Moira Smart is from South Africa. She travelled with Across Argentina this last March 2014. This is her fourth trip to South America organized by us. She loved it so much that she might think of a fifth trip. We´ll see what is next! Thanks Moira for your cooperation with our Blog and we hope to see you soon again. Maria & Clara.
“A little bit of heaven on earth”. That is how I like to describe my stay at Estancia Harberton.
My imagination was lit up about the “Land of Fire” on a previous trip to Ushuaia when time did not allow more than a visit to the National Park and a sailing excursion along the Beagle Channel, which made a brief stop on Bridges Island. On further research I became fascinated by the history of Thomas Bridges – his life dedicated to do God’s work amongst the aboriginal inhabitants of this wild and magical land. I thought it would be wonderful to stay at his Estancia to learn more and absorb the experience.
I am very grateful that in March I had the opportunity to spend 2 days and nights at Harberton in the old shepherd’s cottage on the banks of the Beagle Channel. Wow! It was so peaceful you could hear the silence! Comfortable, clean lodgings and healthy meals provided by the attentive staff. I loved the walking excursion accompanied by a knowledgeable guide who explained the sad history of a vanished culture and that of the Bridges family, the geography, the flora, different Nothofagus trees in the forest, birdlife and scarce animals. The Acatushún Museum was amazing! It contains 1000’s of skeletons of marine mammals and birds with ongoing research in the laboratory. I was fascinated.
I am glad that I stayed more than one day because the weather is so unpredictable. The final day the Penguin Island trip was cancelled because of rough sea. Snow, rain, wind, sun, whatever the weather, it is a fun adventure! If you are a traveller and not a tourist, you will enjoy this journey into the past at the very tip of the S.American continent.