Cape Horn and Tierra del Fuego’s Darwin Range 14 Days - What can be expected?

What can be expected?

Of the Destination

Cape Horn has been regarded not only as a landmark for sailors around the world, but today, it remains as one of earth’s oldest challenges. Few venture this far south, and even fewer have the opportunity to not only “round the horn” but also of exploring the areas’ pristine wilderness.

North of Cape Horn lays the southern shores of Tierra del Fuego and the Fuegian Archipelago of countless coves and islands. Deep fjords with stunning glaciers at their end, steep mountainsides, and wild scenes of flora, fauna, and landscapes compose the core of Tierra del Fuego’s rarely accessed Darwin Range.

Of the climate

It’s no secret that Cape Horn is renowned for its fierce climate. In general, Patagonia, the Fuegian Archipelago, and Cape Horn, are known for the changing pattern of their weather. During the summer, temperatures range from just above zero to around 15 (degrees Celsius) on a single day. The same can be said for rains, sunshine, snow and wind. It’s pretty much a cliché (but always true) to mention that you can experience all four seasons in one single day.

Rain and snow can be experienced during the spring and summer, but they usually go as fast as they come. The whole “layers” concept for clothing works in Patagonia at its best, given that rarely any weather lasts more than a couple hours, giving ample time for the wind to dry clothes and gear.

One of the best things about the summer this far south, is that the hours of light available make it perfect for fully enjoying full-day activities. A day can be started with good sunlight as early as 5 or 6am during the summer months, and it can end with plenty of sunlight by 9pm.

During the wintertime, temperatures go down and they stay often below zero. The area endures snowfalls, and ice forms on some bays and fjords. The main aspect of the winter to consider is the significant less hours of sunlight available. This is the reason we only plan for longer expeditions during the wintertime. An expedition that would take 6 or 12 days during the summer, will typically last 8 or 15 days in the winter respectively.

Of the Expedition

SIM Expeditions founder Wolf Kloss puts it quite well when he says that “our expeditions are not just about sailing, but mainly about discovery.”

Even though the main activity in our expeditions we recognize as sailing, the whole concept of exploration is what we want people to take back home. To achieve this, efforts are made in order to land in places where treks, wild flora and fauna, and even visits to some of the local people are a possibility. In order to keep a schedule that will provide the opportunities to witness the breath-taking landscapes the area has to offer, wind conditions are key, and whenever sailing does not allow for efficient mobility, the vessel will turn to engine power in order to not only make the best of the track, but also to avoid unfavorable weather conditions.

Life on board is to be expected in an atmosphere of expedition. Chores and sailing maneuvers reinforce the camaraderie unique to this type of expeditions. Early mornings are the rule, in order to take maximum advantage of the area’s attractions.

The temperature inside the boats can vary depending on the situation, and the climatic and sailing context typical of a sailing vessel, but inside temperature averages around 16-18 degrees Celsius. Both Vessels have pump-powered toilets and “sailboat showers” available. Please note that even though available, showers cannot be expected everyday given the importance of conserving and efficiently use water. A good recommendation is that each person brings his/her own sponge in order to better enjoy a “sailboat shower”.

Meals are prepared with the help of everyone on the expedition, and are composed of a variety of oven and pot menus, with local ingredients and a solid caloric content.

Of SIM Expedition’s Crew

You can expect a team of friendly and hospitable individuals who will help you out experience the Expedition at its fullest. Also, we have a very “down to-earth” approach towards everyone, making the atmosphere in the boats, the field, or the office, accessible, warm, and welcoming.

At SIM Expeditions we have worked hard to have our taste for sailing meet our call for exploration and let it become the core of our objective: to provide world-class opportunities to immerse oneself into wilderness, and explore the world in order to discover oneself.