10 Fascinating Facts About Ushuaia, Argentina, the World’s Southernmost City
Ushuaia, Argentina is known as the end of the world. If you love to travel and explore unique destinations, Ushuaia, Argentina should definitely be on your list!
Check out Ushuaia, Argentina on your tour of South America or if you’re taking a cruise to Antarctica. Many see it as a stepping stone to Antarctica, only to find that Ushuaia, Argentina has a magic of its own. You feel as though you’re on another planet when you’re there. It has outstanding wilderness, harsh weather conditions, cozy places that offer lodging, and delicious fresh seafood.
Read on to find out why Ushuaia, Argentina is one of the most fascinating cities in Latin America!
10 Fascinating Facts About Ushuaia, Argentina
These intriguing facts about the world’s southernmost city will make you want to visit as soon as possible!
1. Ushuaia, Argentina Is Known as the End of the World
Even though Ushuaia, Argentina is known as the end of the world, it’s not officially the southernmost inhabited part in the world. That title belongs to a tiny Chilean town called Puerto Williams.
But, Ushuaia, Argentina is still way down south and referred to as el fin del mundo (the end of the world) because of its size. Puerto Williams is tiny and not considered a city, so Ushuaia, Argentina still holds the title for the southernmost city in the world.
2. It’s the Gateway to Tierra del Fuego
Tierra del Fuego is the stunning archipelago that’s home to Isla Grande (Big Island). The island is where Ushuaia, Argentina sits, and it’s shared between Chile and Argentina. It’s a wilderness landmark unlike any other in South America.
This section of Patagonia is an amazing place to explore for a few days and enjoy the enchanting fjords of Tierra de Fuego (Land of Fire) and the Perito Moreno Glacier, a breathtaking landmark with multi-hued forests as a backdrop.
3. It’s on the Way to Antarctica
Many people only see Ushuaia, Argentina as the best base on their way to Antarctica, the white continent. But, after visiting Ushuaia, visitors agree that the city and its surrounding landscapes are reason enough to go to the southernmost city of South America.
If you’re looking to go to Antarctica, it is an excellent idea to stop at Ushuaia, Argentina before you head on your expedition. Ushuaia is the best place from which to join a cruise to Antarctica because it’s home to the biggest fleet of expedition ships to Antarctica. Only smaller vessels can go to Antarctica, and passengers must enjoy the views from the deck. You have to be adequately prepared and a professional explorer to set foot on Antarctica. But, close encounters with penguins are common, and the trip is well worth it.
4. Beavers Are a Serious Problem in Ushuaia, Argentina
In the 1940s, beavers were brought from Canada to build and increase the fur industry, but it didn’t work. The beavers are now responsible for a great deal of damage on the island.
They gnaw trees and plants that are essential to the ecosystem. It shows you how humans shouldn’t interfere with nature since the beavers weren’t meant to be in Ushuaia, Argentina in the first place.
5. There Are Many Things To Do in Ushuaia, Argentina
Even though it’s at the end of the world, the weather in Ushuaia, Argentina isn’t so harsh that you can’t go out and shop! It’s tax-free so many travelers enjoy this perk. Buy quality outdoor equipment if you’re an adventurer and get fun souvenirs for family and friends.
Take a catamaran cruise through the Beagle Channel or a helicopter ride to enjoy the view from above.
The food in Argentina is delicious and Ushuaia, Argentina is no exception. If you love seafood, chocolate, and wine, Ushuaia has your back! The chocolate shops are legendary. Visit Honecker, Boutique de Chocolates to try some of the best chocolate in town!
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6. The Weather Isn’t as Extreme as you Might Think
Ushuaia, Argentina’s weather isn’t as extreme as most think. The warmest time is between November and March when temperatures can reach 50-54°F (10-12°C) and rarely surpass 41°F (5°C).
The temperature can drop below zero, but it’s the wind that makes it feel the coldest. It rains throughout the year in Ushuaia, Argentina so bring your waterproof jacket.
7. Ushuaia’s Airport Has Daily Flights to Buenos Aires
Even though Ushuaia, Argentina is at the end of the world, it has daily flights to Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina and weekly flights to Punta Arenas, Chile. During the summer, there are daily flights to Río Grande (the second largest town in Tierra de Fuego), Rio Gallegos in Patagonia, and Punta Arenas in Chile.
Long-distance buses are another option, as well as Antarctic cruises from Ushuaia.
8. Ushuaia Has Lots of Hostels and High-End Hotels
It has many hostels and hotels to choose from. Prices are a bit high at the end of the world, and booking in advance is helpful. If you pay with a foreign credit or debit card, you don’t have to pay 21% VAT tax, known in Argentina as IVA.
9. Tierra del Fuego National Park is Open From December To March
When you plan your trip to Ushuaia, Argentina to visit its landmarks, remember that Tierra del Fuego National Park is only open from December to March, which are the summer months.
Take a bus tour through the park or explore on your own. Drive through the park if you have a car. Go on canoe excursions and see Lapataia Bay from the water.
10. Ushuaia, Argentina Is the Only Park in Argentina With a Shoreline
Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan explored Ushuaia, Argentina. It was named Tierra de Fuego because of the bonfires that Ona Indians lit on the shores of the region. Ushuaia is the country’s only park with an ocean shoreline and consists of numerous inlets and islands that Argentina and Chile share.
Isla Grande (Big Island) is the biggest in the territory. The national park has scenic waterfalls, coastal forests, glaciers, mountains, and gorgeous wildlife to enjoy. Popular activities include kayaking, hiking, fishing, and climbing.
Map of Ushuaia, Argentina
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