Places of Interest, Ushuaia, Patagonia

Considering that Ushuaia is on the island of Tierra del Fuego in Patagonia and beside the Beagle Channel there are some interesting places of interest and activities to partake in when you are there.

The Beagle Channel

This is, perhaps one of the historically most famous stretches of water in the World. Made famous by Charles Darwin when he circumnavigated the World in search of new eco systems and plant life, his ship was called HMS Beagle and this stretch of water was named after his ship.

It is a relatively narrow channel of water that passes from the Southern Atlantic Ocean on the east and into the Pacific Ocean on the west. Ushuaia, in Argentina, sits on the northern shore of the channel and the small village of Puerto Williams, in Chile, sits on the other side, on the southern shore.

It is possible to cross the Beagle Channel in a rib-zodiac dinghy to get over to Puerto Williams in Chile (by previous arrangement and subject to local weather conditions). All cross border regulations apply.

Catamaran Beagle Channel

There are regular, daily, catamaran trips that depart from an area close to the port in central Ushuaia that offer a navigational trip into the Beagle Channel taking in colonies of sea lions, penguins and bird life as well as a few historically iconic structures such as the light house and an estancia viewed from the sea.

Ushuaia Port

The Ushuaia port is the place where ships come and go for navigations to Antarctica as well as ships that navigate to Punta Arenas, in Chile (Patagonia Cruises).

The Tierra del Fuego National Park

Tierra del Fuego National Park, located about 12km from the Ushuaia city centre. Options in the park include trekking, kayaking and a ride aboard the “End of the World” train. If you have some time on your hands then a visit here is one option to see nature at the end of the Southern continent.

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