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El Fin Del Mundo, Mar 12-16, 2008 (JRS)


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Dubbed as El Fin Del Mundo (the end of the Earth), Ushuaia was pretty much the one place in South America that we didn’t plan out too well, and it ended up biting us. We had to catch a flight from El Calefate to Ushuaia, then a flight to Santiago, via Buenos Aires, which wasn’t too cheap. To make matters worse, since we re-entered Chile via the Santiago International Airport, we were both stuck with a $130 entry fee (the only entry point into Chile that requires the entry fee). Long story short, if we had it to do over again, we would have just left it off the itinerary, and we wouldn’t really have missed out on much.

Given scheduling issues, we ended up having 5 days in Ushuaia, the southern-most city in the world. Given that we had wintered at the South Pole, this didn’t impress us too much, but it’s generally listed as a South American highlight, we we headed there anyway. The first day was spent just chilling out, doing some shopping in town and getting in some internet time.

On the second day, we headed for the dock and booked a 5-hour boat tour around the Beagle Channel. On it we got some pretty decent views of the surround mountains that loom over the town. They weren’t quite as nice as some of the mountains that we had just come from, but not too bad, either. We also saw a lot of bird-life and a penguin colony. But the highlight was seeing a group of three Orca (male, female, and juvenile). The boat captain did a sudden 180, there was a big commotion, and we went out on deck as we approached them sticking their fins out of the water. It was awesome!

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The next day was pretty nice, so we headed to the Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire) National Park. We took a hike through the park, taking in some nice mountain and lake views. Again, not as impressive as our other stops, but not bad.

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The final day was a shopping day (we were finally able to get some shopping done since this was one of our last stops). All in all, we weren’t too impressed with Ushuaia. It was a charming enough place, but it tended to be a bit pricey (it was the on and off point for the high-dollar cruises to Antarctica). It’s a good place to go to try to get on a last-minute deal to Antarctica, we talked to a couple who had a great experience. But, otherwise, unless it’s easy to fit into the itinerary, it’s probably skipable (in our humble opinions).

-JRS

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