Cape Horn, where the world ends
One of the most enigmatic places at the end of the world is found where Chile meets its end. Cape Horn, the most southern cape in the planet, is still one of the most visited places in Southern Chile, with its beautiful landscapes and temperamental waters where the Pacific Ocean ends.
Declared Reservation of the Biosphere in 2005, the flora and fauna of the area are better protected since then and it is now forbidden by law to try and damage them. Wild forests and snowdrifts, as well as the ecosystem of animals that lives there, can finally take a breath in peace.
The so-called "most southern place in the world" offers hundreds of places to visit and activities to practice on land. A little research about what you want to do while you visit will be more than enough to know more about the south before you travel there, where there are still places untouched by the hand of men.
It is still the fastest way to go around the world, meaning here crossing from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic, even though the Panama Channel and the Suez Canal were constructed and opened decades ago.
Although traffic has slowed down considerably, many boats and bigger ships continue to travel down Cape Horn. However, what has increased the most is the passing of Cruise ships that take thousands of tourists to visit the big glaciers and snowdrifts in the area, still alive in spite of global warming.
Cape Horn is a place of pure nature. Between the lower mountains covered in snow to the millenary glaciers, the water in Cape Horn see thousands of tourists go by every year, looking for a bit more adventure in their vacation time. What better idea than to visit the end of the world?
Sea wolves, thousands of penguins, seals, birds of the sea and, above all, the opportunity of seeing free whales swimming around, are the main animal attractions of the Cape.
Many sportsmen travel to Cape Horn as well, looking for a bigger challenge when it comes to practicing different sports and disciplines out in the open. Several competitions take place there in summertime: swimming, sailing, regattas and other sports are celebrated, not without danger and filled with adrenaline and commitment from the ones participating.
Put down in ink in the books written by Francisco Coloane, Cape Horn is still an intriguing entity for those who visit it. Behind its beautiful landscapes there is a very temperamental place hiding, a place that changes its mood in a heartbeat. Clear skies are not the common thing and clouds arrive rather fast, leaving a few spots free from where the sun comes in warming our backs.
The same happens with the water, because the Pacific acts as if it were trying to shake off the few degrees it has on it, fighting with the coast and the low mountains on its way, constantly.
Being the must-see passage for those who travel to Antarctica, Cape Horn offers the purest air on earth, with a spiritual serenity that is unique and can only be perceived when one comes across one of the real wonders of the planet, no matter how far from home they are.
- 30, 1899, 00:00