Beagle Channel shore in Tierra del Fuego Natl Park (Cynthia Gillett)
Today we are picked up by the local tour company, Canal Fun, and join others who have signed up for the hike around Tierra del Fuego National Park followed by a delicious provided picnic lunch (salamis, cheeses, chips, soda, wine, bread, grilled chicken) and a short canoe paddle (would have been longer but for the high winds that day). The day in general was cloudy and windy and, despite being in high summertime for Argentina, we were happy for our layers of fleece and hats, etc! Beautiful exotic plant and bird life - saw a huge woodpecker (which our tour guide tried to tell us was the biggest woodpecker in the world but our North American pileated woodpecker is bigget)! I think it was a Magellanic woodpecker.
Tonight we ate at Tierra de Leyendas whose proprietor, Sebastian, was formerly the head chef at the Buenos Aires Marriott. It was superb! Patagonia trout in a creamy butter sauce, local mussels in basil and sesame, a fresh tomato basil pasta for our vegetarian daughter, smooth flan, delicious calafate berry ice cream, wonderful Argentine wine. The food at Tierra de Leyendas is outstanding.
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