We jumped on a plane from BA and spent four days in Ushuaia (at the very bottom of Argentina – just above Cape Horn) where we went for a boat trip along the Beagle Channel. Amazing scenery when you look back from the boat as the town itself is nestled inbetween a mountain range and the sea.
On the second day we decided to try and find the St Martial glacier which is at the top of a nearby mountain. The chair lift was being repaired so we took a brief stroll up said mountain. The snow got to about 2 foot deep so we called it a day about halfway up (600 metres I think it was). Turned out to be a good idea as it started chucking it down with snow just as we got back to the road. There followed a very, very long walk back to town as we couldn´t see the trail through the forest so had to walk all the way back down a very windy mountain road.
Next day we went to the Tierro del Fuega National Park with a very nice guide, lots of wandering around in the snow and some more amazing scenery along with a highly political discussion about why beavers shouldn´t be shot.
After a well deserved day off we jumped back on a plane and went to El Calafate which is a very posh little town near to the Perito Morino glacier (look at the pics – you´ll recognise it). Spent a day at the glacier and then realised just how much we´ve spent on plane tickets and excursions so we´ve just had a couple of lazy days wandering around town and at the hostel before we fly back to BA. Then it´s bus rides all the way to either Mendoza, Cordoba or Rosario – not made our minds up yet but there may well be a road trip in the offing if car hire is cheap!
David (and Sian) xx