Coastal South America
The region along the Argentine coast is filled with interesting wildlife, and includes one of the great colonies of penguins outside of Antarctica around Punta Norte on the Peninsula Valdes. These penguins are very approachable within their protected habitat. From there one can follow the coast south, and then head east to the Falkland Islands, a British possession vigorously disputed by the Argentines, who call them The Malvinas. This is a rocky, windswept area with an austere beauty that makes the far southern coast of Tierra del Fuego seem positively lush by comparison. From Ushuaia, one can take the beautiful Beagle Channel (named for Charles Darwin's exploration vessel) to the dramatic region of Chilean fjords before heading north along the verdant, fjord-filled Chilean coast to Valparaiso. Within this gallery, you'll find photographs of all these areas, just a sampling from my many trips into this beautiful region.