Fun things to do in Tierra del Fuego

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    the old cargo-ship in Ushuaia

    by globetrott Written Jul 1, 2010

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    An old cargo-ship
    stranded lots of years ago in UshuaiaThis old cargo-ship was stranded lots of years ago close to the cruise-port of Ushuaia and it makes a perfect place to take photographs of the lovely surroundings and the great glaciers in the background.
    Because of the special climate in Tierra del Fuego nothing will rust or fall apart within quite a short time like in other parts of the world, this ships looks that way now for several decades.

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    Ushuaia: the monument for the prisoners

    by globetrott Updated Jul 1, 2010

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    Ushuaia was first just a remote prison for special prisoners and nowadays that Ushuaia had become "the southernmost town on earth" you will still see a lot of traces of these early times. There is a monument for the prisoners next to the entrance of the maritime-museum and you will be able to go there any time of the day without the need to pay an entrance-fee or to go there, while the museum is open.This monument will give you a bit of an idea what the everyday life of the prisoners was like. Inside the museum you will see more of such sculptures plus the original cells, prison-corridors etc.

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    Sea-Wolves in the Beagle Channel

    by globetrott Updated Jul 1, 2010

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    Sea-Wolves in the Beagle Channel
    is the theme of one of my favorite excursions from Ushuaia and it is one of the halfday excursions that will be offered by your cruiseship docking there ! It is really great to see the seals, sea-wolfs, penguins and other birds on the small islands in Beagle-Channel, that you will find close to the "lighttower at the end of the world". When you are lucky with the weather you will be able to watch douzens of seals and thousands of seabirds at the same time and when you get too close to the islands the smells might be terrific,too ! ;-)
    Mostly these cruise are going to various islands on each tour and you will have 5-10 minutes at every island to take photos from a catamaran that is able to get really close to these islands and rocks. Agood telelense makes sense anyway, for these pics I had a zoom 150-600mm.

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    Montes Martial - the glacier high above Ushuaia

    by globetrott Updated Jul 1, 2010

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    Montes Martial is the name of the glacier high above the town of Ushuaia. This is a good place for hikings in summertime and skiing in wintertime. There are 2 restaurants there and between Ushuaia and Montes Martial you will find several of the largest hotels of Ushuaia. At first you get to a large parking-area and from there you can take a cablecar uphill.

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    lenga-trees & grandpa's beard

    by globetrott Updated Jun 30, 2010

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    Lenga-trees are typical for Tierra del Fuego
    and many of them have
    "the beard of the grandfather"
    Lenga-trees are quite unique : Their leaves have a brim like a saw and when the tree gets older it will be covered by some sort of a demi-parasit, that has the funny name "the beard of the grandfather" in the local language and you might get the idea to be in a fairytale forest.

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    meet the prisoners at Ushuaia's post-office

    by globetrott Written Jun 27, 2010

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    The Prisoners-Mural at the Postoffice
    At the postoffice in the main street of Ushuaia you will see these interesting murals : At one wall you will see some prisoners in their uniforms and at another wall you will see the native "Yamana people" who lived in that area before the Europeans had arrived.
    These tribes were water-nomads, travelling from one place to the other and they were dressed only with thin furs all year long. Just think of the icy winds that will blow there even in summertime and you might understand, that they were eating only meat and fish and they even had a different ordinary body-temperature of over 38 degrees celsius ( human beeings normally will have 36,8 degrees and everything above 37 is feever and you have to stay in bed with such a temperature) These tribes completely died out shortly after the arrival of the white settlers, partly because they got diseases that they were not used to, partly because the white men were hunting there as well and did not leave enough food for the native tribes.

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    the "end of the world-museum" in Ushuaia

    by globetrott Updated Jun 27, 2010

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    The "end of the world-museum" in Ushuaia
    is devided into the museum-building that you will see on my main picture and into an interesting part in the garden of the museum, where you are able to see these old exhibits of my photographs 2-5. This garden is open day and night, so it makes sense to take a look there even when the museum is closed.For wheelchairs there is a small lift on the left and the museum is free for residents of Tierra del Fuego
    The "end of the world-museum" in Ushuaia
    is open Mon-Sun : 09.00 - 08.00pm
    guided tours (only in spanish!) are held at 11am +2 & 5 pm
    The entrancefee is $15 in local currency = ca. 5 US$

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    the Beagle Channel

    by globetrott Written Jun 27, 2010

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    the Beagle Channel
    is one of the most important natural waterways in Tierra del Fuego and it was named after the ship "Beagle". There are a lot of small islands, where you will be able to watch seabirds, see-wolfs, seals, penguins and other interesting animals. A lot of ships are offering halfday and fullday-tours of the Beagle-channel,one of the highlights of such a tour is always "The lighthouse at the end of the world".
    Most tours are made by catamarans, that are able to get very close to the islands, so you are able to take perfect photographs !

