Fin del Mundo
Our first impression of Tierra del Fuego….a lot of sheep. Sheep and landscape where all the same colour.
Here is the main part of the estancia with the sheep shearing house at the far left where they cut the wool off the sheep and packaged it for shipping it out – there was no road. Then there is the boat house where they still keep the whaling boat. And the two-storey building in the back is the main house.
This is the guy responsible for cutting the wood. There is no central heating (only gas heaters or wood stoves), no electricity (only by generator), no telephone line. It is the perfect place to relax!
The tour includes a visit to the museum for sea mammals and an unforgettable visit to the “bone house” where the biologists are cleaning the bones of the stranded whales, dolphins etc before they can show up as nice white skeletons in the museum. These are whale bones soaking in hot water. The large head was there too under a black plastic cover and the smell was incredible! We gained a completely new respect for the work of biologists!!
We went for a 4 hour walk around through the woods and the bogs and the open fields of the estancia. Now the land is a nature reserve so everything is allowed to go wild including the remaining horses and cattle.
National Park Tierra del Fuego
We hiked up to the top of the Guanacos Peak to get this view over the Beagle Channel. It is Ushuaia down below to the left.
Marco serving the wine to warm up our cold toes again after the hike and a good “shower”.