Fjords, Glaciers, Lava Tubes: A variety of activity levels allow for all ages to experience Southern Hemisphere fun together, December 23, 2013 – January 3, 2014.
Join other Princeton alumni and their families during the southern hemisphere's summer when the landscapes are majestic and the weather is beautiful. This Journey for all ages to Patagonian Chile offers multiple generations the opportunity to explore fantastic mountain formations, rugged volcanoes, crystalline lakes, giant waterfalls, and massive glaciers with condors circling above, guanacos grazing, and penguins tending their chicks.
After a tour of the cosmopolitan city of Santiago, fly south to Puerto Montt to a spectacularly located lakeside hotel on the shores of Lake Todos los Santos and its neighboring snow-capped Osorno Volcano. Each traveler may choose from a variety of activities suited to his or her desired activity level: Walk through ancient forests, hike mountain trails, zip-line down a canyon, kayak or take a cruise on the crystal-clear Lake Todos los Santos. Last, but not least, there will be an opportunity for a half-day white water-rafting trip on the Petrohué River.
Travel further south to Puerto Montt, Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales and then onto the crown jewel of Patagonia, Torres del Paine National Park. Set amid monolithic granite spires, azure colored lakes, and glaciers, here condors ride on currents above the Andes and foxes, rheas, and guanacos give chase in the windswept pampas.
William Howarth, Professor of English, Emeritus, will serve as Study Leader for this program.
Professor Howarth is an authority on the history and literature of travel, places, and nature. His many books and essays cover a wide range of topics, from the writings of Henry Thoreau and Rachel Carson to journeys across Europe, North and South America, and the amazing academic village of Princeton, NJ. He is former editor of The Writings of Henry D. Thoreau and former chair of the Center for American Places. A contributor to National Geographic, Smithsonian, and American Scholar, he is currently writing a study of Charles Darwin's use of landscape to theorize evolution. The 2009 recipient of Princeton's Award for Excellence in Alumni Education, Professor Howarth has led over fifty previous alumni events, from on-campus seminars to Princeton Journeys. On this Journey he will be joined by naturalist and writer, Anne Matthews *81, who teaches environmental writing at Princeton. The pair will facilitate discussions on the arts of Chile, Darwin's legacy, the ideas of place in the Global South.