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An important tourism spot

Ushuaia is the capital of the Province of Tierra del Fuego, the southernmost of the Republic of Argentina. Founded on October 12, 1884, it is located on the shores of the Beagle Channel, surrounded by the Martial mountain range. Besides being the administrative centre of the province, it's an important spot for tourism and as a port; it is the gateway to Antarctica. The name comes from the local indigenous language, ush meaning to the bottom or to the west, and uaia meaning bay or cove ... so it means "bay that penetrates the west". The streets are steep, with red-roofed houses, and the people are lovely. The surrounding hills are completely covered with snow in winter, and there's a nearby ski resort, Cerro Castor Ski, the most southernmost ski resort in the world.
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Resilency at the end of the world

In Yaghan, Ushuaia means ‘bay that penetrates westward.’ The largest city on Tierra del Fuego, Argentine tourist boards never fail to call it the world’s southernmost city. Perhaps it is the largest city of its size, but the southernmost it is not. Across the Beagle Channel and directly south of the city lies Chile and Isla Navarino with its largest community, Puerto Williams. The Chilean island chain comes sweeping across southern Tierra del Fuego blocking Argentina’s forward march like an arm catching a precocious child. Argentina and Chile both possess portions of the archipelago, with the latter having the eastern half of the major island and the former occupying the western half plus the area south of the Beagle Channel. The cumbersome way the islands have been divided and divvied-up between the two countries highlights the colonization process that tamed the wind-swept land.

In 1520, Ferdinand Magellan traversed the narrow strait – that now bears his name – between mainland South America and the southern labyrinthine system of inlets, coves, bays and islands. Navigating the unfamiliar water, Magellan and his crew – as legend has it – saw a fires flickering in the night sky – the Land of Fire. Magellan had no interest in the land, never spent any time onshore. Some say the fire were threats from the indigenous groups hiding among the two-meter high conifers and knee-deep in the murky and muddy bogs. Others say they were merely eating salmon or huemel by fire.

The world thinks of the Land of the Fire as an isolated, secluded out-post – a netherworld divorced from civilization’s graces until rather recently. And to a certain extent history reflects this: from Magellan’s time to the nineteenth century very few Europeans set foot on the fish-hooked, desolate isles. Yet, as Magellan witnessed, numerous indigenous groups called these islands home. The Selknams hunted wolves and guanaco by bow and arrow adorning themselves with their fluffy and warm fur. The nomadic Yamanas paddled the Tierra’s secluded beaches, from bark-covered canoes with their whale-boned harpoons raised high scanning the shores for plump sea-lions. The Alakalufs lived in sea-fur covered huts and outside by the hot embers told stories of Watauinewa, the Supreme Being, and how the world came to be.

From the mid-nineteenth century onward, the islands attracted increased attention from the outside world. Catholics established missions in Dawson Island and Rio Grande in the 1850s; the Anglicans followed suit in Ushuaia. In 1879, gold was discovered. European explorers and entrepreneurs were given land grants to further investigate gold deposits in the Fuegian riverbeds. The area was also seen as ideal for sheep farming which required large chunks of land. Both Chilean and Argentine officials encouraged further migration to the area. In 1881, both nations signed the 1881 Boundary Treat which officially carved-up the archipelago.

These developments spelled calamity for the indigenous groups. Mission schools undermined and chastised their culture; government-backed developers stole their lands; and newly-introduced infectious diseases – particularly tuberculosis- decimated the immunity-deficient population. Their numbers plummeted. Missionaries estimated, for example, that the Selknam population dropped from 3000 in the 1890's to less than 300 in 1919.Today, groups of Selknams and Yamanas try to keep their traditions inflamed by passing the rituals and rites onto younger generations. Resilient.

I walk Ushuaia’s few streets, past the tourist shops and Italian restaurants, up a hill overlooking the brightly-colored and triangled metal rooftops and out to the Channel where several cruise-ships sit docked. Behind me, green mountains with snowy spots rise sharp and abrupt like jagged teeth behind the summer-centred town. I see the steeple of one of the town’s few churches rising pompously up to the ashen sky. I wonder if a just God could ever forgive himself for inspiring such horror. I later learn convicts built the church when Ushuaia acted as a penal colony from the early 1900's to 1947. I learn prison labor in fact constructed most of the city. Before the prison was built, they slept in tin huts. I imagine the sound the wind might make – rattling, deafening.

