Welcome to the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia, a one-time penal colony located quite literally at the end of the earth.
Ushuaia is the city closest to Antarctica, the city bordered by the last peaks of the Andes mountains and the famed Beagle Channel (named for Charles Darwin's ship, HMS Beagle), the city surrounded by lakes and bays, forests and glaciers.
Ushuaia is the capital of the Tierra del Fuego, Antarctica, and the Southern Atlantic Islands' Province of Argentina, a mouthful usually condensed into three little words:"Fin del Mundo." Those words, End of the Earth, can easily conjure images of a bleak and barren landscape, but nothing could be further from the truth. Ushuaia is a land of vivid colors and vibrant personality.
Seeing Ushuaia onboard a double-decker bus, you will observe many historical buildings, and the first houses that show the typical Fuegian architecture in wood and tin.
The excursion will go into the Naval Base, where you can see the city's first building (built by prisoners between 1902 and 1911), as well as a replica of the End of the World lighthouse.
Travel along Governador Paz Street up to Centenary Park and enjoy the view of the mountains that surround the town. The tour continues around the bay towards the place where the old Anglican mission settled down, as you learn all about the first inhabitants of Ushuaia. Other historical highlights include the Beban's house.
Before heading back, the tour will stop on the other side of the bay at the best panoramic point facing Ushuaia Bay, with the highest peaks framing the town.
Return along Avenida Maipu and enjoy beautiful views of the port and the first buildings of the city, like the Salesian Church, the first Government House, the first police station, among others. At the end of the tour you may stay at the Maritime Museum or continue to the starting point of the excursion. Your tour ticket entitles you to a discount at the Maritime Museum, at the End of the World Museum, and at the Aeroclub where you can book fly-overs.
Reviewer: Meredith Harrington
I was glad to have an overview of the city. Frankly there is not too much to see, but you got the history of the place for not too much money.
Reviewer: Glynn T Ellis
The tour was very good, covering all the areas expected. The tour guide was well versed and the tour ran on schedule. There was a big however, though it was not the fault of the tour company. We showed up nearly 15 minutes early, to watch as the bus was departing on tour. The tour rep was very apologetic and explained that a large group of tourist was waiting for the bus. When it arrived they swarmed the bus, pushing and fighting to get on until it was full. The rep said they didn't even get to check tickets, and were afraid to make an issue of it lest real violence break out, which they felt was very near. This was a case of tourists being really bad. I don't think the tour company can be blamed for not having bouncers or armed guards present for this one episode. Just thought you should know. They put us on the next tour, which was an hour later.
Reviewer: kent francis
This is a great value and highly recommended! Tour starts by travelling around the city, the Naval Base, and a wonderful panoramic view of the Bay and snow covered mountains--amazing!
Reviewer: Sarah Youncee
Bus was only a couple of blocks from the ship. The tour was in English and very well explained. It was extremely windy, but we had a good view upstairs on the bus. It was reasonable and afterward we went to the Tourist Information and got special certificates and stamps to say we had visited the last city before the end of the world. That is truly unique. Don't forget to go there, too.
I was very pleased with my booking this tour. The bus was on time, the price was reasonable, the commentary was interesting. Ushuaia is very windy and cold because of the wind, so it was nice to be inside the bus, warm, on a sunny day. I think we did see what was interesting to see there and them we had the option to explore it on foot after the tour was over.