Ushuaia, Argentina: The End of the World

Ushuaia, Argentina

Postcard of the Week #22

We probably spent twice as much time in Ushuaia as needed for a typical tourist (five days total), but at the rate we’d been traveling, it wasn’t so bad to stay put for a little while. We had to be here to catch a cruise to Antarctica; however, the pricing of flights down from Iguazu Falls meant we would save a few hundred dollars just by booking it down earlier than necessary to the southernmost city in the world.

Ushuaia was surprisingly charming, bordering snow capped mountains to the north and the Beagle Channel to the south. Also, having 20-some hours of daylight each day and perfect weather certainly didn’t hurt. Although we imagined it to be a city that exists mainly for tourists going to Antarctica, it appeared to have a small but vibrant local community. Things in the area to do include visiting Tierra del Fuego National Park and Martial Glacier, but we made the surprising decision to skip these for the chance to relax (which is highly unlike us).