Day 22 – Monday 29th October 2018
Tierra del Fuego National Park
By plane – 0
By public transport – 48 kms/ 30 miles
By foot – 25 kms/ 15.4 miles
Steps taken – 35,816
Last night we just happened to sleep through a 6.4 magnitude earthquake, which struck near Ushuaia. The quake hit 201 miles (324km) south of Ushuaia.
The tremor took place at 2.54am local time.
The earthquake occurred in a hazardous stretch of water which is also known as the Drake Passage.
There doesnt seem to be any visible effects in the city. Wow….didn’t expect that!
Also witnessed signs in this neck of the woods regarding tsunami’s so it does make you aware of what can potentially happen!
So where do I start now after that one!!!!!
Today we wanted to visit the city’s first and foremost attraction which is the world-renowned Tierra del Fuego National Park, the southernmost national park in the world.
That’s Chile in the very background
We had to do it…we had to finish (well almost) our ‘hiking’ journey by literally doing one more hike to the very end of the world where land meets sea!
This huge area in the Argentine side of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago is famous for its dramatically beautiful scenes of nature, with everything from southern Argentina’s glaciers to forests, waterfalls, lakes, and mountain peaks.
So we did our final walk, a 13.1 kms/8mile beautiful scenic coastal walk.
We even managed some trail running as half way through the walk it took you through lovely forests which almost felt jungle like.
Then we had some rock climbs, it was all rather nice.
The day was glorious but never underestimate the ever present winds at your pearl, one minute you were in a t-shirt next fleece and down jacket….and this happened constantly.
After 5 miles we hit a visitors centre and just had to do it! We had to have a coffee in the world’s most southern coffee shop…..so we’ve now ticked off the highest coffee shop in world (Gorak Shep, Himalayas last year) and now the most Southerly coffee shop in the world…I’d call that a result as I do like my coffee!
Then we finished of the last 4 miles walking to the point where the land meets the sea….and there we were….we had walked to the end.
This is the end of the Pan American Highway which travels all the way from Alaska, through North and South America and finishes right here….a whopping 17,818kms later!
This is the end of the world as we know it and it is one fabulous ending.
Once back we explored the town once again, checking out different areas, taking lots of pictures and just experiencing the place.
In a small park we came upon a monument with the bust of Eva Peron.