Tierra del Fuego

My first tour in Ushuaia was to the national park called Tierra del Fuego. We started off at the end of the world train station. It’s a replica of a train prisoners used to take when they were brought to Ushuaia in 1896. The prisoners were primarily repeat offenders so it was the really bad dudes who were sent to Ushuaia!
The train ride was expensive and pretty lame. We basically circled around hills, tree stumps and a small stream for an hour. Fortunately, I met an interesting guy from England so we hung out throughout the tour and had lunch when it was over. Nick was very well-travelled. He has been to Australia, Japan, Nigeria, India and many more places. We exchanged stories about our adventures around the world. It was great to speak in English and we both agreed it was the most in depth conversation we had in days. (more…)

Wildlife on the Beagle Channel

On my last day in Ushuaia, I booked a boat trip on the Beagle Channel and prayed for good weather. The waterway was discovered in 1830 and is 180 kms long. It provides a divide between Argentina and Chile.
Fortunately, I woke up to a beautiful day and had a feeling that this was going to be a much better excursion than the one yesterday. Our first stop was to watch the sea lions. They are so comical, especially as they sluggishly move from one rock to another. They are very agile in water but the complete opposite on land! (more…)

The end of the world!

On a short plane ride, I landed in Ushuaia – the most southern city in the world. It’s 1,000 kms from Antarctica and the most common entry point for travellers heading there.
I could not imagine anywhere comparing to Calafate, but the aerial view of Ushuaia was impressive. I felt like I was flying into a land of a thousand mountains and trees. It reminded me of Vancouver and Banff in western Canada. Ushuaia has a population of 60,000. It is completely surrounded by mountains and is a major port for ships. (more…)

Enchanted with El Calafate

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I had heard that El Calafate was a special place but didn’t understand why until I saw it with my own eyes. As soon, as I landed at the airport I was greeted by an incredible indigo blue lake. It was even more beautiful than the lagoon in San Rafael.
The landscape on the ride to the hotel was just as amazing. However, the highlight of El Calafate is the glaciers. There are 13 in the province and I went to see the most famous one on the second day of my stay.

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