I cross over the bay bridge away from downtown and to the residential area. Lines of wooden, slanting homes follow the paved road. The homes are indistinguishable from each other. I wonder if locals ever wander into the wrong one accidentally. They are hardy and rugged structures. Like the people themselves. It takes a resiliency to craft a home here. I see a group of sail-boats bubbling up and down in the harbor, the sun trying to punch through the gathering clouds. Sailing season is short, I guess. Does it make it all the more magical?

The next day I spend the day at Tierra del Fuego National Park, Argentina’s only maritime park. The park is mammoth encompassing 630 square km. Most, however, remains inaccessible with only a handful of coastal trails accessible. The trail hugs the coastline before heading into the undulating terrain through thick evergreen forests and murky bogs. Wild horses graze in the open meadows fronting quiet stony coves, the water as still as those same horses asleep as night creeps over the inlets and the moon heads out to sea. The trees are spectacular. Magellan’s beech, or coigue, dot the walkway. Their leaves sprout-out high like elevated cauliflower. Much more beautiful are the wind-molded conifers that seem to pop up everywhere. Their branches bend and twist resembling auto wreckage. They grow among rocks just off shore. Each piece is a work of art.

In the distance, I see a group of dead trees ominously rising up from the marshy ground as if buried alive. Their pony fingers desperately cling to the sinking earth, pointing to anyone or anything that might help them. Could this be the natural regeneration at work or the travail of the great menace of Tierra del Fuego: the North American beaver? Introduced in the 1940's to promote fur-trading, the beavers’ propensity towards engineering has wreaked havoc on the islands, their dams costing millions in flood-related damages. From a few dozen in the 1940's, up to 250 000 now live on the islands.

I stop at a shaded cove. The grassy meadow charges towards the stony beach. I sit and relax. From my vantage point, it is difficult to see who might be coming around the corner. I see only a rock outcrop jutting into the water. I think about the ebb and flow of this place at the end of the world, about the people ve are gone and the people who continue to fight against oblivion. I think about the prisoners, the Yamanas, the beavers, the ranchers and the tourists all coming here at one point in very different circumstances, with very different outcomes. This land breeds resiliency and I hope we witness a rekindling of those embers Magellan saw almost 500 years ago. Around the cove, I imagine a young team of Yamana hunters paddling with those beautiful harpoons chiseled and sanded with sacred knowledge passed down to grateful hands.
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Ushuaia can be defined as the capital of the "Land of Fire." And 'the southernmost city in the world, it is common to see the inscriptions that read "Fin del Mundo". The geographical position sees nestled between the "Beagle Channel" and the terminal part of the Cordillera of the Andes. From Ushuaia, from tourist point of view, many things are possible, such as: - the navigation of the "Beagle Channel", - the visit of the "National Park of Tierra del Fuego", a spectacle of nature - the starting point for the 'Antarctica, the port being better equipped to reach the "White Continent." Not to be overlooked, however, a visit (and maybe more than one) at "Ristorante Zi Elvira", on the waterfront, to taste the crab!


Ushuaia può essere definita la capitale della "Terra del Fuoco". E' la città più meridionale del mondo, infatti è frequente vedere delle scritte che recitano "Fin del Mundo".
La posizione geografica la vede incastonata tra il "Canale di Beagle" e la parte terminale della Cordigliera delle Ande.
Da Ushuaia, dal punto di vista turistico, sono possibili molte cose, tra queste:
- la navigazione del "Canale di Beagle";
- la visita del "Parco Nazionale della Terra del Fuoco", uno spettacolo della natura;
- la partenza per l'Antartide, essendo il porto più attrezzato per raggiungere il "Continente
Da non trascurare, però, una visitina (e, magari, più di una) al "Ristorante Zi Elvira", sul
lungomare, per gustare il granchio!!!
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Attractions, lodging and restaurants in ushuaia

Ushuaia is a picturesque to explore on foot and take pictures of houses and boats city. Take the tour at different times, at dawn, midday and dusk, light variations completely changed the landscape. At night it is very nice to see the other side, the city lights reflected in the water. Accommodation: The Best of HaushHostel, is its location in Governor Deloqui 636, is in the center, one block from the tourist pier where the vans out for all excursions, besides the attention and amenities were excellent! Where to eat: The Chiko Restaurant, according to the locals, the best shellfish in the city. The food seemed to me exquisite and very affordable prices. I recommend the toothfish and crab (Book with antelacin that is in high demand). Transport: From the tourist dock in Avenida Maip out the nautical excursions and from 9am, you can take excursions combis, taxis can be taken here too. For evening one of the most popular options is to leave Irlands Dublin Pub Bar, an ideal place to socialize, share excellent pizzas with beer, drinks and enjoy good music. Free time dedicated to visit all the museums and galleries, Vern practically all the same, they are redundant, but that most were liked to recommend: Museo Maritimo Former Prison of Ushuaia, find out before schedules for guided tours more about the history of the prison and the characters that were ah, such as the pony orejon. Thematic exhibition visit Galera, self-guided mode, you provide headphones to follow the course at your own pace, it has more than 30 scenes and 90 figures of characters from the history of Tierra del Fuego, particularly in life-size.

