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And so we reached Tierra del Fuego the southern most inhabited island in the world. So called because when the first explorers spotted it, they saw fires. Apparently this was the native people who lived in canoes just off the shoreline who´d built fired in the canoes to keep warm. No more native people left now.
Like many other places this too is divided in between Chile and Argentina. Again not particularly amicably. It´s also massive and so we stayed at an Estancia ...
... weren't sure we would go to Ushuaia since July is the coldest month there. But once we were in Argentina we thought ok, let's just go and see for ourselves.
It is a very special city, sandwiched between the snow-covered mountains and an ocean with ice-breakers waiting for their time to go to Antarctica which is only some 1000 km away from Ushuaia.
Apparently, it has been a weird year with not so much snow but we managed to get some. On our first day we ...
... on snow. By the time we got back to the top of the cable car for lunch it was 15:00! All the food had cheese on it, so a pizza for us then! And a well earned local Cape Horn beer! Coming back down we went went and got the taxi to drop us off at the Marvinas war memorial, there was a new one to celebrate the 30 years anniversary of the Falklands war, in 2012. Steve wanted to see it. I didn't quite know how to ask how he felt about ...
... lake. Awesome.
I could have sat there all day and watched the glacier erupt, but unfortunately we had to go. It was a memorable day and a must see for anyone heading to Patagonia.
The following morning it was another ...
... point, we really didn't know what to expect other than that Daniel the guide said "it is a little bit up, a little bit down, maybe some muddy." We had only a couple of minutes to get our things together and off we went.
We were definitely a little slow getting started, with people enjoying the views and taking pictures, but the guide just took off and quickly got impatient with our lack of progress. ...