One of the things many of us at #AdventureWeekTDF were looking forward to was the helicopter ride over Ushuaia, but due to the changing weather it almost got cancelled. Fortunately we were able to do it on our last day in the Argentinian side of Tierra del Fuego.
We were split into three groups to fit us all into three 4 people (pilot included) helicopters. I was assigned to the last one.
While I was excited to have my first helicopter ride, I’m normally not super stoked about riding motor vehicles as compared to being the one walking or climbing, but when the first group came back I noticed a very peculiar smile on their faces. Then the second group came back, same enigmatic smiles, and they started talking excitedly about the experience with the first group. That’s when I heard them mention landing on the top of a snowy mountain. -“Wow, I thought it was just a helicopter ride. Can it really be that impressive?” -I said softly to myself.
Well, it definitely was! The feeling of riding a helicopter is way cooler than I thought all by itself, but the views you see of Ushuaia as you ride over its waterfront and city, and as you go around Mt. Olivia and see the 5 Brothers being revealed behind it, and then going between them to land on top of Cerro Le’Cloché! Dude! That’s where that smile came from.
As we got off the helicopter, I saw the smile appearing in my ride buddies, and when the other two choppers landed I saw that same inevitable smile on everyone else. Then to top it all, the pilots came to us with a glass of champagne to toast to an amazing ride.
After overloading our senses with the views of Olivia, 5 Brothers and Ushuaia, we took a few photos to make sure we would not forget an unforgettable experience, hopped onto our seats and enjoyed a thrilling, roller-coaster like drop down the hill to reunite with the still excited group at ground level and celebrate the experience.
Thanks so much for that ride, Heliushuaia. You definitely got a great experience there.
Photo taken at: Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina