Ushuaia Boat Trip

Location location: Ushuaia, Argentina

I’m not sure what I was expecting to see in Ushuaia.  I was so caught up in the idea of going to the ‘end of the world’ but I hadn’t given a second thought as to what was actually there.

But what a surprise Ushuaia had in store!

Being so far south, it’s the place where people depart to go on a boat to Antarctica.

You know what that means?  Penguins, sea lions, whales and other Antarctic wildlife come to play in the water and islands close to Ushuaia.

So I was a little excited to go on a boat trip.

ushuaia boat, sea lion, seal, penguin, che tango

ushuaia boat, sea lion, seal, penguin, che tango

ushuaia boat, sea lion, seal, penguin, che tango

In the morning, we rugged ourselves up in warm and windproof jackets and made our way to the port of Ushuaia.

Where we boarded a little boat that sped us away into the Beagle Channel.

ushuaia boat, sea lion, seal, penguin, che tango

ushuaia boat, sea lion, seal, penguin, che tango

So beautiful and rare to see snowcapped mountains so close to the sea.

We approached an island ahead that looked full of little black and white penguins.

ushuaia boat, sea lion, seal, penguin, che tango

ushuaia boat, sea lion, seal, penguin, che tango

But look closely – you will see they’re not penguins at all.

Cormorants actually.  Sadly we missed penguin season which lasts from November to March.

Boring I know, but the real jaw dropping sight was waiting on the other side of the island.

ushuaia boat, sea lion, seal, penguin, che tango

Sea lions!!!

ushuaia boat, sea lion, seal, penguin, che tango

I have a normal fixed lens on my camera so this is the same view from my eyes.

Seriously, this is how close up we got.

ushuaia boat, sea lion, seal, penguin, che tango

I could have jumped on land and patted the fat blubbery creatures if I wanted to.

But then I’d probably have been eaten and would not live to see the next island of sea lions.

ushuaia boat, sea lion, seal, penguin, che tango

Who were waiting for us in perfect formation.

ushuaia boat, sea lion, seal, penguin, che tango

ushuaia boat, sea lion, seal, penguin, che tango

We watched a few of the sea lions jump in the water and swim around our boat.

The sea lions have a pretty good life – they live on this small island all year round and each day is a routine of swimming, eating, sleeping, mating and picking fights with each other.

They don’t smell great though, so we ventured on to sail around the nearby lighthouse.

ushuaia boat, sea lion, seal, penguin, che tango

ushuaia boat, sea lion, seal, penguin, che tango

And took a detour to an island.

Where we moored and jumped off to go exploring.

ushuaia boat, sea lion, seal, penguin, che tango

ushuaia boat, sea lion, seal, penguin, che tango

Found calafate berries.

ushuaia boat, sea lion, seal, penguin, che tango

ushuaia boat, sea lion, seal, penguin, che tango

ushuaia boat, sea lion, seal, penguin, che tango

Maxi, our tour guide, gave an incredible insight to the flora and fauna of the Beagle Channel.  Apparently natives used to live on this island for centuries … naked – all year around.

But I’m happy to keep wearing my cosy Zara down jacket and Ewok hat, thank you very much.

ushuaia boat, sea lion, seal, penguin, che tango

ushuaia boat, sea lion, seal, penguin, che tango

ushuaia boat, sea lion, seal, penguin, che tango

The clouds started to gather.

ushuaia boat, sea lion, seal, penguin, che tango

ushuaia boat, sea lion, seal, penguin, che tango

And nobody wants to be shipwrecked in a storm.

Righto Captain, time to get back to the mainland.

ushuaia boat, sea lion, seal, penguin, che tango

Many thanks to Maxi and our captain at Navegando el Fin del Mundo for an amazing adventure (contact them at navegandoelfindelmundo@gmail.com or +54 2901 517967 or via Facebook).

And thank you to Lauren and Iain from Just Ramble On for the photos of Danny and me.  You can read their tips about Ushuaia here.

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