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Friday February 20, 2015


Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego),

End of the World

This was one of our favorite excursions for the whole trip!  Ushuaia is beautiful and we were on a bus with a very well-informed guide and the bus made frequent stops.  This gave us free time to explore and photograph each area.  Ushuaia is the world's southernmost city and one of our stops was "The Road at the End of the World".

We traveled through the Ushuaia suburbs into the Pipo River Valley and entered into the Tierra del Fuego National Park. This pristine reserve protects the southern area of the sub-Antarctic forest, and offers stunning scenery. Carved by the massive glaciers that once covered the region, the park is a masterpiece of dramatic tableaus. There were towering mountains draped in Ice Age glaciers, rivers bordered by virgin forest, and sapphire lakes circled by peat bogs and beaver-dam ponds.

Our first stop was Ensenada Bay which looks out over the Beagle Channel. Named after the ship that carried English naturalist, Charles Darwin, the channel boasts towering snow-capped mountains, and a rough-hewn coastline dotted by islands in all shapes and sizes.

Our second stop was Roca Lake where there were lots of people camping and picnicking.  The lake was gorgeous.  Our final stop was one of the travel world's most unique and unforgettable milestones: the end of the world! Lapataia Bay is the last stop on the Pan-American Highway, an astounding marvel of civil engineering that begins in Alaska and stretches nearly 12,000 miles across two continents. Guinness' Book of World Records lists the highway as the world's longest "motorable road."

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