“If I only had 5 days to live I would spend 3 of them at South Georgia; the other 2 would be spent getting there.” Fortuna Bay - simply picture-perfect.
No two icebergs are ever alike. And if they have penguins on them, such as these Chinstraps, ice doesn’t get any better.
Only in the Arctic can one feel like Gulliver, a giant amongst the flora and fauna. This Arctic Willow (Salix Arctica) on Ellesmere Island creates a dense carpet just a few inches tall.
Sometimes referred to as “Sea Parrot” or “Sea Clown” the Latin name of Atlantic Puffin is Fratercula arctica, or ”our little brother of the North.”
In 1900 over 100,000 Cheetah ran over their historic range. Today an estimated 9,000-12,000 Cheetah remain in the wild in Africa. Botswana is one of my favorite places to view them.
Described as “a rose-red city half as old as time” by poet John William Burgon, the ancient city of Petra is carved into cliffs of solid, red sandstone swirling with color.
Expedition Leader Shirley Metz
Shirley Metz’s careers and accomplishments have spanned the globe. Shirley became a certified diver at age 16 and while at the University of Hawaii did shark research earning her degrees in Oceanography and Communications. She met her first husband in Hawaii with whom she founded Hobie Sports. She also developed several active clothing lines and consulted to companies such as The North Face.
In 1988 Shirley visited Antarctica and became inspired to work in Antarctic conservation. To raise awareness, Shirley became a member of an international expedition that would attempt to ski 800 miles from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole. On January 17, 1989, the nine-member expedition arrived at world’s end; Shirley made history and her way into the Guinness Book of Records as the first woman to ski overland to the South Pole. A member of the Explorers Club and The Society of Woman Geographers, Shirley continues to raise awareness and support for environmental and cultural projects.
"Shirley is unlike any other guide we know of in the adventure travel industry. She has been a beloved companion in some of the greatest adventures of our lifetimes."
-Don T., New York
Explore a wild part of Antarctica few visitors ever see: south of the Circle, west of the Peninsula, among the little-known islands of the fabled Bellingshausen Sea.
Active volcanoes, kaleidoscopic coral reefs, and rugged, forested islands form the backdrop for the indigenous cultures and WWII history of this fascinating region.
A grand transect of Australia’s wild west coast—pristine reefs, historic archipelagos, seabird bonanzas, and Aboriginal art in the Kimberley’s red sandstone wilderness.
The remote southern islands visited on this voyage are home to some of the most spectacular aggregations of endangered wildlife on the planet.
The ultimate South Atlantic Adventure! In addition to the Falkland Islands and South Georgia, expedition highlights include Gough, Tristan da Cunha and Nightingale Islands.
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One Guanaco; Two Guanacoes?
Lama guanicoe, or Guanacos (correct spelling for the plural of “guanaco”) are humpless camels of the arid and semi-arid habitats of southern South America. Found at elevations up to 14,500 feet, they are related to camels, as are Vicuñas, Llamas, and Alpacas. Standing between 3.5-4 feet high at the shoulder they weigh up to 300 pounds. Found in groups of up to ten females, the young, and a dominant male adult, guanacos are the largest native herbivore in Patagonia. Their soft, padded feet tread on soil and vegetation without damaging the environment and they conserve water like other camels.