Point of Cape Horn
Name one tourist spot you break out your selfie stick for: Point of Cape Horn – Sebastien Devaud
Adventurers and more casual travelers alike can go to the southern tip of South America for the vacation of a lifetime. The Point of Cape Horn “Cabo de Hornos” is located on Hornos Island off the coast of Chile in Cabo de Hornos National Park. Notorious for its choppy waters and intense winds, the Point of Cape Horn has long been known as one of the most difficult places to circumnavigate on Earth, and it’s also where the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans collide. This is a fascinating destination at the bottom of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, and it’s well-worth it to take an expedition to explore it. The entirety of Tierra del Fuego is well-known for its breathtaking landscapes, including snow-capped mountains, immense glaciers, cerulean lakes, and stark tundra. There’s a reason this region is called the “End of the World”.
Visit from December to February to enjoy the mild summer weather, or go in the spring or fall to avoid the worst of southern Chile’s infamous winds. Begin the trip is by booking a flight to Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport in Santiago or to Presidente Carlos Ibáñez International Airport in Punta Arenas. Enjoy these vibrant cities, stay in a hotel for a night or two, and then head to the local restaurants and hot spots to taste some amazing Chilean food before embarking on your quest to Cape Horn.
Booking a cruise—like this one from National Geographic that begins in Torres del Paine and ends at Cape Horn—is the easiest and most accessible way to see all the natural wonders of Tierra del Fuego. The region’s stark beauty is on full display in the various fjords that the ship will pass en route to the Beagle Channel. From there, arrive at Cabo de Hornos National Park to explore the Point of Cape Horn. Hornos Island and the cape itself only features a Naval station, lighthouse, chapel and memorial for sailors who have passed while attempting to navigate the Horn, but the unmatched scenery is the real reason to visit. So channel your inner thrill-seeker and get ready to go to one of the most remote places on Earth by setting sail to the “End of the World”.
Address: Tierra del Fuego, Chile