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Notorious for welcoming guests with strong gusts of wind, icebergs, and rocky waters, Cape Horn's dark black cliff (known as the "Horn") has enchanted travelers since the 1600s. This alluring cape just south of Tierra del Fuego once served as the gateway between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Before the Panama Canal was built in 1914, sailors had to brace themselves for a long journey around South America. On his voyage in 1892, Charles Darwin wrote, "On our weather-bow this notorious promontory in its proper form—veiled in a mist, and its dim outline surrounded by a storm of wind and water." Today, Cape Horn's grandeur still draws daring explorers from across the globe.

Most travelers agree that embarking on a cruise to this natural wonder is an extraordinary experience. One TripAdvisor user raves, "Rounding Cape Horn was almost a spiritual event, as this is the southernmost land mass north of Antarctica." However, previous visitors warn that the wind and seas can be brutal: Be sure to hold on to your hat as you pass Cape Horn’s windy perch.

The best way to view Cape Horn is by sea. Victory Cruises offers four-night excursions that round Cape Horn and sail through Drake Passage (the waterway that leads to Antarctica) starting at $1,120 USD per passenger. If you would prefer to admire Cape Horn from the air, Aerovías DAP offers daily one-hour flights from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams, which is located just north of Cape Horn. To learn more about how to navigate between Tierra del Fuego and Cape Horn, consult our guide to Getting Around Chilean Patagonia.

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#3 Tierra del Fuego This enchanting triangular archipelago is separated from the southernmost tip of Chilean Patagonia by the Strait of Magellan and has captivated the minds of explorers, scientists, and curious wanderers. Portuguese ... Read more » Thierry Dupradou / Sernatur

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#7 Porvenir Porvenir (meaning "future") is a beautiful settlement in Southern Chilean Patagonia, located on Chile's sliver of Tierra del Fuego. As a former port for European immigrants during the 1800s ... Read more » Luis Bertea / Sernatur

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Cape Horn's black peaks rise from the water in a misty haze, adding to their enchantment. JorgeBRAZIL / Flickr

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