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Most southern town in the world - Ushuaia, Argentina

For more of Argentina's Ushuaia, see the July 2014 issue of Globerovers Magazine 

Ushuaia (pronounced [u'swaia]) is the capital of the province of Tierra del Fuego in southern Argentina. While this is not the most southern settlement, it is generally labeled as the "southernmost town" in the world. Slightly further south on the nearby Chilean islands are a few tiny settlements before the open sea leads to Antarctica. Puerto Williams, on the Chilean island of Navarino is further south and has about 2,800 inhabitants. There's also a few tiny continuously inhabited settlements south of Ushuaia including Puerto Toro on Isla Navarino, Chile, and Orcadas on the South Orkney Islands. Much further south is the settlement of Esperanza, an Argentine base in Antarctica. Each of these settlements has fewer than 150 residents.

Lets just agree that Ushuaia is the southernmost town in the world. It is located in a wide bay on the southern coast of the island of Tierra del Fuego, guarded on the north by the Martial mountain range and on the south by the Beagle Channel and has a sizeable population estimated at about 61,000. It sure maintains a small town feeling.... and even a remote town feeling.

I went down to Ushuaia only a few weeks after I visited the Lofoten Islands, north of the Arctic Circle in Norway. The distance between the Lofoten Islands and Ushuaia is a whopping 15,700km!

I went on a boat trip along the Beagle Channel and saw several breeding colonies of Sea Lions, lots of Imperial Cormorants, Dolphin Gulls, Steamer Ducks, etc. Also hiked the nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park to see Lapataia Bay and went up the mountains to explore Glaciar Martial and got overwhelmed by a snowstorm. I sure did enjoy getting lost in the snow knowing that I wasn't too far from the cabin-cafe with huge mugs of hot chocolate drinks! By the way: Glaciar Martial has shrunk dramatically over the past century, as is shown in the photographs on display in the cafe. Tierra del Fuego National Park offers vast tranquility with 90 species of birds which include Carancas, Torrent Ducks, Austral Parakeets, Condors and Oystercatchers. There's also twenty species of terrestrial mammals including guanacos, foxes and beavers, which were introduced to the area and have caused serious damage, as have rabbits and muskrats.  

Ushuaia is a beautiful little town and from here it is only a hop, skip, and a jump....and you´re landing in Antarctica. This is the right place to board those Russian and Canadian ice breakers to Antarctica. I came here in late October but found 

myself way too early to catch a boat to the bottom of the world. Best time to Antarctica is late November to February. I must return.

If you want pure nature, that far-off-and-way feeling, and amazing animals and landscapes - hop over south, far south, to Ushuaia. Send my regards and tell them I'll be back in 2010.