Ok it has been a few days since the last post. Much has happened. Before leaving Ushuaia, Jen and I made it out the the local glacier. A taxi ride to a ski lift then 800 feet vertical over 1 km horizontal. 3800 feet altitude later we stood a the base of a small glacier in a hanging valley overlooking the city. It was windy, cold, sunny and snowing all at the same time. The walk down was equally as epic. Finally down the ski lift and a taxi to the airport for Trelew and Puerto Madryn.
Our flight had us a 3 hour lay over in Calafate. The main attraction there is an enormous healthy melting glacier. I am told people sit and zen out waiting for 80 foot pieces to fall away. We of course missed all this sitting at the airport waiting for our flight.
Finally we landed in Trelew, 1500 km north of Terre del Fuego around 11pm and took a bus to Puerto Madryn for midnight. The next moring we rented a car and proceeded to drive a total of 400 kms. The Valdes Peninsula is an enormus UNESCO site. The roads where 90% gravel, hot and super dusty. But it was so worth it. The landscape is barren and treeless. Strange for us Canadians. The wild animals we saw (in no particular order) were… sheep, alpacas, orstridges, foxes, armadillos, horses, cows, elephant seals ( only females unfortunately), amazing magellenic penguins, a condor, gulls, hawks, cormorants, a skunk and a few other humans. Got back the hotel and showered off the goucho dust to find an enormous rock concert happening outside our back windows. Light show and big sound. Cool band. I think a little bit famous here in Argentina???
Anyway, time to sleep now. Might have to skip scuba because we fly late tomorrow but I think we may snorkel. With sea lions no less.