Antarctic map courtesy of Hogweard
Seals enjoying the Beagle Channel, Ushuaia. The other South American country close to Antarctica is Chile, the port is Punta Arenas.
Most Antarctic cruises last at least 6 days and use boats that range from small expedition vessels to luxury ships and can include skiing, sea kayaking and even camping on Antarctica. All vessels will include guides and onboard lectures on the local wildlife, climate conditions and geography.
South Georgia is the most visited island in the Antarctic Circle while Chile, Argentina, New Zealand and South Africa are the closest countries, with Australia close behind.