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Published on Jun 23, 2010
The weather on our Patagonia trip with International Expeditions was great, it was never very cold. It was a wonderful vacation. Our ship, The Mare Australis, held 98 passengers and we had 5 guides, all with different specialties. We would usually have a lecture before each departure so you really got an understanding of what you were about to see. One thing that really impressed us was if the guides didn't know the answer to a question and there was a passenger on the boat that might, they would ask them. Specifically, there was a glaciologist professor from a university on the trip that gave us great insight on more than one occasion. We were both very impressed with the quality of the food. Many of the local dishes were perfectly spiced and all were delicious. Visiting the abandoned sheep station was one of our favorite excursions, there were meadows full of wildflowers, spectacular! The majesty of the icebergs was an unforgettable experience. The observation deck was an excellent place for me to film. From a pure science standpoint this trip was probably the best we have ever taken. Geology, biology, history, glaciology, we were bombarded with information--we loved it. The excursions were interesting and diverse. Several times we split up, Bob to photograph wildlife, Nan to see and learn more about the way of life in the far southern hemisphere.