Ushuaia and Tierra del Fuego
Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, is the gateway to the ruggedly beautiful and remote Tierra del Fuego National Park.
Ushuaia is the city at the end of the world, located between the Martial Mountains and the Beagle Channel. This dramatic frontier setting is matched by its past: in a former guise as a penal colony it housed the country’s most dangerous prisoners. Today the prison is a museum where you can learn about this and other aspects of the city’s history. Ushuaia has a good selection of places to stay and eat, partly due to its being the departure point for cruises to Antarctica, so you can stay here while exploring the region.
The city is on Tierra del Fuego, the principal island of the archipelago of the same name, which is divided between Argentina and Chile. Tierra del Fuego National Park consists of mountains, glacial valleys, waterfalls, rivers, lakes and dense forest. You can follow hiking routes to immerse yourself in the terrain and catch of glimpse of wildlife which includes eagles, albatrosses, geese, penguins, guanacos and Fuegian foxes. It’s rugged and often very windy, reminding you that you are at the end of the world.
- Cruise the Beagle Channel: A boat trip is a great introduction to the scenery and wildlife, you pass islands with colonies of seabirds, penguins and sea lions maybe with a chance to stop off for a walk, and view the famous Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse.
- The End of the World Train: Hop aboard a replica of the convict train which operates between Ushuaia and Tierra del Fuego National Park, travelling through the Pico Valley, past lagoons, mountains and forests and is a leisurely way to view the scenery.
- Hike in Tierra del Fuego National Park: Select the trail of your choice, with coastal, forest and mountain routes available, and set off into the remote wilderness for a frontier adventure, savouring the stunning views and diverse terrain.
- Estancia Haberton: Visit the oldest estancia in the region, founded by an English missionary and still run by his descendants as a working farm. You can tour the grounds and the house to get a feel for life in this remote setting.
- Antarctic: You can head for the Antarctic from Ushuaia, but that is a whole different story! (See our Antarctic page).