I wanted to go to Chile since many years but there was always the same problem: it was too far and I usually had few days off during December and January, the best season for Chile. At the end, I decided that it was better two weeks now than three-four weeks maybe never so I booked my flight tickets to spend Christmas and New Year’s in South Chile. That 2011 had been a hard year for me and by December, when it was time for people to do the balance of the year, I just wanted to isolate myself for a while. I did not find a better choice for that than the End of the World.
People call Ushuaia, in Argentina, “the end of the world” but there is something else further, in Chile, and that’s where I wanted to go. In addition, I had been reading lately fantastic stories about mythical Beagle Channel (the strait that separates the archipelago of Tierra del Fuego from smaller islands), whales and Yahgans and I wanted to have a small taste of that.
The decision was made. Next destination: Navarino Island.
It took me three full days and 5 international stamps on my passport to get to my final destination, using the fastest means of transportation and having the time difference in my favor. The first day I took one direct flight Paris – Santiago and without leaving the airport another flight Santiago – Punta Arenas where I slept.
The second day I crossed Magellan Strait by ferry and, again on the bus, I crossed all Argentinian Tierra del Fuego down to Ushuaia where I slept.
The third day I went to Ushuaia port to take a speed boat to finally cross the long-awaited Beagle Channel down south to Navarino Island. Once in Chilean land again, there was a van from the port to Puerto Williams where Julio and Gaby, the owners of a small guesthouse, where waiting for me.
This trip may sound long and boring but I saw so many different and spectacular landscapes along my way that it was a pleasure at the end 😉
Le Monde du bout du monde (Original title, Mundo del fin del mundo). Fantastic short story written by Luis Sepulveda.