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Arrival in Ushuaia and excursion to the Martial glacier

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We arrived in Ushuaia very tired after many hours of flight. From the plane we saw that the small airport of this town in the southern cone of Argentina looks like a mountain shelter, all of wood and a very sloping gable roof. As soon as you leave, you see the mountains around, very close and full of snow. And the Beagle Channel looks like a sea. To the south you reach Cape Horn, the end of the world. Beyond, there will be Antarctica.

Reaching the frozen continent is too expensive, 5000 euros, offer price. In addition, in Tierra del Fuego there are many attractions. But we would see that days later. First, we went to the Bed & Breakfast of a very nice lady: María Cristina, who runs the Nahuel B&B for twenty-four years. Tourists from all over have passed through their house. Curiously, he tells us that lately many French tourists have canceled reservations, probably due to the attacks in Paris that occurred only three weeks earlier. We are surprised and give our opinion on this matter. We think it is exaggerated to cancel a travel to Argentina for an attack in France. But psychosis spreads, and you can't blame people for being afraid either.

Our room at B&B Nahuel

Then Mrs. María Cristina answers all the practical questions we have about Ushuaia. Where we can change money in an unofficial place, how to visit the Tierra del Fuego National Park or where there is a supermarket. He warns us that Tuesday is a holiday for the virgin, and we answer that in Spain too. Then he asks us if in Spain people are very religious. We are very surprised by the question and we explain that less and less. She confesses to us that she had come to think that the Christian religion and all the saints and virgins had only been a trick of the Spanish conquerors to subdue the natives.

By the way, the room is the right sea, with TV and wifi. The bathroom is shared, but breakfast is included and at the time we want. Then we go out to change money and then we will have lunch at the El Turco restaurant. Seeing the slash they are eating at the next table, we decided on a "complete stuffed Milanese." This dish is two very tender steaks on top of each other, with a layer of melted cheese and sweet ham in the middle and the whole breaded package, accompanied with fried potatoes and two fried eggs on top. There is nothing!

Milanese to regain strength

In the afternoon we walk a little until the tourist information office of the port. It is much hotter than expected: 16 ºC. Later we take a taxi to climb a 7 km road to the Martial glacier.

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