End of the World – Ushuaia

It was a Saturday night. What better way to spend a Saturday night than to take a 12-hour bus ride from Punta Arenas, Chile to Ushuaia, Argentina.  Ushuaia, located in the Tierra del Fuego province of Argentina,  is sometimes known to be the southernmost city in the world.

The bus ride to Ushuaia was quite eerie.  It was pitch black dark. As I peered over the window, I could only see outlines of the mountains and the cliff near the road.  Each time the bus made a turn, my heart skipped a beat.  Well, if anything were to happen, at least I could say I went to the end of the world.

Here are some sites/activities we enjoyed in the city of Ushuaia.

Nothing but a husky…crying all the time

It was a bird. No, it was a plane. No, it was NOT superman. The British couple and I signed up for a dog sledding adventure in Tiera Mayor, an area full of snow activities.

Dog sledding in Ushuaia, Argentina

I have always imagined (perhaps watching so many movies did not help) of huskies racing through the wind.

So, when I sat myself on the sled and had eight dogs pulling us, I knew it was going to be a blast.

I am not sure if I can call it an adventure, as the huskies made numerous bathroom breaks. It seemed somewhat of a domino effect-one dog would take a bathroom break-then the next dog wanted to follow suit.  Perhaps I was imagining the dog sled to be as quick as a roller-coaster ride. Instead, it was like the carnival rides where children 5 and under would be allowed to ride.

But still, I made the best of the situation….I pretended to lead the dogs and said, ¨Mush…mush..¨ It was quite enjoyable seeing the beautiful mountains all covered in snow.

Although I was a bit disappointed in the beginning, it was definitely a very memorable journey.

Ice skating? Or Ice hiking?

After our hour dog sledding ride, we put on our snow shoes for a 2-hour hike to a viewpoint of the waterfall.  I was not quite sure how I would feel about snow shoes.  But it was actually a great work out and a great activity paired with the dog sledding.

My Ice Shoes!

We climbed through the slushy snow and through the river. The front of the shoes had spikes which helped with the climb to higher levels.  Throughout my time in Argentina, I always felt that I would fall flat on my butt as the ice was so slippery. With these snow shoes, I felt like I was on top of the world, or I guess the ice in this case.

After our 2-hour hike, we stopped near a cabin and enjoyed hot chocolate and some pastries.

I would highly recommend this adventure in Ushuaia. For about 220 pesos ($55 USD) you can party with the huskies and play with the snow!

Choo-Choo from the End of the World

The End of the World Train, located inside the Tierra del Fuego National Park, travels along the same prisoner route.  Although a bit gimmicky, there were some nice views along the way such as the Tree Cemetery.  The tree stumps appeared to be stone pillars lamenting the sorrows of previous trees.

Train at the End of the World

Since we visited the park during the winter time (June-August) much of the Tierra del Fuego National Park was closed off to the public.  Some areas of the park were quite desolate and the lakes were frozen.  Although it was a bit scary, it was quite tranquil at the same time.

One if by land, Two if by sea

We left the Ushuaia port in a boat of thirty passengers and visited various islands (Alice Island, Bird´s Island) along the way. We enjoyed the views of rock cormorants, sea lions, and Les Eclaireurs lighthouse, which has become a symbol of Ushuaia.

The journey along the water was very refreshing.  You could see the mountains of Chile on one side and the mountains of Argentina on the other side.

Boat Journey in Ushuaia, Argentina

I had so much fun in Ushuaia! This has definitely been a highlight of my South American adventure!

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About Jan

In 2004 and 2010, I set aside time to travel the world in 3 parts. In 2004, I traveled to Thailand, Europe, and Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. In 2010, I traveled to 3 continents: Asia, South America, and Africa. I am not sure if I have a fascination with the number 3, but I seem to be constantly traveling by numbers.
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5 Responses to End of the World – Ushuaia

  1. Shu says:

    Nice Train! I just got a toy train set =)

  2. I just required to say that I found your weblog via Goolge and I am glad I did. Keep up the good work and I will be sure to bookmark you for when I have far more free time away from the books. Thanks!

  3. Sing says:

    i’m jealous of you Jan! I wish I could travel with you! Ushuaia looks like a beautiful town to visit. hope you’re enjoying your trip so far! :)

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