An article from, written by

Caleta Olla, Patagonia

Photo story: Patagonia

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Kiwi Roa stayed in southern Patagonia over two winters. While cold, the weather tends to remain fine and relatively dry. The region undergoes some remarkable transformations. Below, some of our favorite areas are revisited to witness them in their winter guises.

First Winter

Come autumn, and the scene in Puerto Williams is typical of the sight of coming winter all around the world.

Autumn, Puerto Williams

Visual signs of the lowering temperatures are abundant.

Frozen grass

Kiwi Roa is not the only yacht brave enough to stay over winter. The folk on this American yacht either have it harder or are more snug, we can’t decide. If the snow on the hills behind is compared to earlier photos of the same coastline, the story of the temperature is told.

Nereid in the Beagle

Seno Pia does not look drastically different, but we like this scene so here’s a second photo.

Seno Pia, winter
Seno Pia

And here is another illustration of the crevices on the glacier itself. Note the figure in orange for scale.

Pia crevices

The water is clogged with ice and the surface freezes overnight. Shorelines can present problems if they become trapped in or under the ice.

Seno Pia surface ice
Surface ice

Peter helped an American scientist install a weather station on top of Isla Diablo in the Beagle Channel.

Isla Diablo weather station
Weather station

In Ushuaia, the cityscape is now recognizable as the winter resort it likes to market itself as.

Ushuaia harbor
Ushuaia harbor

Ushuaia is typically wet in the summer and brings snow in the winter.

Snow on deck
Snow on deck

The salt environment is not enough to prevent this. The driveway will need clearing in the morning.

Snow filling cockpit
Snow filling cockpit

Ashore, life continues much as before.

Ushuaia, winter
Winter in Ushuaia

The nearby skifields do a good business.

Ushuaia skiing

This island just off Ushuaia is home to a dense colony of seals.

Ushuaia seal colony
Seal colony

These are earless or “true” seals. On land, they are awkward, moving by a combination of sliding and flexing their spines from side to side.

Earless seals
Earless seals

Back in Puerto Williams across the channel in Chile.


The below photo is the same scene as the one at the top of the page – full circle for this season.

Winter, Puerto Williams

More winter landscapes, including Cape Horn, follow on the next and final page where we skip to the second winter.