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    the lighthouse at the end of the world

    by globetrott Written Jun 27, 2010

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    Eclaireurs Islands Lighthouse
    the lighthouse at the end of the world was built at a small island in the Beagle-channel after a cruise-ship had sunk there in the early 20th century. This lighthouse is still one of the highlights of all of the many excursions by catamarans to see the great wildlife of the Beagle-channel : Sea-Wolfes, seals and all sorts of birds...
    My day in Ushuaia started with a foggy early morning and soon after arrival it turned into perfect sunshine, a bit windy, but still quite warm !

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    Tierra del Fuego National Park

    by globetrott Updated Jun 27, 2010

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    Tierra del Fuego National Park
    is an interesting nature reserve in a distance of about 10km from Ushuaia and we got there at the end of our ride with the "train at the end of the world"
    20 pairs of beavers were taken from Canada to this end of the world in 1940 and because of a lack of natural enemies there are about 70000 beavers nowadays and they are systematically destroying all of the trees of the area.
    So far the government did not find any solution to the "beaver-problem"

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    Ushuaia: the "train at the end of the world"

    by globetrott Updated Jun 26, 2010

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    "The train at the end of the world"
    is the southernmost train on earth !
    and it is a museum-train that uses at least a small part of the original track of the former prisoner-train, BUT it uses locomotives and also wagons that were never used by the prisoners. The locomotive on my main picture was built in 1938 in Germany.
    You will find this museum-train in a distance of about 10 km from Ushuaia and you will go through a part of the National Park, you will pass by the "cemetery of the trees" and go to Macarena Waterfalls, where a short stop of 10-15 minutes will give you enough time to step up to the waterfalls.
    Most of the cruiseships offer halfday-tours to this trainline, including a oneway-trainride and the bus will then continue to drive you through the national Park of Tierra del Fuego.

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    Ushuaia: Dont miss the REAL prison-train !

    by globetrott Written Jun 26, 2010

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    The southernmost train in the world is just a replika,
    but THIS train used to be the real Prison-train!
    This is the original train that was used by the prisoners to get to the woods, where they had to fell the trees for the heating of Ushuaia's population. This narrow-gauge train with a track of just 60 cm width was at that time going from the prison to the port and finally through the village to that part of the track, that is used still for the museum-train nowadays.
    You will be able to see this train close to the maritime-museum in a part, where you dont have to pay an entrance-fee and dont have to obey the opening-times of the museum.

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    Ushuaia : the old prison & Maritime Museum

    by globetrott Written Jun 26, 2010

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    The former prison of Ushuaia was turned into a modern museum, in some part it is nowadays the Maritime museum and in another part you will see the everyday life of the prisoners, some of their cells etc.
    These prisoners had to do hard work cutting the trees and making wood for the heating and cooking of all of the city of Ushuaia. And they had a small train to take them safely into the woods and back to the prison.

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    Ushuaia : the southernmost TOWN on earth

    by globetrott Written Jun 26, 2010

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    Ushuaia - fin del mundo, principio de todo
    Ushuaia - end of the world, beginning of everything
    This is certainly the perfect motto for this remote place, that is at the same time the main port for ships and airplanes departing for Antactica.
    Ushuaia is not really a cheap place, in fact the prices are higher than in the rest of Argentina.
    Ushuaia is considdered to be the most southern town in the whole world, although Ft.Williams, situated in Chile at the south-banks of the Beagle channel, is a bit further down, but not a realy town in the eyes of many people...

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    Lapataia is at the very end of the Panamericana

    by globetrott Updated Jun 25, 2010

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    Lapataia is at the very end of the Panamerican Highway that will take you over 17.818 km from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego and finally Bahia Lapataia, where the road ends with a great viewpoint towards the mountains at the other side of the bay.
    There are several wooden paths getting you to the view-points, it is just a rather short walk and also a good place to watch the local wildlife. The birds are obviously used to the visitors in this national park and they feel safe there with the visitors staying behind the wooden bars, so we were able to see wild geese from quite a short distance there.
    For a great viewpoint it will take about 30 minutes to walk easily through the grass and partly through the woods in order to get to a higher viewpoint, maybe 50 meters above the carpark. That walk is worth it in my opinion, but it is not possible to do it with small children, elderly people etc. At first you walk through the meadow in the south of the parking-area, then you get into the woods with a short but rather steep path uphill and finally a wooden platform for the best view.

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