|Ithaca in Ushuaia|
|Tren del fin de Mundo|
|King crab stew, delicious!|
|It's not all fun and games... Pete signing documents in the Odyssey "office"|
Being a port town and the gateway to Antarctica, there are an almost endless number of boat trips available, from a couple of hours to multiple-week Antarctic cruises. Many of the group cruised or sailed out into the Beagle Channel to see Sea Lions, cormorants and frigate birds, while Mikkel took the plunge and booked onto an Antarctic cruise for 10 days. He will be rejoining us in Mendoza and we are looking forward to his return and his stories and photos!
|Jeanne, Robin & Ken with Beagle beers on their boat cruise|
Our destination the following day was an estancia (farm / ranch) near the UNESCO World Heritage listed Cueva de los Manos (Cave of Hands). Pete was warmly welcomed back by the owner of the campsite, and we were immediately ushered into the cooking hut where there was a huge parrilla (grill) and a fireplace in the corner. That was all the incentive Pete needed to put on a lamb feast, with some of the group claiming it to be the best lamb they had ever eaten!
An early start the next morning, Christmas Eve, saw us heading to the town of Esquel (for some last minute Christmas shopping) and the nearby Parque Nacional los Alerces where we celebrated Christmas, but more about that to come in the next instalment!