Joan's Trip to Antarctica

Joan Joesting-Mahoney visited Prince George Island on the Antarctic Peninsula on Jan. 20, 2010. She flew from Orlando to Miami on the evening of the 18'th, flew to Santiago, Chile the following morning, and then to Punta Arenas. From there she flew with 5 other passengers on a day trip with Victory Cruises on a 3 1/2 hour flight to a remote, dirt airstrip which can be seen in the map below. There is a Chilean research station about 1 mile away, population 40.

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The flight to Antarctica is scheduled over a 4 day window that depends on last minute weather conditions, requiring a 5 day stay in Punta Arenas. She returned to Florida on Jan. 27.

Taking off from Punta Arenas.

Can I fly?

Sure, why not?

Antarctica is somewhere down there.

On the ground in Antarctica.

A small church on a hill.

Where am I?


Where are the penguins?


Population 40.

Here are the penguins. The group took a boat ride to a nearby island.

The tour group.

Ready to fly back to Punta Arenas.

Strait of Magellan.

Bus trip to Argentina.

Street vendor in Punta Arenas, Chile.

It is good luck to touch the foot of the statue.

Musician in Punta Arenas.

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