Visit Tierra Del Fuego National Park From Ushuaia
It was a fun day when we headed out to visit Tierra Del Fuego National Park from Ushuaia. We enjoyed a train ride through the Tierra Del Fuego National Park and then boarded a catamaran for a view from the water. When the catamaran arrived back in Ushuaia, we explored the town.
Our transit into Ushuaia gave us some great views as we circumnavigated Cape Horn. And we got our first view of the fjord glaciers, as we left along the Beagle Channel.
Ushuaia was a great port on our cruise around South America.
Cruising Around Cape Horn
We had a wonderful day when we visited the penguins in the Falkland Islands. From the Falkland Islands the Oceania Cruises ship headed towards Cape Horn. Our ability to visit the Cape Horn was entirely dependent on the weather. Many cruise ships missed this treat.
As the ship approached the cape, the waves picked up. We even had waves on the cruise ship pool! The seas were rough but still calm enough to do the trip. Our captain was determined to give us the full trip around Cape Horn.
Our balcony faced the land on our trip around Cape Horn. So we bundled up in our warm coats and settled in and enjoyed the views. It was a fascinating trip as we circumnavigated Cape Horn.
As we rounded the final corner and headed towards Ushuaia, we were treated to a beautiful sunset. A perfect way to crown our trip around Cape Horn.
Entering Ushuaia Early In The Day
We arrived in the port of Ushuaia very early in the morning. It was a magical sight to look back at the town on the hill as the sky lightened.
After breakfast, we got ready for our excursion to visit Tierra Del Fuego National Park from Ushuaia. Along the dock we saw many of the expedition ships as they prepared to head off for Antartica. The gear on these boats made it clear that these voyages were a very different kind of cruising. And it pushed Antarctica even higher on our travel wish list.
On the way out for our excursion we had no time to wander in town. But on our return, we explored the town on foot for a short while.
The Train To The End Of The World In Tierra Del Fuego National Park From Ushuaia
Our bus headed out of Ushuaia and towards the Tierra Del Fuego National Park. We got a view of the mountains with small towns nestled in the valleys.
When we arrived at the train station, we saw the trains to “Fin del Mundo” (the end of the world). The Fin del Mundo trains were narrow gauge and ran by steam. This train line originally transported prisoners and only the last 8 km are used today for tourists.
As we moved through the park, our noses were pressed to the windows. We saw why so many headed this way to hike. Streams ran through the valleys. In areas, we saw vast expanses of tree trunks where logging was done.
There was one stop at the Macarena Falls. Everyone got off the train and headed towards the hills. The waterfall was visible with a short climb to the lower viewpoint. A 3 minute walk took us higher for a closer view at the cascading waters.
It was great to visit Tierra Del Fuego National Park from Ushuaia and take the train to the end of the world.
Drive Through Tierra Del Fuego National Park From Ushuaia
At the end of the rail line, we left the train and boarded buses. The buses moved slowly through Tierra Del Fuego National Park and we got a running commentary from our guides. We passed a deep green lake with glass-sided igloos on the shores. And then we stopped at Lake Acigami (aka Roca Lake). This lake extends through Argentina and Chile. The high mountains in the distance were reflected in the still waters.
When we arrived at Bahia Lapataia (Lapataia Bay) everyone left the bus and headed for the walkway to the catamaran. Lapataia Bay was once home to Tierra del Fuego’s first inhabitants.
The bay is at the end of National Route 3, the last leg of the Pan-American Highway network. This is the most southern point of the longest motorway in the world that starts in Alaska about 19,000 km to the north. So travelling by road was another way to reach Lapataia Bay.
We saw many beautiful sights on our visit to the Tierra Del Fuego National Park from Ushuaia.
A Catamaran Ride On Lapataia Bay
Once we were all aboard the catamaran, we headed out onto Lapataia Bay. This fjord was at the extreme south of Argentina connected to the Beagle Channel.
As we moved along, we saw the mountains in the distance. Boats were at work on the waters. And we caught sight places where people lived with this amazing view every day.
The first island we pulled close to was filled with noisy and stinky birds of many types. We were not the only boat out enjoying the view. The boat captain took us slowly around for bird views from all sides.
The second spot provided us with a view of the lazy sea lions taking in the sun. They reminded us of the many places we found sea lions on our travels along the coast of California.
As we moved out, we slowed down as we passed the lighthouse on the rocks. More birds covered this island.
The catamaran trip was a fun part of our visit to the Tierra Del Fuego National Park from Ushuaia.
Heading Back To Ushuaia
The catamaran finally headed back towards Ushuaia. Since it was dark when we arrived, we really did not get much of a view of this city on the hill. When we sailed back to the dock, we got a great view of Oceania Cruises Marina getting ready to head back out to sea.
We had a fun filled day when we headed out to visit Tierra Del Fuego National Park from Ushuaia. But we knew there was much more to explore on a return visit to this most southerly point on the South American continent.
A Walk Around Ushuaia
The catamaran let us off just outside of the port and we had a short time to wander in Ushuaia before the ship left. We saw bus and tourist trains that provided a good look at the town. But on this trip, we missed that chance.
When we passed the Plaza Civica we saw one of the many sculptures we saw around town. And in another part of town, we were delighted by the collection of colourful street art.
To get back to the ship, we passed through a small shopping strip. We were tempted by many of the items that referred to Ushuaia as “Fin Del Mundo” or the “End Of the World”. And David never passed by interesting local beers.
This was the first port where it became very obvious that we were cruising during start of the Covid-19 pandemic. We saw the first of the posters that soon became a part of life. At the point, we still hoped to finish our awesome South America cruise before the pandemic caught up to South America.
Cruising Out Along The Beagle Channel Fjords
Our ship cruised out of Ushuaia as the sun started to set. Our path out took us along the Beagle Channel Fjords. So as we cruised, we watched for our first view of the fjord scenery carved out by the movement of glaciers. We found this very similar to our trip along the fjords of Norway. Even with low visibility, we were quite excited when we saw our first view of the glaciers that crept down to the water.
We watched until it was impossible to see anymore. But it made us excited about our coming cruise for two days through the Chilean Fjords in Patagonia.
A Great Day In Tierra Del Fuego National Park From Ushuaia
We had a full day when visited Tierra Del Fuego National Park from Ushuaia. The train to the end of the world offered much to see. And it was great to see a different view from the water. A catamaran trip provided much to see as we headed back into the beautiful port of Ushuaia.
From Ushuaia we cruised out along the Beagle Channel. Our next stop was in Punta Arenas in Chile and an opportunity to enjoy more penguin fun at Magdelena Island.
Have you visited Tierra Del Fuego National Park from Ushuaia in Argentina? Did you take the train, hike the park or enjoy from the water?
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