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    Do not book trips with CANAL tour agency

    by ilyathemuromets Updated Nov 23, 2010

    We booked a tour with CANAL via our hotel in Ushuaia. There was absolutely no specification of a 450 pesos cancellation fee! They do not have any clear rules or standards about when they charge or do not charge their customers - I understand business is business, but this was not a transparent transaction - in my eyes, they are complete thieves.

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    Renting a car at H-ertz

    by silvinapaula Written Oct 31, 2007

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    The franchise of the popular rent-a-car it is managed by local people that do not give you any customer service. They usually charged in dollars if you have a problem with the car, instead in local money, (only if you aren´t argentinian)

    THe seats for babies they rent are not safe (and they charge for them!)

    Unique Suggestions: I strongly recommend the rent-a-car that is located in Jumping store or in the shopping at San Martin street

    Fun Alternatives: I strongly recommend the rent-a-car that is located in Jumping store or in the shopping at San Martin street

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    El tren del fin del Mundo

    by Graxie Updated Oct 14, 2007

    La historia de Ushuaia y el Tren gira en torno de su penal.
    El ingeniero Catello Muratgia comienza la construcción definitiva de un penal adecuado en el 1902. La cárcel se construye con materiales de la zona,  y la mano de obra la constituyen  los penados.
    Para trasladar los materiales se monta el XILOCARRIL, es decir un tren que circula sobre rieles de madera. A finales de 1909 se registran los primeros movimientos ferroviarios.
    Las vías "Decauville" con trocha de 60 centímetros, comienzan a prestar su servicio e inicia su trabajo el "Tren de los Presos".
    En 1952 el "Tren de los Presos" deja de circular, y con él se disuelve el último vestigio de las rudas voces de aquellos presos que buscaron redimirse consigo mismo ante la tremenda soledad austral.
    Cuarenta y dos años después de su último servicio, en 1994, el tren más austral del mundo, el "Tren de los Presos", retoma su recorrido histórico.

    Unique Suggestions: El recorrido del FCAF
    Inicia su recorrido, partiendo de La Estación Del Fin Del Mundo.
    Sobre el mismo terraplén que recorrieron los presos 100 años atrás.
    Se interna en el "Cañadón Del Toro", cruza el Rio Pipo, sobre El Puente Quemado, donde se podrán obsevar las ruinas de madera del viejo puente, bajo las nuevas vias
    Luego se detiene en la Estación Cascada De La Macarena, donde el visitante encontrará una reconstrucción de un típico asentamiento de una de las tribus indígenas que habitaban estas tierras hace cientos de años. Los Yámanas.

    Fun Alternatives: Medio Ecológico
    Previo al inicio de cada una de las tareas realizadas por nuestra empresa se presentaron estudios de Impacto Ambiental a fin de determinar la conveniencia de las obras, fundamentalmente en un medio protegido como lo es el Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego.
    Los tres estudios presentados por reconocidos profesionales argentinos evaluaron favorablemente nuestro proyecto y fueron aceptados por la Administración Central de Parques Nacionales.
    Sin importar el estado o condición del terreno, se debe considerar que el ferrocarril afecta únicamente un par de rieles de acero que a lo sumo deben ser reemplazados por otros para mantener la seguridad y confort del recorrido.
    Tiene un bajo impacto visual y sonoro, y el consumo de combustible es mínimo comparado con otros medios de locomoción para transportar similar cantidad de pasajeros.

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    • National/State Park
    • Historical Travel
    • Arts and Culture

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    The End of The World Train

    by Graxie Written Oct 14, 2007

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    The history of Ushuaia and the Train revolves around the Prison. The engineer Catello Muratgia began definitive construction of an adequate prison in 1902. The prison was built using local materials, and labor was provided by the convicts. For the transport of materials, a XILORAIL was mounted, that is to say, a train which circulates upon wooden rails. At the end of 1909 the first railway movementswere recorded. The “Decauville” rails with a 60 centimeter gauge were put into service and the work of the “Prison Train” began. In 1952 the “Prison Train” was decommissioned and with it the rude voices of those inmates faded away. Forty two years after its last service, in 1994, the southernmost train in the world, the “Prison Train”, retakes its historic path.

