The end of the world is nigh

Trip Start Oct 01, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Argentina  , Patagonia,
Friday, September 12, 2008

have been told by many travellers that going to 'the end of the world' is a great waste of time and pretty unfulfilling as you don't get an unobstructed view of ocean towards antartica as you would imagine. I managed to get the best deal available to view this town at the tip of the Americas, my flight from Buenos Aires to El Calafate stopped at Ushuaia to change planes. Touching the ground with my feet I can now say 'I've been there' even if it was only for five minutes, but the better part of the deal got me great views from 2 flyovers of the terra del fuego region.

Ushuaia reminded me of a little Hobart but with houses from Iceland.. It was very picturesque being surrounded with the snow capped jagged peaks of the arse end of the Andes.. What was amazing was looking down at the many islands and channels that make up the area and imagining the stresses and times in which Magellan had in finding a route through to and onwards to Asia.. From the air it looks piss easy to make out what is now the straight of Magellan, but sure from sea level it would take many long erronous turns clocking up alot of nautical miles to find a passage through..

The planes I flew on belonged to the Argentine Airforce which is run under the name LADE, it's very good value for money, you don't get charged an expensive tourist fare unlike others and you are well fed.. The second propeller driven plane was quite basic but added to the experience..
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