02.19.2013 - 02.19.2013
We joined some friends for an early morning exploration of Tierra del Fuego National Park, a 155,773 acre preserve. Too early for the Southernmost Post Office to be open!
But, not too early to see some graceful Black-necked swans.
This remote area encompasses mountains, glaciers, waterfalls and hidden lakes. I read that it has "one of the most beautiful cold forests in the world".
The Verde Lagoon is this beautiful emerald color because of glacial water.
This is the absolute end. The Pan American Highway, which starts in Alaska, ends here.
When you look across Lapataia Bay - at the one place where there are no hills - you are looking straight out with nothing in the way all the way to Antarctica!
We rode back to town on the former Prison Train (Ushuaia was started as a penal colony) which is now the Tierra del Fuego Southern Train.
The town was an Argentinian penal colony from 1902 to 1947 and today is the fastest growing town in Argentina. In the afternoon we walked through the town and the wind had really picked up, so our walk back to the ship was a challenge - probably the strongest wind in which we have ever walked!