And so I went to the end of the world. The end of my tan after many months in the wilderness. And the end of my tether for having freezing balls. It was sun and heat after this.
Travelling to the end of the world Ushuia .Let me start by stating that I had the best empanadas on the planet here. Weird to find them at the end of the world but I guess if this is it, then the ideal thing to finish on is an empanada. I crashed at Hostel Cruz del sur, great people and setup but tiny kitchen. Only downside.
There was not a chance in hell I was training outdoors here. Much to my surprise and enjoyment there was a small prison gym round the corner for the hostal. They charged me next to nothing (must have known I was Insta TRX famous 😉 @trxtraveller ). I enjoyed a break on evenings working-out here and it was nice to feel weights in my hands and on my back after so long of just TRX and bodyweight.
Getting out and about
With a fellow travel buddy I trekked the short trail to the lagoon, reachable by a taxi ride. It’s different, there’s a lagoon dog and if you catch it on a sunny day the water is aqua blue. It’s about 4 hours through medium grade terrain. Wet marsh made the going in Nike Airs a tad hard. We wandered the shores of the town. Ate a ton of empanadas. Had fantastic coffee at the Irish café and got absolutely hammered drunk at the Irish pub. Gotta love the Irish.
I had a one off expensive seafood meal at La casa de los Mariscos. Being honest though I found Ushuia expensive in general. I guess it’s understandable as it’s the end of the earth and difficult to transport things down here. That being said it’s very built up with grand hotels and some streets that would fit into Las Vagas downtown. You can visit the Antarctica here if you wait and barter for a last minute spot on a boat. A few travellers I met here did just that. When I re-met up with them further north, they told me it was one of the best things they’d ever done. Even though it cost an arm and a leg.
This is a must to do
On my last day I saw a whale, a big blue giant of a lad. Took the boat ride out from the harbour and spotted penguins, massive sea lions and the glorious hump back bugger. Crazy that it was just off the shore line. It was all hands on deck looking for them with binoculars. Calling out the smallest spurts in the air to chase them down.
- Stay at Hostel Cruz del sur
- Hike to the glacier
- Trek to the lagoon
- Take the harbour boat ride to see whales and sea lions
- Go to the Irish pub for some great Ale. Patagonia red is a lovely tipple
- Eat empanadas along the sea front, for some reason they taste outstanding
- Indulge in the many sea food restaurants
- Wander around this lonely lost town, it has a certain atmosphere about it you won’t find anywhere else
- Grab a snap with the end of the world sign
- Arrive here via plane from Buenos Aries or bus from Chile
- Expect warmth it’s freezing
- Stay more than 3 days
- Get ripped off in the tourist restaurants there are plenty of down to earth cosy cheap alternatives.
Tips for healthy eats
- There’s a supermarket near the hostel that has everything from fresh meat to fresh fruit and veg. Ideal for cooking up your own meals.
- In town you’ll find little cafes that do smoothies and the odd snack but they can get a little pricey if you over indulge.
How to get meat for that protein hit
- Pre-cooked chickens from the supermarket were my staple on evenings.
- Breakfast was a huge omelette. For day wanders, nuts, fruits and tuna grabbing a couple of snacks in cafes here and there.
- And of course, empanadas
Where to exercise
Google gym near Hostel Cruz del sur , it’s located round the corner not to far from the main supermarket. It’s quiet and cheap.