[WORLDKINGS] Exceptional places around the world (P.50) – Ushuaia (Argentina) : The beautiful landscape and culture of the southernmost city in the world


(WorldKings.org) Ushuaia has the distinction of being the southernmost city in the world.

Ushuaia, Patagonia, Argentina…these names awake the fantasy of thousands of people all around the world: a mythic, distant, immense place. 

Walking along with it the visitor can observe Mother Earth's motion. At the end of the plains of Patagonia, in Tierra del Fuego Province, Antártida e Islas del Atlántico Sur, Los Andes cordillera stands out in the landscape displaying its glacier-meltwater valleys, peat bogs, ancient forests to show a paradise in the south. Ushuaia, one-of-a-kind city, capital of the Province offers its natural and cultural beauties and service infrastructure making it a hard-to-forget destination.

The site was first settled by Wasti H. Stirling, an English missionary, in 1870. In 1884 an Argentine naval base was established, and in 1893, after the archipelago was partitioned between Argentina and Chile, Ushuaia was declared a city. Lumbering, sheep raising, fishing, trapping, and tourism are the city’s principal economic activities. From that moment on, the city has developed from a small little town with hundreds of inhabitants into the booming city it is now with thousands of permanent inhabitants and approximately five hundred thousand tourists coming every year.

Martial Glacier is the attraction at a short distance from the city (7 Km from downtown). It is ideal for a half-day tour. The main trail is a - 900 m -walk with incredible viewpoints of Ushuaia. Winter snow makes it perfect for beginners willing to practice alpine ski and snowboard. In summer time, visitors are welcome to experience hiking and trekking.

The Natural Urban Reserve is a natural, historical, cultural place and nest building area for birds. It is an example of environmental amendment. It offers beautiful views of the city with marked look outs that allow visitors feel in connection with nature.

Nave Tierra is a self sustaining home where you can find specific information on the techniques and reflect on the environmental impact of alternative ways for the building industry.

Saint Christopher is a well-known shipwreck that has been stranded on the shore of the Beagle Channel for almost a century. It came here with to assist with Monte Cervantes ship rescue which had sunk in its waters. Unfortunately, it didn’t make it and it is now part of the landscape.

The city’s Crafts Fair is located at 25 de Mayo Square, a meeting point where local artisans offer regional products made of lenga wood, handwoven home textiles, wool products, stones and other elements with images of Ushuaia.

The mythic sign Bienvenidos a la ciudad del Fin del Mundo (Welcome to Ushuaia the End of the World) where many people take pictures everyday witnessing their stay in Ushuaia is located on the boardwalk along  the shore with the image of the Beagle Channel as a background.

Ushuaia is the gateway to Antarctica. On Paseo de los Pioneros (Pioneers Walkway) you can appreciate the visages of first explorers who first stepped on the White Continent during the XIX and XX centuries.

According to turismoushuaia.com

Mihan (Collect and edit) (World Records Union - WorldKings.org)


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