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31/12/2017 Laguna Esmeralda near Ushuaia

After our breakfast, we walked 45 minutes to the omnibus terminal where also local tour minibuses are. Stopped for some water and snack in La Anima and then joined few more people waiting to be picked up by tour guys. 

One of the tour people caught us and asked where are we going. She said 350 pesos per person return ticket and told us to wait for her driver to pick us up. The way to Laguna Esmeralda takes about 10-15 minutes and the driver drops you off at an unpaved car park next to the road. He told us that he will pick us up at 4pm. It was 12 o’clock sharp. 

From the car park, we followed blue signs to the Laguna Esmeralda. The path is easy, going from woods to plains to woods to plains and then you reach the small lake with lovely light blue colour. It started raining when we reached the lake. We walked 1.5 hours. There were many wild dogs running around and it was not pleasant to us as we don’t like dogs, especially not wild. So we walked 1.5 hours back, had our snack on the way and waited for the driver to pick us up at 4pm. The driver took us back to the terminal omnibus. Make sure you have the return ticket on you when he is picking you up. 


From the terminal, walk back home, with a short stop on Carrefour to buy some food. 620 pesos - beer, wine, meat, sparking wine (it’s New Year’s Eve), sauce and bananas. Then we cooked, had dinner and Denisa went sleep very early. I stayed up with Andres (another neighbour) until 2am. 

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