Fin del Mundo - End of the World
Trip Start Apr 02, 2009
123Trip End Sep 09, 2010
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It is supposed to be summer - we had left Buenos Aires in 32 degrees and arrived in Ushuaia in 2degrees, it’s very cold. Not only is it 2,000km further south and therefore much cooler but the air feels even colder as the channel funnels winds chilled by ice
Whilst adjusting to the cold weather there were a couple of things that we wanted to do locally – climb the Glacier Martial and take a trek in the nearby ‘Tierra del Fuego’ National Park and buy some ‘windstopper’ and waterproof kit for our tour to Antarctica.
To reach the glacier you can cheat a bit by taking the chairlift up to the outer rim. As any hardened skier will know, this proves excellent training for freezing our whotsits off in preparation for surviving the Antarctic summer. Our preparation is nothing if not thorough. When at last we reach the end of the lift and slowly unravel ourselves from a seated posture, we continue on foot up into the natural amphitheatre of the glacier until we reach several ridges that are too steep to allow us to go further without being roped together
Having been allowed a take away sandwich for lunch that has to be eaten on the bus, I am marched off to the Tierra del Fuego national park. Mercifully for me it is not very large so most treks cover half a day only and I know that it but a matter of hours before I can enjoy a warm shower, a cool beer and a rest. Despite the small area, the views of the mountains and lakes extending into neighbouring Chile are all captured within the trails but they are not as spectacular as other Patagonian parks that we have stomped. To be honest the weather did not help; the warm morning sunshine having been replaced by oppressive cloud, semi darkness, a cold wind and sleet. But it didn’t stop us enjoying ourselves. Apparently. Fortunately, Ushuaia is full of cafes and chocolate shops that make for a perfect rest point out of the cold, drinking lovely hot chocolate and eating fine pastries.