Ainsworth Bay, Marinelli Glacier and the Gabriel Channel

Ainsworth Bay, Marinelli Glacier and the Gabriel Channel

 

When you land on the beach at Ainsworth Bay, in the Tierra del Fuego region of Chile, you'll notice it is littered with icebergs that have been stranded by the receding tide. Their source is the Marinelli Glacier, which can be spotted off in the distance. It is in a state of retreat, beginning as early as 1960.
Ainsworth Bay is a coastal inlet fed by the Marinelli Glacier. Here, you can take a walk through the tide pools and into the adjoining forest area, where you'll discover the fascinating local ecosystem, including califate berries (which make a delightful jam), mushrooms, Indian Bread (a mushy fungus that grows on trees), lichens and moss, beaver dams, cormorants, ducks and some condors soaring high above.
The Gabriel Channel is also called the Waterfall Channel, and you'll count as many as 100 waterfalls cascading down the cliffs. Albatrosses and petrels will accompany you as you cruise along this stretch of nearly 20 nautical miles of sea.

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