities for observing whales and penguins.
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WHY TOTALLY LATIN AMERICA
Our team live, breathe and deliver the finest Latin American experiences.
Our team members live and work here in Latin America and this equates to them having deep local knowledge. Our world is forever changing and travel and tours do not exist in isolation. Being immersed in the cultures and traveling throughout Latin America on a perpetual basis means our staff maintain their ability to dream, create and deliver truly exceptional luxury vacations. We have learned, and continue to learn on the ground, the intricacies that are a prerequisite to crafting journeys of a lifetime for you our valued clients.
LUXURY TRAVEL WITH SOUL
We deliver quintessentially deep, enriching and meaningful journeys of a lifetime.
Luxury travel has changed and we are pioneers of that change here in Latin America. The very finest accommodations are a pre-requisite but the ability to connect with destinations, cultures and people are the foundations of vacations that deliver truly memorable experiences. Life and soul enriching journeys to witness and engage in how our fellow humans live in far distant lands. Our tours are an educational piece and when you leave you will be a better person that before. Having time to connect with people and being taught by your own trusted guide allows you to broaden your understanding of new cultures and how they live. Our journeys will touch your soul and allow you view the world with a clean pair of eyes. Together we can dream, create and deliver the ultimate Latin American journey tailor-made for you.
Customer Care to the Ends of the Earth.
We have been in business for over a decade on this continent. Throughout that time, we have seen and lived through all the potential challenges of traveling here. Our clients from the Galapagos to Cape Horn and the ends of the earth have enjoyed our performances when issues arise. They do arise, but it is how we take responsibility and ownership of those problems that sets our staff apart. Our raison d’être is bounded in the saying that trust starts with the truth and ends with the truth.
Committed Actions to Improve the Environment for Both People and Nature
Each person that travels with our company helps to improve the lives of local people. We are a proud sponsor of the Picaflor House project near Cusco Peru. Picaflor House provides essential after school programmes, health & hygiene, English classes and fun activities to the children of Oropesa and several small villages. Many families here speak Quechua and so the school helps them to understand and complete their homework which is in Spanish. Without such fundamental early educational assistance, and activities which they are enriched by, these children would lead a forever disadvantaged life.