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View from Campanilla Hotel

View from Campanilla Hotel

Mum and Dad on Tren del Fin del Monde

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Mum and Dad

Tren del Fin del Monde

Me

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Horses

Dad

Train

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Lake

Mum and Dad

Tierra del Fuego National Park

Tierra del Fuego National Park

Me and the end of Routa 40

Mum and a mountain!

Mum and Dad - Beagle Channel

Ushuaia

Ushuaia

Mum and Dad

Beagle Channel

Coast

Beagle Channel

Island

Boat

View from Island

Mum and Dad

Cormorants

Cormorants

Beagle Channel

Beagle Channel

Beagle Channel

Sealions

Sealions

Island

Sealions

Lighthouse

Restaurant

Mum and Dad

End of the World Passport Control

Lake

Lake

Lake

Lake

Lake

Lake

Me

Kayaking

Kayaking

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Me at the End of Ruta 40

At the pub

Mum and Dad on the Chairlift

Martial Glacier

View of the Beagle Channel

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Mum and Dad


Friday 9th March

Went to the Tourist Office and got ourselves booked on trips for the next few days. Had lunch in Ushuaia and then got a taxi out to the End of the World Train. Went first class (well it is Dad's birthday) and had the carriage to ourselves with some food. Dad had been sat next to the director of the train on the flight in yesterday so he offered us a guided tour when we got back. They also suggested a tour of the Tierra del Fuego Nacional Park so we got a taxi out there before heading back to Ushuaia. Stopped for a picture at the lake, it was so quite. Mountains here border Chile and there are no other towns. Had dinner at Tante Maria in Ushuaia.

Saturday 10th March - Dads 66th birthday

Booked a tour for tomorrow, a hiking/kaying trip interestingly called 'Walking with Canoes' then had lunch at Marco Polo. Down to the harbour at 3pm to board the 'Kam' for a trip down the Beagle Channel. Stopped at an Island and the guide gave an intro to the local habitat. Tried a local fruit, the size of a pea I think it has to be the smallest appley thing I've ever had. Went on down the channel to see cormorants and sealions and the lighthouse (which apparently is not the end of the World lighthouse even though it was used on the cover of the Jules Verne book!). Weather got pretty cold (or maybe I'm just a wimp since the caribbean!) so I spent the trip back with tea and biscuits. The guide kept us entertained with stories of whale rescues gone wrong. He had been in the water trying to help a beached whale with kiddies cheering them on when a killer whale lept out of the water to push the whale in to the other orcas circling to kill it - the kiddies were cheering no more and our guide practically walked on water he moved so fast. Had dinner at Kuar in the evening for Dad's birthday. Beautiful views out over the Beagle Channel and amazing food and wine. Rolled out the door despite attempts to get to me stay for some dj flying in from Buenos Aires and offers of free drinks.

Sunday 11th March

8.30am pickup for my day walking with canoes!?! Had a 4WD trip to the Tierra del Fuego Nacional Park and a 3 hour hike past lakes and mountains. Big bbq lunch with wine which was not a good idea as we then had to dress up like North Sea fishermen and get in inflatable kayaks. Still feeling the cold so looked a bit of a state in my wooley hat whilst wearing sunglasses. Had an easy paddle down the lake and then had to carry the kayaks to bypass a low waterline (now I know why it's called walking with canoes!) and finished off with a race to the end of the lake where Route 40 starts (well ends really - it comes all the way from Alaska!). Had dinner with Mum and Dad and then met some people from the trip in an Irish pub - but they didn't know what cider was and didn't serve Guinness?!?

Monday 12th March

Got the chairlift up to the Martial Glaciar and walked up to the viewpoint of the Beagle Channel. On the 8.30pm flight to El Calafate and checked into Hosteria Heinen after a taxi drive through what looked like the set from a Spaghetti Western.



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