Day 6 |
Nov 19, 2011

Puerto Chacabuco, Chile 

By Michaela Mayer, Biologist

Co-ordinates: 72° 49’ 44’’ W, 45° 28’19’’ S, second set here
Weather: temperate, partly cloudy with blue sky
Air Temperature: 10,8° C / 51,6 F
Sea Temperature: 10° C
Pressure: 1010hPa
Wind: 12 km/h

It was early in the morning when I awoke. The Silver Explorer took its secret way through the Chilean fjords. A few guests joined me on the aft deck for sightseeing of the dramatic landscape. We gaped together at many scenic waterfalls, snow covered mountain peaks and narrow passages. Sometimes a sea lion broke the surface of the water, snorting as it made its way alongside us toward the port of Chacabuco.

Once aboard our buses, we headed inland toward Aikén del Sur park, where we wandered deep into the Patagonian wilderness. I can’t decide whether the best part of the day was standing as a small tapaculo hopped around my feet or meeting the eye of a ringed kingfisher perched above the roaring river. Either way, the rainforest walk was rich and surprising.

How incredibly civilized to end a forest exploration with pisco sours and dancing in a quincho, the Chilean answer to a ski hut/yurt, in an idyllic setting overlooking a lake.

After returning to the Silver Explorer, we retraced our way out of the fjords. Magellanic penguins and even the first skua of the trip decorated the waters. It was difficult, but I tore myself away from the landscape to hear Uli Kunz talk about what flows beneath the surface of the ocean in his talk, “Legends of the Deep.”

I snitched a creamy cappuccino and a wonderful fruity cake to recharge from the day’s adventures at afternoon tea. Then I joined the other staff and guests who had sailed with Silversea before for our Venetian Cocktail Party gathering in the Observation Lounge. In conversation, I found out that twelve guests have not only sailed with us before, but will continue on with us this time to Antarctica. I look forward to seeing the landscape become wilder and wilder in the weeks to come.