1. Posted by peeps (Full Member 114 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

im starting to plan a trip to south america early next year and i was wondering has anyone here been to antarctica?
if so what company did u go through? was it worth it? where did you leave from?

[ Edit: Edited on May 21, 2007, at 8:37 AM by peeps ]

2. Posted by bentivogli (Respected Member 2398 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Visiting Antarctica fortunately is something that only the happy few and the very patient can afford... it should stay that way; I think one shouldn't want to go there at all.

But, if you must; you can try to get a boat from Punta Arenas or Ushuaia.

3. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

as I know Antarctica Trips start from Ushuaia.
Prices from $ 6000.00 up !!
not really for backpackers;)

4. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Quoting marlis

Prices from $ 6000.00 up!!

Unless prices have gone up considerably in the last few months, you can get a cruise for about $3500US+ from Ushuaia at the start of the season (in mid-late november) or at the end of the season around February. If you turned up on the day of a cruise you might be able to get it considerably cheaper if someone has made a cancellation or not turned up. I've heard prices can be slashed about 50% if you tried this method, but you have a very high chance that you will miss out, so I wouldn't count on getting a spot on a cruise if you don't book a long way in advance. I hope you have a load of spare money if you are set on going to Antarctica!

Unfortunately this is one plavce I am yet to venture to, but I have dreams of going there (just need to win lotto first)! I have heard plenty of people say how magnificent it is and bring a large memory card in your digital camera because it will be filled up easily.

If you are really interested, send me a PM and I can give you a few sites that have information on Antarctic cruises.

[ Edit: Edited on May 23, 2007, at 3:08 AM by aharrold45 ]

5. Posted by peeps (Full Member 114 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

thanks everyone.
im not rolling in money but its somewhere im willing to save all my pennies to go to.

6. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5672 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

When I was in South America, I met some people who were travelling for a long period of time in south america and went to Punta Arenas and could join a chilean navy vessel to supply in Antarctica. It's not that you would see the same as tourist ships, but they paid around 1000 dollar for a 3 week trip!