A story lies behind the name, “Drake Passage”. At the end of the 16th century, several ships made their way through the Strait of Magellan. But only one ship survived the odds, which was the ship of Sir Francis Drake. Hence the name ‘Drake Passage’ was given to the connection between the two great Oceans.
Mar de Hoces is another name for the Drake Passage. Millions of years ago the passage did not exist. However, when the passage came into existence, Antarctica changed from a warm land to a frozen landscape.
If you are an adventurous type, we understand that you cannot wait to get on a ship and challenge the rough sea. The fun you will have on board a ship in the Drake Passage is worth the difficulty of the journey.
Covering the 830 km of roaring waters is not a small feat. You will need to prepare well before you get to the sea. The swell of waves can be 2-3 meters on an average day. Thus, you shouldn’t eat much spice or oil. If you do, you will end up vomiting with an upset stomach.
Beagle Channel is easy sailing compared to the rest of your journey. You should get sound sleep and have a light dinner. Doing so will help you with the days ahead. Do avoid high-level ships. The higher you go, the worse the swaying of the ship becomes.
Traveling through the unpredictable waves, you can sight the gorgeous aquatic life. Albatross are flying over your deck, giving you a good augury for the future. Dolphins jumping in the midst of crystal blue waters and penguins trotting around the snow-laden land, you can’t see that in any other corner of the world.
If Antarctica is your destination, you should journey via the Drake Passage. Ushuaia is a stop where you can enjoy the stability of land beneath your feet for awhile. You are free to gulp down alcohol here, unlike the dining table of the swaying vessel where you cannot eat without holding on to your plate and glass.
December 8, 2016 12:59 pm