The ship docked at Ushuaia port at 9.00 p.m and the staff and crew members got off the ship for a breath of fresh air and to celebrate Christmas in whatever ways they could. Speaking with their families was everyone’s priority and the internet connection at the docks made it possible for everyone to connect with their loved ones. I went out for a stroll and ended up having a deeply spiritual conversation with my friend Turk, who happens to be one of the brightest students at MIT's B-school. What an amazing guy! We returned to the ship at around 01:30 a.m and I packed my remaining baggage and left it outside the cabin for the staff to pick it up at 06:30 a.m.
On the coast of Tierra del Fuego archipelago at the southwestern-most tip of the Argentine-Chilean border, lies the beautiful town of Ushuaia. It is famous as the “end of the world”, being the southernmost city in the world. This windswept town with the snow-capped Andes on the north and Beagle Channel to the south is a one of a kind vibrant place. Enjoy both ice and seascapes along with a glass of submarino when you visit Ushuaia.Why travel to Ushuaia?
Ushuaia is the world’s southernmost city to capture the Southern Lights. It is also one of the easiest destinations to get to on this list as it has its own airport. Because it is so further south, the city is frequented with cloud covers and bad weather in general, making it a little difficult to view the lights. So keep a few days in hand, when you plan a trip to this spot. Also, head out of the city to someplace remote, to avoid any light pollution. While you are here, make sure to hit up the End of The World museum.
The first step towards reaching Antarctica from India is to fly in to Ushuaia, Argentina. Once you get there, you would need to get on a ship to Antarctica. Ushuaia is the southern-most city in the world and also goes by the name ‘The End of The World’. The two day journey from Ushuaia takes you through the Beagle Channel and the legendary Drake Passage. Crossing the legendary Drake Passage is an unforgettable experience as well as a formidable challenge. Its rough nature has given it the name ‘Sailor’s Everest’. You may even question your sanity for having decided to make your way from India to Antarctica!
Ending the journey where we started it from, Ushuaia was the last stop. On our way back through the drake passage we encountered another massive storm. The storm was way above average, and I know it, everything was flying and breaking. All the bar-glasses were broken, chairs were upside down and people were walking at a 40 degree angle. When the captain announced on the speaker that we entered calmer waters, and we will be protected from the waves by land, I was so relieved.
Overall, this trip was magical and I believe everyone should visit Antarctica after this!