21 Feb 2009
Ushuaia, Argentina; Cruise Day 26
I cannot recall a day where I have seen so much natural uninhabited, unspoiled beauty.
We got so lucky. Yesterday’s beautiful weather spilled over to today. Even the guides said we had what will be one of the best days of the year.
Knowing that Ushuaia (the southernmost city in the world) would be special, we were scheduled to drag ourselves out of bed at 7:00 a.m. for a complete day of touring. We took a scenic coach tour through the Tierra del Fuego National Park.
Note the sign showing the location at mile 0 of the Pan American Highway.
Then we boarded a heavy-duty catamaran for a ride back through Beagle Channel to the port. The name comes from Darwin’s famous boat which he used during his studies down here. We were planning on seeing many birds and a few sea lions.
Not five minutes had passed when we saw a humpback whale right next to us. This was so unusual, the possibility is not even mentioned in the brochures.
Then came the Cormorants. We’re not talking a bird or two either. This was like right out of National Geographic.
They were followed by the Sea Lions, which as you can see are not a very active group. It was so cool.
Shortly after setting sail, we found ourselves in the Chilean fjords. The scenary was gorgeous, as you can see, right from our cabins. The Captain did a slow 360 so that we could all take in the sights from both sides.
To get a feel for the size of the glacier (this is one of many), check out the lifeboat on the bottom left of the picture above.