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Old February 7th, 2002, 10:08 PM
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Default Best Books Around the HORN

Many posts suggest much reading time and bring itinerary related books! So, any suggestions for best books for Rio around the Horn 32 days back to San Diego departing 3/17 on the Mercury.
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Old February 8th, 2002, 11:19 AM
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Steve: Best book I've found: Frommers: Argentina& Chile..I am planning to take it on the cruise. Ed.
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Old February 8th, 2002, 09:19 PM
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We took the following:

Nautical maps of the coast of Chile, Falklands, and Cape Horn/Terra del Fuego:

Had to order these from our local nautical map supply house, but with the GPS they were invaluable to our compulsion to always know right where we are at any time.


Cape Horn: The Story of the Cape Horn Region:


This book was written in 1938, so you have to be a little forgiving about some of the frankly racist remarks about the Terra del Fuego natives (written by an ex-Royal Navy officer). It does have very good and detailed information about the early Spanish, Dutch and English explores, as well as great stories from the days of the clipper ships. Maps only fair, so good to consult your own while reading. Order early if you want is as Amazon had to order for us.

We also re-read (for the 3rd time) this classic:

Sailing Alone Around the World (Slocom)


Published in 1900, this is the story of the first man to sail solo around the world. Great stories about his experiences rounding the Horn.
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Old February 9th, 2002, 12:05 PM
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Just read a good book that may not be available outside UK.
"In Darwins Wake " by John Campbell, subtitle...Revisiting Beagles south american anchorages.
Story of a trip in a large luxuary yacht from Uk round SA that visits all Darwins places that he stopped at, Rio, Falklands,Cape horn, Beagle Channel, Punta Arenas, Fjords, Valparaiso etc. Good photos of Falklands, wildlife, Glaciers etc, Narative switches between his interpretation of Darwins/Fitzroy's journal and what they found & their experiences in the same place's. I found it very interesting as we go in december & I was down there in 1950's
ISBN is 1-85310-755-7
You may be able to find a copy through a library, I found my copy in a "remainder" bookshop in UK for 4 GBP
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