Saturday, February 15, 2014

S America/Antarctica - 1/02/2014 - Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia, Argentina is the southern most city in the world.  As you can see from the photos, we didn't have a very pretty day to visit.  Ushuaia is located in a wide bay on the southern coast of Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego, bounded on the north by the Martial mountain range and on the south by the Beagle Channel.  Ushuaia has a subpolar oceanic climate.  Temperatures average 1.6 °C (34.9 °F) in the coolest month (July), and 10.3 °C (50.5 °F) in the warmest month (January). The record low is −21 °C (−6 °F) in July, and the record high is 29.5 °C (85 °F) in January. The record low ever recorded in summer is −6 °C (21 °F). On average the city experiences 146 days of precipitation a year, with many cloudy and foggy days, averaging 206 cloudy days a year.  So, days like today are not unusual in Ushuaia.  About 57,000 people live here.  Barrow, Alaska is a sister city to Ushuaia.

Sigrid sitting on the ferry which will take us around Beagle Channel with Dieter, a German friend we met on the Zaandam.

A couple of shots of the ms Zaandam.

The Martial Mountains are on the north of Ushuaia.

We are officially in Patagonia.

We toured the Tierra del Fuego National Park by bus.  It is a strange kind of place given the climate.

People do camp here despite the dismal weather.  Where else would they go?  Remember, this is summer time for them.

We will visit the nice visitors center.

Get those shoes on before you step in a puddle.

These look like fruit but they are actually a fungus that grows on the trees.

When we were on the ferry in Beagle Channel, we stopped at the Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse to see the penguins and sea lions.

These guys are well feed.

We are now off to find the sun again.  The next stop and blog post will be Punta Arenas, Chile.

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