This was a super trekking day! We did double duty hiking through the Tierra del Fuego National Park & then up a super steap mountain to touch the Glaciar Marcial.
We got our passport officially stamped at the park to prove we were at the end of the world for the bargain price of 6 pesos - ha! Before we even started on the trail we got to see a red fox right by the parking lot!We walked 8 kilometers (divide by 1.6 to get miles - mini math lesson!) along one of the most amazing trails I have ever walked on. We had to keep stopping to take pictures - beautiful forest w/ water along the way (the Beagle Channel) & snow capped mountains.We saw some cormoranes reales, some cauquenes & some ducks (cool Argentinean ones!). We didn't see any other animals besides a rabbit, but the trees were really cool & they had this interesting parasite growing on them called pan de indio.It started raining when we got to Lago Roca so we didn't really walk much on the lake & stayed in the cabin drinking some overpriced hot cocoa instead.When the guide came at 4pm we got to go quickly to the end of Rte. 3, the national road that goes from Alaska all the way down to the end of the earth = where we were! I actually got to stand at the proverbial end of the road!
By the time we got to Glaciar Marcial, we only had 2.5 hours to go up to it & back down which was not easy.We took the chairlift up a short ways and then started a very steep uphill climb to get to the glacier.We then went into a small crevice between shale rock & snow to get to the very highest part we could.The glacier wasn't much at all (see photos - pretty pathetic especially compared to the big ones in Patagonia) but the views of the town & the port & Beagle Channel were great.Just when we finally got Aunt Sue's new camera situated to take a picture of both of us on the glacier the batteries died & the only pic we got of both of us we both had our eyes closed!! It figures! We then practically ran down the hill & got to the bottom at exactly 7:30pm on time - whew! Not recommended if you are out of shape!
I have also included a few pictures from the town of Ushuaia - beautiful - a harbor on one side and snow capped mountains on the other - gorgeous!