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    Casa Beban

    by DSwede Written Mar 16, 2014
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    The Beban's were an earlier pioneering family to Ushuaia. Tomas Beban came to Ushuaia in 1903 and married Amanda Eiras in 1913. Together they were an important force in the community, setting up valuable social services, developing the community and in general being a business man.

    The House, built from material from Sweden was a marvel of its time. Relocated to present position, it is now a free museum, open 11am ~ 6pm.

    The main floor is typically an art display, but also holds random functions. The upstairs is preserved as the old residential home as a museum.

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    Ushuaia City Museum

    by DSwede Written Mar 16, 2014
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    If you have about 30 minutes to spare, you can afford to visit the Ushuaia City Museum. I don't recall this museum existing during my first visit to Ushuaia, nor have any people written reviews about it, so I'm assuming it is relatively new.

    First things first, it is free. Secondly, it is small. So like I said, if you have 15 minutes to walk over there, then about 15 minutes to spend inside, that's all you need.

    There are not many information signs, but all items on display show some sort of historical past of the town.

    Open Monday ~ Thursday 10am to 8pm

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    The Kelp Goose

    by blueskyjohn Updated Aug 8, 2013

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    This is a beautiful little goose. I think different than other birds, the female has beautiful feathers while the male is all white with a black bill. Kind of boring for a male. This one was seen alone on "H" Island.

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    Magellanic Cormorant

    by blueskyjohn Updated Aug 8, 2013

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    These are awesome birds we came upon on "H" Island. They are also known as the "Rock Shag." They nest on the side of cliffs near the ocean or on islands in the Beagle Channel. There were many newborn's and it looks like each family had about three babies. I shot some interesting video that I should post sooner than later. It looks like the parent regurgitates food for the babies to eat. Amazing to watch in person rather than some nature TV show. By the way, they make quite a mess!

    There is another Cormorant in the area called the Imperial Cormorant. The difference is that the Magellanic has a white chest and the all black neck while the Imperial has a white chest and runs up through the front of the neck.

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    The Great Skua

    by blueskyjohn Updated Aug 8, 2013

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    This a predatory bird that nests along the shore of islands that have Penguins and Petrels. They eat the eggs and young of these birds. They are brown in color with a bill that resembles a raptor but has webbed feet like a duck.

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    Try a Calafate Berry

    by blueskyjohn Updated Aug 8, 2013

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    First, I must say I do not recommend eating any berries in the wild unless you are sure you know what it is. Since you will more than likely be with a guide at some point, they will be sure to point this berry out to you. They are from a small shrub and can be either blue or red. The guide said if you eat a Calafate Berry, you are sure to return to the area. I ate one so time will tell. The taste was really unremarkable but they may not have been completely ripe. However, jam made from the berry that I purchased in Ushuaia was delicious!

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    Let the battle begin!

    by blueskyjohn Updated Aug 8, 2013

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    Wildlife always fascinates me. But when you can witness life, death and the battle between the two it makes for an amazing experience. While on Martillo Island and exploring the rookery, I noticed in the distance a Great Skua bird swoop in to capture a Magellanic Penguin. More likely there was a baby in the burrow and mother/father was protecting it. It was very interesting to watch the stand off, especially the head twisting the Penguin was doing seemed to hold off the Skua.

    We only had one hour on the island so I could not stick around to see the outcome. I'm hoping the Penguin won.

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    Look what I found - King Penguin!

    by blueskyjohn Updated Aug 8, 2013

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    This was a rare sighting for Martillo Island. One King Penguin seemed to be overseeing the area of Gentoo Penguins. King Penguins can be identified by the gold crest on their chest and gold colored patch on their head. The King Penguin is the second largest penguin in the world. It was an interesting sight. The King and Gentoo were set back a way, so if you visit the island, be sure to look past the Magellanic Penguins that are right along the trail. You can only see this are if you sign up for the tour that goes on the island. Boat tours will not be able to see their location as it is on the other side of the island.

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    Gentoo Penguins!

    by blueskyjohn Updated Aug 8, 2013

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    Looking through some photos of my visit to Martillo Island, I noticed that I captured some photos of Gentoo Penguins. Apparently there is a small colony mixed into the Magellanic Penguins. I nice surprise. The Gentoo is rare to South America. These penguins are away from the trail that winds through the island so you have to search for them. You can see them from the trail in the distance and a telephoto lens or binoculars are the best way to see them. They are easily identified if you know to look for them. They have a red/orange bill and a white patch over their eye.

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    Whale Museum - Harberton

    by blueskyjohn Updated Aug 8, 2013

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    About an hour outside Ushuaia is a very small coastal town called Harberton. There is a nice and very informative whale museum there that is an active research facility. Tours are offered. They have many skeletal remains that have been collected over the years from whales washed up on shore.

    During the tour they take you out to show when the bones are soaked to remove all the flesh. If you have a weak stomach, do not go in! The stench will stay with you for most of the day.

    We had a rental car, not sure there is public transportation but several tours run from this port into the Beagle channel, so there are shuttles for that.

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    Hike to a Glacier

    by blueskyjohn Updated Aug 8, 2013

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    Just outside of town is the Martial Glacier. You can hike up toward the base or take a lift for a fee. I chose to hike. It does offer some great views but I've seen many glaciers so not impressed but a nice option for a few hours.

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    Bird watching in the Beagle Channel

    by blueskyjohn Updated Aug 8, 2013

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    As part of a sailing trip with Tres Marias, we stopped at an island called "H" Island. Named because of its shape it is home to various birds and it is an enjoyable hike around the island.

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    Sea Lions and Sailing

    by blueskyjohn Updated Aug 8, 2013

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    A great half day excursion is to take a boat ride to see Sea Lions. We used a company called Tres Marias. They have two boats, a power boat and a sail boat. I think the sail boat is the way to go and that is what we did.

    We stopped by an island and took photos of sea lions from the sail boat. We did this in conjunction with a hike on nearby "H" Island which I will review.

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    Walk with Penguins!

    by blueskyjohn Updated Aug 8, 2013

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    There is only one company that has a permit to go on the island that all the tours take people to shoot photos from a boat. The company that has the permit is Pira Tour. We paid $100 usd (it was a little less because we drove ourselves the one hour to Harberton. It was so worth it!!! If you don't do anything else, please don't miss this experience! You spend about one hour on the rookery. While you cannot touch the penguins and there is a set path to stay on, the penguins totally ignore this and intermingle with people on the path occasionally. The address and phone number for Pira is below.

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    Stamp on your passport

    by xaver Written Jul 12, 2013

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    If you want you can get a passport stamp of Ushuaia, saying most southern city of the world, or End of patagonia and some more. You can find them in the tourist office, they show you some kinds and you chose the one you want on your passport.

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