The End of the World

Trip Start Oct 14, 2009
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Trip End Dec 03, 2009


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Flag of Argentina  , Patagonia,
Thursday, October 29, 2009

Another long bus ride, this time 11 hours! That includes another border crossing from Chile back into Argentina. But the bus was comfortable. We slept, read, listened to our Ipod and watched the scenery change from the flat Patagonian plains back to the mountains in the southern tip of the Andes and the Tierra del Fuego National Park.

Ushuaia is known as Fin del Mundo (End of the World) here, as its the Southernmost City in the World. It is a pretty small city, but there are quite a few things to do down here. It is quite a big port town, lots of cruise ships and ships from here also sail to Antarctica.

We spent the first day on a 3 hour boat ride through the Beagle Channel checking out the diverse wildlife - penguins, cormorants, albatross, fur seals and various other birdlife. There is also a lighthouse known as the ´Last Lighthouse on Earth´, but there is really another one just further south on a Chilean island (you can see Chile from Ushuaia which is in the southern tip of Argentina, the border is messed up!). We also walked on an a small island that used to be inhabited by the indigenous Yamana people (who didn´t wear clothes?!?!? It is FREEZING here, year round!).

After the boat ride Dave and I walked the town. It is quite an interesting town, with two casinos, a shopping mall with lots of international brands, and lots of salons and upscale shops. I guess they are catering to the Antarctica and cruise ship clientele who have some money.

We spent the next day in Tierra del Fuego National Park doing a short hike through the trails. We didn't go as a group, but just a few of us went. We saw some wild Patagonian horses, more birds and some great scenery of the end of the Andes ranges with all the snow capped mountains. It started raining just as we arrived at the visitor center and restaurant, so we enjoyed a great lunch with a great view! Then we caught the bus back to town and spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing and enjoying the small town before our final meal in the town. We had some delicious local seafood!

One night in Buenos Aires tomorrow and then we're off on our own for a few days in Santiago and Valparaiso, Chile.
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