So, you want to see the end of the world?
If you need to see for yourself that the world doesn’t just “end” and people fall off the earth to their doom, you can head to the south of Argentina. The city of Ushuaia is commonly referred to as the southernmost city of the world, appropriately nicknamed “end of world”. Officially established in 1883, this city is fairly young in age with an interesting history relating to the natives, gold rush, and prisons.
Arriving to this city by plane, which is more of a town in size, you can see mostly everything in one glance. Surrounded by mountains in almost every direction, Ushuaia feels quite small. You’ll find the Beagle Channel leading out to the Southern Ocean amidst the mountains. Combination of these bring a fantastic mix of greenery, blue water, and often snow, creating a breathtaking view.
The bay is a critical importance to the prosperity of this town, as its port serves many ships that head to Antarctica and general commercial activities of the region. Ushuaia’s mountain range offer many features for touristic exploration and winter activities. There are lots of hikes to go on nearby, including getting a chance to visit Tierra del Fuego National Park and Laguna Esmeralda.
Ushuaia can be a fun place to hang out for a few days. Being a small town, it’s fairly easy to explore all of it by foot. Once you get outside of the main, downtown area, you can definitely see a different side to life. Locals live much less fruitfully. There are many people in small concentrated areas on both sides of the main city. Some parts look almost run down and perhaps dangerous. However, walking around these parts of the city, you’ll find everything is fairly calm.
There are several museums to keep you occupied, if you enjoy history and culture. There are many wildlife attractions, most notably penguins, that colonize on nearby islands and forests. You’ll find various tours offered targeting these sightseeing activities– if you’re not headed to Antarctica, why not take a boat tour on the Beagle channel? If you want a little more of an adventurous time, head over to Tierra del Fuego National Park. It’s easily accessible by Tren del Fin del Mundo, the southernmost railway in the world, which has a station in the center of town and leaves you in the main area of the park. Shuttles or taxis can also be arranged as an alternate. Tierra del Fuego, being a massive park, there are plenty of outdoor activities available to take part in, while experiencing the end of the world!