02.12.2013 - 02.12.2013
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Yesterday I took a day tour to the island of Tierra del Fuego. The tour was an adventure in itself, delayed, inefficient and not stopping at all designbated stops. At least the people were interesting to meet and the guide was friendly. The ferry was full so we drove 2 hours to another ferry to cross there and we had to wait in line an hour there.
Then we drove 2 hours past estancias with fields of sheep, horses and wild guanaco (part of the llama family). The landscape was really barren.
Finally we arrived at Bahia Inutil (Useless Bay), where a colony of King Penguins have taken up colony. Usually antactic birds only, small populations have moved to Patagonia and South Africa in recent years.
The setting and penguins were beautiful. The babies sat at their parents feel and appeared brown. The wind whipped as the temperature was probably 50 F.
On the way back we stopped in a petroleum town that appeared partially abandoned, but the school we stopped for restrooms had a fooseball table!