After a ten hour bus ride, including crossing of the Strait of Magellan by boat, I arrived in Ushuaia, the so called “end of the world”. On arrival I made my way to the hostel which was a 20 minutes walk uphill and in the evening I went out with Nick, a guy from the US, whom I met already earlier in Torres del Paine.
A couple of weeks ago I had this idea, of going to Antartica, but as it turned out, that the cheapest would be 4000 – 5000 US$ for 10 days, I postponed that plans to a later point…
As there was not too much to see in the city itself, I took it quite easy the next day. Wandering around through the main street with all the shops and travel agencies, checking what the prices for a trip further South would be. Surprisingly I found a cruise for 11 days for 3500US$, but yeah… decision made and flight to Buenos Aires was already booked. In that town it was mostly older people who where waiting for their cruise to leave. Lots of people from the UK, the US and Germany. And also one guy from Vienna – the first Austrian I meet after almost a month.
The second day I took a morning bus to nearby National Park Tierra del Fuego to go hiking. The park was very nice, with lots of birds and I especially liked the trail along the shore of the Beagle Channel, but after having already been to El Chalten and Torres del Paine it was sometimes hard to enjoy the beautiful landscapes.
On my last day in Ushuaia I booked a boat tour through the Beagle Channel to see some sea lions and pinguins. Was great fun watching them! Magellan penguins I have seen alreay in Punta Arenas, but here I got to see even some King Penguins and the colony was much bigger.
On Saturday I packed my stuff and took a taxi to the airport around lunchtime to get my flight to Buenos Aires, where I arrived in the early evening.