Known as Darwin's "enchanted islands", the Galapagos Islands offer enthralling marine life, with a huge variety of ocean fish and glorious seascapes for divers and snorkellers to explore, while ashore on the rugged volcanic terrain the combination of exotic birds, spectacular mammals and fascinating reptiles living unencumbered in their natural habitat sets Galapagos apart.
The famous southern region of South America in Chile and Argentina, Patagonia offers all the dramatic landscape one would expect from the world's ultimate land's end. Here the South American continent falls away in a dazzling explosion of islands, glaciers, icebergs and mountains - truly one of mother nature's grand finales.
To the north lies the region of Aisen and, to the south, Magallanes. Isolated from the rest of Chile by fierce storms and impassable mountains, Magellanes can be reached only by air or overland from Argentina.
Magellanes is also home to the southern city of Punta Arenas, which first became prosperous during the California gold rush. The city's site on the Pacific side of the Magellan Strait made it an ideal trans-shipment point for cargoes rounding the continent. Countless glorious sites in this remarkable region include the Torres del Paine, a spectacular mountain range framing the Park of the same name; the hypnotic waterfalls of Salto Chico and Salto Grande; the Grey, Pingo, del Frances and Dickson glaciers; the magnificent Pehoe, Nordenskjold, Sarmiento, Pingo and Dickson lakes; and the Verde and Azul lagoons.
People have long been fascinated with Antarctica, probably due to this "other-worldly" continent being seen as a symbol of endurance and survival- the last real wilderness on the planet. First spotted in 1819, Antarctica is now becoming an increasingly popular, if remote, yacht charter destination for those seeking the ultimate sailing challenge.
Amidst the solitude of the "White Continent", adventurous travellers can discover an ethereal landscape that will be etched into the memory forever. Very few have ventured onto this appealingly inaccessible continent but those who have rave about the privilege of gazing upon colossal mountain ranges, immense glaciers and luminous, gigantic icebergs set amidst the vast emptiness of the icy polar plateau. Antarctica's terrain teems with wildlife - penguin colonies, birds, seals, albatrosses and enormous whales, to name but a few. Antarctica is a dramatic reminder for those fortunate enough to visit it of the extraordinarily beautiful, raw, serene yet savage power of nature.