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  • hello and greetings from ushuaia argentina today  we're going to be visiting the southernmost city  

  • in the world located in the province of tierra  del fuego at the very bottom of argentina  

  • this was a final stop of our massive trip  across patagonia and in this video we'll  

  • be sharing some of the best things to do  in ushuaia travel guide during your visit  

  • so join us as we cruise the beagle channel  ride the train to the end of the world send a  

  • postcard from the southernmost post office tour  a former prison turned museum explore the city  

  • by a double decker bus and a whole lot more the  following is our ushuaia travel guide and we hope  

  • this video gives you a few ideas of the many tours  attractions and experiences you can enjoy here  

  • well good afternoon guys greetings from the  harbour here in usual can only mean one thing  

  • right we're going on a boat ride today we are well  it could mean many things yeah first time it could  

  • mean they're going to antarctica but no we're  going to be cruising the beagle channel which is  

  • pretty exciting it's very exciting so it's going  to be all about basically spotting a wildlife  

  • today yeah penguin's at the top of that list  so now let's talk money matters basically this  

  • is the most popular excursion you can do and you  can book it anywhere across town basically every  

  • tour operator offers this excursion so it's  a four hour excursion we paid 67 us dollars  

  • and we're going for the one that says lobos faro  pinguino that means we are going to see sea lions  

  • the lighthouse and penguins so there's a shorter  one that you can do that i believe is about two  

  • hours that just goes around the the lighthouse  at the end of the world and then there's another  

  • alternative where you can finish off at an  estancia but that one costs a little bit more  

  • so we're kind of doing the classic excursion right  now and also aside from the price that we've paid  

  • for the ticket once we go over to the port before  we board we need to pay an additional 40 pesos  

  • which is what like 75 cents yeah for the privilege  of using the port so yeah that's how much it costs  

  • we are going with a company called canoe  they are the lime green booth when you  

  • come here down to the tourist pier and  we've got a chopper we do lovely chopper

  • all right guys we are now boarding we're gonna go  cruise on the beagle channel pretty exciting stuff  

  • we don't do this every day no we don't

  • this cruise down the beagle channel was a great  opportunity to see some wildlife especially birds  

  • within minutes of leaving port we were  seeing cormorants by the thousands and  

  • then shortly after we came across sea lions  basking in the sunshine atop a rocky outcrop

  • then we came across the lighthouse at the end  of the world whose real name is lighthouse the  

  • lighthouse gets its name from a group of small  islands that sit five nautical miles east of  

  • ushuaia this lighthouse stands 11 meters tall is  painted red and white and is still in operation  

  • though it is remote controlled technically the  lighthouse at the end of the world that inspired  

  • jules verne's novel is a different one that's  located even further away on isla de los estados  

  • but this one got the fame likely due to  its proximity to the city and ease of visit

  • lastly we saw penguins on isla  martido also known as hammer island  

  • as an fyi not all tour operators are  allowed to disembark at the penguin rookery  

  • so in our case we just admired  them from the boat as a final tip  

  • bring your passport when you do the beagle channel  cruise because you can get it stamped aboard

  • next up we went on a double decker bus tour  of ushuaia tierra del fuego argentina which is  

  • a great way to see the city in a short amount of  time picture an old-fashioned london double-decker  

  • bus painted bright blue and then get ready to be  transported back through time as you step aboard  

  • over the course of this bus tour you'll  get to learn about ushuaia's history  

  • and hear fun anecdotes withbit of tango music in between

  • so first stop of the day here on the bus tour is  the devil's lagoon which we have back here and  

  • it got its name because during the winter  months animals used to mysteriously disappear so  

  • some people believe that the devil was taking  them away and eating them but i mean really if  

  • you think about this tale the animals were  basically breaking the ice they're falling

  • never to be seen again but the name stuck

  • we made a few stops along the way  including one at the ushuaia aero club  

  • you can actually book scenic flights at super  reasonable prices here but we only stopped to  

  • visit this armada argentina airplane and to  enjoy the city views from the lookout point  

  • one of ushuaia's main attractions is the prison  at the end of the world also known as the  

  • ushuaia prison this is because the city of ushuaia  patagonia argentina was founded as a penal colony  

  • with the first prisoners arriving in 1884. the  prison was in operation between 1902 to 1947 and  

  • was known for its harsh conditions meaning it was  damp humid and cold not the kind of place you'd  

  • want to end up today the prison has been turned  into a tourist site and it houses multiple museums  

  • the prison's five wings converge in a central  hall and each wing holds a different museum  

  • these include the prison museum which  focuses on the stories of its prisoners  

  • the maritime museum where you can see scale  models of vessels that would have sailed the  

  • waters in this part of the world the antarctic  museum which highlights the age of exploration  

  • and scientific expeditions the art museum  showcasing a collection of maritime inspired art  

  • and the art gallery where local artists  can showcase and sell their artwork

  • another unique museum we visited was the galeria  thematica historia this is a museum featuring  

  • dioramas and lifelike figures that showcase  the history of the province of tierra del fuego  

  • the visit is done as a self-guided tour with  an audio guide so you can go at your own pace  

  • the tour starts out by sharing the history of  the indigenous people who lived in this area  

  • which included the damanas who were  coastal hunter-gatherers and fishers  

  • known for their canoe building skills the  sheltnam who were nomads quanaco hunters and  

  • renowned for their use of the bow and arrow and  the hausch who are the least known of the three  

  • groups and lived in the southernmost  part of the island which has a lot of  

  • peat bogs the tour then moves on to the early  exploration and colonization of tiara del fuego  

  • it also has sections focusing on the hms  beagle ushuaia's beginnings as a penal colony  

  • and ernest shackleton's endurance we found  the museum to be very educational and  

  • it's especially worth the visit if you can  take the time to listen to the audio guide

  • if you're really into museums there are a few  smaller ones you can visit in town these include  

  • the end of the world museum which deals with  local history and natural history the displays  

  • here focus on local wildlife and shipwreck remains  then you have the museum of the legislature which  

  • is set in the former government house and acts as  an annex to the previous museum i just mentioned  

  • it has a couple of displays relating to its  history as well as a small botanical garden

  • let's talk about the food in ushuaia we  filmed an entire video about the cuisine  

  • at the end of the world so we won't get too  repetitive but one of the major highlights  

  • was trying the king crab at isabel here  we go the food is here the crab my friends  

  • the crab we've got like shredded bits  of crab but also whole chunks yeah so

  • another of our favorite meals was the pasta and  risotto at coir sam got the squid ink ravioli  

  • stuffed with salmon in a four cheese sauce andgot the risotto with king crab both dishes were  

  • outstanding aside from that we enjoyed hearty  dishes at boligon fueghino like this fish with  

  • blue cheese and pumpkin puree and this chicken  in a mushroom sauce this is a comfort food guys  

  • when you go to a bolder goal in argentina and  you get comfort food just like this and we also  

  • had a monster snacking board at the southernmost  tavern in the world known as taverna del viejolo

  • another thing we'd recommend doing in ushuaia is  

  • walking along the costanera which is  the boardwalk along the waterfront  

  • you can see all sorts of vessels in the harbor  including cruises departing for antarctica

  • one of the most famous vessels here is the  saint christopher once known as the hms  

  • justice this was a royal navy ship classified  as a rescue tug and it served at the normandy  

  • landings during world war ii after the war the  ship was sold and renamed saint christopher  

  • where it was chartered for salvage operations  in the beagle channel after suffering engine  

  • trouble and rudder damage it was eventually  beached and abandoned on the shores of ushuaia  

  • now the saint christopher can be admired  from shore but no one is permitted aboard

  • just a little further west along this walk  you'll come across the ushuaia city sign  

  • this is an iconic photo op to show that  you've made it to the end of the world  

  • sometimes there can be a bit of a line  but the nice thing is that you can ask  

  • another tourist to take your photo  and then you can return the favor

  • next up we visited tierra del fuego  national park which is a very easy  

  • day trip from ushuaia seeing as the park is  located just 12 kilometers west of the city  

  • this park consists of sub-antarctic forest  and boasts some dramatic landscapes featuring  

  • snow-capped mountains forests lagoons and  pebbly coves one of our favorite hikes  

  • was cinda costeda which is the coastal  trail that runs along the beagle channel

  • i feel like this track is for more like all  general fitness levels like as long as you're  

  • in reasonable shape you're just gonna be able  to do it yeah if you're in walking shape you  

  • can do this for sure the temperature's been  perfect i actually prefer a day like this  

  • like overcast not too hot not too sunny it's  been refreshing and it's just been beautiful  

  • being out here in the woods and you know what  else i like about this trail what the beaches  

  • yeah there are so many like little secluded  beaches like little coves um and like i keep  

  • seeing people resting and having a little picnic  a little siesta tons of places tons of viewpoints  

  • great for photography great for chilling out and  yeah i've noticed that people on this trail are  

  • just really taking their time yeah and i think  that's a great idea that's my suggestion too

  • we spent two days hiking in tierra del fuego  national park the second day we focused on the la  

  • patada bay area which has six mini trails that are  between 400 meters and two kilometers in length  

  • they are very short hikes and easy to combine  so this part of the park is a great option if  

  • you are pressed for time as a tip the weather  at the end of the world is quite unpredictable  

  • so consider giving yourself a few extra days in  ushuaia just in case plants get cancelled due  

  • to extreme winds rain or snow we had planned  on doing a few more hikes to various glaciers  

  • and lagoons but we couldn't get to it all due  to weather so just be flexible with your plans

  • one place you cannot miss when you visit tierra  del fuego national park is the post office at  

  • the end of the world made of corrugated metal and  wood this tiny post office sits atop a pier on the  

  • shores of the beagle channel and it's the last  chance to send mail before reaching antarctica  

  • of course i had to send a postcard  home to canada also don't forget to  

  • bring your passport because you  can get it stamped here as well

  • sam wasn't really into the stamps  because my passports have filled  

  • up too quickly in recent years  so i am look at that this says  

  • um the southernmost mailman like the mailman  at the end of the world yeah and you get  

  • post office at the end of the world tierra del  fuego usually a cute little penguin penguin  

  • argentina end of the world also has the date  today's date we are visiting january 2020. yeah  

  • very cool very cool thing to do super pumped  that's right up your alley audrey we're pumped  

  • you are oh and i got my beagle channel stamped so  i'm all set your passport fills up quickly it does  

  • now let's talk about another popular ushuaia tour  riding the southern physian railway also known as  

  • the train at the end of the world once upontime this was known as the train of prisoners  

  • as we mentioned earlier ushuaia started  out as a penal colony and prisoners were  

  • put to work building their own prison this  meant transporting rock and timber from the  

  • nearby forests to the town first using oxen pulled  wagons and eventually this narrow gauge railway  

  • today the train has been developed intoheritage train and it's considered the southern  

  • most functioning railway in the world it's a  must-do activity for anyone visiting ushuaia  

  • even more so if you're a train enthusiast  

  • last but not least let's talk about  a day trip from ushuaia to toluene  

  • this is a small town located an hour and a half  away from ishuaya the main draw to this town is  

  • its famous bakery panaderia la union where you  can enjoy all sorts of pastries empanadas and  

  • even artisanal chocolates aside from that  it's just a sleepy town with a few hiking  

  • trails a beautiful lake and a very slow way of  life we decided to spend a few nights here at  

  • a lakeside guest house as a way to end off our  trip however you can visit dolwyn on a day trip

  • and that concludes our ushuaia travel guide we  hope you enjoyed getting to see the southernmost  

  • city in the world as you can see ushuaia has  plenty of unique attractions and fun excursions  

  • to offer visitors so it's well worth adding to  your argentina itinerary especially if you're