Base Naval Ushuaia

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  • Day221

    Ushuaia, argentina

    December 13, 2017 in Argentina

    After a few nights in a nice hotel in B.A., we met with our tour group for orientation. Then, a short, bumpy 3 hour charter flight took us to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Ushuaia is set on the Beagle Channel and is steeped in an amazing history of famous explorers and exploration. We’ll be spending more time here at the end of our Antarctica trip and are looking forward to learning more.
    After a quick lunch and short hike in the stunning mountains, we boarded our ship. It was ridiculously exciting to suddenly be on a ship, casting off and heading towards an adventure we’d been anticipating for a long time.
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  • Day236


    December 28, 2017 in Argentina

    Sadly, we had to leave the ship but were excited to catch up with our dear friends, Marc and Rowena, for a few hours before they boarded our same ship for their Antarctic adventure. We tried not to tell them too much as they were in for an amazing trip, but it was hard to contain our enthusiasm. We look forward to hearing what they saw and experienced given they had a few more days in Antarctica as they didn’t visit South Georgia or the Falklands.
    Originally we’d planned to spend just 3 nights here, however we quickly realized busy season is truly busy so ended up needing to stay 6 - not only to wait to get a bus ticket out of town, but also to book hotels and buses ahead as almost everything is sold out. Although we’d wanted to travel in a more relaxed and flexible way, this simply isn’t possible during summer.
    Our time here was spent planning and booking things ahead (phew, we did it!), though we managed to spend a good amount of time walking through the town, visiting the museum and enjoying king crab (which is delicious, but not as good as the Alaskan variety). The people here are incredibly friendly, the weather very damp, cold and changeable, and the setting spectacular as it overlooks the Beagle channel and is overlooked by stunning, jagged mountains and glaciers.
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  • Day134

    Ushuaia - Fin del Mundo

    March 5 in Argentina

    Die Argentinier vermarkten Ushuaia als die südlichste Stadt der Welt, obwohl es noch eine südlichere Stadt in Chile gibt. Aber trotzdem kommt hier sehr schnell eine "am Ende der Welt "-Stimmung auf, was der nicht unbedingt schönen Stadt Ushuaia einen ganz eigenen Charme verleiht.

    In den vergangenen Tagen haben wir eine Bootsfahrt auf dem Beagle-Kanal gemacht, waren im Tierra del Fuego Nationalpark und durften patagonisches Grillfleisch in Hülle und Fülle genießen!

    Morgen geht es für uns weiter nach Buenos Aires. Nach Wochen in atemberaubender Natur, freuen wir uns auf das Stadtleben, Abwechslung, viele Aktivitäten, vielleicht ein bisschen Tango und Sonne mit 30 Grad!!! 🤗
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  • Day110

    Ushuaia deel 2

    January 9, 2017 in Argentina

    Met dubbele gevoelens staan we weer met onze zee benen op land. We hebben van iedereen van de boot afscheid genomen en lopen naar het hostel. We dachten slim te zijn om deze alvast te reserveren zodat we rustig de WiFi konden leegtrekken. Helaas moeten we wachten tot de check-in tijd (5 uur later) en worden we 'vriendelijk' verzocht buiten te wachten. Koffie en WiFi opzoeken dus. Gelukkig konden we hun wel verblijden met onze vuile was.

    Voor de avond hadden we nog met een paar van de expeditie gidsen afgesproken om nog een biertje te gaan doen. Er waren ook nog wat andere Amerikaanse cruise gasten aangesloten waardoor we nog met een best grote groep waren.

    We zijn er wel achter dat onze irritatiegrens tot de 'oh my god, this amaaazing, we love you guys' gaat. Hierdoor stonden de Amerikaanse dames al tijdens de cruise een klein puntje achter, maar na een paar biertjes kan je dit steeds beter negeren. Af en toe zijn we best makkelijk in de omgang ;-).

    De ochtend erna was dan helaas ook iets minder makkelijk. Met name omdat we nu kennis hebben gemaakt met het fenomeen landziekte (tegenovergestelde van zeeziekte) en natuurlijk helpen de lokale 'gayporn' biertjes van de avond ervoor ook niet mee. We waren net op tijd wakker voor het ontbijt (wat we net aan konden eten) om later deze dag naar Lake Esmeralda te gaan hiken.
    Opeens stond het meisje van het hostel naast ons met de informatie dat we met de shuttel van het hostel mee konden rijden. Wel opschieten want deze gaat over 30 minuten. Even slikken en toch maar gegaan.

    We werden op een parkeerplaats afgezet waarvan het 2,5 uur lopen is naar het turquoise meer. Opzicht een prima tijd alleen was het ongeveer anderhalf uur door de modder lopen / kuit diepe plassen ontwijken. Leuke uitdaging met de zeebenen maar het leidt wel af. Het uitzicht was dan ook prachtig en de wandeling was zeker de moeite waard.

