Welcome to the most southern city in the world! The Chileans will tell you that technically, there is a city further south in Chile, but the Argentinians will correct that technically Ushuaia qualifies as the southernmost city by population. Either way, it’s down there. Ushuaia is located on the island of Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego, which makes up the southern tip of South America.
On our drive into Ushuaia, we had a surprise party in the back of Didingo to celebrate our tour leader Danny’s five year anniversary with Oasis Overland. We included a picture here because we were very proud of our decorating skills and to show you what the inside of the truck is like.
The Beagle Channel is one of the main passageways through the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, just south of the Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego. The channel is named after the HMS Beagle, the ship that conducted the first surveys of the area and was later made famous by Charles Darwin’s voyages.
During our time in Ushuaia, we took a four hour cruise of the Beagle Channel. Because Ushuaia is the southernmost large port, many expeditions and cruises to Antarctica depart here, and we saw large container and research vessels; additionally, we saw some really beautiful lighthouses and penguin colonies.
PARQUE NACIONAL DEL TIERRA DEL FUEGO
Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego is the southernmost national park in Argentina and is the terminus for the Pan-American Highway. It’s covered by sub-Antarctic (Patagonian) forests of mainly beech trees. During our time in the park, we hiked along the coastline for approximately four hours, while taking in breath-taking views of coastlines, forests, beaches, and mountains.