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Ushuaia: view of canal beagle in Tierra del Fuego national park

Ushuaia: Tierra del Fuego at the end of route 3

Ushuaia: Tierra del Fuego national park, view from the end of the...


After a rest day in Puerto Natales, the plan was to make our way to Ushuaia in Argentina, the world´s Southernmost town. After spending another day in Puerto Arenas we caught a coach to the ferry point to cross over onto the island of Tierra del Fuego. Then, after about 2 hours of driving we reached the border of Argentina. After going through the usual passport stamping procedure we headed for Rio Grande, before grabbing another bus for Ushuaia, arriving there at 10pm, given we left Puerto Arenas at 9am, it was a long day.

We had 3 days in Ushuaia to explore, so I booked a bus to the Tierra del Fuego national park and spent a day trekking through the forest to the end of route 3. Route 3 is the only road that connects the southernmost land point in the world to mainland Chile via the ferry port. All the signs boast that it´s impossible to go any further South in the world by road. I was expecting to see nothing but ocean, but unfortunately the southern most land point in the world is surrounded by islands. All the same, it was interesting to be so far south, and to see signs for Alaska - 17,545km and Buenos Aires - 3,063km.

After spending a few relaxing days in Ushuaia and a few Tenedor Libres (all you can eat), it was the end of my organised 4 months in South America. I now had a flight to Trewlew on the east coast of Argentina, then a flight to Buenos Aires where my 2 months unplanned starts...

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