Atractivos, alojamiento y restaurantes de ushuaia

Ushuaia es una ciudad muy pintoresca para recorrerla a pie y tomar fotos de las casas y embarcaciones. Realizar el recorrido en distintos horarios, al amanecer, mediodía y atardecer, las variaciones de luz cambian totalmente el paisaje. A la noche es muy lindo ver del otro lado, la ciudad iluminada reflejada en el agua.

Alojamiento: Lo mejor del HaushHostel, es su ubicación en Gobernador Deloqui 636, esta en el centro, a una cuadra del muelle turístico donde salen las combis para todas las excursiones, además la atención y sus comodidades fueron excelentes!

Donde comer:
El Restaurante Chiko, según los lugareños, la mejor marisquería de la ciudad. La comida me pareció exquisita y a precios muy accesibles. Recomiendo la Merluza negra y la centolla (Reservar con antelación porque tiene mucha demanda). Transporte: Desde el muelle turístico en Avenida Maipú salen las excursiones náuticas y a partir de las 9hs, se pueden tomar las combis de las excursiones, aquí también pueden tomarse taxis.

Para la noche una de las opciones más populares para salir es el Bar irlandés Dublin Pub, un lugar ideal para socializar, compartir unas excelentes pizzas con cerveza, tragos y disfrutar de buena música.

Los tiempos libres los dedique a recorrer todos los museos y galerías, prácticamente en todos verán lo mismo, son redundantes, pero los que más me gustaron para recomendar fueron:

Museo Marítimo, ex Presidio de Ushuaia, averiguar antes los horarios de las visitas guiadas para conocer mejor la historia del presidio y de los personajes que estuvieron ahí, como por ejemplo la del “petiso orejon”.

Visitar la Exposición Galería Temática, de modalidad autoguiada, te proporcionan unos auriculares para seguir el recorrido a tu ritmo, cuenta con más de 30 escenas y 90 figuras de personajes de la historia de Tierra del Fuego, todo en tamaño natural.
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Well, ushuaia is a city with an atmos...

Well, Ushuaia is a city with an atmosphere hard to describe, if not by that landscape, surrounded by mountains, forests, channel, always with that cold wind, for me was one of the three points where I would stay to live of Argentina. When you get there alone, I thought I do the ass of the world, but do not spend even one day when I fall as a city. From there you can ride a catamaran and visit small islands in which lived the Yamana, or see colonies of cormorants and sea lions. If you're going to mount it better doomsday lighthouse, visit the glacier martial, or the entire bay cove area, for it is a path within the park that is difficult to navigate and has places like the photo, I recommend it. Ushuaia city and I've said is magical, do not hesitate to visit.

Bueno, ushuaia es una ciudad con un ambiente difícil de describir, no se si es por ese paisaje, rodeado de montañas, sus bosques, el canal, siempre con ese viento frió, para mi fue uno de los tres puntos donde me quedaría a vivir de argentina. Cuando llegue allí solo, pensé que hago yo en el culo del mundo, pero no paso ni un día cuando me enamoro como ciudad. Desde allí puedes montar en catamaran y visitar islas pequeñas en las cuales vivían los yamanas, o ver colonias de cormoranes o leones marinos. Si te lo montas mejor vas al faro del fin del mundo, puedes visitar el glaciar martial, o toda la zona de bahía ensenada, para ello hay una ruta dentro del parque que no es difícil de recorrer y tiene lugares como los de las fotos, lo recomiendo. Ushuaia como ciudad ya lo he comentado es mágica, no duden en visitarla.
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End of the world in winter

A 5 day trip turned out to be an experience worth recommending. Outside the town begin activities like dog sledding, snowmobiling guided in a snowy forest and an unforgettable ride 4x4 end approaching the edge of Lake Fagnano.

Fin del mundo en invierno

Un viaje de 5 días que resultó ser una experiencia digna de recomendar. Fuera del casco urbano empiezan las actividades como trineo tirado por perros, motos de nieve guiado en un bosque nevado y un inolvidable paseo en 4x4 extremo llegando al borde del lago Fagnano.
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Ushuaia, the name is reversible, the ...

