Ushuaia: End of the World

One more local flight on our Argentinian journey brought us as far south as we could go, to the city of Ushuaia, called the End of the World, Fin del Mundo, in the maze of waterways and mountainous islands that compose Tierra del Fuego. The city of colorful buildings hugs the port, with the dramatic Andes peaks as a backdrop. The cheesy king crab dish was so plump and flavorful in a local restaurant that we ordered it both nights we were there.


Far or near I am always with you

Ships leave from this southernmost port for Antarctica, but that was not our destination on this trip. We booked a six-hour boat ride down the Beagle Channel for the next day. The tour operator told us to come at 3pm. It seemed to me awfully late in the day to be starting out. Then we realized the sun wouldn’t set until after 10pm!

Adam on deck
a young passenger

The usually turbulent waters were pretty calm that day, but the wind was brisk. We stopped to view tiny islands of sea lions and cormorants, and to laugh at the humorous antics of inquisitive penguins on Isla Martillo. The Magellanic penguins are plentiful on the Patagonian and Tierra del Fuego coasts, noted by their striped markings.

Lighthouse, Beagle Channel
Sea lions


More to come…
Argentina: Vivid Buenos Aires, Patagonia on horseback, Ushuaia: End of the World, Buenos Aires holiday (with Recoleta, San Telmo)

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40 thoughts on “Ushuaia: End of the World

  1. Wow, what an epic adventure. The scenery surrounding Ushuaia and the southern tip of Argentina is stunning. You just gotta love places where mountains give way to grassy hills, bright blue seas, and peaks of all colours in every direction. Thanks for sharing and have a good day 🙂 Aiva xx

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  2. I always enjoy your photo journals. You visit places most people don’t get to see, and your pictures are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. It is an amazing landscape down there. I kept reminding myself where we were on the map of the world! The highlight, of course, was visiting the penguins in their natural habitat.


  3. Wonderful, this really takes me back! Although I don’t remember seeing much street art when we were there (2003). I love the photos from your Beagle Channel cruise, the timing was just right with that lovely sunset 🙂

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  4. Another incredible experience and a wonderful post from your Argentinian explorations, Ruth. Ushuaia is so colourful, remote and has such a dramatic setting that the romantic in me wants to simply pack my bags and move there. If not permanently, then certainly for a while. Lovely photos from the cruise, I love all the wildlife sightings and the sunset.

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    1. This was summer in the southern hemisphere. I imagine it’s quite snowed-in and rugged in the winter. Might not be so romantic to live there year-round! Thanks for reading and your comment, Leighton.

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    1. I haven’t been interested in Antarctica. It’s not someplace where people live, and I’m most interested in going places and exploring the culture. But I think my son was disappointed. Maybe he’ll get there someday!

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  5. Oh this was wonderful – gorgeous photos and soooo many memories. We also did the Beagle Channel boat trip (on a very rough day 😳) and saw much wildlife.
    Your comment about the meal reminded me of being in Cappadocia and us having the same meal (tajine – lamb or chicken) every night for 3 or 4 nights – close to our accommodation, inexpensive, and delicious. Why would we go elsewhere?

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    1. I’ve finally met (virtually) someone else who went down the Beagle Channel! I’m with you on food – if I have an excellent meal somewhere I’ll do it again if I’m still there. Tajine is definitely one of those memorable dishes.

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  6. I didn’t expect the mountainous backdrop so far south in the world. Is this the Andes range? Also, I checked the distance from my house to Ushuaia, to the furthest I’d been in any direction in my lifetime. Somewhat unexpectedly, Ushuaia is further from Colorado (almost 8,000 miles) than is St. Petersburg, Russia (5,100 miles). South America is a big continent!

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    1. Yes, it’s the Andes, a very long dramatic range. Interesting observation – I had to check the farthest I’ve been. It’s 9,300 mi from Colorado to Cape of Good Hope, at the southern tip of Africa. 😊

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  7. Penguins!!! I first saw penguins at Edinburgh Zoo and that is all I wanted for Christmas that day. How wonderful to see them in their environment at the end of the world. The light is so dramatic – cold and yet full of clarity.

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