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Old May 1st, 2011, 03:58 PM   #1
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Ushuaia - the capital of the end of the world

Hey guys!

Well, I'm back from my trip to the southern tip of South America and I'd like to present you a bit of Ushuaia, a very beautiful city in Tierra del Fuego (fire land?), probably the southernmost city in the world.

Anyway, the city has only 63.600 inhabitants, but it has much more to do than one would expect. It's one of the major tourist cities in Argentina and you can go hiking in the Tierra del Fuego National Park, take a catamaran tour in the Beagle Channel (and see penguins in the summer), go skiing in the winter and so on.

It is also the capital of Tierra del Fuego, Antártida y Islas del Atlántico Sur (which, by the Argetinian definition, includes also the Falklands, you can see the Falklands in all Argentinian made maps), which is an oil-producing area in the country and it also gets revenue from it. Ushuaia has also some factories and they're the actual reason for the city having so many inhabitants. Nowadays the industrial park is being transferred to Río Grande, in the nothern part of the island, while Ushuaia is intended to become primarily a tourist city.

Anyway, I don't wanna bore you guys with so much talking, so let's take a look at the pics:


1 - Downtown area, the post office in the right


2 - San Martín street, the busiest shopping area in town


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6 - Going down from Martial glacier, there are some nice views from the road


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8 - Ushuaia seen from the other side of the bay


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10 - In these booths you can buy tickets for the boat excursions


11 - Waterfront


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13 - The port - most of the trips to Antarctica begin here


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24 - Sailing off to our boat tour in the Beagle Channel


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27 - Beagle Channel, another 70km and you're in the Atlantic. To the left Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego (ARG) and to the right, Isla Navarino (CHI)


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31 - Isla de los Pájaros (Birds' island)


32 - Les Éclaireurs lighthouse (also known as Faro del Fín del Mundo)


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39 - Naval base of the Argentinian Army, an important base during the Falklands War back in 1982


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45 - Bahía Lapataia, the terminus of National Route 3 that goes all the way from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia


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49 - Ushuaia Airport, which formerly had flights Australia


50 - Here some pics from my helicopter tour...


51 - In the bottom you can see the industrial zone in the entrance of the city


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54 - This valley lies behind those mountains behind Ushuaia


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57 - Cerro Castor Ski Station in the right


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60 - Flying between the mountains to the Beagle Channel


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63 - Ushuaia seen from the top of the mountain


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67 - Our ride


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69 - In the top left corner you can see the Paseo del Fuego shopping mall in construction


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72 - Ushuaia prison, where the settlement started


73 - Downtown


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83 - As you can see, it's pretty much far away from everything, closest 1 mio + inhabitant city is Buenos Aires (over 3.000km away)


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86 - The prison from inside


87 - And a reformed pavillion that serves as a museum nowadays


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90 - La Quiaca is Argentina's Northernmost point


91 - And here you can see a doctor exhamining an x-ray in the pub


Hope you like it!
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Old May 2nd, 2011, 02:26 AM   #2
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Great photos!
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Old May 2nd, 2011, 10:00 AM   #3
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Beautiful!
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Haha the last photo
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Old May 2nd, 2011, 12:09 PM   #5
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Ushuaia looking a very nice, pleasant town; amazing too
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Old May 2nd, 2011, 10:40 PM   #7
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Southernmost must mean that the climate is cold...and it surely looks a bit nordic. Could almost be in Canada or Norway.
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Old May 4th, 2011, 04:04 AM   #8
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Well, I was there in April, that means FALL here in the S. Hemisphere, but temps were about 2ºC during the evenings and 8 to 10 degrees in the afternoons. It gets colder, of course, but temperatures don't remain below 0 for more than 1 or 2 days as far as I know.
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