Head to the ‘End of the World’ to what feels like a really remote settlement right at the bottom tip of the continent, Ushuaia – proudly boasting itself to be the southernmost city in the world. This is the gateway to Tierra del Fuego and the wild furthest reaches of Patagonia as the peaks of the Andes peter out into the sea and the last landfall is Cape Horn until you reach the South Shetlands and Antarctica. Ushuaia is located on the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, a series of large islands that form the southern edge of the South American continent and you certainly feel like you are far-removed from the sophisticated capital much further north. The National Park of the same name surrounds a beautiful bay that is perfect for fishing, hiking, kayaking and exploring maritime wildlife and traces of the area’s early first settlers. Ushuaia’s strategic shorefront location where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans meet is marked by Les Eclaireurs lighthouse, the End of the World landmark.
Ushuaia makes the perfect stepping stone to head deeper into the southern channels between the islands to explore the scenery and wildlife of this remote region. Embark on a small expedition cruise that plies the waters around Cape Horn and through the Beagle Channel. Colonies of Magellanic penguins, elephant seals, sealions, schools of pilot whales and many endemic bird species thrive in the undisturbed wilderness here, as you land by inflatable zodiac in uninhabited regions. Explore deserted southern forests and bays to marvel at vast glaciers and fjords as you travel between Ushuaia in Argentina and Punta Arenas in Chile.