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  • Day35

    Ushuaia, Argentina/アルゼンチンのウシュアイア

    February 4 in Argentina ⋅ 🌧 7 °C

    Returned to the mainland of South America and arrived in Ushuaia, the southern-most city in the world and the departure point for Antarctic cruises and expeditions.
    南アメリカ大陸の本土に戻り、世界の最南の都市、ウシュアイアに着きました。ウシュアイアは南極へのクルーズや探検の出発地です。

  • Day36

    Ushuaia 2

    February 5 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    Ushuaia has a population of around 150,000. The look of the town is so so, but the surrounding mountains are really beautiful.
    ウシュアイアは人口が150, 000人で、街並みはまあまあでしたが、周りの山々がとても綺麗です。

  • Day166

    Uschuaia

    February 12 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    Es gab zwei Reisetage, wir fuhren nach Rio Gallegos, dort haben wir eine Nacht verbracht. Dann ging es weiter nach Rio Grande.
    Wir mussten um nach Rio Grande zu kommen 2 Grenzübergänge passieren.
    Einmal von Argentinien nach Chile.... das Besondere daran ist, dass man keine Lebensmittel mitnehmen darf. Wir mussten unsere Einkäufe leider entsorgen,
    was mir extrem schwer fällt. Leider hatten wir uns beim Vorräte zulegen etwas verschätzt. Ein Grenzbeamter kontrollierte ganz gewissenhaft unsere Rucksäcke und das Auto.
    Dann kam der nächste Grenzübergang in umgekehrter Reihenfolge und wir waren wieder in Argentinien... den Argentiniern ist es egal was man mitbringt... uns ja auch, denn wir hatten ja nichts mehr 😎

    Um nach Ushuaia zu gelangen, muss man eine Autofähre nehmen, sie fährt ca 25 Minuten über die Magellan Straße. Kurios ist es, dass man auf der Fähre bezahlen muss. Wir hatten keine Ahnung, wie das vonstatten geht, hatten irgendwie erwartet, dass jemand auf uns zukommt, doch als wir bemerkten, dass sich ein paar Leute vor einer Tür anstellten, lag die Vermutung nahe, hier gibt es die Fahrkarten - Bingo. Kaum war das Ticket gekauft, konnten wir auch schon die Fähre verlassen.
    Wir waren in Feuerland 🔥

    Nach ca 2 Stunden waren wir in Ushuaia angelangt. Die südlichste Stadt der Welt. Von hier aus starten viele Expeditionen in die Antarktis. Im Hafen konnten wir schon die ersten Kreuzfahtschiffe sehen, viele Katamarane, kleine Ausflugsboote und auch 2 Schiffe von Greenpeace.
    Ushuaia befindet sich in der Inselwelt von Feuerland an der Südspitze Südamerikas. Sie trägt den Beinahmen "Ende der Welt"🙃
    Sie liegt zwischen dem Gebirgszug der Montes Martial und dem Beagle-Kanal.
    Wir hatten uns in Neuseeland mit Winterkleidung eingedeckt, denn hier soll es immer sehr kalt und windig sein. Doch wir stellten fest, dass hier natürlich alles auf "Kälte" eingestellt ist. In allen Geschäften gibt es Kleidung in verschiedenen Ausführungen, von billig bis sehr teuer... aber wir wollten keine Zeit mit shoppen verbringen....

    Für die Zeit hier hatten wir ein kleines Appartment gemietet, so konnten wir kochen und sind etwas unabhängiger, auch konnte mal wieder Wäsche
    gewaschen werden.
    Da unsere Lebensmittel ja der Grenze zum Opfer gefallen waren, haben wir diesmal sparsam eingekauft... es fällt mir sehr schwer, Lebensmittel zu verwerfen, dann lieber öfter einkaufen gehen.
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  • Day167

