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The Subtle Beauty Of Mother Nature

Taking a half-day tour via the End of the World train in Tierra del Fuego was a nice way to quickly explore some of the park. The value of the train ride is perhaps a bit questionable compared to other means of personal transportation, but it definitely gave a reasonable amount of time at each stop to get off, walk around a bit and take some photos.

This is one of the many beautiful views you can see in Tierra del Fuego. It's definitely one of better national parks I've been to with such green terrain dotted with snowcapped mountains. Truly a remarkable place. Who knew that going to the end of the world could showcase nature's beauty so well?

Blogged: http://www.aisleseatplease.com/blog/2016/7/19/the-subtle-beauty-of-mother-nature

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Penguin Beach Day

This isn't you ordinary day at the beach. The largest colony of Magellanic penguins in South America come to Punta Tombo to incubate their eggs and raise their chicks, preparing them for migration. Located along the Atlantic coast in Argentinian Patagonia, the area has been carved out as a reserve and protected by provincial decree since 1979.

Magellanic penguins are considered to be medium sized, growing to 24-30" tall and weighing between 6.0 - 14.3 lb. Their name comes from none other than famed Portuguese explorer, Ferdinand Magellan who first spotted the penguins in 1520.

The nature reserve, once reached, is well set up for tourism. The paths are marked to keep humans in check while permitting the penguins to roam as they need to. The penguins will go down to the ocean to catch fish, and perhaps enjoy some socialization at the beach. They will then make their way further than you might expect inland to their burrows.

Blogged: http://www.aisleseatplease.com/blog/2016/5/12/penguin-beach-day

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The Sorrow In My Eyes

Sitting at the End of the World, Ushuaia is actually a reasonably comfortable and strikingly beautiful part of the world. With tremendous natural beauty in the lands and mountains around it, it's also a quaint little town. The downtown being filled primarily by tourists and those serving them, from the looks of things.

Walking around town I saw some nice murals on the walls, really adding some local flavor. Once the realm of Selk'nam and Yámana Indians, they've all but been wiped out now. The Selk'nam are considered extinct as a tribe, but a small number of Yámana are still around today, on the Chilean side of the border.

For fans of Leonardo DiCaprio's Oscar winning performance in The Revenant, you might like to know that the last scenes of the movie were filmed near Ushuaia.

Blogged: http://www.aisleseatplease.com/blog/2016/5/3/the-sorrow-in-my-eyes

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There Is Never Enough Time

Trekking through this bog was a fun, if not messy affair. Luckily, with knee-high gum boots, it wasn't a big problem. Plus, stunning natural beauty everywhere you look. It might be the Land of Fire (Tierra del Fuego), but it is truly the Land of Natural Beauty. Also known as Fin del Mundo - or, the End of the World - if you travel to the far reaches of Earth, you are bound to see some incredible things.

Time in the world's most incredible places is always too short. Could always spend another hour to take in the view a bit more, another day to leave no stone unturned or another week to fully appreciate the culture. I'm keeping track of the places I must go back to vs the ones I want to, and there's some collateral travel that'll happen as a result of that. Traveling to Antarctica? Make sure you spend a few days in this amazing corner of the world, for I know I hope I make it back again someday sooner than later.

Blogged: http://www.aisleseatplease.com/blog/2016/4/25/there-is-never-enough-time

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Laguna Esmeralda

For some it's the end of the world. Yet to me, it feels like the beginning. Where the colors of nature pop out at you like 3D images. So vivd and pure are the colors, that you immediately know you've entered an area where nature has not yet bent to man. It still have dominance in this part of the world.

Much of those feelings echo my first impressions of seeing Tierra del Fuego out of an airplane window on approach. I couldn't believe such a place could still exist in the world. There are other pristine and unspoiled areas of nature, but never have they grabbed my eye from above like they have at the southern tip of Argentina.

The Laguna Esmeralda is a common enough touristic hike. With the tour company providing tall gum boots for trekking through quick-sand like peat bogs. It's a really strange sensation to try to walk and feel your foot sinking into the earth. It's nothing dangerous, just a matter of successfully pulling your leg out without losing your boot! Pretty cool looking back on it.

The hike itself is absolutely beautiful. At the same time, you'll see some mass devastation to the forest caused by none other than Canada's biggest ecosystem wildcard, the beaver. As if the hike itself wasn't rewarding enough, you end up at this beautiful green lagoon, with a backdrop of glacier mountains.
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The Curve Of Iguazu Falls

One of the many grand views of Iguazu Falls. There are a few hundred waterfalls, so these are just a fraction of what you'll see when you visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site. I spent about 2.5 days exploring the falls from both Argentina and Brazil, which I would say was about the right amount of time. Two days could work, but any less and you'll have to decide which part of the falls you want to see. Given that flight times may not be the most optimal, spending a couple days at this impressive sight is well worth the time.

There's a few different paths for exploring the falls, both the lower falls and the upper falls. They're well created and pretty much everyone has access to them. Some of the more impressive sights are even handicap accessible. Good idea to bring a poncho or rain jacket of some type, as if you really want to experience the falls, you'll get quite wet from the spray.
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Iguazu Falls From Argentina

If you take the Circuito Inferior path through the Argentinian side of Iguazu Falls, you'll reach the entry point for the boat tours. Once inside the boat tour area, there's still a few minutes walk to get to the actual departure area, but along the way are some great spots such as this one to view and photograph the falls, unobstructed.

The boat tours take you literally right up to the falls so you can experience them in all their glory. It's a relatively short boat ride, but totally worth it. You'll want to book the boat tour in advance - ideally the day before to guarantee you get a time slot that works for your schedule. I booked mine through the hotel I stayed at which made things super easy.
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Exploring The Land Of Fire

Tierra del Fuego, at the southern tip of South America is known as the "Land of Fire." Back in 1520, Ferdinand Magellan was the first European to visit the area. He believed he saw the many fires of the native Yaghan people  from the sea, and that the indigenous population was waiting in the forest to ambush him. The Yaghan were some of the earliest known humans to settle in the area, with settlements in Tierra del Fuego dating back to 8,000 B.C.

The area is actually an archipelago, with the main island Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego often being referred to as simply Tierra del Fuego. The archipelago crosses the political boundaries of Argentina and Chile, with Argentina having slightly more than 1/3rd of the total area. The area is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen, both from the air and on the ground.
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Hiking Up Martial Glacier

One of the closest hiking options in Ushuaia is to do the relatively easy to moderate trek up Martial Glacier. The initial ascent can be done the short and steeper way, or the slightly longer and easier way. I choose the steeper way and it really isn't terrible. At the top you're rewarded with a terrific view of the city below, which is quite tiny.

Named in honor of explorer Luis Fernando Martial, who led a French scientific expedition in 1883, the glacier is located pretty close to the city. It's easy and affordable to get a cab ride there, and when you're done, one of the coffee shops at the base can easily radio a taxi to come pick you up.

In the winter, there's a small ski slope here complete with a chair lift, but in the summer the lift is not operational. With the path clear of snow and ice in summer, there's not much to worry about except for how long you should stay and explore the area.
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Into The Next World

I can't say that I've been to too many cemeteries, but mostly they're fairly similar. Lots of green grass, some trees, maybe a rolling hill or two and some mausoleums. La Recoleta Cemetery however, is in a class of its own.

Walking through the miniature boulevards of La Recoleta, I don't recall ever being so amazed or interested in a cemetery before. There were some areas where the walkways came together for a little plaza of sorts with all kinds of interesting structures.
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