Ushuaia is the capital of Tierra del Fuego (from Spanish -“Land of Fire”) the southernmost region of Argentina. It is the southernmost city in the world and the closest city to Antarctica (there are a few settlements which are situated further to the south, but these settlements are much smaller in size and population – like the Chilean township of Puerto Williams). Surprisingly enough (for a place so close to the the tip of the American Continent…) Ushuaia has quite a large population of nearly 70,000 people. It is overlooking a beautiful bay, which also functions as a departure port to many cruise ships (and smaller vessels) that set out on touristic and scientific expeditions to Antarctica.
Not to far behind the city lays Glacier Martial (a part of The Martial Mountain range). Though the hike is long the view at the top is pretty amazing (there is a chairlift available and the view is mainly of the Beagle Channel and the city below).
There is a an Island not too far famous for it’s friendly Penguins – Isla Martillo, it is a private island owned by one family for more than a 100 years now, so there is only one touring company allowed to take tourists there, but the cute Penguins are well worth the effort.
- Best time for visiting Ushuaia is obviously Summer (don’t forget that Summer in the southern hemisphere is December through February).
- There are not so many towns on the road to Ushuaia so take under consideration that the bus ride is not an easy one, than again there are very comfortable buses going into the city (which usually include personal screens and a WC on board).
- There airfield is very close to the city and the flights to/from the city are usually not too pricey.
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