Continuing my tour of Beagle Canal, a natural sheltered waterway that connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, we make a stop on Bridge Island in the middle of the canal.
A humorous gentle scolding and I am pulled back into a fold of 6. Each group will take turns hiking to a vista point that will give us 360 degree views of the area.
During our climb we are given good lessons about the vegetation and plant life on the island. At a “calafate” plant we are told that it is a fruit one must try but at the right time. Locals use it in all types of foods including ice cream.
Legend has it that if you eat “calafate” you will always come back to Patagonia. However, you must choose the right time to eat it. At the wrong time of the year you will just come back to the bathroom!
One piece of the landscape that looks like a rock cover with moss is actually a plant that when rubbed smells like Pine-sol.
In a matter of a few feet we have tasted nature's No. 19, Sweet & Sour but without broccoli.
The path has a spongy soft carpet feel to it.
It seems the ground here stays relatively cold which affects the decomposition of tree and plant life. The roots only partially decomposed and never become compacted soil.
Picking up a layer of top soil it crumbles in my hand and blows away in the wind.
With the views that I am enjoying from the top of Bridge Island along with my earlier whale sightings this tour has definitely been worth the money. I am not sure if other tours offer similar outings but Navegacion Canal Beagle earns a 5 Star recommendation.