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A modern city, a busy port and a top destination for all the adrenaline-junkies out there, a place of heritage, passion and Argentinian spark; Buenos Aires maybe? Think again! Book your flights to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world and visit the Patagonian forest, sail across the border with Antarctica and take a stroll around the “End of the World”! Ushuaia is the largest city in the Argentinian province of Tierra del Fuego and an important European colony that traces its history back in time. What’s more important though, is the city’s location; perched inside a monumental national park, Ushuaia is nothing like you’ve ever experienced before. You can find many hotels in Ushuaia, what counts there though is not luxury, but convenience for your itinerary. An itinerary of adventure and exploration, following the steps of the greatest European navigators, Charles Darwin and the remarkable – long gone now – society of the Yámana people. A once in a lifetime experience!
Situated in a small port near the Beagle Channel, Ushuaia is a modern metropolis with a population of 70,000. The city is part of Argentina’s southernmost section; the background in those regions consists of the impressive Patagonian forest, the channels connecting the Atlantic to the Pacific and the snow-capped Andean tops.
Ushuaia is, in fact, the southernmost capital in the world. Moreover, it’s the only Argentinian city situated on the “other” side of the Andes!
Modern Ushuaia is a city with character, personality and a cosmopolitan spirit. A classic top travel destination among local Argentinians, Ushuaia is now considered heaven on earth for travellers who seek something different, a thrilling experience like no other.
Are you adventurous enough to travel to the “End of the World”?
The international airport of Ushuaia (Aeropuerto Internacional de Ushuaia Malvinas Argentinas) is located 4 kilometres south of the city centre and is accessible solely by taxi.
Getting around Ushuaia
You can get around Ushuaia by bus or taxi.
At the beginning of 1800, Ushuaia served as the main prison camp of Argentina. Part of the prisoners’ duties the enrolment to arts and music courses, as well the maintenance of buildings and premises.
It was this precious contribution of the prisoners that lead to the development of the region and the creation of a modern city; the Museo Marítimo y del Presidio, housed in the former prison, is dedicated to them, the prisoners that brought Ushuaia back to life.
Collections of the museum also include historic ships and vessels, shipwrecks and other findings of the Beagle Channel area.
To get the whole picture of Ushuaia’s history, visit the Museo del Fin del Mundo (Museum of the End of the World), with a content equally interesting as its title. The museum boasts collections focusing on the natives Yaghan and continues to the further aspects of Ushuaia’s history and the historic exploration voyages of the Europeans.
If you wish to learn more on the Yaghan people, the native inhabitants of Ushuaia long before the arrival of the colonisers, you should head to the Museo Yámana, a small but excellent museum that traces the history and lifestyle of the extraordinary Yámana society.
Research shows that it was indeed a progressive society of justice and equal rights for everyone, that didn’t escape though the dark fate that almost all native South Americans had to face; the extensive decimation by the Europeans.
Continue out of the city limits and the Parque Nacional del Tierra del Fuego, a must-see in Ushuaia, part of the ecosystem of the Andean Patagonian forest.
The Park was established in 1960 and covers the surface 60 kilometres north of the Beagle Channel, near the borders with Chile. A magnificent region, the park encompasses all the wild beauty and sense of pure majesty of Mother Nature; a dramatic backdrop of mountain ranges, hill tops, glaciers, forests and waterfalls!
Complete your experience about 80 kilometres away from the city, at the Estancia Harberton, the first not-native settlement of the region. It was in 1871, when Thomas Bridges, his wife and son moved to that particular location. Together they lived and grew their family, side by side with the Yámana. They learnt their mother tongue, adopted their culture and were welcome by a warm acceptance into the local community.
The farm serves now as an Argentinian National Monument.
To travel to Argentina, you need a passport with validity extending 6 months after your travel dates. Greek citizens do not need a tourist Visa, for a maximum stay of 90 days.
When to Go
Ushuaia’s climate is sub-polar oceanic; median temperature ranges between 1,6º C and 10,3º C and humidity levels are high, sometimes even reaching 80%.
The occurrence of snow is quite frequent, however, temperatures rarely reach extreme freezing points.
Pack properly and you can safely visit Ushuaia every time of the year!