At the southernmost point of the South American continent, in the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, the mighty Andes extends as a few rocky islands into Drake Passage, the Antarctic strait connecting the South Atlantic and South Pacific oceans. Horn Island's shingle beaches and steep cliffs support a variety of birds, including kelp geese, steamer ducks, and black-bowed albatross. Storms, strong currents, and icebergs make passage around Cape Horn extremely hazardous. During the era of sailing ships, hundreds of vessels were wrecked while "rounding the Horn". The Dutch navigator Willem Cornelis Schouten, the first European to sail around the cape (1616), named it after his birthplace, Hoorn, Netherlands. Shore excursions to Tierre del Fuego are possible.
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