“Tremendum et Fascinans”

Mar 15, 2016 11:07:24 AM

Leopard Seal

All around the world there are fascinating places: The immensity of Machu Picchu, the mystery of the moai on Easter Island, or the ancient wisdom you breathe just walking by the Acropolis in Athens, just to mention a few. All one of them boast a huge amount of “fascinans” that captures the imagination of visitors.
However, when you contemplate nature, the fascination always comes with the impressive, the overwhelming — the “tremendum” — transforming the experience into something even more unforgettable.

Called “tremendum et fascinans” by the ancients, this feeling of awe was something that all of us experienced this morning as we visited Parry Fjord. The great frozen amphitheater surprised and fascinated us with a plot that no writer could ever produce: mountains flanking the path of our Zodiac boat, magnificent glaciers all around, and a sleepy leopard seal resting on a floating slab of glacial ice. Neither the rain nor the wind dampened the experience or the satisfaction of having observed what we saw during our journey up the sound.

Unless you’ve seen it with your own eyes, it’s almost impossible for the mind to imagine the wonders that Patagonia has reserved for those who visit her.

Topics: Excursions

Germán Briseño

Written by Germán Briseño

Expedition Guide - He was born and grew up in Santiago until becoming an adult, at which point beginning a period of travel that would allow him to work and study in different parts of the world: Art History and science in Connecticut and Philosophy in New York. He travelled to the old continent where he pursued a degree in Philosophy specializing in Anthropology and spending his free time freelancing as a tourism guide in Rome. Before finally returning to his homeland, he served as a professor of ethics and civics in Mexico City.He moved from the piazzas and basilicas of Rome and the classrooms of Mexico City to set down in beautiful Patagonia where he combines his passions: discovery – enjoying the beauty and harmony and pleasure of accompanying groups of tourists to share the richness of the Magallanes and to somehow return the cordiality he received during his stay abroad. Among his interests is the study of the pioneers in the Magallanes just like Gunther Pluschow and Alberto De Agostini. LANGUAGES : English, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.