Journey to the End of the World with Azamara
Located at the southernmost tip of South America, Cape Horn is a legend in maritime annals. It was (and continues to be) one of the most challenging nautical routes on the planet—particularly for the clipper ships of the 18th through the 20th centuries that carried much of the world’s trade.
Although that changed with the opening of the Panama Canal in 1914, which made for a much shorter and safer passage, the mystique of Cape Horn has attracted explorers, fortune hunters, and adventure seekers since it was first sailed through in 1616 by Dutch navigators Jakob Le Maire and Willem Schouten. (Schouten named the point “Cape Hoorn” after his hometown of Hoorn in Holland.)
Other than the lighthouse guardian and his family, the land is virtually uninhabited, treeless, windswept, and truly one of the last great frontiers on Earth. For modern-day cruisers, Cape Horn is definitely a bucket-list journey of a lifetime—and there’s no better cruise line, or captain, to take you there than Azamara.
Vast numbers of gulls and other seabirds can be seen riding the strong wind currents in and around Cape Horn. Keep an eye (and your binoculars) out for southern giant petrels, kelp geese, albatrosses, and Magellanic oystercatchers and woodpeckers.
The monument is located on Hornos Island at the southernmost point of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, and is dedicated to the countless sailors who lost their lives circumnavigating the Cape. Designed in the shape of an albatross, it stands seven meters high and is able to withstand gusts of up to 201 km/h (125 mph).
Fjords & Glaciers
Fjords & Glaciers
Take in the breathtaking sights of majestic fjords and glacial alleys that can be found throughout the Tierra del Fuego archipelago. Then watch the collision of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans that peak here at Cape Horn, which has been part of the UNESCO Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve since 2015.