Tierra del Fuego At Last

12,000 kms after starting in Lima, Peru we have reached the southern extreme of this leg of worldbybike. Ushuaia, the capital of Argentine Tierra del Fuego is a beaut wee city on the shores of the Beagle Channel. Last port to the ships that these days bring 45,000 tourists a year down here for their Antarctica experience, the town is on a roll. When we arrived there were 11 tall ships here, including the Esmeralda to commemorate Argentina’s bicentennial of independence from Spanish rule. So it was party time – how lucky is that? Fireworks displays and next morning the big sail off as all the big ships departed – hell of a spectacle from our waterside hotel.

We’re just please to be here – such a neat town after so many miles, some of them incredibly scenic – one can’t exaggerate of Andean Patagonia – and some of them moronically barren and arid – those miles and miles across the Pampa of Patagonia and northern Tierra del Fuego. And the roads and weather – all so variable. But the highlight of the ride south has undoubtedly been – strictly from a motorcycling perspective – the Carretera Austral in Chile. This road that enables you to ride down Chile’s “West Coast” and marvel at its remoteness and beauty, is one of the world’s top 5 rides – no question.

Now we’re here, nobody wants to leave – this southern oasis is a treasure. Photos here

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