Curious as I am, I did want to see what it is like in the surrounding mountains.
To find a ‘replacement’ tour for the next day was not easy but we found the company “Nunatak Adventures”.
We took Route 3 North for about a half an hour before we left the main highway to stop at an Inn that specializes in winter activities. This far south winter lasts from May to October. Here you have snow of about two meters each year covering a plateau 26 km long. This plateau is only 700 meters above sea level and almost totally flat. A perfect place for cross country skiing, people come here to train from all around the world.
After a few more miles along Route 3 North we left the paved highway and entered the forest. And what a forest it was. Very few roads were cut into this part of the National Forest and all of the roads are just for true 4x4 vehicles. Our driver drove a Range Rover Discovery vehicle and this truck had to really prove it could handle this terrain.
I felt jarred and rattled once we returned to our Apartment. I had an insight into the mountains, and yes, I believe it was almost impossible to cross them on foot. No wonder the Jail in Ushuaia had no perimeter walls. Who would want to end up in those mountains years ago? And I know from visiting the land beyond the mountains, there is just desert-like scrub and not much more. Patagonia they call this area, where even today you will find no living people. Patagonia is a lonely place, beautiful to look at but inhospitable to most animals, including man. Yet I am glad I just visited and saw it myself.