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Ushuaia

Fin del Mundo

We left the steamy tropical rain forest and headed straight to the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia. Ushuaia is at the tip of Argentina, in Tierra del Fuego. It is situated 1000 meters from Antarctica. It is known for its unpredictable weather and having four seasons in a day. We lucked out and had rather nice weater.
The first day we hiked to Martial glacier. We took the chairlift to the top for a spectacular panoramic view of the Beagle Channel.
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We tried to follow the trail but it was covered in snow and a fellow hiker warned us that a river flowed beneath. Without a guide we figured it was safer to turn back.
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The following day we took a boat ride through the Beagle Channel. We cruised past sea lions lounging on rocks. Incredible being so close to them. IMG_1007.jpg

We sailed past the Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse which is often confused with the lighthouse at the end of the world.
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We disembarked to see the penguin colony. It was nesting season so all of the mother penguins were guarding their eggs and newborns from the predator birds. It felt like we were in a Discovery channel special.

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Ushuaia is a whimsical fishing village. There is far more to do there than I would have expected at the end of the world. Due to its location, the sun only set at 11pm and there was always a small portion of the sky that was never completely dark. Very strange experience.

We visited Tierra del Fuego National park and went for a beautiful hike along the lake.

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Ushuaia is one of my favorite places that I have seen. I am happy that we went there despite everyone saying to skip it in favor of other parts of Patagonia because it is "boring"

Posted by jackiekslp 16:06

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