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Ushuaia – Not quite the end of the earth

written by Two Trekkers February 11, 2016

Maybe its the way the name “Ushuaia” rolls off your tounge or the fact that people always talk about it being the southern most city that gave me high expectations of this place. But after experiencing the actual southernmost town, where it felt like you were at the end of the earth, this place did not have the same feeling. Ushuaia seemed to be just another city, with its generic cafes and generic clothing stores that you find in every other city. This place is just so touristy and super expensive, which may appeal to some people but not us.

Nice view from the window of our Airbnb room.

Nice view from the window of our Airbnb room.

Don’t be too dismayed if you had your hopes on visiting this place as it does have some ups:

  • The cities backdrop is some spectacular mountains, so every morning when you wake up and look out the window you are filled with awe.
  • This city has an airport! This is a massive plus for those who have travelled 3000+ Km south through Patagonia and don’t want to sit on a bus for 2 days to get back to the top.
  • Plenty of day trips to the surrounding Tierra del Fuego National Park and ski resorts. We had originally planned to do some trekking near Ushuaia, but after seeing the touristy-ness of the area we didn’t think it could compete with the amazing and isolated experience we’d just had on the Isla Navarino. So we gave it a miss.
  • It’s really close to Isla Navarino, so if you have the time you can visit the actual end of the earth!!!
The water front area is quite commercial and industrial.

The water front area is quite commercial and industrial, but still beautiful.

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