From Torres del Paine we traveled back to Puerto Natales and after one night we took the bus back to El Calafate. There we mainly relaxed and prepared ourselves for further travelling. In fact we had more days in El Calafate than originally planned since the weather was mostly in our favour in Patagonia and so we didn’t need our spare days to sit out bad weather.
We left El Calafate on a rainy day to fly further south to Ushuaia on Tierra del Fuego (aka Feuerland). Ushuaia is the southermost town in the world (“la ciudad más austral del mundo”). Further south there only are a few small chilean villages and beyond that, the next human settlements are research stations in Antarctica. Ushuaia’s location and infrastructure made it the number one place to start a cruise to Antarctica. We would have loved to do that, but 6000 USD per person for a 10 day trip is nothing that I would call a bargain. Instead we enjoyed the long days just looking at the marvellous landscape with the high snow-capped mountains, the deep blue sea and the fast changing weather. The first two nights we stayed in town, then we moved to another place a bit outside of Ushuaia on top of a hill by the sea. There we had a great view, a beautiful room, a good breakfast and the possibility to hike a bit in the mountainside. What a nice end to our world-trip! 🙂