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Villa las Cotorras, Ushuaia

April 9th, 2009 · 2 Comments

After we did an absolutely amazing 4×4 adventure in Ushuaia to lake Fagnano, our hilarious (and dead ringer for Andy Kaufman) tour guide, Chicho, took us to Villa las Cotorras for an afternoon lunch.


Who here as been on an organized tour? Remember those places that you stop off to use the bathroom and that sell all those knick-knacks and drinks? Your tour guide might get a kickback for taking you there, and you want to leave as soon as you arrive?

Well, Villa las Cotorras is kind of one of those places – except that it has delicious food. It’s a parilla that serves Fueguian lamb, cooked in the traditional manner – splayed on a cross, standing up over an open fire. It’s also a dog farm/kennel that raises huskies, has dog-pull sledding and cross-country skiing in the winter. Sort of…an interesting mix.

This place played tricks on my mind. It fell into the category of tourist trap (tour buses outside, people taking your picture and trying to sell it to you inside), but had truly delicious food. My mind said ‘no’ but my stomach said ‘go’.

This was the best lamb that we had while we stayed in Ushuaia. The dining experience was that this lunch was included in our tour – it included a salad bar (nothing special), the lamb (highly special), and dessert – ice cream (again, nothing special), and a coffee. We just paid extra for our drinks – and they offer beer, soft drinks, and some kind of purple wine with a picture of a dog on the label, which I can’t really say adds anything to the food. Our very gracious Spanish co-travelers purchased a bottle of wine and insisted we try some, but our glasses were left with wine in them at the end of the meal – you can get the picture.

The waitresses bring you trays of lamb with hot coals under them, and so the lamb is hot, sizzling, and absolutley delicous when it reaches your table. For whatever reason, we didn’t get any of the big meaty pieces, but mainly seemed to get ribs and spine – but who cares? This just meant more of the burnt, tasty bits for our table. After carnivoring it up for about two hours, we were totally done, our Spanish friends probably now think that Canadians are cavemen who eat the bones as well as the meat, and we left extremely happy.

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So – bottom line: when your tour guide stops the truck/bus at Las Cotorras, don’t sigh and nap on the bus. Instead, run inside, tuck the napkin into your shirt and dig in – just remember to bring your own wine.

Villa las Cotorras
Route 3, 25km north of Ushuaia
Tel: 54-2901-499300

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Chris Moran // Apr 9, 2009 at 7:09 am

    Nice writing style. Looking forward to reading more from you.

    Chris Moran

  • 2 admin // Apr 10, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Many thanks! We’ll try to keep it coming 🙂

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