Last week there was some excitement. We saw a bunch of penguins at the End of the World, Ushuaia, Argentina and I placed in the top 3 for the We Said Go Travel Writing Contest! Keeping the excitement rolling, let’s see what the most southernly city in the world looked like.
Welcome to the End of the World, Ushaiua, Argentina.
There’s the town of Ushuaia – with Antarctica in the distance! 😉
We hiked up to Glaciar Martial.
No going on the glacier without proper training and equipment.
Looking at this picture, it looks like this hike would have taken all day. It wasn’t that hard and seems like we spent a leisurely half day hiking to get this view.
I don’t know the name of this plant, but I think it looks awesome.
It was just beautiful.
I’m sorry I don’t know the name.
I could have put just one picture in –
– but I liked them all so much.
I don’t know the name of this plant either, but it sure looked hardy.
What I loved most about this tandem bike set up was the stick. They attached that stick somewhere on their bike just to prop it up.
Look at the glass in the tower of that window.
We didn’t go, but this restaurant was supposed to have amazing crab.
Expressive mural depicting the first inhabitants to the area.
We went to the Thematic Gallery which had life like statues and we could step into the scenes and role play.
That’s me next to what the very first inhabitants of the area used to dress like for special ceremonies.
I take steering a ship very seriously.
Me being very sad to be locked up like a prisoner.
Tiff hanging out with Ernest Shackelton. How cool was that!?
And finally, I was working down at the docks in the classic yellow jacket next to a king penguin.
Chris also takes steering a ship very seriously. Although he is not looking forward at the rocks he was about to hit!
He also posed for way less pictures.
Ushuaia was a neat place to walk around and see all the ships leaving for Antarctica.
For whatever reason birds flocked to this half sunken ship.
It made for quite an attraction to simply stand and watch the hundreds of birds fussing about this old ship.
We saw a beaver walking around town. Beavers are an invasive species to the area and are causing a lot of havic to the natural ecosystems. We hitched a ride with a Chilean biologist who was working in the national park trying to determine the best course of actions to deal with all the beavers. None the less, it was pretty funny to see this beaver walking around the streets.
We also sat on the tiniest bench ever.
Although I don’t know if I look as small as Chris.
Ushuaia would be an interesting place to spend a year and see all the seasons. We enjoyed our time hanging out at the End of the World and I can’t wait till we can go back and be one of the people getting on the boats to go to Antarctica!
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If you go:
We stayed at Camping La Pista del Andino and it was great. Lodging is expensive in Argentina and if you are set up to camp, you will save a lot. We usually walked into town from the campground (all down hill!) and as it started to get dark, took a taxi (all up hill!) back to the campground. Even paying for the taxi, it was way cheaper to stay at the campground than any of the hostels in town.
Camping for 2 ppl ~$120 ARS – $15 USD
Taxi ~ $32 ARS each time – $3.75 USD
Thematic Museum $160 ARS – $19 USD