Ushuaia

       

Ushuaia by night

Ushuaia, the Southernmost City on earth. It is the capital of Tierra del Fuego Province, which displays, through its typical architecture and town planning, a past marked by European seamen, indian hunters and a prison with a gloomy reputation; all of which offer visitors different ways of learning about its history. The attractive landscape of the island shows unique natural sights, such as the sea, forests, glaciers and mountains.

This combination allows tourists to enjoy varied activities, ranging from fascinating boat excursions in the fuegian channels to Antarctic cruises. Undoubtedly, Ushuaia is one of the favourite destinations in the Southern Hemisphere.


By plane, from Buenos Aires (Argentina), Río Gallegos (Argentina) or Punta Arenas (Chile). There are no regular buses connecting the Argentine provinces of Santa Cruz and Tierra del Fuego. The trip, however, can be made by car. A ferry service is offered to cross the Straits of Magellan at its narrowest point, which is located 150 km before leaving the Chilean territory to enter the Argentine province of Tierra del Fuego.

Ushuaia


Ushuaia

History:

The aboriginal population was formed by Onas or Selknam and Yaganes or Yamanas and only at the end of the XIX century, European sailors started raising cattle in the area.

The Yámanas or Yaganes lived on both sides of the Beagle Channel and the adjacent channels up to Cape Horn, near the sea. They hunted sea wolves, one of their main food sources. Their body was long and wide in contrast to their inferior limbs. During the incursions of European sailors in the XIX century, The Yamanas were taken by surprise by the brigantine Beagle, after which the channel was later called. Thus were initiated the first contacts with white men.

Pioneers arrived attracted by commentaries on the existence of gold in the area. But the central government was interested in permanent residents, and so took as an example the policy of countries like France and Britain to build a prison in the archipielago. It was first built in States Island, and then in Bahía Golondrina, near Ushuaia, in 1902. It marked the characteristics of the city during the first half of the century.

In 1947 the central government closed the prison, and the building was acquired by the Ministery Of Marine to create in 1950 the Base Naval Ushuaia Almirante Berisso. The seventies marked another moment in the history of the city. Law 19.640 of industrial promotion was passed and many Argentinians from different provinces were attracted by the possibility of working and saving. Since then, Ushuaia´s population has been constantly increasing.


Places to Visit

Museo del Fin del Mundo - Museum of the End of the World


Ushuaia Maritime Museum

Train of the End of the World


Tierra del Fuego National Park


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Ushuaia Tours

Tours in Ushuaia

  • San Pablo Cape and Rolito Ranch - Hidden Secrets of the Island
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  • Estancia Harberton + Penguins + Trek - Opening the Gates
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  • Tierra del Fuego National Park Tour

    The National Park represents the southernmost natural area, being the only one that has ma...[+] Read More

  • Off Road Lakes Adventure Tour - 4x4 & Canoeing

     

    Have you ever dreamt about embarking on a high-adrenaline adventure with 4x4 vehicles passing through ...[+] Read More

  • Tierra del Fuego National Park & Nature Tour - 4x4 + Trekking

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  • Ushuaia City Tour
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  • Crab Fishing with Gourmet Lunch - A Day in a Fisherman Village
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  • Tickets for Tierra del Fuego National Park

    The National Park represents the southernmost natural area, being the only one that has ma...[+] Read More

  • Tierra del Fuego National Park & Nature Tour - 4x4 + Trekking

    Created in 1960 to protect the southernmost forests of the Beagle Channel, Tierra del Fuego National Park[+] Read More

  • Beagle Channel Navigation - Penguin Island

    This navigation starts leaving the Tourist Pier, in the direction of the Beagle Channel, enjoying th...[+] Read More

  • Meet the beavers
    This proposal is aimed at a wide range of tourists, families, nature lovers, passengers wanting to make the most of your...[+] Read More
  • End of the World Train

    The End of the World Train invites you to relive the last 7 km. of the old convicts train history, w...[+] Read More

  • Beagle Channel Navigation - Sea Lions, Birds Island & Les Eclaireurs Lighthhouse

    The navigation begins leaving from the Tourist Pier, in the direction of the Beagle Channel, enjoyin...[+] Read More

  • Ushuaia Maritime and Prison Museum

    Old Prison and Maritime Museum: We invite you to walk the narrow corridors, peer into the cells to i...[+] Read More

  • Castor Mountain

    Castor Mountain is the newest ski center in Argentina and, like everything in Ushuaia, the southernm...[+] Read More

  • Estancia Harberton Navigation
    We began sailing out of Puerto Tourist our city, towards the center of the Beagle Channel, enjoying, as we move away fro...[+] Read More
  • Escondido and Fagnano Lakes

    After enjoying the attractions of town, we think it may be time to stop looking at the sea in order to behold the mou...[+] Read More

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