The expedition to the Antarctic began with several days spent traveling from Germany to Argentina’s southern-most city, which is also the southern-most city in the world: Ushuaia. The word “Ushuaia“ is taken from one of the indigenous languages and translates roughly as ”bay that faces east”. At latitude 54° 48‘ south, however, Ushuaia lies further from the South Pole than Moscow, at 55° 44‘ north latitude, is from the North Pole. It certainly feels like we’re near the very end of the earth. Continue Reading..
The plane took us from Chile‘s capital Santiago to the Atacama Desert in the north of the country. We flew in over the desolate desert and landed just before dark in Iquique, our starting point for our exploration of the Atacama. Iquique is located right on the Pacific coast, but it hasn‘t seen a drop of rain since 1987! Cars have no need of windshield wipers and there‘s no sight of storm gutters anywhere to be seen. Continue Reading..