Outside the Ushuaia airport.
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The chartered bus is ready to take us the short 10 minute ride into Ushuaia.
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The Hotel Canal Beagle is where we began our Antarctic odyssey. After arriving in Ushuaia in the mid-afternoon, we stayed here overnight for our departure the next day.
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Once we were greeted by the expedition staff in the lobby....
...we were off to our room. Simple, but more than adequate for the 24 hours we'd be staying here.
There's a small continental breakfast each morning in the small dining room.
The mountains literally just outside of Ushuaia.
Near the harbour, there's a small independent artists co-op where you can buy locally made art.
A look down the main commercial street in Ushuaia.
This shop carries items made from Rhodochrosite, a stone that is found in Romaina and Argentina. In Argentina, it's found in old Inca silver mines.
Here, some shoppers are lured into purchasing some of the many carvings from the stone.
Fortunately, "franchised" food operations have yet to hit Ushuaia. We stopped for lunch here and the food was good.
There's a great little bakery on main street that has a great selection of goodies.
Surprisingly, there's a great wine store as well that has a great selection of South American wines. We bought a few bottles to take on board the ship to celebrate our landing on our 7th continent.
Banks in Ushuaia have odd hours. Many are closed throughout the middle of the afternoon. Luckily, a couple, such as HSBC have ATMs, but beware, they can be very crowded.
The gateway to the port of Ushuaia.
Buenos Aires is only 1824 miles away by car. LaQuaca, in the far north of Argentina is 3103 miles.
Ushuaia, which sits on the island of Tierra del Fuego at the end of South America is surrounded by mountains.
Tierra del Fuego is split in half by Argentina and Chile. Here, as you look towards the bay in Ushuaia, you can see the mountains in Chile in the distance.
This is the M/V Ushuaia our small expedition boat that we took to Antarctica.
Our "send off" dinner is at Kaupe Restaurant on the hill overlooking the downtown area of Ushuaia. The food here is phenomenal. Kaupe means "to be at home".
Ushuaia is relatively temperate, given it's location. In winter, the temperatures are near 30F and in the summers near 60F. Here are some flowers in full bloom during the late summer month of January.
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Ushuaia's economy depends on Antarctic tourism, so almost everything in town has some sort of "penguin" theme.
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The Beagle Channel, just outside Ushuaia. The channel is 150 miles long and three miles wide at the narrowest point. It empties into the Drake Passage & Pacific Ocean.
This is Bahia Ensenada in Tierra del Fuego National Parc which is about 20 minutes outside of Ushuaia.
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There is a "unique individual" who has his own passport office located on the dock. He believes this area is his sovereign nation and lives on an island a couple of minutes away.
A look down the beach in the parc.
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The National Parc actually lies in both Argentina and Chile. Here you can see the mountains in Chile.
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Most of the park runs along the Beagle Channel which leads out to the Drake Passage.
There is alot of slate in the area.
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Seaweed that has washed up on the shore.
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You can hike along the entire shoreline of the park. Round trip, it takes about 3 hours.
Because it remains rather temperate in the area and with ample humidity, there is a lot of fungus and moss that grows in the shaded areas of the forest.
This tree trunk is covered in moss.
Away from the shore, there's a small inland lake in the Park called Lago Roca.