Cape Horn, Chile

Cape Horn, Chile is the southernmost area of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago of southern Chile.  It is located on the Hornos Island.  The waters here can be quite dangerous with strong winds, icebergs and large waves.  It has thus been referred to as a sailors’ graveyard.  Fortunately for many, when the Panama Canal was opened in 1914 the need to sail this route around Cape Horn was greatly reduced.  Despite these generally dangerous waters there is a tourism industry in Cape Horn and below you can see a group of people on a tour boat viewing penguins on the Antarctic Peninsula from Cape Horn.

A tour group from Cape Horne in Chile reaches the Antarctic Peninsula on the world’s most remote continent.  (Photo credit: Stewart Cohen/Getty Images, p. 28-29 from 100 Countries, 5,000 Ideas: Where to Go, When to Go, What to See by National Geographic.)

There are many annual yacht races around the world and these races will often include a route through Cape Horn.  While it is a dangerous route, it is also an icon or sailors appearing in sailing journals and literature.  Those who sail through the entirely of Cape Horn may be granted membership into the exclusive group called the International Association of Cape Horners.