This old cargo-ship is stranded 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.
You will see this ship close to Plaza Don Bosco.
The townhall of Ushuaia is next to the tourist-office and it has a really lovely garden in front of it. A small sculpture of a monk next to the entrance is the symbol for the great efforts that was made by the Salesianer-monks in order to cultivate this part of the world. You will find this building next to the tourist-office in the centre of Ushuaia.
This is definitely "off the beaten path" tour. The Mare Australis is a beautiful new small ship (less then 150 passengers), sailing between Ushuaia, in Argentina, and Punta Arenas in Chile, via beagle cannel, Cape horn and the Magellan straight. The round trip takes one week, but you can do the leg of Ushuaia - Punta Arenas, which takes 3 nights or vice versa, for 4 nights. The route back and forth is not exactly the same. Every day there is disembarkation from the ship to the shore, with catamarans, to places you can't reach otherwise. During the day there are lectures on board concerning the history, geography, fauna and flora, as well as a lecture about local drinks aso.
The trip is veeeery expensive, but if you can afford it, it worth every penny.
In the picture, the Mare Australis is the small ship in front of the big one behind it :-))
55.56' south and 67.19' west, Cape Horn was named after Hoorn, a small calm town of the Netherlands, not far from Amsterdam, where Willem Corneliszoon Schouten was born. He was the captain of the ship "Unitie" on which he sailed in search of an alternative passage to the Magellan's Strait and to the Cape of Good Hope, to reach the Far East.
On January 29th of the year 1616, after a long crossing together with a school of whales and many albatrosses, he discovered a high pointed promontory that he called Hoorn, later called Horn by the English. The fog that surrounded the ship deceived the whole crew: everyone thought it was the extreme southern tip of the continent and not an island as it really is.
Many vessels have rounded the cape, but many others have failed to conqueredthe sea that were unpredictably violent
Most commonly reached by the Beagle Canal cruises, Estancia Harberton is roughly 10km east of Ushuaia. It is not available as a stop on all the cruises, so make sure it is on the itinerary.
Harberton was originally settled to be a livestock ranch, mainly for sheep and wool. Many of the buildings are still in tack and well preserved. The guided tour of the open-air museum will temporarily transport you back to the old days. I enjoyed the brief history less, fresh air and mountain backdrops.
This was a very pleasant hike although it was overcast when we did it. The trail is difficult to find. The Lonely Planet guide book gives fairly good directions but the sign for the trail cannot be seen from the car and requires you to walk around the edge of the dirt pull off until you find it. The trail head is closer to the road on the way back to Ushuaia.
The trail leads first through a very dark moss covered tree forest. It would be great scenery for a movie. Once through this section of forest, you encounter some incredible beaver damns.
Past the beaver damns starts a steep climb up. When you exit this steep section you will in a meadow. Follow the stream up to the lake. Very nice!
Ushuaia bay and the industry
Maybe the most southern trading point in the world, anyway a gate to the east or west, but not that important anymore since the construction of the Panama Canal.
Good for the environment and the Tierra del Fuego, because TDF is really a topic whenever visiting Ushuaia
GYPSY COVE in the Falkland Islands is one of the 2 Coves offered to "cruisers" for penguins watching. I only saw Megallenic penguins here & the distance is not too close either.
If you are offered a choice & want to view the King penguins, I suggest you take the Lagoon Bluff Cove tour which is more expensive but more worthwhile. You'll have a very close encounter with the "Kings" on this 4W drive tour!
Lots of trails taking you through amazing colours that you would not expect to see at the end of the world. This is where the Andes mountains actually enter the sea to form part of the sub Antarctic forest.
It was very windy when we were there so jackets and gloves were necessary. The bleekness adds to the experience of walking around the end of the world !
To get to Tierra del Fuego National Park take National Route #3. It is located about 9 km (5.6 mi) from the city of Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world.
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 round trip will last 1 hour 40 mins.
Southern Fueguean Railway (Ferrocarril Austral Fueguino) is the company that runs the same route as the old Convict Train did 80 years ago.
Ushuaia's history is related to the "Prison for Relapsed Felons" from year 1902 - 1947.
At the end of the train ride you get off and onto your waiting tour bus, I guess if you went here on your own and were not on a tour you would have to arrange for a cab to pick you up...or ride the train back.
I had read somewhere before about flights from Ushuaia to the Antarctic Peninsula, but I can't seem to find that same web page. I do remember the flight being around $1800 USD
I did manage to find the following web page though:
Great experience to ride a motorbike over Ruta 40 from Ushuaia to Salta- you can do this. Not well promoted but an amazing expedition of 7000 km mostly over route 40- also old parts of this road and some side roads into Chile to get the feel of exposed landscapes, high fjords and heavy seas! Or ride it only through Patagonia till Bariloche from Ushaia. LEF Expeditions organises this and allows you to do something amazing- Make sure you can ride well-not easy roads and sometimes flooded parts of the road!
Cabo San Pablo (St Paul Cape) is a lonely place in the shoreline of the Tierra del Fuego island, on the Atlantic Ocean. You arrive there after 40 kilometers of a local way, that flows among some ranches ("estancias") and a lot of nature and wild life. In the Cape there's a ship, named Anaconda, that rests on the beach.
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 hiking on their own but never did returned to their hotel! & they had never been found either. They were lost in this huge national park!
I was told to get an expert guide who's familiar with this terrain should I decide to explore the park.