A trip around Cape Horn is an expedition in itself and is said to be a quest that many explorers pursue in the same way that they would make a bid to climb Everest. In the days before the construction of the Panama Canal, the sometimes treacherous Cape was the only route for ships travelling from the east coast of the Americas into the Pacific. This famous point is still used as a milestone for ships today and many sailors choose to take this route when attempting a trip around the world. It marks the beginning of the Drake Passage and is one of the most southerly points of South America.
If weather permits, certain Antarctic expeditions may make a stop here and anyone lucky enough to achieve this will be glad that they did. The stunning Cape Horn National Park awaits those who do manage to lay anchor, in which many animals and seabirds have made their home. There is also a memorial monument that pays tribute to all of the sailors who have lost their lives in the often tumultuous seas.
The name Cape Horn is an anglicised version of the Dutch name 'Kaap Hoorn', a title given in honour of the Dutch town of Hoorn. Over time the island on which it is situated has become known as Hornos and the Cape is often referred to by English speaking sailors as simply 'the Horn'.
There is a strong presence from Chile found on Hoorn Island, thanks to a navy station which includes a lighthouse and a chapel as part of its structure.