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Ushuaia city tour, the southernmost city in the world See map

The walks through the city of Ushuaia are an interesting alternative to combine with other field or sea trips.

carcel ushuaiaThe Museum has reproductions of famous inmates and guards. Photo courtesy of morrissey

Local history is rich of many contrasts and very recent. It seems that the old-Yamana, original inhabitants now extinct as a population, are still present in some discernible way not yet material. Many of the pioneers who lived with them are still here.

In that sense, it's worth touring the traditional End of the World Museum, or the rooms of the Maritime Museum (located in the building missed former prison), or the World Yamana, a new models exhibition center that reproduces scenes from daily life of the canoe, varying degrees and an amazing level of detail.

A tour by the original homestead of the city, it is done on foot or by bus, allow you a mentally reconstruct of how were the early population of the capital of Tierra del Fuego: the settlement of the missionaries, the arrival of Argentine sailors, the gold rush, the establishment of the prison, the advent of immigrant waves, the race of the Industrial Promotion and fabulous salaries ...

A good choice for this city tour is to take the Ushuaia Double Decker, a typical London double-decker bus, from whose floor is possible to have the best view of the town. The tour is complete and the bus is set down as a pub, for a coffee while deepening a historical matter guides. Another unique feature of the Double Decker is that, in its walk joins the three museums, so the passenger can take it again after their visits, to continue touring the city.

Buildings and representative sites

Ushuaia has major hotels, guest houses and family homes that provide accommodation. It combine modern buildings with old wooden and metal houses, which highlight the roofs, usually red, with a steep slope to avoid snow acumulaciÌón.

Along the Avenida San Martin, which runs parallel to the sea, are grouped the major businesses in the city: coffee shops, regional houses, shopping, restaurants and tourist agencies.

ushuaiaView of Ushuaia. Photo courtesy of morrissey

A stroll through the town to appreciate the most representative places in the area:

Nuestra Señora de la Merced Church 
Located in San Martín 936. 

Government House
San Martín 450. Headquarters of the Provincial Executive authorities since 1976. Their facilities meet the offices of the provincial governor and the ministers that make up the provincial cabinet.

Porvincial Legislature 
Maipú 465. Its construction dates back to 1894. In 1983, he was declared a national historic monument.

Casa de la Cultura 
Maipú and 12 de Octubre. The building was inaugurated on September 2, 1995. This place is equipped with comfortable facilities, which are equipped with lights and sound equipment of high quality that allow the development of various cultural events (film, theater, art gallery, etc.).

Civic Square and Obelisco 
Maipú and Lasserre. The obelisco, declared historical monument in 1943, marks the place where was first raised the flag of Argentina in Tierra del Fuego, on 12 October 1884. 

Popular Library Sarmiento
San Martín 1598. It was founded on November 8, 1926. It has over 20,000 titles, 300 videos, CDRoms and a lot of periodicals. It has two reading rooms, a section of shelves, multi-purpose room, children's room and cafeteria. The building retains the original features and the impressive aspect of his early days. It has corrugated walls and a gabled roof. 

Saint Christopher ship 
It is stranded in the Ushuaia Bay, opposite the Fish and Game Club. One of the most important events in the history of Ushuaia is the one that occurred on 22 January 1930, when steam tourist Monte Cervantes, owned by the Hamburgo Sudamericana company, stranded between the islands Les Eclaireurs with about 1500 people on board. Ushuaia had 800 inhabitants at the time. The Saint Christopher ship arrived in Ushuaia in 1953 to participate in the raising of Cervantes. During the maneuver drive, it ended up sinking dramatically. The owner firm decided to leave the ship in Ushuaia. 

From the city you can hike to the Martial Glacier, the Siete Cascades of grande Creek and visit El Túnel farml, where 6000-year-old projectile points were found.

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