The Sun Sets on Ushuaia (Argentina)

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In this post, the sun sets on Ushuaia – both figuratively and literally. These photos were taken soon after I arrived in Argentina’s southernmost town last month. And last week I waved goodbye to it for the foreseeable future, uncertain when – and if – I’ll be back.

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Ushuaia has been the bookends of both my Antarctica trips, being the port of embarkation and disembarkation.

It’s a location I find hard to define. The main street is geared to tourists with gift shops, tourist agencies and translated menus in cafes. But lift your eyes as you walk along that street and you will see snow-capped mountains surrounding you. For every tourist that has stepped off a cruise ship, there is a backpacker who has been travelling through South America for a year. For every opportunity to soak up the great outdoors, there is a cheesy reference to it being fin del mundo (end of the world).

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If it had a Facebook profile, its relationship with its visitors would read: “it’s complicated”. On one-hand, it invites backpackers and adventurous travellers to explore and embellish the great outdoors. On the other hand, it is a comfortable stopover for cruise ship passengers wanting to buy souvenirs and have their photo taken on the tourist train in Terra del Fuego national park.

But for me, it’s simple – it’s the gateway to Antarctica.

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I’ve found it to be a great place to unwind for a few days before the trip begins: it offers sights and activities to keep me busy and a slower place of life to help me disconnect from the stress and routine of my daily life in London. I’ve also found it to be a relaxing place to unwind after the trip ends, a type of halfway house to ease me back into reality as I try and process the thoughts and memories Antarctica has left me with.

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So where am I now? Since returning from another epic Antarctic adventure and chilling for a night in Ushuaia, I made my way to Torres del Paine in Chile via a night in El Calafate and Puerto Natales. I’ve just returned from a five-day road trip in the national park, with just the breath-taking Patagonian landscape and my camera for company. I’m now returning to Argentina via Puerto Natales and El Calafate where I’ll spend a couple of days relaxing and returning to the Perito Moreno Glacier that was a highlight of my stay there two years ago.

And then it’s time for a change in direction (and temperature) for my final two weeks in Argentina. I’ll be heading to the north east of the country to enjoy Iguazu Falls and then explore the wildlife and landscape of Reserva Esteros del Ibera.

I fear I will be returning to London with enough photographs to keep me busy editing for the rest of my life!!  But until then, I’ll continue chasing sunsets!

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Kellie is a traveller and photographer who is most at home when exploring the world beyond it. Through the intersection of her travel, writing and photography passions, she shares her experiences to inspire others to create there own. The desire to live life instead of existing through it has introduced Kellie to inspirational locations throughout seven continents and from this a passion for landscape and wildlife photography has evolved. She feels a particular connection to the polar regions and Africa. You can see more of her photography at www.kellienetherwoodphotography.com

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