Ushuaia, located in Tierra del Fuego Island is a highlight during your visit to Patagonia. The city called "the southernmost city in the world", is a perfect place to navigate the Beagle Channel, learn more bout the rich history of aborigins, nautical exploration and shipwrecks, and the origins of the city. Or visit natural places like Tierra del Fuego National Park, or Fagnano and Escondido Lakes in the heart of Tierra del Fuego Island. Let me suggest a list of 5 great activities or things to do when you visit Ushuaia:
1- Visit Tierra del Fuego National Park and enjoy the Train of the End of the World
No doubt, a must-see in Ushuaia. A place full of natural sceneries, with forestland, lagoons, mountains, glaciers, and waterfalls. You can enjoy different trekkings in the park, there is a selection of easy-to-moderate and also well-marked hiking trails open to the public. When you visit the park, include a ride in the amazing Train of the End of the World.
This famous Train to the End of the World is a 500mm steam engine that runs on the world’s southernmost railway and it´s fantastic to learn a bit more about the origins of Ushuaia, while you enjoy the great landscape. The history is closely related to the prison, as the original function was to transport timber and other materials to the prison building from Mount Susana, some 7 kilometers away. Book this amazing Tierra del Fuego National Park with Train of the End of the World excursion!
2- Eat the typical "Centolla" or King Crab
Without a doubt, one of the attractions of any trip is to taste exquisite local dishes, which we can only get there.
And by the way, Ushuaia has a varied culinary offer, which includes, the Patagonian lamb, the specialty in some restaurants, and the exquisite Spider Crab called in Spanish: Centolla.
Several restaurants in the city have spider crabs available so that you can choose the one you like. The spider crabs are freshly taken at least a day ago from the Beagle Channel, and they are placed in a pool with fresh and treated water so that they are well preserved. The truth is that they do not last long since most foreign diners request the spider crab dish, which consists of keeping the spider crab in hot water for a small boil and then served at the table with beautiful scissors to dissect and eat the meat, white and pink. It is undoubtedly one of the exquisite dishes, that can be enjoyed while visiting the city of the end of the world
3- Navigate the Beagle Channel and disembark to walk with penguins
And the Beagle Channel is a must-see place. There are several boat navigations to explore different islands and islets along the channel. The Beagle Channel is a strait in Tierra del Fuego Archipelago. The channel separates the larger main island of Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego from various smaller islands including the islands of Picton, Lennox, and Nueva; Navarino; Hoste; Londonderry; and Stewart. The channel's eastern area forms part of the border between Chile and Argentina and the western area is entirely within Chile. And during the several boat navigations you can choose, you will see the sea lions island, the birds island and the amazing Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse, which is part of many postcards of the area. But, if you want to add penguins, you can! Yes, there is a penguin colony in Martillo Island, and you can disembark there to walk among penguins. Yes, you can walk among Magellanic and gentoo penguins for an hour on Martillo Island. After that, enjoy the Acatashún Museum at Harberton Ranch and finally discover the iconic flag trees in Route J, coming back to the city of Ushuaia along Route 3.
4- Visit the Old Prison museum
Ushuaia’s old prison is linked directly with the city’s origins, and also with the Train of the End of the World. The prison was opened in the 19th century, and it was once a remote detention outpost for dangerous offenders and political prisoners shipped from Buenos Aires. In 1947 the prison was closed after reports of abuse and malpractice. Years later it was opened again but as the Maritime Museum of Ushuaia, which still operates today.
The museum details the region’s fascinating history of nautical exploration, shipwrecks, and adventure. It also tells the story of the old prison. One wing of the building is maintained in its original state, so you can walk around and see what the conditions were like for inmates.
The most dangerous convicted the country lost its name a number. Through the gates of the Historic Pavilion, it is to step back in time.
Some achieved great notoriety as the serial killer Mateo Banks who was called "the mystic", Cayetano Santos Godino is sadly known as "petiso orejudo (big-eared shorty)" and anarchist Simon Radowitsky.
Indoors, the severe discipline imposed. Those who had good behavior work performed outside the building as logging in forests to arriving on the train from the city center. Through workshops, prisoners covered all the needs of the emerging city. They built the roads, bridges and public buildings and in the prison ran the first printing press, the telephone, electricity, among other essential services.
5- Enjoy a 4x4 ride to the lakes
Lakes Fagnano and Escondido are usually visited in different traditional ways, but if you´re looking for a more adventurous trip, the ride in 4x4 vehicle which is a unique and intense way of knowing the secrets that hide behind the Southern Andes.
Expert drivers in off-road driving propose an authentic 4x4 crossing. Onboard a 4WD vehicle we will cross the forest and rivers through impossible mud roads, between disused trees and roads, along the edge of a lake with unique views.
This is an adventure suitable for all types of travelers! People with reduced mobility or who prefer to rest their legs can explore, photograph or simply get carried away by the unique nature of these places. The company of our guides, the (already famous) food in our refuge on Lake Fagnano, and the Argentine Malbec shared in a friendly atmosphere will be memorable.
You will spend a whole day traveling in a relaxed way the landscape of Tierra del Fuego, in an adventure accessible to anyone who wants to free themselves from any limit. From the Cordillera, we will see Lake Escondido, a small hidden wonder at the bottom of a valley. Then, the gigantic lake Fagnano, imposing and great, will be the center of our day.
Book the amazing Lakes Off-Road and enjoy the heart of Tierra del Fuego Island!
It´s a great list of 5-good activities to enjoy in Ushuaia. For more information, or bookings just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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