    Unique Suggestions: The "Ferrocarril Austral Fueguino" (FCAF) is situated outside the city of Ushuaia, continuing on National Route nº3 (15 minutes from the city center), on the way to the Tierra del Fuego National Park.
    The "Estación del Fin del Mundo" (End of the World Station) is the headquarters of the railway and is situated in a valley between Mount Susana and the Le Martial mountain range, next to the Pipo´s River.

    Fun Alternatives: CAMILA

    This is a classic steam locomotive with rigid tank chassis and lateral water tanks built in the UK by "WINSON ENGINEERING". Its design resembles that of the antique locomotive models very popular in England which functioned from the 1890’s. Built between December 1994 and February 1995 in Daventry, north of London. It is of 2-6-2T arrangement and weighs an estimated 7.5 tons when complete. Due to the inefficiencies  of its original design, our Engineering department (headed by Shaun McMahontogether with Livio Dante Porta) made important modifications improving its effectiveness.
    In our workshop we are building in its entirety a "Boutique Coach" that
    will be placed at Macarena Station, so that visitors at this stop can
    acquire souvenirs and general mementos. It will be completed in September2007

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    • National/State Park
    • Eco-Tourism

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    Island of the states

    by Graxie Updated Jul 24, 2007

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    Staten Island is an island that lies on the Le Maire Strait off the eastern extremity of the Argentine portion of Tierra del Fuego. It was named for the Netherlands States-General.

    The island was discovered on December 25, 1615 by Jacob le Maire and Willem Schouten, who named it Country of the Lords of the State. Dutch captain Hendrik Brouwer sighted it in 1643. Argentine sailor Luis Piedra Buena constructed a shelter near Port Cook in 1862, and built a small seal oil extraction facility on the island.

    The San Juan del Salvamento was inaugurated on May 25, 1884 by Comodoro Augusto Lasserre, and functioned until 1899. The lighthouse, better known as Faro del fin del mundo ("Lighthouse at the end of the world"), is said to have inspired Jules Verne for his book The Lighthouse at the End of the World, published in 1905. A military prison was set on the island, working from 1899 to 1902, when it had to be moved to Tierra del Fuego after being compromised by the strong winds.

    The Staten Island is approximately 65 kilometres (40 mi) long, with an area of 534 km² (206 mi²); the highest point is 800 metres (2600 ft), and is considered to be the last prominence of the Andes mountain range. The island receives around 2,000 millimetres (79 in) of rain per year, feeding its dense low forests. The animal life is composed mainly of penguins, sea wolfs, seals, seagulls and cormorants, as well as the human-introduced deers and goats.

    Unique Suggestions: Staten Islands

    Antarctica is said to be the coldest, driest and windiest place on earth, but that does not describe its attractions as a tourist destination. This immense wilderness is a fabulous and virtually pristine paradise for wildlife with an incomparable scenery of mountains, snow and ice. It is a privilege to visit this awe-inspiring continent and to experience the special magic that has lured explorers, adventurers and scientists for more than two centuries and - most recently - world travelers.
    Taking advantage of the long days at the height of the Austral summer, November through shapes, sizes and color of icebergs. The vistas are magnificent, with towering glaciers and to March, we explore vast colonies of penguins, observe some of the great whales, watch hundreds of seals resting lazily on ice floes, and marvel at the extraordinary variety of dramatic cliffs that drop almost vertically into the sea. Everything in Antarctica appears to be built on a scale that is larger than life.

    Join us on one of our exciting programs of voyages to the "White Continent".

