On his trip around the world in the 1830s as a naturalist aboard the HMS Beagle, Charles Darwin was particularly impressed by what he saw in the southernmost region of South America, the area known as Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. I traveled much of the same territory by boat recently and have put together a photo essay and brief narrative about the beauty and significance of the area for understanding the evolution of life on earth.

Blue Skies over the ocean at Cape Horn in Patagonia
The spectacular beauty of Cape Horn as we pass through Drake Passage which separates South America from Antarctica. Click on the image of Cape Horn to go on the photo tour and learn more about the scientific importance of this special part of the world: