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Monika and Martin's Trip from Maseru to Ushuaia - and Beyond

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain

Monika and Martin's Trip from Maseru to Ushuaia

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The last days in Patagonia, Chiloé Island, and some tourist hotspots in Chile’s and Argentina’s Lake District. Then the long drive thru the Pampa to reach Mar del Plata on Argentina’s east coast. Finally to Tandil on the way to Buenos Aires.

Chile’s Carretera Austral

The road trip from Cochrane to Chaitén on Chile’s famous Carretera Austral. Tiny villages, turquoise rivers, and lakes. Mountains with huge glaciers and ice fields.

On the Way to Carretera Austral, Argentina

The journey from Patagonia’s southernmost town Ushuaia northwards thru Tierra del Fuego, to the tourist hotspots of El Calafate and El Chaltén. After a visit to Glaciar Perito Moreno and a hike to Mt. Fitz Roy, on thru the pampa to Paso Roballo to Chile’s Carretera Austral.

South Georgia, UK – And on to Ushuaia, Argentina

An epic journey from the South Shetland Islands to the British Overseas Territory of South Georgia and back to Ushuaia in Argentina. A trip to see a unique eco-system and to experience the stormy sea of the South Atlantic.

The Seventh Continent, Antarctica

After a long’n’tiring research, we found a way to continue our trip. Here our adventures on an epic journey further to the south. From Ushuaia to the South Shetland Islands and to Antarctica. For the very 1st time on a kind of a cruise.

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Our Trip

It all started with an opportunity. We’ve been stationed in Lesotho for 4 years. Enough time to develop a dream: to drive back to Switzerland after the end of our contracts.

In 2012 the dream became reality. Africa overland in our Toyota Prado for 11 months and 50’000 km along the eastern part of the continent, slightly touching Asia and finally thru Europe to reach Laufenburg, Swizzyland.

On the way we just developed another dream. Not Swizzyland may be our final destination, but overland to Ushuaia in Argentina – of course with a stopover in Anchorage to enjoy 1 of their famous Indian Pale Ales.

In Turkey, at a junction near Ankara we had to take the incredible decision whether to turn right in direction of Ushuaia or left to Swizzy’s Laufenburg. Our finances took the decision for us.

Time to earn some money. Now in Burkina Faso until mid-2014. Then, the much shorter trip by car from Ouagadougou to Laufenburg: 4 ½ months and 22 000 km only – a kind of a side trip on the way to Ushuaia.

Back in Laufenburg we were waiting for the grim winter in Central Asia to take an end. In June 2015 we started our trip thru Asia – direction to Alaska. An urgent family issue in July made us change our plans, to interrupted our journey and to drive back to Swizzyland.

In April 2016 we finally were back on our way to Ushuaia. We took the northern route to Kyrgyzstan. Later, on thru Tibet to Laos and South-East Asia. Another hibernation in Laufaburg.  Then in June 2017 we continued from Laos to South Korea to ship Prado to the US. 

Passing again winter in Swizzyland, in April 2018 we were back on the road. To Alaska. To sip an Indian Pale Ale in Anchorage and back to Las Vegas – driving a 1st part of the Panamericana.  Spring 2019 a roundtrip thru the south of the US and on to Mexico’s Baja California. 

Later in the year down to Central America. To Costa Roca where Corona induced restrictions put a sudden end to the trip in March 2020. We’re only back on the road by January ’22. Borders in South America slowly start to open again. So we’re on our way towards Ecuador.

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