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Tierra del Fuego

Off the southernmost tip of South America, the Tierra del Fuego archipelago consists of a large main island and hundreds of smaller islands around it. The center island, Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego, is split between Chile and Argentina. It is the largest island off South America and also its most visited.

The most popular destinations are on the Argentine side, including the town of Ushuaia and the Beagle Chanel, but there are some good spots on the Chile side, too. The island is easily accessible by ferry from both the Chilean and Argentine mainlands.









03 Jun 2011

Top Things to See and Do at The End of the World

Ushuaia Museums

133755For a break from the outdoors, take a stroll through one of Ushuaia’s impressive museums: Museo del Fin del Mundo was built as the private residence of Governor Manual Fernández and later ...
Museum
Ushuaia, Argentina

Ski Resort Cerro Castor

116485Located 26 kilometers from Ushuaia, the ski resort of Cerro Castor offers perhaps the longest and most consistent ski season in South America. The season lasts from the 9th of July until the 16th of ...
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Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia Culture

133756Aside from the museums in the city, Ushuaia has cultural centers where performance and visual arts are showcased. The main tourism office posts the week’s events. Casa de la Cultura. The ...
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Ushuaia, Argentina

Museo MarĂ­timo y del Presidio

133753For almost a half-century the hallways of this old prison housed Argentina’s criminals and political prisoners. Now the five-spoke penitentiary is not one museum, but six. The Museo Marítimo shows ...
Museum
Ushuaia, Argentina

Winter Sports in Ushuaia

Most tourists come to Ushuaia when the summer days are long, but there's plenty of action for snow bums when the weather turns cold. There are ten winter centers (centros invernales) outside the city ...
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Ushuaia, Argentina

Parque Yatana

Parque Yatana is the last stand of native forest left in Ushuaia. The forest, whose name in Yaghan means “weave,” is a space for the indigenous to practice their crafts, which are shown at the ...
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Ushuaia, Argentina

MisiĂłn Salesiana

133873When the estancioneros arrived to establish their great sheep ranches, the 4,000 or so local Selk’nam (Ona) people soon began dying off from diseases. The Salesian religious order established a ...
Historical Building
RĂ­o Grande, Argentina

Estancias

Many families in Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego have turned their sheep farming estancias into B&B lodges, offering tourist activities such as fishing, horseback riding, birdwatching, and ...
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RĂ­o Grande, Argentina

Cruise the Southern Waters

From September through April, Cruceros Australis runs four-day luxury cruises from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas (five days Punta Arenas to Ushuaia; see Things to See and Do in Punta Arenas) aboard one of ...
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Ushuaia, Argentina

Birdwatching

Along Tierra del Fuego\'s Atlantic coast, the low tide retreats very far, leaving behind deep tidal flats. Here is the 28,600-hectare(70,672-ac) Ramsar site Reserva para Aves Playeras Costa ...
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RĂ­o Grande, Argentina

Visiting Antartica

With its massive icebergs, jagged mountain ranges, and vast expanses of empty polar plains, Antarctica presents some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes on the planet. While it is the coldest, ...
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Ushuaia, Argentina

Best Tierra del Fuego Restaurants to Warm Up In

El Almacén – Ramos General

Since 1906 the Salomón family, originally from Syria-Lebanon, has had a general store in this locale. It still sells a few things, but El Almacén is now a museum preserving the memory of those ...
Restaurant
Ushuaia, Argentina

Arco Iris

In the crowded all-you-can-eat market along San MartĂ­n, Arco Iris stands apart. Not only does East meet West here, with a balance of Argentine parrilla and Chinese-style entrees, but it is also the ...
Restaurant
Ushuaia, Argentina

Tante Sara Resto-Bar

Tante Sara is a hopping bistro on Ushuaia’s main street. It has an extensive wine and cocktail list, and a variety of coffees, straight up or with liqueurs. Get your fill with the desserts, ...
Restaurant
Ushuaia, Argentina

La Rueda Parrilla

Like parrilla restaurants all along San Martín, upright racks of lamb roast over a fire pit in the front window of La Rueda. This isn’t your typical barbecue joint, though. La Rueda is an ...
Restaurant
Ushuaia, Argentina

Chez Manu

Chez Manu is perched above the charming city of Ushuaia. Its dining room is replete with large windows giving up unparalleled views of the Bay below. The owners of Chez Manu are French, so the menu ...
Restaurant
Ushuaia, Argentina

ConfiterĂ­a Roca

For decades, ConfiterĂ­a Roca has been the place to come in RĂ­o Grande. The walls are hung with photos of musicians and actors who performed at the theater that used to be next door. Many sports ...
Restaurant
RĂ­o Grande, Argentina

El Griego

The staff at El Griego welcomes diners with a smile to this old, tin house, handing them a bilingual menu with strange English translations. Monday through Friday there is a lunch special (main dish ...
Restaurant
Ushuaia, Argentina

Parilla La Estancia

Parrilla La Estancia is a long-time favorite among more moneyed travelers and locals. Every day for lunch and dinner choose from the delectable salads and hot dishes available at the buffet, which ...
Restaurant
Ushuaia, Argentina

BambĂş

Vegetarians–-and anyone looking for a break from the carnivorous Argentine diet–-should hit up El Bambú. The only meat served is soy-based. This family-run restaurant has dozens of dishes from ...
Restaurant
Ushuaia, Argentina

ChocolaterĂ­a y ConfiterĂ­a Laguna Negra

133762When you need a break, stop in at Chocolatería y Confitería Laguna Negra. Its shelves are stocked with homemade chocolates, jams, honeys, mushrooms and beer, and there's a small café in the back ...
Restaurant
Ushuaia, Argentina

Dieguito

Budget travelers who have grown tired of the same-old Argentine empanadas should head to Dieguitos, the self-proclaimed El Rey de las Promociones (King of Offers). Here are 20 varieties of the ...
Restaurant
Ushuaia, Argentina
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