Unfortunately we only spent 2 days in Ushuaia
. There is lots to do here but by trying to get a round of golf in several of us managed to waste a day and ended up not playing. The highlight of the stay was a boat ride in a fast 8 seater boat around the Beagle Canal. There we saw cormorants, magallenic penguins, sea lions, sea wolves and an albatross. The boat was pretty fast and we caned the other boats travelling around the islands of the channel.
Ushuaia is famous for its seafood and one night four of us, Jen, Karin, Andrea and I went to a restaurant so that Jen and Andrea could try king crab. They ended up getting a small one where the carapace was about 5 inches across and the legs about 6 inches long. They managed to eat it all between the two of them. I had Patagonian lamb which was delicious.
The drive from Ushuaia up to Buenos Airies is supposed to be tedious so 8 people are getting off the truck to fly and spend more time there. I am staying on so that I can go to the Valdes Peninsular and hopefully see Orcas.
From Torres del Paine it was a journey as far south as I have ever been. We travelled down through Patagonia, across the Straits of Magellan and down into Tierra del Fuego. The scenery of Patagonia is very different to most as it is incredibly flat and the same in every direction you look. However, there is still wildlife here and from the tuck it was possible to see many guanacos, rheas and lots of birds of prey looking for something to eat. Crossing the Straits of Magellan was a bit of a let down as it was on a roll-on roll-off ferry and the scenery s anything but dramatic. Tierra del Fuego is rather different though. The north of the island is flat and looks like the rest of Patagonia but the south is the end of the Andes and very beautiful and it is here that Ushuaia sits. Ushuaia is the most southerly city in the world and it is backed by mountains as sits on the edge of the Beagle channel. However, the city itself is very much a working port and is a bit of an eyesore.