Patagonia Portraits: Rylee’s adventure to The End of the World
LAFL travel advisor, Rylee M., explored Patagonia in 2010 and wrapped up her adventure with two days in Ushuaia. The quaint town of Ushuaia is located at the southernmost tip of Argentina and adorns the title of “The End of the World.” Along with sharing some awesome pictures, Rylee told us about her trip highlights and why she’d like to return to Ushuaia for another visit.
Admiring one of the world’s only advancing glaciers
Rylee and her husband, Garzo, bundled up in their warmest clothes and embarked on a winter exploration of Patagonia in Argentina. Their whirlwind tour took them to two of the regions most popular sites, first visiting the Perito Moreno glacier, and then traveling further south to Ushuaia.
Perito Moreno is a glacier located in the heart of southern Patagonia. This natural wonder is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the only advancing glaciers, growing at a steady rate of up to 7 feet each day.
From a mini-trekking tour on the ice to a boat tour along Lago Rico that offers a grandeur view of the glacier from the imposing edge on the north wall, there are plenty of ways to experience the Glacier.
Snuggling up for their photo with Perito Moreno.
Rylee and Garzo admired a panoramic view of Perito Moreno from the observation deck. They were all smiles in the apparent winter chill.
Taking on The End of the World
Ushuaia is a town constructed of colorful housing amid snow-covered mountains. Despite its southern isolation, there are modern amenities and services in the town, making it the perfect base to explore the nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park and other outdoor treasures.
Ushuaia, Patagonia, Argentina
Snowfall greeted Rylee and her husband as they set out to explore the streets of Ushuaia.
“It was a really charming city with a small town feel,” said Rylee. “There are two main boulevards that you can easily walk and explore the little restaurants and shops.”
A little snow didn’t ruin Rylee’s first day.
Temperatures in Ushuaia during the winter generally average between 20 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit, so it’s best to pack warm, especially during the winter months. “I had good waterproof boots. We were prepared for snow and packed scarfs and gloves – anything to keep us warm!”
Rylee and her husband thought July was a magical time to visit Ushuaia. “We made snow angels in the park and for my husband who is from Lima, it was his first time to ever experience the snow, so he was very excited.”
Yes, that’s a real crab!
Rylee, a California native, was intrigued by the enormous size of some Patagonian sea life. “The crab that we ate was gigantic, like ten times larger than the crabs in San Francisco!”
Beagle Channel, Ushuaia
The beauty and untouched Patagonia landscapes attract thrill-seekers from around the world. Kayaking, mountaineering, horseback riding, and hiking trails provide travelers with endless outdoor fun during the warmer summer months. Some visitors are lucky to continue their journey on a cruise to Antarctica that leave from the port in Ushuaia.
The winter in Ushuaia, from June through August, is a great time to ski at Cerro Castor – one of the best resorts in the area.
Let the journey to The End of the World begin.
Rylee and her husband spent their second day in Ushuaia exploring the Tierra del Fuego National Park from inside the warmth of the End of the World Train.
“We got lucky because it didn’t snow and it was a really clear day,” Rylee said.
“It was a half-day train tour and we got to check out the Tierra del Fuego National Park.”
Find peace of mind in Patagonia.
Once used to transfer prisoners to the labor camp near the city, the train route begins on the outskirts of the city and snakes through the beautiful Patagonia landscapes. Highlights of the train ride include picturesque lagoons, rivers and snow covered mountain peaks.
The End of the World
All photos courtesy of Rylee M.
“We were on a time constraint, trying to fit in El Calafate and Ushuaia during the same trip, so we’d like to go back,” said Rylee. “I would have liked to have spent more time in Ushuaia. Kayaking sounded reallyfun and we didn’t have time to go into the Beagle Channel.
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Britt is addicted to the spontaneous nature of travel and personal growth it inspires. She bought a one-way ticket to South America in 2012, starting her journey in Argentina and slowly traveled north through Chile, Bolivia, and Peru. Unable to shake her addiction of Latin America, she now happily calls Peru home.