    These adventure cruises offer the ultimate introduction to the White Continent. Departing from and finishing in the port of Ushuaia, Argentina, they include many of the wildlife and scenic highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands. They are designed to include as much wildlife viewing as possible but also incorporate visits to scientific bases and allow plenty of time to enjoy the breathtaking scenery of icy waterways, glaciers, icebergs and rugged mountains.

    Fun Alternatives: Tourism Ventures

    Landscapes that remove the breath in a virgin environment and with unique characteristics, they constitute the perfect setting that seek the lovers of the nature. Year after year, adventurous, explorers and monta?istas they arrive at Ushuaia to live an unforgettable experience in the end of the world.

    %s4 Staten Islands %s* City and mountains %s4 Florence %s*

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    Greater Earth valley

    by Graxie Updated Sep 4, 2006

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    To 21.5 km. of the city of Ushuaia we found to a pioneer in the development of the winter activities in Land of the Fire. DNN. Gustavo Giró was one of first in arriving at the Greater Earth valley to be able to develop next to his family the project of a winter center, with the purpose of offering all those activities that allow us to enjoy the natural surroundings of this wonderful Valley totally.

    Unique Suggestions: The construction, typical hostería of mountain allows us to enjoy in its warm interior of plates specially elaborated and the typical fueguino lamb. A confectionery, with capacity for 100 people, it offers repostería elaborated artisan
    To cross the valley in the calm of the winter, in ours snow cats (motos of snow) is an unforgettable experience, allowing us to enjoy in each stop of the route of this wonderful surroundings, knowing places indescriptible beauty.
    White passage
    Discovers landscapes of dream in a fascinating excursion, sleighs thrown by dogs, rackets and vehicles 4X4 will be our means of transport.
    Transfer in vehicle 4X4 from the hotel to the Valley Greater Earth, passage in 4X4 by the Valley, until the camping, long walk with rackets from the camping to the congealed cascade of Alvear, with guide, (approximately 1 hour 30 minutes) hot chocolate in the camping in the forest, (the camping counts on a small refuge calefaccionado with a firewood stove) return in sleigh thrown by dogs from the camping to the winter center Greater Earth (2.5 km.).

    Fun Alternatives: White passage
    Discovers landscapes of dream in a fascinating excursion, sleighs thrown by dogs, rackets and vehicles 4X4 will be our means of transport.
    Transfer in vehicle 4X4 from the hotel to the Valley Greater Earth, passage in 4X4 by the Valley, until the camping, long walk with rackets from the camping to the congealed cascade of Alvear, with guide, (approximately 1 hour 30 minutes) hot chocolate in the camping in the forest, (the camping counts on a small refuge calefaccionado with a firewood stove) return in sleigh thrown by dogs from the camping to the winter center Greater Earth (2.5 km.).
    Duration 5 hours, Regular exits in the morning, minimum 2 pax.

    White adventure
    Long walk with rackets from the Nunatak refuge to the congealed cascade of Alvear, with guide (approximately 1.30 hours), hot chocolate in the camping located in the forest (the camping consists of a carp calefaccionada with one salamendra to firewood), return in sleighs thrown by dogs from the camping to the winter center Greater Earth (2.5 km.)
    Regular Exits in the morning, schedule of exit from minimum Nunatak 10.30 hs 2 pax

    Snow and Fire
    nocturnal Excursion in rackets to the furnace, it has supper in the furnace, mountain stew, brochette, manzama roasted, coffee, it includes drinks, return in rackets until the refuge Nunatak or Tierra Greater
    Duration of excursion 3 to 4 hours

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    • Family Travel
    • Eco-Tourism
    • Adventure Travel

