Hello from the end of the world! And a Happy Christams to all! Finally reached the end of the world after 2 solid days travelling on buses, and very much worth the wait, this place is one of the best places ive been to, its beautiful. Lots of tourists down here doing the trek across to Antartica, sharing their stories around the hostel. As expected, cold down here but such fresh air. The strangest thing by far is the fact the sun sets at about 11pm and rises at 4am, you totally lose track of time and you are awake for so long, ended up having dinner at 11pm the other night without realising! And of course meeting up with Katharine and Craig from home has been a christmas delight!
So far we have done a looooooooooooooooot of trekking and climbing. First a trek to the ski lift in the nearby snow capped mountains, taking us to a log cabin where we sipped on mulled wine while looking out over the view of the end of the world. Not bad! Then we thought while we were up there, pay a visit to a veiwing spot to look at a glazier. After musch steep climbing, we began to realise that we might have needed less wine and more climbing equipment to view this glazier, so back to log cabin for more wine!
The last two days of adventures were made up of long treks and staking out beavers. First hiring a car for us to get to the national park of Ushaia, so far so good. After recieving inside information about the beavers, and a camp site, we set up camp with a stunning view of snow capped mountains in the distance. Then the beaver hunt began! They are notoriuos round the area for building damns, it really is unbelievable how much damage the little knashers cause, absolute mass destruction of the forest, with their teeth marks on the base of every tree! We understood that the secret beaver place was a hike, to be precise around a 870m hike up muddy mountains! Got to the clearing we were told about, went off the beaten track as told, and found a damn! Were the beavers there, were they heck! We stake them for a while, then opted for trying another damn. You really dont realise the time here, we didnt finish trekking till 11pm, but casue it was still so bright you dont realise. Day two, determination to find the little kmashers at work has reached its peak, the mission continues, another day another trek! And once again found areas of destruction, but no busy beavers! God knows where they are, currently plotting another excursion to find them. . . . . . . . . . maybe camoflage this time!
Anyways, hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and will see you in the New Year! x
Well hope you all had a festive crimbo wherever you were in the world! For me on Christmas Eve I decided a spot of sailing in a racing yacht was in order, around the Beagle Channel. Slightly apprehensive as we had organised this ourselves, through a man who knows a captain etc! Once we arrived at the pier we began our search for ´Captain Kelo´, once found we boarded the yacht. Yet again another stunning outfit was worn, this time in the form of an all-in-one yellow waterproof suit, so we will obviously blend into the beautiful white surrounds! Once we had set sail, and put on every item of clothing we owned, the fun began, and we were even allowed to have a go ourselves. The choppy seas and majority of the time, vertical position of the yacht took us to an island to roam, where we were greeted by santa, very festive! Then a lap around an island of penguins, and back to land we went. Christmas eve consisted of the usual drinking activities and a traditional Argentinian meal, and a few drinking games, say no more.
Christmas Day, the biggest highlight being the much awaited secret santa between Craig, Katharine, Rose and myself. Well the creativity was second to none, especially on the wrapping! The dinner was a heafty steak, no turkeys down here. Then the usual over eating and drinking till you can take no more and crash and burn.
Tomorrow I head for El Calafete x