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Day 17 – Cape Horn and Tren Del Fin Del Mundo!

Mar 3

This morning we sail around Cape Horn just for the fun of it!  The scenery has started to invade our senses and we spend the early morning on deck with our cameras.  A few hours later, we arrive back in Ushuaia where this excursion began.  What started out with high stress has turned into a vacation of a lifetime.  We go to breakfast for the last time on the ship and they give us our disembarkation instructions.

We are not in the first groups to disembark for those are reserved for those who need to get to the airport for early flights.  We are scheduled to spend the night in Ushuaia and travel on to Buenos Aires tomorrow.  So we watch Flightless Timber Ducks in the water and other sights while we wait.

So, a few hours later we find ourselves back in Ushuaia with our luggage and we check into our new hotel for a day.  We store our luggage and grab a taxi to the National Park where we buy tickets to ride the Historic Prisoner Train (Tren del Fin del Mundo) through the park.  It turns out we end up spending an 5 extra dollars each and get our own train car, complete with wine and lunch!  What a deal!

The train takes us through the countryside and stops at a hike to a waterfall.  We only have time to hike up, take a few photos, and hike back down to the train.  Then we ride to the end of the line where we get off and check out the area.

The ride back is scenic and uneventful and we are relaxed and enjoying ourselves, a bit of a different mindset than the last time we were here.  We check out the museum at the train station and grab a taxi back to town.

Walking around town this time is more relaxed and laid back that before. We find some interesting street art on many walls and buildings. Not graffiti, mind you, but talented art!  We find dinner and see the town one more time.

Day 15, 16 – Drake Lake!

Mar 1, 2

We sleep in a little this morning as we know there is not much to see.  We are underway back across the Drake Passage.  It is so smooth the Passage is being nicknamed, “Drake Lake”.  I have never in my life seen such smooth water on the wide open seas where huge waves belong!

We have had such good weather crossing the Drake again that we will arrive in Argentina tomorrow morning and aren’t due to land until the following morning.  So we will cruise around Cape Horn tomorrow and maybe have another excursion

Day 16 – Drake Lake, Part 2

Today we sail the remainder of the way across the Drake, once again on “Drake Lake”.  Not much happens except we converse and visit with other passengers and party in the bar and lounge. We are instructed to put our boots in the hall for pickup. It is interesting that they supply us with our jackets but our boots are redistributed for future excursions. If I were king, I would redistribute the jackets and let you take home your boots, LOL.  We turn in early to have the energy for the rest of our trip!

Sights across Drake Lake keep us mesmerized as we return home!