Beautiful landscape of lenga forest, mountains at Tierra del Fuego National Park, Patagonia
One of the best things to do in Ushuaia, Argentina, is head to the brushed Tierra del Fuego National Park. This dramatic slice of nature is also the southernmost national park in the world, so you've got bragging rights! If you're an adventurer, active mountain hiking, kayaking in park lakes and glacier walking are made-to-measure in this land of high peaks and high winds. Animal lovers can enjoy guided walks where guanacos, foxes, beavers, muskrats, and at least 90 bird species including austral parakeets, condors, oystercatchers and carancas can be spotted in their natural habitats.
The train of the end of the world
Set aside some time on your Ushuaia, Argentina, trip to dive into the history of the region. Originally built to transport lumber to Ushuaia's prison colony, the southernmost train in the world is now a tourist must-do. It's a one-hour ride to the national park on what was known as the "Convict Train," crossing the rushing Pipo River, tranquil beech forests and past the Insta-worthy Macarena Waterfall. Don't forget to start with a visit to the Maritime and Prison Museum to set the stage for your train journey and learn about some of the end of the world's more colorful past.
Ushuaia, Argentina, travel is not complete without an exploration of the seas. You can join one of several Beagle Channel boat tours to sail its wildlife-inhabited waters and islands. Boat tours usually start at three hours where passengers congregate to witness penguin and seal colonies in their natural environments, breaching orcas, a variety of dolphin species, porpoises, black-faced Ibis birds, the Neotropic cormorant and the South American tern to name a few. Take in the red and white Lighthouse at the End of the World too, the very same that inspired a novel by Jules Verne.
When you go to Ushuaia, Argentina, arrive ready to eat. In this part of Argentina, you've got English, Swiss, German, Scottish and Welsh immigrants who have left their culinary imprints behind. Typical Argentine empanadas (meat-filled turnovers) and parrilladas (grilled meat) sit next to schnitzels, fondues and scones on the menu. One of the best things to do in Ushuaia, Argentina, is to order the cold-water, regional South Atlantic King Crab. And you'll get some of the best locally farmed lamb here, too.
Remember your Ushuaia, Argentina, vacation with some locally made souvenirs. Right next to the tourist information office at Ushuaia's port, you'll notice the Paseo de los Artesanos, or the artisans' promenade. Housed under a corrugated tin roof, you'll find 48 indoor stalls selling local handicrafts ranging from handmade jewelry, wool-based shawls and wearables, leather goods, ceramics, original artwork and woodwork pieces.
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