At this latitude the Andes divide into two ranges and between these lies the magnificent Avenue of the Volcanoes. This remarkable chain of active and dormant volcanoes is within a couple of hours’ drive of the capital and can be seen on a day- or two-day trip, as a tough hiking expedition, or as part of a longer overland journey to the coast.
The Falklands is a special, strange place and those who do make the effort often become repeat visitors. Stanley provides a nice homely stopover on voyages that revolve around wild seas, icebergs and penguins. Pubs, a post office, a cathedral, an excellent museum and good gastronomy at places such as Lafone House and the Waterfront Hotel mean that a stay is not just quirky, but actually very pleasant too.