Ushuaia, Argentina - City at the End of the World

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    Ushuaia, Argentina - City at the End of the World

    Ushuaia, Argentina at the end of the world
    ••• Picturesque Port at the Tip of South America Ushuaia, Argentina at the end of the world. Ushuaia (c) Linda Garrison

    Port of Call for Antarctic and South American Cruises

    Ushuaia, Argentina is nicknamed the "End of the World", and the name is well-deserved since the town is located at the southernmost tip of South America. However, this "off the beaten path" town of Ushuaia is a tourism base for exploring Tierra del Fuego, embarkation port for Antarctic and Falkland Islands cruises, and port of call for South America cruises between Buenos Aires and Valparaiso (Santiago) around Cape Horn.

    The latitude of Ushuaia is 55 degrees south, and the town is closer to the South Pole than to the northern border of Argentina and Bolivia, so the weather will be cool. If you have a day in Ushuaia, it might be raining. Therefore, you can visit the Maritime Museum, the End of the World Museum, or do some souvenir shopping. If the weather is pleasant, take a day trip to ride on the End of the World Train and to see Tierra del Fuego National Park and the Beagle Channel.

    Whatever you decide to do in Ushuaia, you can say...MORE you've been at the End of the World. Just be sure to buy a t-shirt, buy a refrigerator magnet, or have your photo taken at the Tierra del Fuego Park sign or at the sign in Ushuaia to prove it!

    Ushuaia is a beautiful little town with lots to do and see for tourists. The souvenir shopping, museums, and nearby Tierra del Fuego Park are all interesting.

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    Ushuaia, Argentina - City at the End of the World

    Ushuaia, Argentina
    ••• Ushuaia, Argentina. Ushuaia (c) Linda Garrison
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    Ushuaia, Argentina - City at the End of the World

    Mountains overlooking Ushuaia
    ••• Visitors to Ushuaia can see the mountains when the weather is clear. Ushuaia (c) Linda Garrison
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    Ushuaia, Argentina - City at the End of the World

    Ushuaia is at the end of the world
    ••• Ushuaia is at the end of the world. Ushuaia (c) Linda Garrison
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    Old Prison in Ushuaia, Argentina - City at the End of the World

    Old prison in Ushuaia, Argentina
    ••• Old prison in Ushuaia, Argentina. Ushuaia (c) Linda Garrison

    This Ushuaia prison was built in the early 20th century. The climate and severe living and working conditions made the prisoners believe they were at the end of the world!

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    Ushuaia, Argentina - City at the End of the World

    Mountains overlook Ushuaia, Argentina
    ••• Mountains overlook Ushuaia, Argentina. Ushuaia (c) Linda Garrison
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    Ushuaia, Argentina - City at the End of the World

    Ushuaia, Argentina
    ••• Ushuaia, Argentina. Ushuaia (c) Linda Garrison
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    Ushuaia, Argentina - City at the End of the World Sign at Ushuaia Harbor

    Ushuaia, Argentina
    ••• Ushuaia, Argentina. Ushuaia (c) Linda Garrison

    Ushuaia embraces its nickname, "End of the World". When you fly over 3 hours due south from Buenos Aires, you realize just how close you are to the world's end.

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    Ushuaia Cruise Ship Pier - End of the World

    Pier in Ushuaia, Argentina
    ••• Pier in Ushuaia, Argentina. Ushuaia (c) Linda Garrison

    Like the airport, the cruise ship pier at Ushuaia is relatively large and demonstrates the dependence on tourism in the area.

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    Ushuaia, Argentina - Cruise Ship Pier

    Cruises to Antarctica leave from the Ushuaia pier
    ••• Ushuaia - End of the World Cruises to Antarctica leave from the Ushuaia pier. Ushuaia (c) Linda Garrison

    The cruise ship pier in Ushuaia is the gateway for those cruising to Antarctica.

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    Hapag Lloyd Hanseatic at the Dock in Ushuaia, Argentina

    Hapag-Lloyd Hanseatic in Ushuaia, Argentina
    ••• Hanseatic Readies for Cruise to Falklands and Antarctica Hapag-Lloyd Hanseatic in Ushuaia, Argentina. Ushuaia (c) Linda Garrison

    The Hanseatic was waiting for us when we arrived in Ushuaia from Buenos Aires. Our Antarctic adventure was finally about to begin.

     

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    Hapag Lloyd Hanseatic at the Dock in Ushuaia, Argentina

    Hanseatic in Ushuaia, Argentina
    ••• Hanseatic cruise ship in Ushuaia, Argentina. Ushuaia (c) Linda Garrison

    We board the Hanseatic in Ushuaia for our cruise to the Falklands and Antarctica. An exciting adventure awaits us!

     

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    Tierra del Fuego - Land of Fire

    Linda and Ronnie Garrison at Tierra del Fuego Park
    ••• Southernmost Point in South America Is Near Ushuaia, Argentina Linda and Ronnie Garrison at Tierra del Fuego Park. Ushuaia (c) Linda Garrison

    Cruises to Antarctica, the Falkland Islands, or to the Chilean fjords often stopover in Ushuaia, Argentina for the day. Although exploring the touristy town can be interesting, I would recommend a day trip to nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park.

    The park features pristine mountain scenery, peat bogs, beaver dams, and diverse wildlife. When there, the narrated ride on the "Train at the End of the World" provides a good look at what life was like for the prisoners who were kept at El Presidio prison in Ushuaia in the early 1900's. They cut down thousands of trees for firewood and shelter, and the stumps still litter the landscape.

    Tierra del Fuego National Park also has the end point of the Panamerican Highway (Route 3), which starts way north in Alaska, about 11000 miles away! Another interesting point in the park is the view of Beagle Channel (also known as Canal Beagle), which links the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and the world's southernmost post office at Puerto Guarani.