I spent an afternoon just sitting on the harbour and watching the chilean mountains, the ships moving around, and above all, the sky changing colours and forms continuously.
This is for sure the part of Ushuaia I appreciated more, the view is breathtaking as the andes mountains sheer from the sea. In the harbour, you also find the many agencies selling trips around the town and if you have time and money, to Antartic.
On your first day in Ushuaia, visit the two main museums in the city, "Museo del Presidio" (Jail's Museum) and "Museo del Fin del Mundo" (End of world Museum). If you can visit only one, choose the first.
It's very important to do it, because you'll understand everything you'll see and visit during the following days of your visit.
One of the main reasons to visit Ushuaia is as the starting point for an Antarctic cruise. These all leave from the port on the southern side of town. We enjoyed strolling around here and checking out all the other ships – and inevitably comparing them with our own! There’s also a small café, and a bizarre giant penguin which makes for a fun photo or two (see my 3rd photo).
For anyone not taking a cruise however, you need to be aware that you’ll only be able to walk so far along the pier before being asked to show a card to indicate that you’re a passenger on one of the ships, and without this evidence you won’t be allowed to proceed.
A general tip to anybody intending to visit this beautiful part of the world.
In peak seasons there are to less planes to fly you to Patagonia - so make early bookings. Even for local people it is not always evident to plan there holidays and intend to visit the most southern area of their country.
Fondest memory: Tierra del Fuegos - the unique landscapes - it's history
Bene amici, benvenuti ad Ushuaia, ultima città del emisfero australe.
Situata all'estremo sud dell Argentina offre ai visitatori che vi si recano da tutto il mondo la sensasione dell'infinito. Per lungo tempo questa terra è stata inospitale per l'uomo bianco ed era abitata soltanto da popolazioni indigene (Yamanes) fino all'inizio del 1900 quando la sete di colonizazione spinse il governo argentino a popolarla. Il problema era che nessuno aveva alcuna intenzione di vivere così lontano ed isolato dal resto del mondo visto che all'epoca una nave impiegava più di un mese per raggiungere tali terre da Buenos Aires. Si decise di popolarla utilizzando la popolazione carceraria. Si, è proprio così, i fondatori furono in maggioranza assassini o prigionieri politici i quali dovevano scontare condanne a vita o di lunghissima durata. Ancora oggi vengono conservati alla memora i resti del primo insediamento (Presidio) così come era allora anche se qualche parte è stata ristrutturata in seguito alla chiusura della prigione e venne occupato dall'Armada Argentina.
Fondest memory: Già prima di arrivare, la vista dall'alto offre regala le prime sensasioni. Neve, acqua, montagne scarsa vegetazione e grigiore della luce fanno scatenare i primi brividi...... quelli di stare lontano lontano da tutto.
The options are interminable. In summer, the landscape can be discovered on foot, in microcomputer, to horse, sailing and even by train; in winter, practicing cross-country skiing and alpine, and traveling through plains in motorcycles of snow or sledges thrown by dogs. The modern installations located in valleys of imposing beauty guarantee the lovers from the winter the full enjoyment of the season
Fondest memory: The beauty of the landscape characteristics of Island of the States they prompt their conversion in a tourist attraction of growing importance. It is an ecosystem that, by its singularity, needs to be preserved.
My daughter, Florencia, is licensed in tourism and he guides in the National Park of Land of the Fire
I put its photo because is an example of sabiduria in spite of its youth
Favorite thing: Ushuaia has many beautiful places in its surroundings: the Lapataia Bay, the Beagle Channel with its islands, the Estancia Harberton and the National Park Tierra del Fuego, to which you can take a train of narrow trail that leaves from the station "Fin del Mundo" (end of the world). We took a short trip to the National Park and really enjoyed it!
Ushuaia was founded in 1884 with the purpose of sitting down sovereignty on the southern area. It is considered the most southern city in the world. It is located on the Ushuaia bay on the north coast of the Beagle channel. Ushuaia is situated at the base of the last cord of the mountain range of the Andes.
