Tierra del Fuego Things to Do

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Tierra del Fuego Things to Do

  • the old cargo-ship in Ushuaia

    An old cargo-shipstranded 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...

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  • Ushuaia: the monument for the prisoners

    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...

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  • Sea-Wolves in the Beagle Channel

    Sea-Wolves in the Beagle Channelis 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...

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  • Montes Martial - the glacier high above...

    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...

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  • lenga-trees & grandpa's beard

    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...

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  • meet the prisoners at Ushuaia's...

    The Prisoners-Mural at the PostofficeAt 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...

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  • the "end of the world-museum" in Ushuaia

    The "end of the world-museum" in Ushuaiais 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...

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  • the Beagle Channel

    the Beagle Channelis 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...

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  • the lighthouse at the end of the world

    Eclaireurs Islands Lighthousethe 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...

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  • Tierra del Fuego National Park

    Tierra del Fuego National Parkis 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...

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  • Ushuaia: the "train at the end of the...

    "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...

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  • Ushuaia: Dont miss the REAL prison-train...

    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...

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  • Ushuaia : the old prison & Maritime...

    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...

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  • Ushuaia : the southernmost TOWN on earth

    Ushuaia - fin del mundo, principio de todo Ushuaia - end of the world, beginning of everythingThis 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...

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  • Lapataia is at the very end of the...

    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...

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  • The Beagle Channel

    Named after HMS Beagle, the ship that carried a young naturalist by the name of Charles Darwin on his voyage of discovery, the Beagle Channel is the narrow stretch of water that separates Argentine Tierra del Fuego from the Chilean (southern) part of the island. Boat trips into the channel can be booked from Ushuaia and offer views of the sealions...

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  • Skinny Dip in a Mountain Lake

    After a hot day of hiking through the mountains of Tierra del Fuego, there's nothing more refreshing than a quick dip in a mountain lake. But I mean quick, as the water is glacial cold. Once you dive in, you can think of nothing more than getting out. Of course, it still feels good to get all that sweat off your body. And lying in the warm sun as...

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  • Watch the Sunrise in the Backcountry

    One of the great things about backpacking is the view you get when you unzip your tent. Almost universally, sunrise is the most beautiful time of day, and you get to see beautiful moments just by reaching out your hand and pulling down the zipper.

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  • Enjoy a View of Beagle Channel

    Begle Channel is one of the more beautiful waterways in the world, cutting through the declining Andes of Chile and Argentina. The Channel is named after the HMS Beagle, the ship on which Charles Darwin sailed when he made the observations on which he based his book "On the Origin of Species".

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  • Visit Tierra del Fuego National Park

    As part of the train ride we took (see Tourist Traps), we did visit Tierra del Fuego National Park. We also spent an afternoon in a remote area of the park as part of our backpack. While I don't recommend the train, I do recommend taking some time to see at least a part of the park on foot, at the leisurely pace of a hiker. The mountains are...

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  • Wandering Around Walkable Ushuaia

    The first thing we did when we arrived in Ushuaia was to get out of the B&B and walk downtown. For scenic reasons, we decided to take the road that ran adjacent to the harbor. Not only was there a park with pleasant landscaping and a great view of the Beagle Channel, but we also stumbled on a Plaza that memorialized the war with the UK over the...

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  • Beaver Bones Make a Great Valentines...

    If you spend time in the back country, take a look around for beaver bones. Though it's hard to see live beavers, because they are shy, dead beavers are less likely to hide. I found this beaver skull on the first day. I saved it and gave it to Andrea for Valentine's Day. She liked it. Seriously.

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  • Hike the Sierra Valdivieso Circuit (or...

    Tierra del Fuego's main attraction is its beautiful backcountry, most of which is NOT in Tierra del Fuego National Park. In for days on the Circuito de Sierra Valdivieso, we spent only an hour or two inside park boundaries. The rest is on unprotected wild land, apparently owned only by ravenous beavers. If you go to Tierra del Fuego, you should go...

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  • Be prepared for all kind of weather

    Whenever one decides to venture into a national park, be prepared for all kind of weather & temperature.I was there in the summer yet it was freezing when it began to pour. So, raincoats & umbrellas are needed if one should decide to venture into the national park. Keep warm & make sure you don't venture off the trails. Personally, from what I...

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  • A different breed

    Inside the national park, if you are lucky, you'll find lots of horses. It'd be really nice if one is allowed to ride horses in the park! Imagine exploring the wilderness on a horse...

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  • Cascada De La Macarena

    Children find delights in almost everything.They delight in running about, posing for pix & just be.No thoughts about what's next, what's on for tomorrow, what's upsetting yesterday or whatever that adults all have problems with one way or another.So, how do they manage to enjoy life to the fullest that adults simply couldn't (well, at least for...

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  • Entering the National Park

    Within the national park, which is about 40 mins west of Ushuaia, one can enjoy the wildlife unique to this part of the world. Magellanic woodpeckers, foxers, dense forests of verdant beech, glaciers & mountains are said to be found here.Be very careful though...Claudio actually told me about a couple from Germany who was here a few years ago went...

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  • The line & stops

    Passengers are allowed to get off the train to explore some parts of the national park.The line first runs along the Valle del Rio Pipo. It then crosses the river.The first stop is La Macarena. Here, you are allowed about 8 mins to explore the view. You may want to climb about 25 m to view the waterfall or take the path to the riverside area. After...

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  • The Journey

    The single trip of the End of the World Train takes about 50 mins. There can be delays in departure. So, leave ample time.The line owns 2 steam engines, a diesel locomotive & about 15 or 16 carriages. It runs at specific time of the day, not hourly.So, check with its official site for the departure time.Official site: End of the World Train.

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  • Steam Train

    So, the big question is: "Is it worth taking the trip?"Depends.If you are very into trains, esp. steam trains, this is a must for you. I heard many enjoyed it tremendously.If you want to be on the End of the World Train, then no question about it. This is the End of the World Train. How many chances in your life will you go to the end of the...

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  • End of the World Train

    From Ushuaia, you can embark on a single journey lasting 50 mins to the Tierra Del Fuego National Park. B4 that, you've to get a taxi to the Estacion del Fin del Mundo (the End of the World station) which is about 8 km from the city center of Ushuaia. It's relatively cheap to get there. I can't remember the exact amount but it's less than US$5.The...

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  • Tierra del Fuego National Park

    A National park, which you can visit by hike, by horseriding or you can even raft through it!Surrounded by mountains with their peaks in the snow and a river crossing through it, it is a beautiful landscape.Unfortunately the income price is quite expensive when you are on a tight budget, so check it out before going down to Ushuaia just to see the...

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