After being out of Internet reach for a few days while we were hiking at Torrs del Paine I am now back in touch with the world and can finally post the blog about our trip around Tierra del Fuego. You all have seen already what happened to the Penguin on the way back but now I would like to tell you a bit more about the beauty and the wildness of this island.
We (that is Siri, Gaby and her Fox and me) took the ferry from Punta Arenas to Povernir. It took about 3 hours and as soon as we arrived the asphalt ended and the gravel road started. There was no trees and no shelter from the wind and with windspeeds up to 110km/h it can be a challenge to drive in a straight line. After 2 day’s we managed to get to Ushuaia and the last 70km before we got into Ushuaia was pure fun. We drove through forrests (which sheltered us from the ever beating winds) and had amazing views on lakes and lush valleys. In Ushuaia I had my “at-the-end-of-the-world-haircut” (that was on my bucket list) and resupplied before we took on the 95km road along the Beagle chanal. The road – ofically just marked as road “J” is the most most southern road on the island and therefor also the most southern road in the world. Of course we had to go on it and drive to the end of the world. It is a 95 km gravel road and the scenery is just spectacular. We were blessed with amazing evening light and wildlife that hasn’t figuered out yet that humans can be a threat to them. We camped 2 more nights in the area with romantic campfires and then started to make our way back to the mainland. In my last blog update you already knew what happened on the way. Gaby didn’t want to wait with us in Rio Grande (which is VERY understandable) and decided to go further north. We traveled with Gaby for 2 weeks and it was an absolute pleasure to share the road with her. I am sure we will meet her again at some stage of our journey through South America and if not on this continent then it will be somewhere else in the world. For now we are back in Puerto Natales and took on the Torres del Paine nationalpark. More about that in the next blog update – so much for now – Patagonia is amazing with its scenery and the wildlife. Stay tuned for the next update... Ps: if you would like to get notifications about this blog just fill in your email address at the bottom of the page. Check your junk mail folder though since it sometimes ends up in the junk mail – depending on your settings.