In the architecture of the city you will see a combination of the original housings made of wood and iron sheet and on the other side modern buildings from around 1980. From 1902 up to 1947 Ushuaia was headquarters of the famous Prison of Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, where the most dangerous criminals were sent. This prison is now a wonderful museum!
Ushuaia is the most southernmost town in the world.
It is situated at 54º 49' South - hence the day light times vary extensivley during the year.
March: Sunrise 07:30 Sunset 19:50
June: Sunrise 10:00 Sunset 17:10
September: Sunrise 7:30 Sunset 19:50
December: Sunrise 4:50 Sunset 22:10
I came across this nice little quaint hostel overlooking the sea & mountain.
Well, at that time I thought if I do come back, I won't mind staying here. It's really nice & cosy. I even went inside & talked to the person in charge.
Yeah, when you have no idea what you are going to do in a foreign town, this is one good way of meeting the locals ;-)
Naturally, this may also end up to be a useful tip to future travelers. But b4 that, I've to find that business card of this place, haha... now that it's almost 4 months after the trip, it's not that easy to find the tiny card! ;-)
At this point in time, I clearly had no idea how I was to spend at least 8 hours in a small town like Ushuaia. I found out how small it is later...
In the mean time, I was enjoying my slow walk to the center & was just curious about the environment. When you have no idea what's out there, the adventurous spirit takes over & you just go with the flow. In that way, you enjoy surprises if there is any, if not you'll still be quite excited as you've no idea what's out there!
Soon I came across this view & I decided to go in search of my ship! Explorer II has to be in the port by now!
January is Summer in Ushuaia (Southern Hemisphere, everything becomes opposite, seasonwise ie).
It was very pleasant that very morning before my trip to Antarctica. I was to board the ship around 5 pm. Since it was such an expensive trip, I decided to just stay in town & not even venturing into the national park (just in case I missed the boat!). I took a lot of effort b4 I made it here, so not going to sabotage myself by merely venturing into somewhere which pales in comparison to the actual adventure. Yeah, sometimes you've to know what's your priority in life is & this is definitely one of those times!
Anyhow, I simply wandered around town & unbeknowst to me at that time, I ended up making another major decision in life in that very few hours in Ushuaia! It's strange how life turns out at times :-)))
Lupins... I love them.
Only found in colder parts of the world like Alaska, Iceland, Ushuaia & perhaps New Zealand.
Whenever I see lupins, I associated them with the mountains. I am not sure if there is any correlation but that's what came to mind.
& that in itself is a very good feeling. Love the mountains. :-)
In this case, lupins practically brighten up Ushuaia. I saw them all over the streets of Ushuaia. I think they make an otherwise "cold" place warm (the temperature can be very chilly here, not the people though).
The first day I arrived was in the late afternoon. It was dizzling & that made the town colder than I had thought. & the darkness made it pretty much depressing.
So, I decided to stay in the hotel, which I've no idea how far/close to town.
I later found out the next morning that is't not that far to walk but neither is it that near. About 15 mins away by foot. On a nice day, that's actually very comfortable to walk. On a wet day, forget it!
Luckily for me, the next day was a very nice day. This is almost the very first view I saw on a clear day from where I had my breakfast. It was also then that I decided Ushuaia is not bad at all. In fact, it was that very day that I realised how much I like it :-)
The city of Ushuaia is located on the shore of the Beagle Channel and surrounded by the Martial Mounts. It is the capital of the Province of Tierra del Fuego, Antarctic and Island of the South Atlantic.
The town was founded in October 12 1884, when the argentine flag is hoisted in front of Ushuaia Bay
You can spend a couple of days in Ushuaia trekking, horse riding, mountain bike riding, fishing or having incredible rides along Beagle Channel and Tiera del Fuego national park. It is also a starting point for sails to Cape Horn and Antarctica
Fondest memory: 3 days of pure joy