The city at the end of the world, the town of Ushuaia lies on the shores of the Beagle Channel, a community which depends variously on fishing, heavy industry and tourism for its livelihood. Founded in the late 1800s, it is the capital of the desolate, sparsely-populated, mountainous and windswept triangular island of Tierra del Fuego which lies to the south of the Magellan Straits. Ushuaia was one of later regions to be settled by immigrants, originally home to the kayak-paddling Ona and Patagon Indians who hunted seal and fish and daubed themselves in seal-fat during winter to ward off the sub-zero temperatures. The first settlers were missionaries who built simple wooden dwellings on the water’s edge to house their families, not so different from the wooden Scandinavian-style houses which line the main street of Ushuaia today. The city is an excellent base from which to explore the Martial Glacier which overlooks the town, the Lapataia National Park or from which to take one of the many boat excursions along the Beagle Channel to sight the wildlife, from sea-lions to penguins and cormorants in a natural habitat of spectacular and remote beauty.
Visit the Tierra del Fuego National Park and enjoy a easy hike or an End of the World team train ride.
Starting at the touristic pier you will have a view of the most important buildings in the city. From this point, the landscape is a combination of sea and mountains, and the mounts Olivia, Five Brothers, the Fique and Túnel "estancias", and the Encajonado River can be seen. Sailing across to the middle of the Beagle Channel, towards the southwest, arriving to the Les Eclaireurs lighthouse, at the archipelago that has the same name
Explore the wonders of the southernmost Patagonian channels and see the main attractions of Tierra del Fuego, Strait of Magellan, Beagle Channel and Cape Horn. This is a 3 or 4 nights cruise navigation and can start and end in Ushuaia or start in Ushuaia and end in Punta Arenas, Chile.