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Ushuaia, Argentina - City at the End of the World
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... 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.Continue to 2 of 13 below.
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Old Prison in Ushuaia, Argentina - City at the End of the World
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!Continue to 6 of 13 below.
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Ushuaia, Argentina - City at the End of the World Sign at Ushuaia Harbor
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.Continue to 9 of 13 below.
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Ushuaia Cruise Ship Pier - End of the World
Like the airport, the cruise ship pier at Ushuaia is relatively large and demonstrates the dependence on tourism in the area.Continue to 10 of 13 below.
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Ushuaia, Argentina - Cruise Ship Pier
The cruise ship pier in Ushuaia is the gateway for those cruising to Antarctica.Continue to 11 of 13 below.
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Tierra del Fuego - Land of Fire
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.