    geht das? Zur gleichen Zeit in 2 Ländern

    February 13 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 6 °C

    Feuerland ist ein Wanderparadis, wir wollten zum Hito XXIV. Der Weg dorthin führt am Acigami Lake entlang, eine Strecke die mit unendlich
    vielen Baumwurzeln und Steinen versehen ist. Einfach drauflos.... wir hatten uns warm angezogen, doch bisher verspührten wir weder Wind noch Kälte.
    Irgendwie stimmt das auch hier nicht so mit dem Wetter.
    Es wird gesagt, dass man in diesem Gebiet manchmal alle 4 Jahreszeiten an einem Tag erleben kann.😱
    Da wir unsere Touren meistens etwas später starten, nachdem wir vernünftig ausgeschlafen haben etc, treffen wir kaum auf andere Touris. Die sind immer bestrebt, alles ganz früh zu erledigen, viel in den Tag hineinzupacken, meistens haben die ja auch nur 3 Wochen Urlaub.
    Da geht es uns schon besser mit viel Zeit an der Hand😎

    Eine rostige Metallpyramide deutete uns den Weg, wir waren am Hito XXIV angekommen.
    Das ist die Grenze zwischen Argentinien und Chile.... ein kleines Schild das einem verbietet über diesen Punkt hinweg zu gehen.... alles klar...🥳
    Ich hatte vorsorglich ein paar Äpfel eingepackt, so konnte ich in 2 Ländern stehend, den Apfel essen, ätsch...

    Wir besuchten auch noch das südlichst gelegene Postamt der Welt, dort wurden Karten verschickt. Der Andrang dort war leider etwas groß...ich glaube, jeder der den Tierra Del Fuego Nationalpark besucht, möchte von dort Post verschicken.
    Der Beamte in diesem Büdchen allein war schon ein Besuch wert. Sehr kurios....
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  • Day193

    El Fin del Mundo

    February 1 in Argentina ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

    The end of the road in Ushuaia, Argentine . We find a number of fellow overlanders at the harbor including the old Renault,who also is planning to complete the full panamerikana, Ushuaia to Alaska. In the statepark close to town we see the red headed magelanian woodpecker.
    And one of the campgrounds has some innovative recycling options , including glass bottle trees and a playground built from recycled materials .
    What all the overlanders struggle with is getting money in Argentina. Oddly enough , the Western union exchange rate is by far the best , so we spent time lining up there as well with other travellers. At the end, if we are lucky and the store has enough pesos, we walk out with a shopping bag full of bills ! Its definitly complicated with an inflation rate of 50% per year ....but despite all of these issues the argentinos/as are wonderful people and we really enjoy our time here.
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  • Day17

    Day 15 - Glaciers and the End

    January 12, 2019 in Argentina ⋅ 🌬 6 °C

    The daily newsletter told us we'd be passing glaciers as we cruised through the Beagle Channel on our way to Ushuaia. Getting up about 4:00, we saw several glaciers in the gradually brightening morning light. It's summer here and sunrise is about 5:00, sunset about 10:00 PM. At 4:00, it was already light enough to see the mountains plunging into the Channel only a quarter mile or less from the port side (left side).
    Our stateroom is on the port side so we could look out the veranda sliding door at the rock and ice gliding by. The clouds hovered only a thousand feet or less but there was enough light to see glaciers against the dark mountains. For an hour or more, we saw half a dozen or so rivers of ice flowing down the mountains. One tall, blue one emptied right into the Channel only 500 feet off the ship. A fantastic sight to wake up to.

    A bit later after breakfast we docked in Ushuaia. The city is the furthest south city in the world and our first port in Argentina. There is a Chilean town of about 2,000 a bit further south but Ushuaia is a major metro area of 70,000 plus. The Eclipse actually docked at a pier so we didn't need to tender to shore. Soon after we docked, we left the ship and boarded a large bus for our "Drive to the End of the World" excursion.

    Our excursion started off just after 10:00. Our guide, Olna, kept up a running description in excellent English of what we were seeing as we drove out of the city and into Tierra del Fuego Nat'l Park.

