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Travelling to the End of the World

Travelling to the End of the World

Nicknamed the “End of the World”, Ushuaia is located on the southernmost tip of South America. It’s the gateway to Antarctica during the summer months when the population of around 70,000 typically swells with around 100,000 visitors each year, mostly over the summer. Most visitors, however, are fleeting. They fly in and transfer directly to their ship and the same on return, catching just a glimpse of this picturesque town, surrounded by the Martial Mountains and the Beagle Channel.

If you have time and flight schedules allow, it’s worth spending an extra day or two here. It has a unique charm with a port hosting cruise ships big and small all bound for the enigmatic Antarctica. You’ll see tourists arriving fresh-faced and full of anticipation and you’ll see those returning brimming with stories of their adventures on the white continent.

As the world’s southern-most city, you’ll find the southern-most golf course, the southern-most Irish Bar and, well, the southern-most anything! Although Puerto Williams in Chile actually lies further south than Ushuaia, its population of just 2,500 doesn’t qualify it as a city so Ushuaia holds that claim to fame.

Although small, Ushuaia has an interesting history. Founded by missionaries in 1884, Ushuaia was the site of one of the first encounters between the Yamana and Anglican cultures.

It later became a penal colony and was where the worst of the worst criminals were sent – pretty much “to the ends of the earth.” The prisoners constructed the prison themselves as well as many of the buildings in town and the railway that once transported supplies but is now a tourist operation.

You can also hike or trek the Tierra del Fuego National Park, see the penguins, go canoeing, take a 4WD off-road tour or helicopter ride or visit one (or more) of the museums.

For cruises to Antarctica departing from Ushuaia, you can check out our packages for more details. Alternatively, you can request a call from one of our Ultimate Cruising experts for more options or for advice and recommendations.