Crossing The Magellan Strait
Crossing The Magellan Strait

Patagonia? Neh. Not Far enough. We decided to reach Ushuaia, the Southernmost city in the world, located in Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina.

Going to the fin del mundo is an adventure in itself.

We left from Punta Arenas at 6:30 am. Another short night… Literally, considering it was only really dark at midnight and that it was already very bright when we got up.

The bus was almost empty. I took two seats for myself and quickly fell asleep. I used to be unable to sleep anywhere but in my bed — these days are long gone. I sleep in planes, boats, trains, long distance buses, even bus stations. Give me a few years and I will doze off in front of the T.V. Gosh, I´m getting old.

I woke up when the bus stopped, a couple of hours later. “Pueden bajar“, said the driver. One hand on my camera, the other one on my lighter (seriously, who would be crazy enough to stop smoking when cigarettes cost US$1 a pack?), I looked around. We had stopped right in front of the Strait of Magellan, and a ferry was waiting, with already a dozen of cars on it. Crossing to Isla Grande, Tierra Del Fuego´s main island.

We stepped on the boat and marveled at the clouds. The ferry was going fast but we could see dolphins and some kind of ray fish swimming in the clear blue water underneath us.

We reached the shore half an hour later. Benvenidos a Tierra Del Fuego, still in Chile. It was a long ride on an unpaved — therefor bumpy and dusty — road to the Chilean exit stop, San Sebastian. We completed the exit migracíon and entered Argentina a few kilometers later.

In total, it took us over 12 hours to reach Ushuaia from Punta Arenas, a city that is already in the south of the South. The scenery was beautiful around Ushuaia: we drove above lakes and mountains, and the sky was blue, for a change. We arrived in the evening, without any reservation (obviously, remember, we are backpackers!), tired, starving, and dirty. And we were in for a surprise…

On The Boat...
On The Boat...

Patagonia...
Patagonia...

¡Benvenidos A Tierra Del Fuego!
¡Benvenidos A Tierra Del Fuego!

Another World...
Another World...

Road To Ushuaia
Road To Ushuaia

Crossing The Border Between Chile And Argentina
Crossing The Border Between Chile And Argentina
 

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  1. khengsiong February 1, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    Thanks for the info and photos. This is the first time I heard of Ushuaia.

    I know very little about Latin America. It’s just too far away from South-east Asia.

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  2. Tulsa Gentleman February 2, 2009 at 12:37 am

    And the surprise was….? Continued in the next edition I suppose. You certainly know how to keep us reading.

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  3. Froggywoogie February 2, 2009 at 10:17 am

    Are you splitting your posts to insert some commercials in between? Come on, admit it 🙂
    Beautiful pictures!

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  4. Linguist-in-Waiting February 2, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    Cliffhanger…

    Anyway, I am really amazed at your route. I would totally want an exit and entry stamp from the deep southern point of that continent! Your photos and the fact that the sun rarely sets there makes me think that time seems to stop there as well…

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  5. Zhu February 2, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    @khengsiong – I didn´t know that much about it myself. Patagonia and Tierra Del Fuego is far and not easy to reach!

    @Tulsa Gentleman – Yes, to be read later… 😉 I´m a tease!

    @Froggywoogie – That´s a great idea! I´m dialling TF1 and CNN as I´m writing this 😆

    @Linguist-in-Waiting – Yeah, the border crossing stamp is one of my favorite one. We also got a stamp of Ushuaia, the Southermost city in the world. By the way, I´ll read your travel story, it´s just that Internet is really slow here…

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  6. shionge February 2, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    Hey I saw a bit of a tan there Zhu….:) I am having fun just by ‘travelling’ with you…take care.

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  7. Zhu February 5, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    @shionge – I´m losing my tan though, it´s cold down there!

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  8. Max Coutinho February 10, 2009 at 11:39 am

    Hey Zhu,

    Wow…you were practically in the end of the world! 😉

    LOL girl, I am already falling asleep in front of the TV and I am only 31 *nodding*! I AM getting old! LOL…

    I am off to read your next post…

    Cheers

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