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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Who were waiting for us in perfect formation.
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.
And took a detour to an island.
Where we moored and jumped off to go exploring.
Found calafate berries.
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.
The clouds started to gather.
And nobody wants to be shipwrecked in a storm.
Righto Captain, time to get back to the mainland.