Sarah and Denis Round the World travel blog

Ushuaia from the Beagle Channel

The river appears to come out of a hole in the hill,...

Lots of kelp forests in the water here, it's also supposed to...

Here's the lighthouse that we rounded (furthest point on the trip from...

If you did dive here you would definitely need to use a...

Sharing the island with the lighthouse are our first lot of cormorants

These are all adults (juveniles don't yet have white breasts but black)

Then onto the next island with more cormorants and southern sea lions

Prior to the mating season (about to start) sea lions are pretty...

The cormorants are sheltering from the wind with their backs turned into...

They seem to share the island quite happily with the sea lions

Now onto the third island, this time with south american fur seals

Fur seals are a lot smaller than sea lions and more lively

This one seems to enjoy all the attention

Thanks to the steep drop-offs you're able to get very close to...

Our last island combination of cormorants, sea lions and fur seals

The fur seals get out of the way once the mating season...

Who knows what the cormorants do to get out of the way...


We met a couple in the park yesterday who told us about boat trips on the Beagle Channel where you get to see sea lions and lots of other marine life. More importantly they also told us how to get a discount. So after a mornings relaxation we took the boat trip (including complimentary tea /coffee /mulled wine /cake /souvenir certificate /bottle of wine to take home, all for a tenner a head) and relaxed some more in plush surroundings on a very nice catamaran. We popped out on deck for photo opportunities of course.

The 2.5 hour trip took us along the Beagle Channel eastwards towards the Atlantic past an old estancia (farm), which had 3 condors (big birds) circling overhead. It's always nice to see condors. We then rounded a faro (lighthouse) on one of the islands in the Channel and got down to some serious sea lion, fur seal and cormorant watching.

We hope to have a couple of days off to chill (maybe going to the Prison and Maritime Museum), then skiing a couple more days on the new snow, before we fly to El Calafate further north on Wednesday. El Calafate is the town closest to the Moreno Glacier where you can apparently see chunks fall off into the lake. We like a good glacier and can't wait.



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