The wild side takes on a whole new meaning with this continent. Antarctica is considered no man’s land but is breathtakingly beautiful. It is the only continent in the world which is uninhabited. No one lives here, there is nothing to do here, you can’t even travel here – or so that is how most people perceived it to be.
While it’s true that no one actually lives there - it’s a fallacy that no one travels there. In fact some of the most popular cruises are the ones sailing to Antarctica- to boldly go where few men has gone before!
The journey to Antarctica isn’t short and most cruises take an average of 10 days to sail there and back. Ideally cruise ships leave from the town of Ushuaia in Argentina which is the southernmost town in the world and sail through the notorious Drake Passage (where hot and cold waters meet) and then sails through the continent and back. Though the ships are padded with luxury from a personal butler to glorious buffet spreads, massive suits and spa treatments, this is not your ideal cruise. It’s more of an expedition. Interestingly a lot of these cruises are helmed by people who are researchers and explorers working for companies like National Geographic to give you an insight to the continent.
Every day that you are in the region passengers are taken from the cruise ship onto smaller boats and you sail through exploring the wonder that is Antarctica. You are taught how to walk on the continent so you do not even by mistake kill any of the plants or organisms. They take conservation and preservation of their natural resources very seriously. After all it is a peaceful continent used mainly for research and they wish to keep it that way.
Apart from the nature’s sheer magnificence you are in awe- this is by no means an easy task for a regular traveller to achiever- you’ll meet the plump flock of penguins, whales, blue whales and many adorable seals and other wild life.
The ideal season to travel to Antarctica is from Nov – Feb which are the summer months so it’s marginally cooler, the rest of the year it is virtually impossible to travel.
Antarctica is a land of extremes. From a long journey to get there, unimaginable cold temperatures, and sometimes a slightly bumpy ride depending on how choppy the cold waters are, this is ideal for the real adventurer. It is not everyone’s cup of tea but certainly the most exotic location you can find. Those who have been fortunate enough to go are still in awe of their journey and insist that it is the trip of a lifetime. If the pictures online are anything to go by I should certainly imagine it is!
Ideal time – Nov – Feb
How to get there – Fly to Ushuaia, a town in Argentina and take the cruise from there. An average Antarctic cruise can cost anywhere between 7000 – 12000USD per person.
You will only need an Argentine visa you don’t need anything for Antarctica its self.
You can get in touch with a travel agent or book your cruise online there are multiple options. Ideally pick a specialist who understands the South American continent to guide you better.
By - Roxanne Bamboat
Roxanne is a pint sized girl who enjoys reading, movies, travel and is obsessed with food. She expresses her love for all things edible in her food blog - www.thetinytaster.com A freelancer in her profession, she is able to spend most of her time sampling the city's food offerings and reviews them as well as shares a few of her favourite recipes. More often known as The Tiny Taster, she's decided to take the world by storm - one plate a a time !
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