Monika and Martin's Trip from Maseru to Ushuaia - and Beyond
Monika and Martin's Trip from Maseru to Ushuaia
Our very last post of this trip thru South America. It’s about Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires, then Uruguay: Colonia de Sacramento and Montevideo. To park Prado for the next months. Finally the flight back to Swizzyland in 1 of these sardine tins they call a plane.
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.
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.
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.
It all started with an opportunity. We’d been stationed in Lesotho for 4 years. Enough time to develop a dream: to drive back to Swizzyland at the end of our contracts.
In 2012, the dream became a reality. Africa overland in our Toyota Prado for 11 months. 50’000 km along the eastern part of the continent, briefly touching Asia, and finally crossing Europe to reach Laufenburg, Swizzyland.
Along the way, we unexpectedly developed another dream. Not Swizzyland would be our final destination, but rather 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 make the incredibly difficult decision of whether to turn right towards Ushuaia or left towards Swizzy’s Laufenburg. Our finances made the decision for us.
We headed to Burkina Faso to earn some money. Until mid-2014 when we definitely liberated ourselves from salary slavery. The much shorter car trip from Ouagadougou to Laufenburg. 4 ½ months and 22 000 km only – a kind of side trip on the way to Ushuaia.
In June 2015, we started our journey thru Asia on the way to Alaska. However, an urgent family issue in July forced us to interrupt our journey and drive back to Swizzyland.
In April 2016, we resumed our journey towards Ushuaia. Taking the northern route thru Asia to reach Kyrgyzstan. Later, on thru Tibet to Laos and Southeast Asia, continuing in June 2017 thru China, Mongolia, and Russia to South Korea. From there, we shipped Prado to the US.
From 2018 to 2019, we explored North America, visiting the US, Canada, and Mexico. Of course, not without sipping the famous Indian Pale Ale in Anchorage, Alaska.
We then traveled southwards to Central America. In February 2022, after a 2-year break due to these Coronies we finally arrived in South America and reached our final destination of Ushuaia, Argentina, in December. Time to expand our horizons. Not to be fixed any longer on Ushuaia as our final destination – but to have a look beyond this lost town at the Strait of Magellan.
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