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Venezuelan migrants arrive by boat to Cape Horn, the world’s most dangerous sea route

When Leonardo Rodríguez, audiovisual producer and photographer, learned about the adventure that the Chilean Jorge Salamanca, who rented him his sailboat on several occasions, was going to do, he immediately proposed to document the trip.

The route includes traveling from Spain to Cape Horn (Chile), the southern border of the South American continent and one of the most dangerous maritime challenges in the world.

Rodríguez did not expect that that journey would make him one of the few Venezuelans, perhaps the first (he has yet to confirm it) to reach this part of the world.

Venezuelan Migrants Arrive By Boat To Cape Horn, The World'S Most Dangerous Sea Route

“Jorge told me about his project. He is Chilean and has lived in Spain for over 40 years after immigrating in the eighties. He told me about his whole struggle as a migrant and his childhood dream to sail the southern seas. His great-grandfather and ancestors were part of the Chilean navy (…) he intended to sail from Spain to Cape Horn with his sailboat,” he said.

“I don’t know anything about navigation, but when I researched Cape Horn and the feat that Jorge wanted to do, the adventure got me and I told him that we had to document it. I told him: ‘If allowed I am, I will join this ship with you and we will document this adventure, which I do not see as a good precedent; I think it is very unique and exclusive at this time,” said the Venezuelan in an interview with the Voice of America .

The trip to Cape Horn

Cape Horn is the last point on land before Antarctica, where the two most important oceans in the world meet: Pacific and Atlantic.

Navigation in this area is considered dangerous due to many conditions, such as its southern latitude, the almost complete absence of land, strong winds, waves exceeding 30 meters in height and even ice floes. The characteristics of these waters caused about 1,000 shipwrecks and at least 10,000 deaths.

Leonardo Rodríguez had this information in mind, so he insisted on documenting it.

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