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El Fin del Mundo~


We keep going back to ‘The End of the World.’

This poppy was as big as a salad plate!

This was our third visit, but this time we were joined by our adult children for the holidays, which made it the best ever.


Ushuaia Argentina is the southern-most city in the world,


and can be accessed via the stunning Beagle Channel and Tierra del Fuego.

The city is surrounded by the towering glacier-rich Andes cordillera (spine), which was shrouded with clouds on this visit.


This part of the world is a wildlife and birders paradise and I will post some critters next.

Not too many people come here, but those who do are rewarded with vast tracks of open spaces and pristine nature everywhere.


Cheers to you from The End of the World~

Big Gulp~


This cormorant seems to have caught,

more than he can swallow!

His mother obviously never taught him, not to gulp his food.

The Snowy Egrets,


also seem to bite off more than they can chew,

but there is lots of determination,


to eat what you catch,

no matter how hard it is,

to swallow!


Cheers to you from the very well fed Cormorants & Egrets~

Punto Tombo~


Punto Tumbo is a nature reserve located on Argentina’s central Patagonian coast.


It was set aside as a reserve in 1979,


and is home to the largest colony of Magellanic Penguins in the world.


It is also home to the Guanaco, the largest non-domesticated herbivore in South America.


Guanacos are members of the camel family and are undomesticated or wild llamas.


Adult Guanacos can weigh up to 310 pounds and are excellent swimmers.


They coexist happily with the penguins,


which is just a shameless lead-in to slip in a couple more penguin pics!


The final photo is from Gypsy Cove in The Falkland Islands which is an entirely different colony of Magellanic Penguins that I also couldn’t resist slipping in.

Cheers to you from the stunning wild creatures of the southern latitudes~

Lobos del Marino~


A face only a mother could love?

Nah, I think he’s a looker!

Apparently the lobos girls agree!

Patagonian Sea Lions are larger than their northern counterparts, and genetically distinct.

The males can grow up to 8 feet in length and weigh up to 800 pounds.

They have the archetypical lionesque heads with manes of fur, which make them quite impressive.

They are a protected species as there are only an estimated 265,000 of them left in the wild.

Comments are restored and will hopefully work, and I so very much miss hearing from you!!
Cheers to you from El Fin del Mundo, Ushuaia Argentina, the southern most city in the world~

Inca Tern~


Meet the Inca Tern!

Even the females wear their mustaches with pride.

Inca Tern’s occupy the territories of Chile and Peru once occupied by the Incas, hence their name.

They are considered one of the world’s most unique bird species.

In the 1850’s there were millions of them.

Their population is now estimated at 150,000.

I had no idea there would be such limited access to wifi on this trip, but I have never taken an entirely ship based trip before. Maritime wifi is extremely slow and expensive preventing me from responding to comments or commenting on your posts. Shore visits are intensive with limited time.

I so miss your comments and talking with you. I miss the feeling of traveling together virtually.

We are heading further south now towards Torres de Paine, Tierra del Fuego, and Cape Horn.

Our adult children have joined us for the holidays.

In about two weeks, we will return to terra firma, and I so look forward to catching up with you!

Until then, the gorgeous Inca Terns and I wish you Feliz Navidad y Prospero Ano Nuevo!

Peruvian Artisans~


Are amazing!

They see common things like shopping bags, paint them by hand, and transform them, into works of art.

They know,

how to create the beauty,

that surrounds them.

Wishing you the very happiest of Holidays and sending cheers to you from the talented artisans of Peru!

Blue footed Beauties~


Elvis must have been on to something!


You could almost step on these Blue Footed Boobies, they are so unfazed by your presence, but Elvis would haunt you if you did!


The bluer the feet of the Blue Footed Boobie males, the more attractive they are to the opposite sex.

Elvis was right!

Blue Footed Boobies are native to the subtropical and tropical waters of the Pacific Ocean.


They extend as far south as Peru.

50% of the world’s breeding colonies are in the Galapagos islands.

So it is cheers to you from the Blue Footed Babes~

(I feel so out of touch, and miss talking with you, but I am still ship based and thus internet limited. Sending you holiday greetings from Peru!)