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“Ushuaia, Argentina: the southern most town in the world” by K.J.S.Chatrath

I visited Ushuaia in Argentina, which   is the southern most town in the world. It is located on the shores of the Beagle Channel, at the southern tip of  Tierra del Fuego Island. Being surrounded by the sea, mountains and forests at the same time, makes it a unique location. The name of the town comes from  the language of the yámanas or yaghanes indians, its original inhabitants, and means “bay that penetrates westward.”

The city foundation was laid when an Argentine expedition came here on October 12, 1884  to establish a sub-prefecture. However, it is said that around 300 Anglican missionaries of the South American Missionary Society had already started staying there.

A penal colony/prison was built here in the early twentieth century, which has since been converted into a museum.





 Plaza of the Argentinaian armed police.




Falkland Islands, which are called the Malvinas, are considered by Argentina to be a part of the nation and it is a very emotive issue. This is a memorial to those who fought the Falklands War and lost their lives.


I am tempted to do a bit of self tom-tomming here. I was 65 when I made this trip. And I went alone -yes alone covering the following distances:

New Delhi-Paris flight- 6583 kms

Paris-Buenos Aires (Argentina) flight- 11,062 kms

Buenos Aires to El Calafate (Argentina) flight- 2035 kms

El Calafate to Puerto Natale (Chile) by public bus- 282 kms

Puerto Natales to Ushuaia (Argentina) by Public bus- 441 kms


Total travelled by air:  19,680 kms

By public bus: 723 kms

And this is one way only!

While returning, I took a flight from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires (2365 kms) and then Buenos Aires to Paris and Paris to Delhi. The return journey was 20,010 kms.

So the total distance that I covered Delhi to Ushuaia and back to Delhi was 40, 413 kms.


Today, Ushuaia is a tourist city with international airport and all necessary services. It is also a cruise port and the closest deep water port to the Antarctic and the antarctic going ships start their journey from here.



A plaque comemmorating Commodore Augusto Laserre,  the founder of Ushuaia  in October 1884.









 You can learn the amazingly popular ‘Tango’ even in the southernmost town of the world – Ushuaia!

The New York Times has given the following synopsis of the tv show “Ushuaia – the Ultimate Adventure”: Action-adventure, science-reality series based on the popular French primetime series, in which French explorer Nicolas Hulot and his Ushuaia team travel to unusual places by unusual modes of transport — hot air balloon, hang glider, parasail, hydroplane, etc. Program takes its name from a small town in Tierra Del Fuego at the southernmost tip of South America, the last outpost of civilization before the South Pole, symbolizing the place where reality ends and dreams begin.”

Now that is what Ushuaia is – somewhere between reality and dreams….I would strongly recommend my Fiftyplus traveler friends to plan a visit to Ushuaia.

And by the way I have also visited the northern most town in the world- but more about that in a full photo article.

    Photographs  and text  & copyright by K.J.S.Chatrath.

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Grave matters….matters of graves…graves and cemeteries….tombs and graves…cemeteries and graveyards….photos of gravestones from all over the world…inscriptions from all over the world…sad, inspirational and some with a sense humour… I look forward to receiving your encouragement and advice.

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2 Responses to ““Ushuaia, Argentina: the southern most town in the world” by K.J.S.Chatrath”

  1. Madhukar says:

    I forgot to mention to you that I have joined the 50 plus set last September. The relevance of your posts has increased manifold since then for me.
    Ushuaia, but for a few additional vowels could well have been the Sanskrit word for dawn. Would have rather apt too.

  2. Sukhdev bedi says:

    It is indeed a rare feat for an Indian of this age group to have traveled so far both by air and by land.Remarkable journey Mr. Chatrath into a territory so far unknown to us.

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