I’m currently sitting on a bus that has driven through the night and is 2 hours away from arriving to puerto iguazu. The last day and a bit has been one long travel day. We started in ushuaia (the southern most city in the world) taking a 4 hour plane to buenos aires, we had about 3 hours of waiting in the bus station before getting on the 17 hour (1400km) night bus to Puerto iguazu which shares the rio iguazu with Paraguay and Brazil.
It was 32°C when we landed in Buenos Aires and the bus is telling me that it is currently 30°C right now at 11:00 am. It’s quite the change in temperature as what we’ve been used to the last few days, Punta arenas is windy and chilly at night. Ushuaia is similar, hot during the day when the sun is out but as soon as it’s cloudy it feels like it drops 15°.
About a week ago we dropped off the camper van and checked into our hostel. After being stuffed in a van for the last two and a half weeks we both needed some time to relax. I read about going to see some penguins online and did some research and found it would be cheaper and better in chile then it would be in argentina. So the next day at around 5 pm we hopped on a ship to take us to the island where we got to walk with thousands of penguins. It was amazing to be so close to them and see how they live in the wild. We got some amazing shots and I would recommend the tour to everyone.
The next night we enjoyed beers and sushi at the sky bar right on water. The following day I checked out the famous cemetery in town which was actually pretty cool. This cemetery was MASSIVE! It had streets within the cemetery and signs so you wouldn’t get lost. I didn’t read up on it much but from what I saw the wealthy families bought huge tombstones for their deceased. (Big enough for a small family to live in) they were basically little houses that had 1 to 6 tombs in them. The less wealthy had only headstones and the poor were left with just a box on a wall where loved ones could take a ladder and fill the small box with roses. It was interesting to see and it was a good way to ‘kill’ some time before mack and I would watch the superbowl. We went to the only restaurant in town that was playing it and along with a few Americans we enjoyed some beers and football. Mack and I had a bet for the game. (Keep in mind I haven’t shaved since middle of December and macks beard was also getting pretty long.) The bet was whosever team wins gets to shave the losers beard however they want and the loser has to keep it for 3 days. It was a nerve-racking game but in the end I won and got to shave macks beard. I chose to shave only one side of his face and keep the other side unshaven.
The next morning we got on a bus and started the journey to Ushuaia, Argentina. It was 11 hours to ushuaia which included a border crossing and a 30 minute ferry. Once arriving we checked into our hostel which was populated by mostly Israelis. We met to Israeli girls that explained to us the reason so many of them travel and also travel in massive groups. we learned that both men and women must serve 2 years in the military after they turn 18. She says once the 2 years is up they have this money and need a break so they travel. Apparently there is a really good Facebook page that all backpackers from Israel go and share information. The hostel we were staying at was the number one choice for ushuaia on that Facebook page. It’s a very helpful tool while traveling but for me travel is to meet other people from other countries not to just go to another country and hangout and travel with people from your own country.
Ushuaia is an interesting place, built off tourism after the Panama Canal opened. Cruise ships stop by here almost daily, mostly for penguin tours and to see the ‘fin del mundo’ end of the world. Penguin souvenirs are everywhere down here and end of the world T shirts, everything is overpriced and touristy. Mack and I cooked every night and it was still expensive. It’s a nice little city but the only reason I’d come back is to stop here before going to Antarctica.
(The Internet is too slow for pictures they will get uploaded later)