Ushuaia: The end of the world

Story by: Katia Gill     Date: 8 April 2022    Image by: Canva | leonardospencer

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From north to south, Argentina offers an exquisite variety of destinations. Landscapes, nature, culture, typical food, regional music, and a town that vibrates with tradition. In fact, Argentina is proud to have the southernmost territory in the world: Ushuaia in the province of Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire), also known as The End of the World.

Ushuaia Fin Del Mundo

The Land of Fire and the End of the World

This very Tolkian name for the province has its origin in the way of life of the original inhabitants. Due to the low temperatures, they protected themselves by lighting fires. This is what the European invaders saw when they arrived, and from that came that fiery name.

Thanks to being the southernmost territory on the planet, the city of Ushuaia received the title of End of the World, in the best Jules Verne style.

Between mountains, glaciers, lakes, and canals, this legendary city takes refuge, serving as a point of origin for multiple adventures, excursions, and unforgettable experiences.

The places you must go when you arrive in Ushuaia

Lapataia Bay

Lapataia Bay

The Lapataia fjord is located in the extreme southwest of Argentina, on the Beagle Channel. Its name is of aboriginal origin and means bay of the wood. The Bay is part of the Tierra del Fuego National Park and is a 45-minute drive from the city of Ushuaia. It is the ideal place for a day of immersion in nature, trails to the end of the world, and a multicultural picnic. This destination is so popular for travelers that it is common to see adventurers’ motorhomes stopping at this point during their trip around the world.

Tierra del Fuego National Park

Tierra del Fuego National Park

From this same Park, there are some paths that are worth going through. One of them is the Senda a la Laguna Negra (Path to the Black Lagoon). The start of the route is on National Route N.3, the same one that connects Lapataia Bay with the city of Ushuaia. The path options range from a short one of 1 km, with almost zero elevation, to one of high difficulty of 12 km in length. Whether you decide to park your car and take an easy walk to the lagoon or do a full day of trekking, the destination is beautiful and well worth it.

Ushuaia from Martial Glacier

Martial Glacier

Everywhere you look, Ushuaia is a destination for nature lovers. So if you love nature and want to feel dazzled by its beauty and magnitude, you should take the trekking path to the Martial Glacier. Although it is only 6km long, its elevation is almost 500m, so consider it a challenge.

Not suitable for lazy people, this tour will lead you to one of the most beautiful and imposing views of Ushuaia. From there you can see the Beagle Channel and beyond, the lands of Chilean Patagonia.

On the way to the Glacier, you will find La Cabaña, a tea house that serves exquisite Patagonian cakes with a beautiful view of the canal and the mountains.

Emerald Lagoon, Ushuaia

Emerald Lagoon

The jewel of Ushuaia could not be missing from this list: the Laguna Esmeralda (Emerald Lagoon). It owes its name to the beautiful color of the lagoon during the summer months when the water is melted. During the cold season, the lagoon freezes completely and it is possible to ice skate with the mountains in the background.

To access this paradisiacal place, it is necessary to drive about 20 minutes to the north along the same road N. 3 to the Parking Laguna Esmeralda. From there begins a path of about 4km in length, with very little elevation and rather a moderate difficulty.

This trail is highly recommended since it can be done during the day, it offers a moderate challenge for hikers but it is also a good idea for more lazy companions. The reward upon arrival is a panoramic scene that will take your breath away.

Acatushún Maritime Museum

From the first Spanish excursions during the Golden Age onwards, Argentina has been the arrival ground for many European immigrants. The Patagonian lands have received mainly people from the United Kingdom. Welsh colonies are very frequent. In fact, the typical food of Patagonia is the Welsh cake, which you should not miss in one of the tea houses.

The English also made their arrival in these southern lands (how atypical of them, always so satisfied with their own island) and one of the most typical settlements is Estancia Harberton, present on the Island since 1886.

Here dwells The Acatushun Museum of Birds and Marine Mammals. This museum houses one of the most important collections in the world, with more than 2,800 species of mammals and 2,300 species of birds. You can also visit a Laboratory and a House of Bones, where you can talk with biologists who work there. A definite stop for animal lovers.

Beagle Channel

The Beagle Channel is a very very cold and agitated water stream. However, it is worth the visit. The boat trips that leave from the port of Ushuaia cross the Channel and arrive at a wonderful island of penguins. In addition, they present a visit to another small island where El Faro del Fin del Mundo is located, a beautiful lighthouse with red and white rings that inspired the famous French author Jules Verne to write his story The Lighthouse at the End of the World, set in this area of
Argentina.

Back in the city after a cold excursion, we recommend you warm up with a delicious hot chocolate at Café Don Emilio or Cafetito, two of the most beautiful cafes in the city and highly valued by the locals.

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