Ushuaia, the name is reversible, the end of the world it is true that on the map it is far from everything! But beware the town itself is nothing special, it's a bit like a ski resort with a bay along the Beagle Channel, we appreciate the view and the sunset from the hotel. You actually have to go to the National Park Tierra del Fuego or from boat to discover Comorans, Magellanic penguins and sea lions to discover the true riches of the southern Patagonia region. Finally, the symbolic and mythical rounding Cape Horn is one of the attractions not to be missed.

Ushuaia, ce nom fait réver, le bout du monde c'est vrai que sur la carte c'est loin de tout!
Mais attention la ville en elle-même n'a rien d'extraordinaire, c'est un peu comme une station de ski avec une baie en bordure du canal de Beagle, on apprécie la vue et le coucher de soleil depuis son hôtel.
Il faut en fait se rendre dans le parc national de Terre de feu ou partir en bateau à la découverte des comorans, manchots de Magellan et lions de mer pour découvrir les vraies richesses de cette région de Patagonie du sud.
Enfin le passage symbolique et mythique du Cap Horn est une des attractions à ne pas manquer.
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A walk through the southernmost city in the world

before the Andes mountains sink into the sea, and faces the majestic Beagle Channel is the world's southernmost city of Ushuaia, cool place if any, and final port in the world down there, well south of Patagonia where all landscapes are of an incredible beauty, where people are as much a hospitality first an unforgettable place, with many things to see, eg the southernmost jail, a catamaran ride through the Beagle Channel .baha the Pataia, the Garibaldi Pass in the mountains, in order to see and remember much because every step you take, a new card

Un paseo por la ciudad mas austral del mundo

antes de que la cordillera de los andes se sumerja en el mar ,y frente al magestuoso canal de beagle esta la ciudad mas austral del mundo
USHUAIA , lugar frio si lo hay , y ultimo puerto del mundo
alla abajo, bien al sur de la patagonia ,donde todos los paisajes son de una hermosura increíble , donde la gente es lo mas, una hoteleria de primera un lugar IMPERDIBLE, con muchas cosas para ver , ej : la cárcel mas austral , un paseo en catamaran por el canal de beagle .bahía la pataia, el paso garibaldi en la cordillera , en fin mucho para ver y recordar , porque cada paso que das ,es una nueva postal
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Ushuaia argentina is the city to the ...

Ushuaia Argentina is the city to the south. Tourism has become in recent years, the population is continuously growing with leaps and bounds! In addition to having the boarding point for a visit to the Beagle Channel in front of it, even in the small harbor dock sailing boats and small cruise ships to reach Cape Horn in Chile: The island is not covered by ice to the south in the world! Having been a prison-city, you can still visit the penitentiary. It 'also interesting museum of the Fin del Mundo.

Ushuaia è la città Argentina più a sud. Diventata turistica negli ultimi anni, la popolazione cresce in continuazione con ritmi vertiginosi!
Oltre ad avere gli imbarchi per la visita al Canale di Beagle su cui si affaccia, nel piccolo porto attraccano anche le barche a vela e le piccole navi da crociera per raggiungere Cabo de Hornos in Chile: L'isola non coperta dai ghiacci più a sud del mondo!
Essendo stata una città- prigione, si può ancora visitare il penitenziario. E' anche interessante il museo della Fin del Mundo.
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Located at the southern tip of argent...

Located at the southern tip of Argentina and deemed to be the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia is a very nice city and has adapted to tourism. Starting point for expeditions to Antarctica during the summer (between December and March), it is also a very nice city surrounded by mountains and nature parks. The center offers all the shops, restaurants and hotels for a comfortable stay, and sometimes local people remember our good memories with strikes and demonstrations to demand better working conditions to their government.

Située à l'extrême sud de l'Argentine et réputée être la ville la plus australe du monde, Ushuaia est une ville très agréable et qui a su s'adapter au tourisme. Point de départ des expéditions vers l'Antartique pendant l'été (entre les mois de décembre et mars), c'est aussi une ville très agréable entourée par les montagnes et les parcs naturels. Le centre-ville propose tous les commerces, restaurants et hôtels pour un séjour confortable, et parfois la population locale se rappelle à notre bon souvenir avec des grèves et manifs pour demander des meilleures conditions de travail à leur gouvernement.
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Darwin Resto Bar - Ushuaia. - Graciela and Jorge They run the family bar in Ushuaia. They are such good people, that upon arrival, made us feel like home. They make excellent cuisine of the area, for example: The Patagonian toothfish is exquisite, ...., and dessert, sublime. Surely if we return to Ushuaia we will greet them.

