The end of Southern Patagonia

Posted: March 17, 2013 in Argentina, South America

Upon our return from Antarctica, we were keen to stretch our legs, and Ushuaia was kind enough to provide an awesome national park just 12km from town, Tierra Del Fuego.  The weather was looking good, so we kitted up, and headed out for a couple of days hiking, and a couple of nights camping.  One of the options for getting to the park is an old steam engine that was used for many years to transport prisoners, so of course we were on to that in a flash!

Train to end of the world

Train to end of the world

After hopping off the hour journey, we set out to combine a couple of short hikes en route to our campsite at Lake Roca.  The weather was amazing, and the views spectacular.

Tierra Del Fuego

Tierra Del Fuego

Some of the coldest camping I have ever done ensued over the next two nights, with ice forming inside the tent on our second night, creating stalactites from the roof that rained down on us in sub-zero temperatures!

After a great couple of days hiking, we headed back in to town, organised a bus ride to Esquel, a mere 34 hours away, and then set out for one last adventure doing a cruise along the Beagle Channel.  The weather could not have been any better, the channel was a glass mirror and there was not a cloud in the sky, Mirella continues to work her magic on the Patagonian conditions!

Lift off - Albatross

Lift off – Albatross

We are now safely ensconced in Esquel, a small town in Northern Patagonia.  We will spend a couple of nights in this sleepy town, getting our clothes clean and drying out the very wet tent!  Our plan is then to head in to Los Alerces National Park, with a series of lakes and some of the oldest trees on the planet to explore.

End of the road

End of the road

 

 

 

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