Destination guide: Ushuaia
Careful planning is key to enjoying the endless marvels of Ushuaia as its attractions can be found around every corner, during any time of the year.
Located at Estancia Harberton, just 85 kilometers (53 miles) west of Ushuaia, this museum is devoted to education about local animal life such as the red fox, the chinstrap penguin and the peregrine falcon, all characteristic of the region due to its geography. The museum also showcases clothing worn by the natives in the zone.
Enriqueta Gastelumendi Cultural Center
The grand opening of this cultural center in 1995 provided the city with a space for entertainment, seminars and conferences which helped make Ushuaia an even more attractive destination. The Enriqueta Gastelumendi Cultural Center also offers an array of cultural workshops such as theater, tango, classical dance, music, ceramics, painting and sculpture.
Cerro Castor Ski Resort
As if the city was constantly working to set new records, visitors can also visit Cerro Castor - the southernmost alpine ski resort in the world. With 15 trails, the site is a snow lover's paradise from June to October during high season. For more ski action, visitors should also check out Solar del Bosque, the Complejo Invernal Martial, Tierra Mayor and Haruwen.
Train at the End of the World
Once a means of transport for local Ushuaia prisoners in the early 20th century, the Train at the End of the World (also known as the Southern Fuegian Railway) is a steam engine that carries travelers along a spectacular stretch of natural beauty.
Along the track, visitors can see the remains of an indigenous Yamana settlement and traces of the work that prisoners performed. A bilingual guide relays the local history and describes the works that went into developing this area.
To jump on board, visitors must head eight kilometers (5 miles) west of the city toward the Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego Station located between Mount Susana and the Pipo River.
Tierra del Fuego National Park
This park is comprised of 63,000 hectares (155,676 acres) although only 2000 hectares (4942 acres) are open to the public, while the remainder is strictly maintained as a preserve. Formed in 1960, the park allows visitors to enjoy the Andean-Patagonian forest that rambles along the shores of the Beagle Canal.