Hiking Tierra Del Fuego with a Disability
Tierra Del Fuego National Park is the most popular place to visit in Ushuaia. Loads of people visit everyday mostly on tour busses, and it can get pretty crowded. Luckily, we had a car, so time was no issue for us. We were flexible and decided to visit in the late morning.
The first stop we made was Rio Lapataia. A stunning lake that had a perfect mountainous backdrop and walked around for a bit taking pictures and gawking at the beautiful flora and fauna. Oh, and there were wild horses!
After about 20 minutes of meandering around the lake, we got back in the car and headed for our next stop: Lapataia Bay
Here we were going to do some hiking, and I figured it wouldn't be too difficult because loads of people were doing it, and the start of the path was smooth and flat. I was wrong. About 15 minutes into the hike, the trail started becoming bumpy with rocks scattered all over the place and puddles blocking the walkway, which meant we had to tiptoe on the edge of the puddle, and I am sure you can imagine how that ended.
I had wet shoes as a souvenir.
My mom started holding my hand on the hike because I couldn't stop tripping, and I almost took her down with me a few times. Whoops! Eventually, I told my mom very dramatically to go on without me.
I couldn't go back on my own, or I would for sure trip in a puddle or hurt myself, so I stayed leaning against a very slanted tree and let my mom continue the hike with our friends. They were gone for well over 30 minutes, but luckily I had my book, so time went by quickly.
After Colombia, I should have learned I should not be hiking with Ataxia.
Anywho, with our hike completed, we got back in the car and headed to The visitors center: Centro de Visitantes Alakush. We sat down for a much-needed coffee and empanada break and then proceeded to walk around the visitors center, starting with the museum of Tierra Del Fuego National Park.
I spent almost an hour in there, and it wasn't even a big place. I have museum OCD and have to read everything. I am also a slow reader, so yeah, it took a bit of time.
After the museum, I headed to a desk right in front of the entrance that gave out passport stamps, so I got “an end of the world” stamp and excitedly left the visitors center ready for some lunch.
Although once we left, I started getting a migraine and ended up staying in the car and, sadly, sleeping for the duration of our time in the National Park.
If you don't know much about the migraines I get because of my disability, you can read more here. They aren't fun and can knock me out for an entire day. Luckily, this one only lasted a few hours, and I was happily swimming in the pool at my hotel in the evening.
If you visit Ushuaia, Tierra Del Fuego is a must, and if you can rent a car and explore it on your own, I highly recommend it.