Before leaving Rio Grande as all Mondays I published the pages of my website not without difficulties. It took me one hour by exhausting the battery of my laptop showing +eight years of age. Then I went to Mercedes-Benz to announce the revision of my vehicle at the back from Ushuaia. I asked for the E-mail address to give the exact date. On my way on the RN #3 at the km 2919+600 m I fill the tanks with drinking water, “cientos por ciento mineral” according to one of the truck drivers of two present trucks. Indeed water in the cities is strongly chlorinated. While arriving at Ushuaia at the beginning of afternoon I was looking for a bivouac returning to the following day my visit to the oficina de tourismo. I found it opposite the city.
|Eau potable, agua potable, drinking water : RN #3, Km 2919+600 m, [S 54° 14,463' W 067° 11,729']|
|Bivouac en face d'Ushuaia, in front of Ushuaia|
|Du bivouac au petit matin, from the bivouac at daybreak|
On Tuesday, November 1st I collected information at the oficina de turismo. Then at a travel agency, Freestyle Adventure Travel I asked whether there were excursions to the Antarctic. Two voyages were possible, one 20 days with a departure on November 5th and another 13 days with a departure on November 6th. I choose that of November 5th which gave the opportunity of seeing a greater number of animals. Then I visited the two museums. Museo Maritimo of Ushuaia in el Presidio is lodged in the old prison buildings. The prisoner cells are occupied by the maritime museum, the museum of the prison, an art gallery, the museum of the Antarctic, and the museum of marine art. I traversed them in approximately two hours. But it had taken one day to explore all the cells. Then I visited Museo del Fin del Mundo and the Antigua Casa de Gobierno which expose old sea maps of 16th, 17th and 18th centuries as well as pictures of the beginning of last century. I returned to the bivouac of the carpark of Sendero de Integración. It rained all the night and the day of Wednesday was announced also rainy.
On Wednesday, November 2d was gloomy in the morning then partially sunny in the afternoon. In the morning I made supply at Carrefour-market then I settled at Free Style Adventure Travel to use WiFi connection. At the beginning of afternoon I went to the station of EL Trend del Fin del Mundo in Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego, Ruta #3 km 3065 [S 54° 50.084 ' W 068° 25.418 ']. The end of the world train, also called the train of the convicts, was built starting from 1909 by the convicts on a Decauville way of 60 cm spacing. This train was used for the wooden supply of the penitentiary from where it left for a 25 km trip. The tourist visit circulates on the last 7 km along the Pipo river in the valley surrounded by mountains. The visit lasts approximately 1:30 with English and Spanish comments. I took the train of 15:00 with a return to my bivouac around 17:30.
On Thursday, November 3rd I spent the morning at the Free Style Adventure Travel agency by using WiFi connection. I received all documents for forwarding to the Antarctic. Then at the beginning of afternoon I went up to the Glacier Martial [S 54° 47,952' W 068° 22,204'] about 15 km from the downtown. The weather was very cold and the way on foot is one hour to the outward journey. I gave up this walk by taking a picture at the beginning of the track. To heat me and not for the effort I gave up, I took a collation with a hot chocolate at Casa de Té. Before returning to the bivouac I bought Dramamine against the seasickness at a pharmacy!
The expedition in the Antarctic is organized by “Poseidon
Expeditions” with the boat “Sea Spirit” from 11/5/2016 to
11/25/2016. The first day is at the Arakur Hotel in Ushuaia, the
loading is envisaged the following day November 6th. I show the
route of the boat below.
I spent the day of November 4th to prepare this exceptional and unforgettable voyage according to the Lonely-Planet guidebook.