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Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, was a symbolic goal of my trip.
Long distances and the unpleasant perspective of upcoming winter in the region made me rushing my whole trip to get there before the end of March when the weather conditions become unfavourable. Once I made it to that pristine place in the bottom of Argentinan Patagonia region, I never regretted the effort. Making it all the way to the cold, unfriendly end of the world was totally worth it! The subpolar oceanic climate differentiates the place from what I’ve seen so far. Everything seemed pleasantly ‘rough’ there.
Having a peak of a totally different landscape than anywhere else in the world was an unforgettable experience. The city is located where the snow-capped Andes meets the icy currents of the Beagle Channel, which already makes ‘just hanging out’ in this sleepy town, pretty spectacular.
What to do in and around Ushuaia
As I mentioned, Fin del Mundo (End of the world) is the official name of Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. The city is small enough to bike and walk around. Taking a picture with a sign stating that we have reached the end of the world is what usually people do on the spot.
The sign is located near the centre, by the bay. We can have a stroll in the bustling port from where the boats to the area around Antarctica start their trip.
In ‘the southernmost Irish bar’ (everything in Ushuaia is proudly named ‘the southernmost’) I met a Swedish captain who sails around the subpolar region. Having a few beers with this Viking type man made me realise that not only the nature is unique here but also the people which are attracted to this place. The travellers in Ushuaia are usually adventurers and thrill-seekers who have seen quite a lot and want to see even more. So exactly my favorite type of people.
The city itself is quite ordinary in architecture, but surrendering nature doesn’t let us forget where we are. I recommend making a trip outside the city, for example to the Tierra del Fuego National Park.
Tierra del Fuego National Park (Land of Fire)
This is how the nature at the end of the world looks like. Melancholic, strong and beautiful in it’s humble loneliness. I always liked nature, but my stay in Patagonia and hiking in this as well as Torre Del Paine (my number 1 worldwide) national parks taught me to appreciate it more than anything else in the world.
The park embraces a huge area on the Argentine side of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago. Well known for its dramatically beautiful scenes of nature, where whenever you look it’s absolutely beautiful. Subpolar climate type nature at it’s best, with everything from glaciers to forests, mountain peaks, waterfalls and lakes. And of course, it is also ‘the southernmost’ national park in the world
We can feel and see the power of nature there by looking at trees bent and broke by the wind.
It even looks cold. Lucky to be invited there a few months per year.
To get to the park we can take a 40-minute End of the World Train (Tren del Fin del Mundo) which rides into the park.
If you have more time and money, as Patagonia during the high season is pretty expensive, there arevariety of other things to do. Ask in your hostel or tourist information about:
– visiting picturesque red-and-white Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse
– skiing at Glacier El Martial (28 trails!)
– exploring The Beagle Channel ( like Charles Darwin did, so you should as well
– visiting some of the museums. I visited the Museo Marítimo, a museum of an old prison. It was very interesting for many. Now, looking back I would have chosen visiting the Lighthouse or went to the Tierra del Fuego park for the second time.
Enjoy your trip!