    Redelijk gesloopt komen we terug in het hostel waar we nog één nachtje slapen. Morgen gaan we met de bus naar het winderige Punta Arenas in Chili om, ons huisje op wielen voor de aankomende 21 dagen, op te halen!
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  • Day233

    At the end of the world :)

    March 4, 2017 in Argentina

    After a seemingly endless journey to the southern most city in the world (or fin del mundo as they call it here), I spent my first day working and exploring the area. The city of Ushuaia is in the very south of fireland and starting point for most Antarctica excursions. I too will be taking a boat south from here on Monday, but not all the way to Antarctica ;-)

    Besides being a small harbor and airport city for tourists, there's not much to say about Ushuaia.

    Outside the city, beavers have taken over the island and leave traces everywhere. Weather has been nice, but rain is forecasted for my entire hike next week...
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  • Day1954

    Dezember 2016: Patagonien

    December 7, 2016 in Argentina

    Patagonia, one of the most incredible places on Earth.

    Strait of Magellan:
    An epic adventure that starts in the southernmost town of Argentina, Ushuaia, and winds through the wilds of Chile while taking in some of the best of South America's attractions. Separatieng Tierra del Fuego from mainland Argeninta are the infamous Strait of Magellan. This treacherous stretch of water is about 500km long and takes it’s name from the explorer Magellan who first navigated these waters in 1520. It was the only ship out of a total of 17 attempting the passage that successfully managed to reach the Pacific. Before the Panama Canal was built, the Strait provided a useful route between Chile, Peru and Europe, and though they are less important as a major shipping route today, they still see a fair amount of traffic. Positioned along the southern edges of the South American continent, this once-vital passageway is named for the Portuguese adventurer, Ferdinand Magellan, the first explorer to circumnavigate the globe.

    Torres del Paine National Park and W-walk:
    This is one of the most outstanding areas of beauty in Chile and the highlight of the trip for many passengers. Parque Nacional Torres del Paine is home to what is undoubtedly some of themost spectacular scenery in all of Patagonia, if not all of South America. Risingup high above the Patagonian steppe are the 3 impressive granite towers that give the park it’s name, surrounded by towering mountain peaks, the most famous of which are Los Cuernos and Paine Grande. The park is a magical natural wonderland full of deep lakes, sparkling glaciers and cascading waterfalls, and it’s also an important habitat for a wide variety of wildlife including the Patagonian rhea and guanaco, as well as flamingoes, condors and other birds. The best way to explore is definitely to get out there on foot or perhaps on horse-back. The park is criss-crossed by a good network of trails, making it possible for you to see all the main sights either by doing a series of day hikes, or by doing a circular hike like the W-walk, taking a few days and stopping off at the parks refugios or camping along the way.

    El Calafate:
    Ggateway to the Perito Moreno Glacier. El Calafate is a small town on the southern shore of Lago Argentino in Patagonia. Originally a sheep station and trading outpost, today the town has developed a bustling small town atmosphere thanks to a growing tourist trade. Most people base themselves here whilst visiting the nearby Perito Moreno Glacier, located a short distance away at the southern reaches of the Parque.

    Wolfgang am 25.04.2017
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  • Day33

    And so, to the bottom of the world.

    November 13, 2016 in Argentina

    To join our Antarctic cruise we had travel from the top of South America to the bottom of the continent to the most southern town in the world - Ushuaia. This meant a flight from Lima to Santiago (where we stayed overnight), then to Buenos Aires, then Ushuaia.

    Ushuaia is an attractive and somewhat quirky town. We had a hotel in the main street and it appears this is a town that never sleeps. By night, the local lads cruise the street with doof-doof music blaring until 2 or 3am. The first afternoon we were there we heard a rather unusual noise. Looked out the window to discover the main street had been shut down and there was a parade of (indigenous) people on horses - there must have been one hundred of them. I don't know what it was all in aid of.

    We enjoyed wandering around the town where we could see our ship that would take us to Antarctica, waiting in the harbour. They specialise in King Crabs and Brad indulged in one upon our return from Antarctica as we stayed in the town for one night after our cruise.
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  • Day61

    Ushuaias dunkle Vergangenheit

    January 4, 2017 in Argentina

    Die Einheimischen nannten es Ushuaia - Die Bucht, die nach Osten blickt. Vor 100 Jahren wurde ein großes Gefängnis und Straflager gebaut und viele Häftlinge starben beim Bau der Straßen und Häuser.

