Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego

MUSIC: "Paloma" by Pacifika

We were supposed to fly from Boston to NYC on January 12, then to Buenos Aires that same night. A huge blizzard changed our plans. Instead, we left Boston a day early by train, but even though the snow had stopped in NYC hours before, our flight to BA was canceled. They put us on a plane to Lima, Peru and we made a connection from there to BA. After two days in BA we flew to Ushuaia. On the map of Tierra del Fuego you can see the Beagle Channel that we cruised through from Ushuaia to get to the Drake Passage. Also note that Cape Horn is NOT the horn-shaped peninsula at the tip of South America, but is an island further south. We actually did "round the horn" when we returned from Antarctica from a westerly direction in order to avoid a severe storm.

Flying into Ushuaia, January 15.

The Martial Mountains.

Our first glimpse of the Beagle Channel.

Ushuaia, capital of Tierra del Fuego province, Argentina. A small city built against a steep hillside. The day we arrived in Ushuaia it was sunny and warm, probably in the 60s (F). The rest of the days were in the 50s.

Ushuaia is known as "El Fin del Mundo" (the End of the World) because it is the southernmost city in the world. Population 64,000.

Streets of Ushuaia.

Ushuaia docks.

Ushuaia docks and the Beagle Channel.

The M/V Polar Star at dock in Ushuaia.

The Polar Star at dock.

The mountains around Ushuaia.

The harbor at Ushuaia.

We took a taxi up the mountainside and caught a ski lift to see a meager little glacier but a beautiful view of the city.

Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel... and Rob.

3 Responses to Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego

  1. Denise Landis says:

    Beautiful photos! and I love the music. Thanks for posting this…it really gives a nice feel for your trip.

  2. Denise Landis says:

    You didn’t say what the temperature was. From the look of your jackets, it must have been chilly. Below freezing?

    • Yes, you’re right I should say something about temperature. Thanks, I’ll add that. Our first couple of days it was really nice, in the thirties or forties, although one day got so warm we all took our jackets off and were lounging on the back deck as if we were in the Caribbean. The last day turned very very cold, windy, and nasty… was probably in the teens but with wind.

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