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Darwin Resto Bar.- Ushuaia.- Graciela y Jorge regentan este bar familiar en Ushuaia. Son tan buena gente, que nada más llegar, nos hicieron sentir como en casa. Elaboran una excelente cocina típica de la zona, por ejemplo: La merluza negra es exquisita, ...., y el postre, sublime. Seguro que si volvemos a Ushuaia pasaremos a saludarles.
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When one reads "ushuaia, tierra del f...

When one reads "Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego" and are not familiar with the geography Argentina, it can sound quite exotic. Ushuaia is a city located in the province of Tierra del Fuego in the south of the Republic Argentina. Argentina It is the only city that lies on the other side of the Andes and in addition has an outlet to the Pacific Ocean. Ushuaia is "the most southern city in the world," there is simply no other further south. Its name means "bay quepenetra the West" in language Yaghanes Indians. She became famous when all one jail was established in the early twentieth century. Now it is a city that is mainly engaged in tourism, so its infrastructure is ready to offer visitors hotels, restaurants and all the amenities necessary for a memorable stay in "the end of the world". Of course you have to visit the jail, take a walk along its waterfront (the Maip Avenue), at the end there is a walkway which has a spectacular view of the harbor. Here is the Baha Encerrada that freezes in winter and serves as a natural skating rink. Not to be missed on ride in Austral Fueguino Railroad, better known as the "doomsday Train" which runs eight kilometers from the "Estacin End of the World" to "Estacin National Park Tierra del Fuego". Also it is a must visit the Martial Glacier is only 7 kilometers to as the center of Ushuaia, to hike on frozen soils that provide a unique and unforgettable experience.

Cuando uno lee "Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego" y no está familiarizado con la geografía argentina, le puede sonar bastante exótico. Ushuaia es una ciudad que se encuentra en la provincia de Tierra del Fuego, al sur de la República Argentina. Es la única ciudad argentina que se encuentra del otro lado de los Andes y que además tiene una salida al Océano Pacífico. Ushuaia es "la ciudad más austral del mundo", simplemente no hay otra más al sur. SU nombre significa "bahía quepenetra al poniente" en idioma de los indios yaghanes. Se hizo famosa cuando se estableció allí una cárcel a principios del siglo XX. Ahora es una ciudad que se dedica principalmente al turismo, por lo que su infraestructura está preparada para ofrecer al visitante hoteles, restaurantes y todos los servicios necesarios para una estancia inolvidable en "el fin del mundo". Por supuesto hay que visitar la cárcel, dar un paseo por su costanera (la avenida Maipú), al final hay una pasarela que tiene una vista espectacular del puerto. Aquí está la Bahía Encerrada que se congela en invierno y sirve como pista natural de patinaje. No hay que perderse en paseo en el Ferrocarril Austral Fueguino, mejor conocido como el "Tren del fin del mundo" que recorre 8 kilómetros desde la "Estación Fin del Mundo" hasta la "Estación Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego". También es imperdible visitar el Glaciar Martial que está a tan sólo 7 kilómetros del centro de Ushuaia, para hacer una caminata sobre suelos helados que proporcionan una experiencia única e inolvidable.
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My experience in ushuaia is a chance ...

My experience in Ushuaia is a chance amplicimas person to live an unforgettable summer and unique in the world. Tourism visiting places such as boating, catamarans take us the Beagle Channel.

Mi experiencia en Ushuaia es una sona amplicimas de posibilidades para vivir un verano inolvidable e único en el mundo entero. Turismo recorriendo lugares como paseos en barco, catamaranes que nos llevaran al Canal Beagle.
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The plains of my andes

In a helicopter overflight of the city of Ushuaia, this scenario arose. Triumphant beauty of nature. Early feeling of the ground. It seems that by those meandering rivers that time Danam, time resting under the earth, the man stepped in. The vrzea that fed the lands and waters that descend from the giant Andes.

As planícies dos meus andes

Em um sobrevoo de helicóptero na cidade de Ushuaia, este cenário surgiu. Beleza triunfante da natureza. Sensação de início da terra.

Parece que por aqueles rios tortuosos, que hora dançam, hora repousam sob terra, o homem não pisou. A várzea que é alimentada pelas terras e águas que descem dos gigantes Andes.
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Beautiful landscapes

So far it is the most beautiful we have visited in Argentina. Being in Ushuaia is like being inside an almanac of landscapes all the time.

Paisajes bellisimos

Hasta ahora es lo mas lindo que hemos visitado de toda la Argentina. Estar en Ushuaia es como estar dentro de un almanaque de paisajes todo el tiempo.
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