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A sliver of a town that has been called a penal colony, a naval base, and a missionary headquarters in its time, Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world, located on the far tip of South America as part of the Argentine province of Tierra del Fuego. Technically it is on an island with the Martial Mountains on the north and the Beagle Channel to the south, and while it may have been nothing more than a remote middle-of-nowhere destination for years, it has been rising in popularity in recent times as a jumping-off point for adventures to Antarctica and other activities such as hiking or winter sports within South America. Today, it could be considered a major tourist town for the area, complete with resorts, restaurants, and even a few casinos.
Ushuaia is a small town with only around 6,000 residents, all of whom are crammed into a sliver of land around the edge of the water. The views are simply spectacular, with the mountains rising in the background and the water stretching out into the fore. And yet, for centuries, this area remained uninhabited by civilized man. Until the late 19th century there were only the Yamana Indians here, until the missionaries came, and they had been here for literally thousands of years prior to that.
So what do you do in such a remote area? The easy answer would be “experience adventure”. You can head on up into the Martial range and either ski or hike the glaciers. Or you could hike up through the Tierra del Fuego National Park on one of the many trails, or visit the Cerro Castor during the winter months for plenty of winter sports. Many people kayak the Beagle Channel, or take a train ride on the Tren del Fin del Mundo to get a picturesque view of the National Park. Or you could head down to Antarctica. The choice is entirely up to you.
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Beagle Channel is a strip of land in South America’s extreme southern region side which serves the purpose of dividing the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago islands. The eastern region of the land is a part of Chile and Argentina’s border which is known as Nueva Island. The western region, on the other hand, lies entirely in Chile and is known as Darwin Sound.
Its length is approximately 150 miles in length and at its narrowest point; it has a width of at least 3 miles. Namely islands like Picton, Nueva and Lennox happened to be a target of prolonged territorial controversy between Argentina and Chile which resulted in the inclusion of these islands into Chile via signing a treaty in 1984.
It is essential for other nations to notify the Chilean authorities 48 hours prior to planning a trip to or from Ushuaia which is the channel’s largest settlement in Argentina. A Chilean pilot is assigned to them to navigate the ship around the part of the channel that lies within Chile. The world’s southernmost city and the second largest settlement is Puerto Williams which is a part of Chile respectively.
The name of the Channel originated from HMS Beagle which in the 19th century, participated in the two of the surveys conducted on South America’s southern coasts.
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