    The largest industry in Ushuaia is electronics assembly. They assemble components made in China and elsewhere into finished products for domestic consumption. The second largest industry is tourism. The city is only 750 miles from Antartica and tours and resupply mission leave here regularly. The southernmost peaks of the Andes range surround the city on three sides with the Beagle Channel and its Pacific Ocean currents on the fourth side. These peaks exhibit the classic glacial features like cirques below the jagged tops, U-shaped valleys, and hanging waterfalls.

    Our tour took us to the Park, about 12 miles west of the city. It was cold (about 40), very windy and sprinkling rain. Everyone was as bundled up as possible. I wore the long underwear I'd brought specifically for this purpose and was toasty.The huge park stretches to the Chilean border further west. There is evidence of human passage here as far back as 10,000 BC and human settlement as long as 6,300 years ago. The indigenous peoples here when the Europeans arrived were wiped out by introduced diseases or hunted to extinction- sounds familiar.

    We got out at the ""Post Office at the End of the World" to take pics and walk a trail on the shore. Next the bus took us to Lake Roca where we did more pics and a nature walk with Olna. She explained the trees and animals and we saw a family of kelp geese. Olna kept explaining things and showed pictures of some things for better explanation. We stopped at the interpretive center then continued to the end of the Pan American highway. This road runs from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, to here in Tierra del Feugo. A walk on a wooden boardwalk over the peat bog took us to a viewpoint overlooking the bay and the Beagle Channel. Then it was back into town and the end of our excursion - one well worth taking.

    On board, we had lunch and relaxed. We went to an upper deck to watch the ship pull out of port but saw people still coming back. The wind on the pier was so fierce that the port police were escorting some people across the windswept pier to keep them from falling! We attended the show - a Canadian singer who gave a powerful performance. At the end of the show, the cruise director came on stage to announce that the ship hadn't left, yet, because the harbor was closed because of high winds. Later, as we ate with our table mates, the captain announced we were underway and would maintain our previous schedule.

    Tomorrow Cape Horn and out to sea.
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  • Day13

    Homeward Bound

    February 22 in Argentina ⋅ 🌧 18 °C

    We ate an early breakfast onboard the MS Midnatsol and met Theresa, our Road Scholar guide, on Deck 5 for the bus ride to the airport in Ushuaia. Another guide, Sylvia, gave us an hour-long tour of the town, and Theresa bought us hot chocolate at a cafe designed to resemble an old-timey general store.Read more

  • Day221

    Ushuaia, argentina

    December 13, 2017 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    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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  • Day259

    F***ing nightmare!!

    March 16 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    So we arrived back into Ushuaia today a day early due to the Coronavirus to allow residents of USA,UK, China, Iran etc to get home before Argentina stop all flights to these countries from midnight 16th March - tonight!!
    We have been relaxed as we have been planning to get the bus up to Patagonia and hike for a couple of weeks before heading to Santiago and go to Easter Island mid April.
    We head into town in Ushuaia this am at 9am only to find EVERYWHERE closed due to a national directive this am to shut down EVERYTHING!! Our travel agency was closed but we needed to drop off our wet weather trousers ( covered in penguin shit) and gloves so the guy talked to us through an open window saying he shouldn’t be there and he was closed..... but kindly took our stuff before telling us this shut down was likely to last longer than the 2 weeks!!
    I went to a cafe to use WiFi whilst K tried to find a SIM card after we found all phone shops closed or open but only able to stand behind a line to ask a question!!
    Once back on the boat we went to Ed’s lecture on Amundsen and Scott’s race to the South Pole. Half way through we heard that Chile he closed all borders immediately and had closed its airport due to rioting- shitballs!!
    Cutting a v v long story short we spent our last day on the boat panic packing and going to the airport where we secured a flight to Buenos Aires on weds 18th March which was the earliest out but too late to exit via Chile.
    More relaxed we enjoyed a cocktail and then many wines over dinner before an announcement that the president of Tierra Del Fuego has now shut down the whole of Ushuaia immediately and tmrw we must now be dropped directly from our ship to our accommodation at 8am..... we can’t check in until 3pm so god knows how that will work??!! I have emailed our accommodation (Z y K apartments) but the no response at 10.25pm is giving everyone nightmares on the ship as they don’t know what to do with us tmrw!! No one is allowed in town!!
    We tried to ring Qantas to change our flights home to get home immediately or ASAP only to be greeted with “ your call will be answered within ....5 hrs!!!” Seriously!!! We have tried several numbers but no luck at all.
    K is now trying to book flights directly Buenos Aires with Auckland with Airnz. Earlier they were available on 20th and every other day but tonight the earliest we can get home is March 25th!!! Shit this is turning into a total and v expensive nightmare ( insurance won’t cover us as it’s a pandemic/ act of god!! Aka robbing assholes!!)
    Well technically Flights booked but who knows what will happen as we now have 8 days in between.
    Had a great trip but this really is a nightmare
    Ps on a positive note the beautiful Europa was moored at the wharf which made me smile. I was offered a job back on this beautiful boat back in 2006 and was sadly unable to take it 🙁🙁
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  • Day241

