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What is YOUR perfect travel day? Relaxing, (city) touring, meeting a local, sharing stories, good food, not a single thought about money or work maybe … ? Well, you can have all of that – and more – in amazing Tierra del Fuego. It is certainly worth travelling here though it is far from everywhere. Let me tell you about the perfect travel day I have had at the end of the world (of all places)!
Since I can think of, I have always been an independent traveller, rather despising what’s called group (or “sheep”) travel, as I often jokingly referred to larger tour groups flocking together with stickers on their shirts. It pays, though, to stay open-minded about the concept. Because group travel can a) be heaps of fun and b) simply ease your travel experience by not having to organize it all yourself – especially when chasing up last-minute offers in high season. This was the case for me in Tierra del Fuego, and I am very glad for all the support and local advice I have had during my four days here.
A special thanks therefore goes to sustainable, community-based operator ANDA Travel (for making it all possible!), as well as touring companies Tres Marias & Allen Gardiner Turismo in Ushuaia, for actually promoting small-scale, eco-cultural tourism in the area. Exactly what I LOVE – group travel “reloaded”! 😀
Waking up at 8 in the morning, enjoying my breakfast with beautiful city views at Posada Fueguina, leaving on my Velero (sailing trip) at 10 a.m., complete with sweet Alfajores, coffee, stunning sea views, birdwatching & hiking on a nearby island, I return to Ushuaia perfectly relaxed at about 2.30 p.m. in the afternoon. It is also a perfect time for being picked up at 3.10 p.m. by charming Daniel and his daughter, both from Ushuaia, running their own small travel company and taking us out to nearby Lake Fagnano, the second-most important “city” of Tolhuin (2.500 people … ). The visit then continues into the local forests for a beautiful Asado including great storytelling and settler’s history about the area. A wonderful day / experience that makes everything come to life with activities: History, nature, the sea, the local climate, first human settlement and so on.
In addition, Daniel “has taken the trouble” to be my personal Greeter on my very first day of arrival in Ushuaia, sharing travel tales & local insights into “life at the end of the world” plus inviting me on this trip like a friend. Thank you so much Daniel for this experience !! You deserve having many more like-minded, open and culturally interested visitors 😀 . Link up with Daniel here: https://www.facebook.com/allengardinerturismo
Thank you ANDA Travel & Allen Gardiner Turismo for your support during this visit of Tierra del Fuego. All opinions are my own.