Early in November is springtime in Ushuaia
and it is the pre-season and a good chance for the cheapest Antartica cruises ! But there is a good reason for that: The mountains are still covered nicely by snow, sun is rising around 05.00am and mostly it is still a bit too cold because of the icy wind that blasted almost any day there. That wind is more or less the same all over the flat part of Tierra del Fuego.
Fondest memory: Something that you should know about early Antarctica-cruises: You will see the penguins nesting and breeding their eggs. You will not see any penguin chicks there before end of december !
Favorite thing: Unlike the rest of South America, you can get above tree line and in proximity to some very rugged, beautiful peaks without risking altitude sickness or even exerting yourself very much (on a day hike, that is!). The highest we got was Mariposa Pass, which is just under 1000 meters. Most of the peaks that we looked at were under 2000 meters high, and altitude sickness doesn't become a problem until much higher.
Favorite thing: One of the great things about backpacking in the wilds of Tierra del Fuego is that there are no threatening predators. Having backpacked in Alaska, Canada, California and Virginia's Shenendoah Mountains, I'm well aware of the dangers posed by bears in those places especially if you don't stow your food properly while you sleep. But, there are no bears or mountain lions or any other dangerous predators in Tierra del Fuego. It's actually too bad, because it would be nice to have something keep the beaver population in check. But it is nice to know that there is no need to worry about changing clothes after you eat or hanging up your pack or getting preyed upon. It's gopod to be the top predator around!
Children are fun to watch.
Looking at them often reminded me of my own childhood... those good old days.
It was extremely comforting to watch family spending time together.
I wished my parents had spent more time with me when I was a child.
They did, but not often enough...
Those days passed by so quickly before you know it you are an adult!
How many people on this site & in this world can boast of having ridden on the End of the World Train & to be the only "official" passenger on board with the railway company's engineer as her personal guide?! Not many! ;-)
Yes, I was the solo rider that fateful day.
How's that so?
Coz everyone has alighted to explore the national park while I've to rush back to the airport for my flight!
Hence, the entire train belonged to me ;-)
Yet, Claudio, the engineer was on the train.
Why? I've got no idea.
But what's great about it is he was my guide for that 45 mins ride back to the station! & someone who speaks fluent English as well for that matter.
It was a very interesting 45 mins!
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