    Ushuaia - i have missed u!!

    February 27 in Argentina ⋅ ☁️ 7 °C

    Arriving into Ushuaia in driving rain did not diminish my excitement to be back in this beautiful little town.
    Flying over a part of the Beagle Channel to land at the airport just out of town gave us stunning views of the clear water and glimpses of the snow capped mountains.
    We arrived to a flag waving, banner bearing, musical welcome party.....actually not for us but the Bolivian President who had just arrived before us!!
    Luckily we missed most of the melee because one of my bags looked like it wasnt going to arrive.... it came out v last accompanied by a security man! He asked me to X-ray it ( by pointing) and in v limited English asked if I had, (what I though he said) “books” in my bag. Yes I had a stack of 3 books so I just put the bag through the xray, picked it up, smiled and nonchalantly left. It was 5 mins later when we realised he may have said problem with the “box”...., which was a 2 litre cask of NZ sav blanc!!!
    Anyway all bags on board the trolley ( with great relief) we got a taxi from the airport to the Hotel de Los Andes right in town.
    Sadly the taxi cost more than expected because we got caught up in Simon Bolivar’s presidential cavalcade.
    Our lovely taxi driver deposited us at the hotel 10 mins later and the v kind receptionist allowed us to check in even though it was 9am. Great service.
    Sadly it was a twin not a double but we weren’t up to explaining that without any Spanish and we were too happy to just have a room as we were both hungry and knackered after the 3.5 hour v early flight.
    Right across the road was a great cafe Marco Polo freestyle so we walked the 5m across the road and ordered coffees and food.
    The rain started lashing down and we lost all sight of the mountains but the coffee was hot and my salad was good. K enjoyed her cheese and ham crepe when it finally came and about an hour later, when the rain had abated we set off to find the Freestyle Adventure travel agency to say Thanks and to pick up our gloves and over trousers for the cruise.
    I have been to Ushuaia in 2000 when it was a dull little Argentinian one street town at the end of the world, and then again in 2006 when it had transformed itself with huge glass fronted outdoor shops and cafes and restaurants to meet the burgeoning demands of the cruise ship’s passengers.
    K had been here in 2012 when she had left on the Plancius so both of us discussed the memories and the changes of this dichotomy of a town.
    We had both forgotten how steep and narrow the side streets were as we climbed the hill to the travel agency where we were warmly greeted with a hug from our travel agent Marie!! Profuse thanks on getting us such a great deal were sealed with an exchange of a kiwi postcard and some pens and we were gifted a fleece beanie, a fabulous Antarctic neck scarf and a wonderful laminated brochure of all the birds and wildlife we are expected to see.
    Whilst getting our free loan gloves and over trousers we were introduced to 2 x more couples who had also obviously got the cheap boat deal who would be our shipmates for the next 3 weeks. Stefan and Thomas seemed much nicer than Judy and David!
    More hugs and we left to explore town and fo me to get back down to the wharf where i have spent weeks previously on Evohe.
    The heavy rain showers meant beautiful rainbows as we walked downhill to the port.
    To our delight our boat was in!!! Holy shitballs!! ( I will post about the boat seperstely as this is long enough!)
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