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The Southern-Most city in the World, and the Penguins in Tierra del Fuego National Park in Argentina

   Ushuaia and Tierra del Fuego - Customer Reviews
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As soon as we got to Ushuaia, we ran to the End of the World Museum, just to confirm that, indeed, it's the end of the world, a southernmost point of the American continent. It's a cute tiny museum that holds lovingly every single artifact that was ever found here. This was our day without any planned tours, so we also visited a Prison Museum that has quite a history and is successful in giving you a queasy feel of what it might have been like for actual prisoners. Gardel was imprisoned there for some time, along with terrorists and conmen of all creeds and makes. A town itself is wonderfully hospitable, with friendly and people-curious dwellers that will complain to you about things not being same since immigrants from Peru started to move in (what's new?..). We got a discount in one of the stores for teaching the owner a phrase in English. Look for local leather belts and bags!

A trip to Gable Island the next morning continued in the same friendly atmosphere. Guides who worked with us were passionate about their work and about Patagonia, and it really made a difference. Two-hour long walk on the island was unchallenging physically and enjoyable. Even though we didn't get to see too many of rare birds, we did see one petrel and a variety of shells on the beach, an evidence of the abundant sea life. Then, we took a boat to Martillo Island where we watched walking, swimming, and resting penguins. I was amazed how careful our guides were not to disturb penguins' life. I think this behavior, rather than sucking up to tourists, is the only sure way to preserve the unique beauty of this place. On the way back, we stopped at "Kuar", a resting station where we enjoyed snacks and drinks while watching an amazing, grandiose, out of this world sunset and relaxing on rug-and- pillow-covered steps of a wooden amphitheater. This experience can be likened to a concert of a classical music. This was a classical nature, without any intrusion of the modern civilization. Day three was dedicated to the Tierra del Fuego trip. We took a train there. A band was playing at the station, and it gave this quaint feel to the whole experience. Prisoners of Ushuaia Prison built this railroad by cutting into prehistoric woods mile by mile. It's easy to get lost in time, but the park is right there, with its marvelous view of the Lapataia Bay, beginning of the Trans-American Highway that ends in Alaska, and rare species that we did see this time, including a Magellanic woodpecker. It looks like Magellan worked hard there, and ran out of names for the variety of birds and animals he encountered. We were particularly impressed by a huge dam built by a family of beavers.

Don't forget to knock yourself out in local restaurants. I am not a meat lover, so I opted for local fish, while my husband and son enjoyed steaks that are as good as anywhere in Argentina. One word of caution for El Calafate visitors: DO NOT count on airport taxis- in our experience, they close up for the night.

One last comment: as a person who is not gregarious by nature, I nevertheless enjoyed meeting sophisticated travelers from all over the world.

Review By: Galina I. from Brooklyn, NY

The trip was amazing and I really enjoyed El Calafate's glaciers, the town of Ushuaia and the scenery in both areas. The weather was incredible, totally warm for this time of year (the beginning of their winter). Most of the time, I didn't even have to wear my coat, just my fleece jacket. The Perito Moreno Glacier near El Calafate was magnificent. Every two steps I took, I thought to myself "this is beautiful, I have to take a picture". Then another two steps and the view changed and I had to take another beautiful photo. Once the sun was high in the sky, a piece of the glacier broke off every few minutes and fell into the water with a huge crashing sound. It's nice to bring lunch with you so you can eat on one of the benches overlooking the water, glacier, and mountains. Otherwise, you spend time indoors in the restaurant and it seems like a regretful way to spend time there when you could be outside. The town was quiet and small, good restaurants, but not much shopping except souvenirs.

In Ushuaia, I missed the penguins (they leave in March) but the boat ride in the Beagle Channel proved to be worthy with all sorts of other wildlife. Many nice restaurants in town, decent amount of shopping, and the most beautiful mountain views behind the village.

I absolutely loved the dogs all over those towns. There are dogs walking all over the streets and they just hang out. They all belong to someone but they walk the streets as they please during the day and then go home at night. So every once in a while, one would like me and walk next to me for blocks and every time I would stop to look at a window, it stopped and looked at me to see when I was ready to walk again. And they are so well-behaved. They wait outside the store for the people, they never go in, they never ever bark. This is the cutest thing. It is the same in Ushuaia but there are more dogs in El Calafate. I met this couple who thought their temporary pet wanted food so they tried to feed it and he didn't even take the food, he just wanted to hang out with them. It is so cute. I am going to miss that. NY is too crowded for that, but it would be lovely if we could have some areas where well-behaved pets can roam leash-free.

Review By: Janet V. from New York, NY

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