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Ushuaia, the end of the world: Tourism, travel, hotels via Buenos Aires-

Ushuaia is Located on the island of Tierra del Fuego.  Many consider Ushuaia the southernmost city in the world.  In the tongue of the local indigenous, “Ushuaia” means, “Bay looking into the west” the name taken by early British colonists. 

Located on the vast shores of the Beagle Channel and surrounded by the picturesque Martial Mountains, this beautiful city offers scenery second to none with abundant forests, mountains, glaciers and a landscape dominated and shaped by the wind. 

Mount Martial surrounds the city to the West and Mounts Olivia and Cinco Hermanos to the East providing dramatic backdrop to the sea.

Between 1884 and 1947, Argentina operated a penal colony in Ushuaia imitating the models of Britain’s Australia and France’s Devil’s Island.  The penal colony a means of solidify Argentina’s sovereign claim to Tierra del Fuego

Known as the Jail at the End of the World, the name coined by inmates stuck and when hearing travelers refer to the end of the world, they are normally speaking about Ushuaia and not the Mayan prediction of cataclysm in 2012. 

The prisoners housed there became forced colonists, spending their days chopping down trees and erecting the town.  They also built a railway to the settlement known as the End of the World Train (Tren del fin del Mundo) which now serves as a major tourist attraction.

Ushuaia is an important access point to the southern regions as well as a vacation destination growing in popularity. There is easy access via regular flights from Buenos Aires and Santiago Chile. The Port of Ushuaia is a popular destination and worthy of inclusion on travelers itineraries when touring southern Argentina. 

Most tour operators cruising or sailing the Antarctic start their cruises at the Port of Ushuaia.  Although the port is not a fully operated passenger and cruise ship terminal, passenger vessels take priority during tourist season, which runs from November to March for Antarctic tours. 

Ushuaia is a great place for shopping as the entire island is a tax free zone and therefore visitors can find many imported goods along with regional products. 

A tour of the city often begins by walking up the Coastal Avenue, which borders Beagle Channel.  Along this avenue, visitors enjoy the sights and sounds of the Port of Ushuaia and the Nautical Club.  At the end of this walk is a catwalk leading to the peninsula where magnificent views of the city.  This area is also home to Bahai Encerrada, which is a skating rink during the winter months.

On the way to downtown from the peninsula, visitors can enjoy a wander down Malvinas Argentinas Street to visit the historic Beban House, a reconstruction of the old town, reminiscent of Argentina’s pioneering past. 

On the opposite side of the city, visitors can follow the main street, San Martin, to reach the legendary Jail at the End of the World, now a museum (Museo del Presidio) on Yaganes Street with a wax works that exhibits Argentina’s most notorious criminals.
Due to its close proximity to the South Pole, Ushuaia has about 18 hours of daylight in the summertime, and welcomes thousands of international tourists lured by its rugged landscape for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, sports fishing, trekking. One of the main tourist attractions are spectacular voyages along the Beagle Channel and Lapataia Bay in Tierra del Fuego National Park. 

More recently, Ushuaia dramatically improved tourist services, like Bariloche, the tourist sector is developed and very professional, with good accommodation to fit all budgets and fantastic food – the fish and shellfish are excellent.

During the winter months, there is just 8 hours of daylight, visitors enjoy skiing and sled rides pulled by dogs at Mount Castor Ski Resort located on Krund Hill.  If skiing is of interest, you will find Ushuaia infrastructure of reasonable quality, with modern facilities and skiing schools making it one of the finest ski locations in Argentina. 

Museums include:

(English, Spanish) Museo Maritimo de Ushuaia The Maritime Museum of Ushuaia web portal, which includes pages detailing information about the Maritime Museum, Prison Museum, Antarctic Museum and Maritime Art Museum.  This website also offers downloadable guides in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.

Other Resources:

(Spanish) Official Government Website
(English, Spanish) Tierra del Fuego National Park

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