45 buses to Ushuaia
26/01/14This is just a quick one because we`ve got a hot date with some Magellanic Penguins in a mo. Moving south from El Calafate, we spent five days walking the W-trek in the Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. What a place! Around every corner there´s a stunning vista, with towering granite peaks (pictured), moody windswept lakes, crumbling glaciers and raging rivers so clean you can drink straight from them. On our return to the Patagonia Adventure Hostel in Puerto Natales, our hostelier Jorge took us climbing at a crumbly conglomerate crag high above the beautiful Lago Sofia. A great way to get the adrenaline pumping before another sedate 15 hour bus ride south.
And so after 4 lost buffs, 8 biomes crossed, 42 beds and 45 bus journeys, we reach the end of the road at the southernmost city on Earth, Ushuaia. It´s certainly been a trip of a lifetime, and although I´m not going to miss the stale bread and crap cups of tea, I´m going to miss South America a lot. Among many things, the slower pace of life, watching the world go by on long bus rides, hearing peoples´ stories and seeing their beautiful countries. And so tomorrow we head for Buenos Aires, from where we fly home to another beautiful country; sunny Wales. Ease me in gently, boss!