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Molly, enjoying the cute penguins on Martillo Island.
Molly, enjoying the cute penguins on Martillo Island. (Franny Friesz)

Ushuaia was one of the most gorgeous places I’ve ever seen. It reminded me of Homer, Alaska. Beautiful and jagged mountains touch the ocean and you have the best of both worlds. We found it incredibly easy to get around Ushuaia.  The taxis were dirt cheap and easy to flag down.  As soon as we arrived to our sweet little room at Tierra de Leyendas, we set out on a horseback ride. Cento de Hipico was a fantastic company. I can’t say enough about them. They had healthy, happy horses, and our guide was super sweet. His English wasn’t incredible, but he knew how to communicate enough for us to have the best time. We told him we were both Montana girls and experienced riders. He decided to take us on a true adventure since we knew what we were doing. I felt like an old friend took us for a ride in his backyard to his favorite spot. We were honored and blown away.

Picking out the King crab we were going to have for dinner in Ushuaia!
Picking out the King crab we were going to have for dinner in Ushuaia! (Franny Friesz)

True to a Patagonian experience, we rode into sunshine, rain, I think snow, tremendous wind, and even saw a rainbow. This was by far one of the best highlights of our entire trip.  Now, our favorite meal of the whole trip was also in Ushuaia. El Viejo Marino was home to a massive King Crab that ended up in our bellies. We picked, held, and devoured this huge sea creature. Not only was it tasty, it was an experience cracking open the hard shell to eat the sweet flesh inside. Delicious. All in all, Molly and I loved Ushuaia. I think it’s often overlooked simply as a hub to Antarctica. Boy, does it prepare you for an amazing trip by setting you off on the right foot!

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