TRAVEL ES­SEN­TIALS

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GET­TING TO ANTARC­TICA

Fly to Buenos Aires; from there con­nect to Ushuaia (south­ern­most tip of Ar­gentina) and onto the ship

FOOD

Chefs are in­ter­na­tion­ally trained; the menu changes ev­ery day. Break­fast and lunch is usu­ally a buf­fet. Dinner is plated ser­vice, with a choice of three main dishes. A veg­e­tar­ian choice is al­ways of­fered; desserts are fab­u­lous. Af­ter­noon tea with pas­tries or cook­ies is served at 4 pm ev­ery day. Fresh pas­tries that ar­rive warm from the oven for early birds can be en­joyed at 6 am.

COSTS

range be­tween USD 7000 to USD 17000 per per­son de­pend­ing on cabin type

WEATHER

Fe­bru­ary’s tem­per­a­tures range be­tween + 10 de­grees Cel­sius to – 15 de­grees Cel­sius.

WHEN TO GO

From Oc­to­ber to De­cem­ber, it’s cov­ered in snow to the wa­ter’s edge. Pen­guins build high­ways as they wad­dle the same path, from the sea to their nests. Dur­ing this pe­riod, pen­guins, shags and seabirds court and lay their eggs. From De­cem­ber through Fe­bru­ary, the snow re­treats, ex­pos­ing rocky head­lands. Pen­guin chicks hatch and their par­ents spend end­less hours feed­ing their hun­gry young. From Mid-Fe­bru­ary to March, the whales return to feed, seals haul out on the beach­heads and pen­guins. High­lights for trav­ellers are whales, red snow and fledg­ing gen­too pen­guins.

CLOTH­ING

Base layer (long un­der­wear); in­su­la­tion layer (stretch top and bot­toms); loft jacket, pullover or vest; wa­ter­proof pants; wa­ter­proof trekking shoes; heavy­weight socks made of wool or wool blend; sock lin­ers, hats and wind­proof and wa­ter­proof ski gloves and lin­ers.

RESER­VA­TIONS

Ibex Ex­pe­di­tions P Ltd., Tel: 91-11-26460246, 26460244. Email: ibex@ibex­ex­pe­di­tions. com Web­site: www. ibex­ex­pe­di­tions.com

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