Attractions in Ushuaia, Argentina: What to do and where to go
Located in the province of Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world, and it really is a magical place to visit. You are sure to be amazed by the spectacular landscape that surrounds the city. Come and explore all that Ushuaia has to offer, including excursions, hiking, skiing, history, culture and a whole lot more.
Year round, Ushuaia offers a huge variety of activities to enjoy. There are extreme sports, hiking through the countryside, dog sleds tours, snowshoe walks, plane rides, and even Antarctic cruises all readily available in this beautiful area.
The Martial Mountains and Glacier
The imposing presence of the Martial Mountains and Glacier lining the horizon is superb. These snow capped mountains are located just two and a half miles away from downtown Ushuaia, and provide most of the drinking water for the region. You can enjoy many activities here, such as hiking and climbing. During the summer, along with the diverse flora, you'll be able to see Vincha penguins, red geese, Andean condors and lots more animals and birds.
In winter the facilities open up for skiing, snowboarding and dog sled rides. However, there are still plenty of things to enjoy during the summertime as well, such as hiking through the incredible landscape of the Tierra del Fuego, and discovering all the wildlife that calls this area home.
Tierra del Fuego National Park
Spanning a total of 150 thousand acres, this incredibly beautiful place is the southernmost natural reserve in the world. Interestingly, it is the only national park in Argentina that has beaches, along with glaciers, mountains, waterfalls and dense forests. The Andes chain of mountains actually ends in this incredible national park.
The park has a very interesting, diverse landscape, featuring forests, grasslands and peat bogs, resulting in a unique, stunningly beautiful area to explore. The fauna includes mammals and birds, such as Fuegian red foxes, long-tailed colilargos, and a huge array of ducks, geese, eagles, condors and herons.
Southern Fuegian Railway
Also known as the "Train at the End of the World", this steam train travels through the snow covered mountains, over bridges, and across large expanses of grasslands. It was originally built to transport wood, local rock and sand, among other materials, from the dense forests to the old prison at Ushuaia. Because of this, it also has a third name, "The Prison Train".
The train makes lots of interesting stops, so bringing a camera with you is highly recommendable. The first stop takes place at an indigenous settlement, called Onas. It then continues on to the Macarena Waterfall and finally enters the Tierra del Fuego National Park. It is definitely a journey that you won't forget.
Museo del Fin del Mundo (The Museum at the End of the World)
The Museum at the End of the World is housed in a building that is over 100 years old. Located in Ushuaia Bay, this museum explains all about the history of this magical land. This institution really has done extensive research on the history and geography of the territory and you'll be able to see many artifacts and files, giving you a rare insight into the Ushuaia culture.
The Museum of Prisoners and the Maritime Museum
This building, also known as "El Presidio", is full of history and information about the Fuegian people. Two museums are housed in this property: the "Museo del Presidio" (Museum of Prisoners) and the "Museo Maritimo" (Maritime Museum). The first explains the legends and history of the prison and the second is all about Ushuaia's maritime history. We should also mention that, until 1946, the only way to get to this territory was by the sea. There are guided tours that will give you a wonderful insight into the Fuegian culture.
Les Eclaireus Lighthouse
This lighthouse is located on one of the small island of Les Eclaireus. It is constructed 76 feet above sea level and has been in operation for over 90 years. There are a few tour operators offering boat trips, so you can get a closer look. It is also known as the End of the World Lighthouse.
This double decker bus, similar to those in London, has been converted to transport tourists on this interesting tour around the city. With the help of The Museum at the End of the World, you'll learn all about the history of Ushuaia, from the time of the first inhabitants of this region to the present day. The interior is painted with scenes about Ushuaia's history. Drinks and snacks are on offer during the tours, which run during the day and at night.
Cerro Castor Winter Center
This is a state of the art ski center with 19 slopes of varying difficulty. Located 15 miles away from Ushuaia, you can learn how to ski here or if you are an experienced skier, you can feel the rush of adrenalin as you take on the harder routes. The facilities are exceptional and include a restaurant, a bar, changing rooms and lots more. Come and enjoy all the activities on offer at the Cerro Castor Winter Center.
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