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Extraordinary Travel Destinations: Antarctica

Extraordinary Travel Destinations: Antarctica: #bevhillsmag #antarctica #traveldestinations #luxurytravel #extraordinaryjourneys
Extraordinary Travel Destinations: Antarctica: #bevhillsmag #antarctica #traveldestinations #luxurytravel #extraordinaryjourneys

Known as the white continent, grab your spot with Extraordinary Journeys to become one of the firsts to visit Antarctica after the pandemic. Surrounded by water, you will enjoy unparalleled views of seascapes, glaciers, and icebergs. 

Still known as the last untouched wilderness on earth, The White Continent is now more accessible to travelers than ever before. Antarctica offers unrivaled wildlife viewing and unparalleled remoteness, making the serene landscape the perfect place to socially distance right now. 

With all cruises from November 2020-March 2021 postponed due to the pandemic, the majority of affected guests have been rescheduled to the upcoming 2021-2022 season. Thus, Extraordinary Journeys suggests either trying to grab a last-minute spot, or planning your voyage for next year. 

The landmass of Antarctica—averaging around 8,000 feet in elevation—is surrounded by water, making the destination full of dramatic landscapes and seascapes. Kayak amongst towering giant glaciers and turquoise icebergs, camp on the continent itself, hike in untouched places, visit scientific research bases, waddle with penguins, and if you’re daring enough—take a dip into the Southern Ocean, you never know when a humpback might pay you a visit. 

Perfect For 

Those with a robust budget and a true sense of adventure (without compromising the finer side of life. 

Recommended Itinerary

Extraordinary Journeys recommends an itinerary with White Desert, true pioneers of luxury in Antarctica. Unlike most trips to Antarctica that depart from South America, this journey has you flying on a Gulfstream private jet from Cape Town, South Africa, and arriving on Wolf’s Fang runway, specially crafted for safely landing on ice.

With only 12 guests on each trip with White Desert and professional polar explorers as your guides, the day’s itineraries are tailored to each individual. From gentle treks and picnics overlooking the ice waves to more adrenaline-fueled activities, such as kite-skiing and ice climbing.

 The highlight on a multi-night itinerary is flying 2 hours along the coast to an emperor penguin colony of over 3,000 breeding pairs and their newly hatched chicks. These rarely visited penguins are unafraid of humans and often waddle right up to you – it’s an honor to witness such a rare and secluded wildlife spectacle. 

Travel Restrictions & Requirements 

While Antarctica itself does not have any COVID-19 travel restrictions or entry requirements, tours start from South Africa, Argentina, and Chile and travelers must abide by those country’s restrictions. 

South Africa

Proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test conducted within 72 hours prior to arrival in South Africa.

Argentina

Proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test conducted within 72 hours of arrival into Argentina AND proof of vaccination.A COVID-19 PCR test will be conducted between the 5th and 7th day of Travel (it has been announced that this requirement will no longer be needed, however, it is not yet officially stated by law).

Travelers must show proof of insurance that covers medical assistance and must fill out a health declaration form online 48 hours prior to entry.  

Chile

To enter Chile, travelers must validate proof of their vaccination online by applying for the Mobility Pass (mevacuno.gob.cl) 30-45 days before arrival to allow time for the approval process.

Proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test conducted within 72 hours of the flight (last leg) to Chile AND proof of vaccination. All travelers entering Chile will have a PCR test conducted at the airport upon arrival. 

Travelers must wait for negative results in a hotel before proceeding with their trip. Fill out the “Affidavit for Travelers” form online, up to 48 hours before departure www.c19.cl.

Peace Adebola
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