Ushuaia On the Road

Ushuaia, Argentina
Ushuaia is claimed to be the most southern city in the world. It got its name from a Portuguese explorer named Ferdinand Magellan, who discovered South America’s southern tip from smoke where the natives used to keep fires going. This southern tip is also known as the Tierra del Fuego, the land of smoke. Ushuaia is surrounded by mountains and water, and is a pretty remote town, with a population of about 50,000 people.

In Ushuaia, you can ride the Tren del Fin Mundo (End of the Earth Train) which is a great way to watch the scenery and city as you take the most southern train in the world. There is also the old jail which is now the Penitentiary Museum. There’s also the Yamana Museum, which talks about the history of the indigenous people who used to live in Ushuaia.

There is also the lighthouse along the beach with a lovely look out spot after a nice walk. For hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and such there is the Tierra del Fuego National Park, which you’ll also find the Glaciar Martial. There is skiing during the winter at Glacier Martial and at Cerro Castor. Also if you want to do some shopping it is a tax free zone.

For warmer days, take a day trip to go sailing or on a cruise. There are cruises that go to Antarctica over a few days and experience the spectacular wilderness and scenery. But the wildlife on the lands around Ushuaia are just as spectacular. Local animals include penguins, seawolfs, large birds such as the rhea, the condor and the albatrross. Larger animals also include the otter, seal and sea lions. For nature there are often lupines, poppies, roses and daises during the summer. During the winter there is scarce vegetation. However another treat during the winter would be watching dog sledding. And there are always beautiful sunsets!

Traditional food consist of picada and asado (which is cold and grilled meats and cheese), centolla fueguina (a kind of crab), traditional beef and parrillada are common and Patagonian lamb. There are also many cafes, bars, pizza parlours, tearooms and fast foods. I would recommend the hot chocolate in the coffee houses and you can never go wrong with steak in this part of the world. Try La Estancia, a good place for steak. There’s also Maustchio with great steaks, lamb and seafood.

For night life there are a number of bars around town which have some good live music and usually a pretty good crowd on the weekends. El Nautico offers different types of music and is great because it has various windows where you can watch the sun as you dance at night (in certain seasons).