- 256 days ago
Our tour took us to island colonies of cormorants and sea lions, and around Faro les Eclaireurs, a lighthouse in the middle of the channel. It was a real treat to be so close to the sea lions. We could have stayed there all day watching them.
Argentina maintains its sovereign rights to the Isles Malvinas, or Falkland Islands. This sentiment is particularly strong in Ushuaia, because of its proximity to the islands. While we were there the city was preparing to commemorate the 1982 Falkland War with Great Britain in which 750 Argentines lost their lives. Politics aside, the Malvinas memorial, with its vacant silhouette of the islands facing out to sea, is an incredibly sobering and artistic monument to loss -- of the war dead and of the islands themselves.
Patagonia wished us a fond farewell with a full rainbow as we departed Ushuaia to start our journey back home. The perfect ending to a fabulous adventure. (see Day 12 photos)