“Why then do we feel this strange attraction for these polar regions, a feeling so powerful and lasting, that when we return home we forget the mental and physical hardships, and want nothing more than to return to them ? Why are we so susceptible to the charm of these landscapes when they are so empty and terrifying ?”

Jean Baptiste Charcot


“The earth and the sea, here in a breathtaking Chile, are living, palpitating, powerful creatures. The descent towards the South of Chile is of an unsettling beauty, a cold, cruel beauty, but whose light opens the hope of a possible afterlife. Neither God nor the devil gather themselves among the labyrinths of islands and canals" that draw the puzzle of the Chilean fjords.”

Francisco Coloane


“Yet in spite of exceptionally challenging conditions, the indigenous population chose to survive – and they did…What they could not endure, however, and what most of them did not survive, was something altogether different: the systematic destruction of their society, their people and their culture.”

Mark Lynas (2011)

Galapagos Islands

“The Galapagos Islands are probably the most famous wildlife-watching destination in the world. And no wonder - it's almost impossible to exaggerate the sheer spectacle of the place that provided inspiration for Charles Darwin's ground-breaking theory of natural selection.”

Mark Carwardine