  • Day19

    Finding Penguins

    March 9 in Argentina

    There's lots to do in and around Ushuaia, and if you plan it well, you can find yourselves with two full days. 3 even if you can. Everyone does the Beagle Channel Cruise, but other options include hiking in Tierra del Fuego National Park, glacier hiking, horseback riding, canoeing and more. Our group did a bit of a scatter, but this afternoon we were all on our included Beagle Channel Cruise.

    A bit of a lazy morning, in hindsight, I wish we'd gotten up early and checked out the national park. There's a number of trails, though the bus only runs at certain times and we didn't want to risk missing the cruise later. So, around town we wandered. Heading out along the water, then back to the main drag. In and out of tourist shops from one end to the other. The weather held out beautifully, the weather gods returned and smiled upon us. The winds were still strong though and you'd be advised to have the thermals handy.

    There's two tourist shops of note to check out. Both are on the main street, and you'll notice the first right away with prisoner figures all about it. Ushuaia, like Australia, was built by prisoners, the former from Spain. In the back of the first shop "La Ultima Bita", you'll find a large backyard display of prisoners of the past engaged in mining activities while authorities looked on and supervised. The second shop is on a corner a few blocks down on the opposite side of the street. I think they might be sister shops. The draw to this storefront is that they have rubber Ushuaia stamps you can mark your postcards with. Of course, we only stumbled upon this after we'd mailed our postcards.

    Speaking of postcards, the post office charges an arm and a leg for stamps, check out some of the local shops for stamps instead. That said, as far as I know, none of my postcards have arrived yet and we're coming up on a month. Not worried yet as it took 5 months for a postcard to arrive from Petra, Jordan.

    And speaking of stamps, don't forget to get your passport stamped with the "Gateway to Antarctica" stamp. There's another one for those who actually go to Antarctica, no cheating! So I am returning one day =) By the way, to tide your penguin needs til need, there's lots of penguin things to buy, you might find yourself going home with one, or two, or three, or who's counting anyway?

    Back to our day, we headed down to the docks to board our boat to cruise through the Beagle Channel. It's about a 6 hour round trip and though picturesque, you may want to bring a book or cards, especially since we return in the night. And yes, it does get dark in March. The sail is a smooth one, grab a seat indoors but you'll find yourself outside for a good duration. We get some shore watching time, looking back at the city, pretty as it rests, nestled in front of mountains still capped with snow.

    We pass by a Chilean town on our way south, but it's population still hasn't reached that of a city yet, so Ushuaia retains its title of southernmost city for now. We pass a sunken boat with history that I can't remember. Then sealions and birds that look like penguins. And a lighthouse. Finally we reach Isla Martillo.

    Most of our small group braved the waves splashing up the front of the front of the boat, staking out a good photo spot for when we'd reach the island. It was windy, it was wet (and admittedly I stayed in a doorway til we were almost there). The boat slows as it approaches and dare I count hundreds of cute Magellanic penguins appeared before us. We were limited in our movements, but we made up for it in excitement and camera zooms and hundreds of photos.

    Among the Magellanic penguins were a few gentoo penguins as well and two king penguins, a rarity who we learned might be scouting for a home for their own colony. We lingered and lingered until the boat slowly pulled away again, returning the way we came. So many many penguins...must get more...
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  • Day20

    Meeting Penguins

    March 10 in Argentina

    Let's cut straight to the chase and highlight of this part of the trip. Meeting penguins. You heard right, this afternoon we're going back to Isla Martillo by way of Estancia Haberton and zodiac, to land on the island and walk amongst our new little friends. There's a few rules to keep in mind, stay on the marked paths, don't touch or engage the penguins and be quiet. The practice is for minimal impact on the penguins, after all, the Isla is their home and we're the guests, just quietly passing through. Oh, and the most important rule of all, you cannot take one of these penguins home.

    We do a beach landing on the opposite side of where we were yesterday so that we would start our walk through the nesting area where burrows have been dug, and some of the penguins are changing their feathers for the season. Some of them are still patchy. Magellans are everywhere and our camera happy fingers went click click click again. Our guide explains more about the penguins, but I'm so far behind (there's also no running) yet more than content to take more photos and just watch the penguins, some of who look back at us.

    On the other side of the island, we wander the beach that we couldn't step foot on yesterday. There are some gentoo penguins on this side, they're got the orange feet. And we were even in luck, the 2 king penguins from yesterday are still here. Our guide allows us to go closer, but only in a single file to take a few quick photos each. Our time on the island comes to an end much too soon. And with that, our tour as well. When we get back into town, we'll be having our pre-farewell dinner. I say pre because we leave Ushuaia in the morning along with a few friends staying behind to embark on an Antarctic adventure.

    Side bar - after visiting the penguins, we would return to Haberton and visit their marine museum run by volunteer students. A very neat place to check out while you're there and learn how to differentiate the different wildlife in the area. We'd also stop by a place in the forests where the trees appear to grow sideways.
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