Ushuaia, located at the southern reaches of Argentina on the island of Tierra del Fuego, often is referred to as, “The End of the World.” It’sarguably the world’s southernmost city as well as the port of call for trips to Antarctica. For many travelers to Patagonia, Ushuaia is a favorite destination with an adventurous feel and great access to the outdoors. The history of Ushuaia is unusual. It served as the location of a prison for Argentina’s dangerous criminals and repeat offenders.
Ushuaia’s surroundings are beautiful, situated along the Beagle Channel beneath the Martial Mountains. Tierra del Fuego National Park and many great hikingtrails are within close proximity. Cruise ships and Antarctica departures support a number of good restaurants and shops. And Ushuaia has a handful of museums worth visiting, including the Museo Marítimoy Presidio de Ushuaia and Yamana Museum.
Walking with the penguins on Martillo Island
A day trip with penguins on Martillo island makes you an awesome start to a wider itinerary and giving the great views of the region’s dramatic landscape on a short boat ride across the Beagle Channel to Martillo Island. Pira tour is now the only tour operator that can actually get you onto the island to walk with the penguins. Along the way you will enjoy beautiful and colourful landscapes typical of the region along the Ruta 3 from Ushuaia to the legendary Harberton Farm. And take a 15 minute boat ride to Martillo Island on Beagle Channel. Martillo Island is home to an incredible colony of Gentoo and Magellanics penguins between September and April. The rookery hosts around 1000 nests, and is one of the three Magellanic penguin rookeries in Tierra del Fuego. There is also a small colony of 9 breeding couples of gentoo penguins (Pygocelis Papua), the only one in South America. On the way you’ll see Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse is located Isla de los Estados Island. It ́s truly an unique experience!
Sailing Trails in Los GlaciaresNational Park
Los Glaciares National Park is located in the area known as Austral Andes in Argentina, in the south west of Santa Cruz on the border with Chile. This Grand National Park boasts a series of, lakes, mountains, glaciers and woods. A large portion of the western side of the park is basically under ice and snow and to the east we find the arid Patagonian steppe.