If you are planning a trip to Argentina, let me tell you: do not forget to include Tierra del Fuego in your itinerary.
I would have loved to reach this fabulous land on the road, instead I had to turn to the airplane because of time limits.
Flying to Patagonia from Buenos Aires takes about three hours. Landing in the bucolic Ushuaia after experiencing the chaotic Argentinian capital is somewhat destabilizing. I heard about this place before, but only after arriving here I fully understood why they call it ‘the end of the world’, or, even better, ‘El culo del mundo‘… the world’s butt.
It’s the southernmost town on Earth, capital of the Argentinian province Tierra del Fuego. It’s located on the southern coast in Isla Grande. The mountains encircling it, Beagle Channel mirroring the town, its splendid glaciers, the magic atmosphere in the woods and most of everything else the awesome care and politeness of the locals make it a unique destination.
Tierra del Fuego National Park is another unmissable stop. Here you can have a picnic in one of the most charming spot I’ve ever seen, in a scenery where time stopped long ago, full of majestic trees and breathtaking landscapes. Moreover, it really is a park for everybody, from expert hikers to lazy city-dwellers: ten marked paths allow to choose among a variety of itineraries, all of them quite enjoyable amid the park’s natural beauty. I went for the Sierra Costera, eight kilometres and a four-hour trek among ups and downs over impervious tracks.
To refresh from such efforts, nothing could be better than a boat trip over the Beagle Channel. The sailor leading the ferry will escort you through the channel’s little islands, allowing you to take a look to sea lions and cormorants, and will lead you through the bigger islands’ paths.
True adventure-lovers can’t miss a trip to Glacial Martial. There is an open trail to get there at about 1000 meters over the sea, with will force and the exhortations of those who reached the peak before you and are coming down. Once you reach the goal you will enjoy a fantastic sight of the sea merging completely with the ice.
During the evening and especially in winter, Ushuaia is full of light, with people crowding the city centre and the welcoming tea shops. It’s the charm of a North European town surrounded by empty fields, an unexpected and touching feeling… like being at the end of the world.
Where is Ushuaia?