Almost there. The flight map on board LAN Chile.
Food on board LAN Chile, I was happy with that airline.
Descending down on Santiago airport, a a view of the fertile central valley between the coastal Chilean mountain range and the Andes.
Coffee (Nescafé), at Santiago airport while waiting for the connecting flight to Punta Arenas.
The DC-8 Airborne Laboratory in the foreground and the LAN Chile plane that I arrived on in the background.
A former Kazakh Ilyushin 76 which was bought by a company in Utah (Antarctic Logistics and Expeditions) that specializes in taking researchers and tourists to the South Pole for only $45,000. Here's a video of that same plane landing in Antarctica: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHDggWDNYdc
Sunset in Punta Arenas
A local specialty, Chupe de Mariscos, or seafood casserole. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/specials/2010/01/100121_recioes_jan2.shtml)
Cockpit of the DC-8
Ice penetrating radar instruments give us a view of what's under the ice sheet.
Getting some work done.
We flew by the stunning Patagonian landscape en route to Antarctica.
A glacier carving its way through the rugged Patagonian landscape.
We overflew another glacier in Patagonia, this one has calved (gave birth to icebergs).
The Larsen Ice Shelf on the Antarctic Peninsula
The highly crevassed Recovery Glacier. The crevasses are formed because of the stress induced in the glacier because of different parts moving at different speeds.
The Shackleton Mount Range in Antarctica.