Sarah and Denis Round the World travel blog

Ushuaia, the city at the end of the world

Is in a really beautiful location on the coast with the mountains...

It's also quite a busy port (antarctic trawlers here we think)

Ushuaia also boasts some quality restaurants

Memorial to the Falklands War (all maps here still show them as...

Confirmation of how far south we are

Time to ski (again)

The top of the one of the red runs that bends round...

Here comes Sarah

Sarah is learning fast even though her world is now a pink...

It was good to be skiing again at a resort with modern...

Now it's Denis' turn to ski down

Denis sat on a chairlift with a French chap who informed him...

...and Italien world cup skiing teams were training here at the moment

A member of the French downhill skiing team in training

Yes, it is indeed the southern-most city in the world but what they don't like telling you here is that there is a town on the other (southern) side of the Beagle Channel in Chilean Tierra del Fuego. This town, Puerto Williams is the southern-most town in the world. Despite the closeness there are no ferries or boats running, most probably due to a dispute over 3 islands in the Beagle Channel that in 1978 nearly led to war between Argentina and Chile.

Karen & Kathryn put a blue dot on the map of Ushuaia we had for a good place to stay and they were not wrong. Without them we would not have been able to rent a 3 bedroom house complete with living room/diner and kitchen for less then 15 pounds a day. Excellent ! So we got settled in, had a look around and then went to the supermarket. It's so nice to cook for ourselves again.

Next day we got a bus to the local ski resort, Cerro Castor and found the best snow and pistes that we had encountered in South America so far. We also found out that a lot of other Andean ski resorts further north are struggling to have enough snow so we will stay here longer than we first intended. More snow is forecast for this weekend so it will be good to do some more skiing before we move on. There are also 4x4 off-road tours that you can do as well as walking in the nearby National Park.

It is such a shame that trips to Antarctica only run from November. We plan to fly onto El Calafate next Wednesday to see the Moreno Glacier, one of the few advancing glaciers in the world.

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