Trekking in Tierra del Fuego

Location location: Ushuaia, Argentina

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Welcome to the land of fire and the southernmost national park in the world.

Sounds impressive, right?

On our last day in Ushuaia, we jumped on a little shuttle bus that took us 40 minutes away from town and deep into the national park nearby.

Apparently when Europeans first arrived here they saw many campfires of the natives and hence named the area ‘Tierra del Fuego’, meaning ‘land of fire’.

A little bit ironic because Ushuaia seems to be caught in a never ending winter.  We rugged up in our best trekking gear for a hike around the forest.

tierra del fuego, national park, ushuaia, blog

tierra del fuego, national park, ushuaia, blog

Golden leaves paved the way for us like the yellow brick road.

tierra del fuego, national park, ushuaia, blog

tierra del fuego, national park, ushuaia, blog

tierra del fuego, national park, ushuaia, blog

Emerald city, anyone?

tierra del fuego, national park, ushuaia, blog

We followed the scenic route along the lake.

Stopping by occasionally to admire the beautiful reflections in the water.

tierra del fuego, national park, ushuaia, blog

tierra del fuego, national park, ushuaia, blog

tierra del fuego, national park, ushuaia, blog

tierra del fuego, national park, ushuaia, blog

And to marvel and all sorts of weird things hidden in nature.

Like mussels (really wish we could have taken these away for dinner!)

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tierra del fuego, national park, ushuaia, blog

Little crustaceans.

tierra del fuego, national park, ushuaia, blog

Flowers.

tierra del fuego, national park, ushuaia, blog

Wild mushrooms.

tierra del fuego, national park, ushuaia, blog

And wondered what the hell happened to these trees.

tierra del fuego, national park, ushuaia, blog

Later on, someone was feeling a little daring and kicked their hiking boots off to go for a dip in the lake.

tierra del fuego, national park, ushuaia, blog

tierra del fuego, national park, ushuaia, blog

tierra del fuego, national park, ushuaia, blog

Being Danny, of course.

Not me – it’s bloody freezing here for a Queensland girl!

Happy to stay warm and safe on land.

tierra del fuego, national park, ushuaia, blog

tierra del fuego, national park, ushuaia, blog

tierra del fuego, national park, ushuaia, blog

tierra del fuego, national park, ushuaia, blog

Convinced Danny to join me back on land too.

tierra del fuego, national park, ushuaia, blog

tierra del fuego, national park, ushuaia, blog

Then again, who could resist those persuading eyes of mine?!  😉

tierra del fuego, national park, ushuaia, blog

It was such a beautiful day to spend the day hiking around Tierra del Fuego.  My only regret is that we should have stayed there longer to see more of the park.  But you’ve got to leave something to come back for next time, right?

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