USHUAIA, ARGENTINA


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TUESDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 24, 2009:

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We arrived in Ushuaia, Argentina Tuesday evening shortly before sunset.
Ushuaia, Argentina Ushuaia, Argentina Mount Olivia


Ushuaia is the capital of the Argentine province of Tierra del Fuego
and the southernmost city in the world. Ushuaia is located in a wide
bay on the southern coast of the island of Tierra del Fuego, guarded on the
north by the Martial mountain range and on the south by the Beagle Channel.
Its population is estimated today at about 64,000.
Carnival Splendor docked in Ushuaia, Argentina Ushuaia, Argentina


USHUAIA, ARGENTINA VIDEO
8 minute video of the southern most city in the world, Ushuaia, Argentina.




WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2009:

It was a beautiful sunrise in Ushuaia, Argentina on Wednesday morning.
Sunrise in Ushuaia, Argentina


Wednesday morning I took a drive into the Andes Mountains.
Ushuaia, Argentina Argentina Highway #3 in the Andes Mountains Andes Mountains in southern Argentina


We followed Argentina highway #3 over Garibaldi Pass and viewed Hidden Lake.
Garibaldi Pass in the Andes Mountains of southern Argentina Garibaldi Pass in the Andes Mountains of southern Argentina Andes Mountains in southern Argentina


We then turned around and went back to Ushuaia over the same route.
Hidden Lake in the Andes Mountains of southern Argentina Andes Mountains in southern Argentina Andes Mountains in southern Argentina


We made a rest stop at a cafe that had a dog kennel behind it where I made a few new friends.
Rest stop in the Andes Mountains of southern Argentina Rest stop in the Andes Mountains of southern Argentina Me with a new friend at dog kennel


The mountains were beautiful and again the weather was outstanding.
Man's best friend at dog kennel Andes Mountains in southern Argentina Andes Mountains in southern Argentina


A DRIVE INTO THE ANDES VIDEO
10 minute video of my drive to Garibaldi Pass in the Andes Mountains.


After the Andes Mountains tour I only had time for a short walk around Ushuaia before my next tour.
Downtown Ushuaia, Argentina Ushuaia, Argentina harbour Ushuaia, Argentina harbour


Wednesday afternoon I took a small boat tour out to some of the smaller islands in the Beagle Channel.
Ushuaia, Argentina harbour Star Princess docked in the Ushuaia, Argentina harbour Ushuaia, Argentina harbour


One of the first things we saw was the Lighthouse Les Eclaireurs called End of the World.
Ushuaia, Argentina harbour Ushuaia, Argentina harbour Lighthouse Les Eclaireurs (end of the world) in the Beagle Channel


Most of the birds we saw were imperial cormorants.
Imperial cormorants on the small islands of the Beagle Channel Imperial cormorants on the small islands of the Beagle Channel Imperial cormorants on the small islands of the Beagle Channel


We also saw a lot of sea lions.
Imperial cormorants and sea lions on the small islands of the Beagle Channel Imperial cormorants on the small islands of the Beagle Channel Imperial cormorants on the small islands of the Beagle Channel


After the small boat tour it was back on the big boat and we sailed away around 6:00 P.M.
Imperial cormorants and sea lions on the small islands of the Beagle Channel Imperial cormorants on the small islands of the Beagle Channel Looking back on Ushuaia, Argentina as we sailed away


WILDLIFE ON THE BEAGLE CHANNEL VIDEO
9 minute video of the wildlife on the small islands of the Beagle Channel.


MY DAILY EMAIL SENT ON FEBRUARY 25, 2009
Greetings from Ushuaia,

It was a beautiful day here at the end of the world. I think I told you yesterday that Ushuaia is the southern most city on the planet. Below is a picture of us arriving last evening. That is Mount Olivia rising above Ushuaia.

Arriving in Ushuaia, Argentina

We had bright sunshine all day long today and for the first time in almost a week I got to walk on dry land. My first shore excursion of the day was a scenic mountain drive into the Andes Mountains.

Andes Mountains in southern Argentina

During our drive we stopped at beautiful Garibaldi Pass.

Garibaldi Pass in the Andes Mountains of southern Argentina

It was a very scenic drive on a crystal clear and sunny day. Below is Hidden Lake.

Hidden Lake in the Andes Mountains of southern Argentina

We stopped at a dog kennel where they breed sled dogs. I am bringing home the souvenir I am holding in the picture below.

Me with a new friend at dog kennel in the Andes Mountains of southern Argentina


When I got back to Ushuaia I had time for a quick walk around the city center before my next shore excursion.

Downtown Ushuaia, Argentina

It was back to the dock for my next excursion, an afternoon wildlife cruise on the Beagle Channel.

Star Princess docked among the other boats in the Ushuaia, Argentina harbour

We boarded a boat docked next to the Star Princess and sailed out of the Ushuaia harbour.

Ushuaia, Argentina

We sailed around Lighthouse Les Eclaireurs (end of the world).

Lighthouse Les Eclaireurs (end of the world) in the Beagle Channel

We saw lots of birds and sea lions. Most of the birds looked like penguins but they weren't. These birds could fly. Pictured below you can see imperial cormorants on the small islands of the Beagle Channel.

Imperial cormorants on the small islands of the Beagle Channel

Got back to the shore just in time to hop on the ship and sail away. Well, at least we are supposed to be sailing away. Yesterday when we arrived at 8:00pm we could not dock because a Carnival ship was in our berth. It was supposed to have left hours earlier but could not because the strong wind had pinned the ship to the dock. We are experiencing the same problem today. It's a fast sail to our next port, so we need to leave. Hopefully we get out soon.

Returning to the Star Princess docked in Ushuaia, Argentina

We did eventually manage to thrust off the berth. The picture below was taken as we were sailing away from Ushuaia.

Sailing away from Ushuaia, Argentina

More tomorrow,

Tim
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