Tierra del Fuego is the southern most province in Argentina and in the world for that matter. Just as La Paz is home to pretty much the highest everything in the world, Tierra del Fuego and Ushuaia, the southern most city in the world, are home to pretty much the southern most everything in the world. In order to get to Tierra del Fuego, which is actually not connected to mainland Argentina or South America, you must take a ferry across the Straits of Magellan. Once across the Straits, you are treated to some beautiful landscape that has been well preserved, mainly due to Tierra del Fuego’s isolated location. Mountains, lakes, glaciers and abundant wildlife can be found pretty much around every corner in this part of Argentina.
We were lucky enough to be hosted by two amazing retreats while we were in Tierra del Fuego. First up was Hosteria Kaiken on the shores of beautiful Lago Fagnano. After relaxing after the long drive from El Calafate, we made our way down to Ushuaia where we were privileged to stay at Cumbres del Martial, a collection of luxurious and comfortable cabins situated on the mountain overlooking Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel. We did manage to break away from the comforts of our cabins and do some hiking and participate in an exciting cold water dive (4 degrees Celcius) with Carlos and Ushuaia Divers. Ushuaia was an amazing place but even more significant was that for the first time in the trip, we would actually be headed directly home instead of away from it. It is still a long way from Ushuaia back to the States, but Ushuaia represented the beginning of the final leg of the expedition.