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    Tren del Fin del Mundo

    by Veghel Updated Aug 25, 2006

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    The Tren del Fin del Mundo seemed to be an attractive way to enter the national park Tierra del Fuego.
    In earlier days, the railway was used to transport prisoners to the forests, where they were to cut trees for commercial use. When prisoners were taken somewhere else, the railway and steam locomotives were abandoned. In recent years, they were completely renovated.
    Halfway the track is a small stop, with a viewpoint, a small waterfall and some examples of huts in which locals used to live. Again this may sound attractive, but the quality is poor. At the train's end station, all passengers are dropped off and the staff tells you what time the trains return. Then it is up to you where to go. The obvious thing to do is to walk to Bahia Ensenada, a 30 minute walk. There are no bars or restaurants, so you have to bring everything yourself.
    Though small children probably enjoy the romantic feeling of travelling with a steam locomotive, and though the area through which the train drives is beautiful, the ride is definitely not worth the money!

    Fun Alternatives: Take a taxi straight to Bahia Ensenada. It will cost you little extra and saves you 2 hours of waiting and sitting in the train. If you want to see the locomotives, go to the departure station, have a look around and then take a taxi to Bahia Ensenada.

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    by Graxie Updated Mar 22, 2006

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    The center of alpine skiing of greater importance in the province, counts on trails for all the levels of demand and modern media of elevation
    This amusing modality of the skiing, is apt so much for specialists as for those that approach for the first time to her or they desire to enjoy the snow in family, since is accessible to all the ages. It conceived to be displaced for large snow-covered extensions, more than descending them or to be slid for them as in other disciplines of the skiing, is practiced in designed itineraries to such effect. The track is carried out with some similar machines to the motorcycles of snow, drawing layout with different lengths, itineraries or difficulties according to the level chosen by each skier. Where practice it: Trail Francisco Jerman, High of the Valley, Solar of the Forest, Greater Land, Plains of the Beaver, Beautiful Valley, The Parrots and Haruw

    Unique Suggestions: Cerro Castor is a new immersed complex in the dazzling geography of the End of the World. Counts on all the services of a true winter center and the media of elevation they are of the latest generation. It possesses a various proposed one of trails and out of ideal trails for all the demands.
    Hill Beaver Located to 26 km al northeastern of the city of Ushuaia, on the national route n?3 is, up to now, the major complex of the province, thanks to its 400 hectares suitable for skiing and its 16 trails provided with media of of the latest generation elevation.
    The skiing, a safety pin of Ushuaia. Their fame of the southernmost trail of the world, next to the vast snow-covered valleys that surround it, they do of the place one of the main winter centers of the country, considered for many as the ideal place for the practice of the cross-country skiing. But their activity does not stop in that style, being its also apt surface for winter activities quantity, that includes regional, national, and international competences of skiing; and the attraction of the competences of sledges thrown by dogs siberianos, you considered a classical one fueguino.

    Main characteristic and data

    The base of the Hill is to 195 meters of height, for which practically al is skied sea level. Has a total of 16 trails.

    Its top reaches barely the 960 meters, but is emphasized especially by the quality of its snow, that is conserved in better state thanks to that the sun does not give to full in its trails. It enables that the season of skiing be long, perhaps more than in all the others central (can be extended to October).

    Between the 60 and 70 percent of its 20 kilometers of trails is for skiers of intermediate level. In general lines, the unevenness is of 772 meters.

    As for its media, the complex has three aerosillas quadruple, a tow lift T1 and a bambi lift. The services are completed with school of skiing, rent of teams, nursing, sweetshop, sanitary and shopping.

    Fun Alternatives: The climate, contrary to what is believed, is ideal for the practice of the winter sports. The Hill counts on the best quality of snow and the most extensive season of South America. And what to say of the environment.. The environment not to stops surprising you at no time. I discovered Hill Beaver. You encourage you to its trails.Cambi?. You surprise you.

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    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
    • Sky Diving
    • Adventure Travel

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    My uncle and I bought lots of...

    by jnyvegas Written Aug 25, 2002

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    My uncle and I bought lots of stuff, there are some good stores here, but shop around because prices vary.

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