One to watch: Penguin Post Office on BBC

July 25, 2014
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Thursday night the BBC aired its latest episode from the brilliant series Natural World and here at Latin Routes it did a great job of reminding us why we love the Antarctic so much. The fascinating hour long programme, Penguin Post Office, was filmed over a 6 month period on the Island of Goudier in the Antarctic Peninsular.

The show follows a colony of over 4000 Gentoo Penguins that live just outside the island’s only Post Office in Port Lockroy. The Gentoo is one of 17 species of penguins that breed in the Antarctic and sub Antarctic islands… that’s a lot of penguins! The film crew documented the colony’s story throughout the 6 month stay, showing us how comical, mischievous and resilient the little Gentoos can be.

I wanted to know more about the filming of the show so I started reading the Penguin Post Office blog (, which I found to be a delightful and completely absorbing read. If you’re wondering what it is like being down in the magical untouched land of the Antarctic with so many wonderful creatures, the blog gives plenty of detailed descriptions that will make you feel as though you are right there with the team, watching the penguins dive in and out of the glassy water and hearing the occasional sound of breaking icebergs.

Penguin Post Office gives you only a glimpse of what there is to be discovered in the Antarctic, but the amount of sights to be seen down at the end of the world is ENORMOUS… just like its icebergs. For many, travelling to the Antarctic is a once in a lifetime adventure and something that needs to be organised perfectly in order to make the dream a reality. This is where Latin Routes come in.


We work with a variety of Antarctic Cruise Companies that each offer something different to the other, so that we can provide the right trip for every customer. There are a great range of itineraries available through each company, so take a look through them on our website to find the perfect one for you.

If you were captivated by the Gentoo penguins and want to see them for yourself then perhaps your chosen operator should be Exodus. Their 12 day Antarctic Circle Quest takes you through the Drake Passage and down to the Antarctic Peninsular, stopping at Livingstone Island where you can mingle among a colony of Gentoo penguins, just like those followed on Penguin Post Office. Another of our operators, G Adventures, will aim to show you six different species of penguins on its 11 day Antarctica Classic, starting from just £2999 per person. Other itineraries explore as far as the South Georgia islands, the Falkland Islands or the Chilean Fjords, where you’ll find many different species of flora and fauna to marvel at.

To browse all Antarctic itineraries available to book through Latin Routes – click here.

To request our free Antarctic Travel Guide – click here.

To speak to one of our Antarctic Travel Specialists for more information – click here.

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