We started to sailing to Cape Horn- Caleta León when the night was coming up with a beautiful full moon.
In the Picture passing Beagle Channel getting out from Ushuaia.
The Cape Horn is not exactly a cape, but an island on the southernmost tip of South America- Isla de Hornos. It was discovered and named in 1616 by 2 Dutch sailors, Jacques Le Marie and Willem Schouten. They later named the Cape after his hometown, Hoorn. For 300 years all major sea-routes led around the cape. Up to the beginning of this century apron. 15.000 sailors lost their lives here. Since 1843 Cape Horn belongs to Chile. After the opening of the Panamá Canal, the route around Cape Horn has lost its importance.
6:00 a.m arrival time at Caleta León the Zodiacs are ready for the operation. We have have all the necessary equipment to succeed, no matter men or women are very competent in doing their job. My eyes are half closed and I have not had breakfastyet.
I’m hungry…I’m not a human being when I have nothing in my stomach :-P.
Caleta León- is the name of the bay near the cape, suitable for a landing.
There lives which is responsible for maintaining the meteorological station manned by the Chilean Army. He has a wife a son and a Dog. The 3 of them are those who leave permanently in the island.
This poem was in one of the monuments erected on top for the Cape Horniers with a modern sculpture of an Albatross.
Soy el albatroz que te espera
el el final del mundo
soy el alma olvidada de los marineros muertos
que cruzaron el cabo de Hornos
desde todos los mares de la tierra
pero ellos no murieron
en las furiosas olas
hoy vuelan en mis alas
hacia la eternidad
en la última grieta
de los vientos antárticos.
Sara Vial- December 1992.
Going up to the top of the island we found two amazing photographers from our expedition, Michael in charge of the organization and Tom Jacobi on the back, he is another impresionan creative artist with a beautiful wife inside and outside.
OMG!!! once I was up in the lighthouse, I couldn’t believe what I saw!!!! An independent catalan flag!!! and we were mostly at the end of the world….The only I could think about this phenomenon happening in this moment of my life it was ” no matter were you are, you cannot scape anywhere to forget the problems that you have in your life”. What it matters to me is that people brings their ideals so far end that got stock with no evolution. I’m catalán girl born in Barcelona and also I’m Spanish. But I want to be from the world not from a little minuscule portion from the world. And i love my culture. But I love what the world brings to me.
Here is not all…also the son was wearing a Força Barça sport cothing!!! OMG!!!! ahahahahhahah My mind was taking me back to my childhood…
This is a beautiful wooden Cahpel – Capilla Stella- Maris.
Inside of the lighthouse there were all type of flags, Spanish of course, Mañicos Zaragozaaa!!!! Cool remembers from Fiesta del Pilar. Guys sorry but spanish parties are amazing…:-).
The vegetation is almost like this because of the winds.
Caleta León <3.
Photos by Dona GB.
It will continue…