Bottom of the World

Trip Start Nov 13, 2006
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Trip End May 23, 2007


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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Ushuaia is the capital of the Argentine province of Tierra del Fuego, and the world's southernmost city. It is located at on the southern coast of the island of Tierra del Fuego, in a setting surrounded by mountains and overlooking the Beagle Channel.
 
History:
The city was originally named by early British colonists after the name that the native Yamana people had for the area. For most of the first half of the 20th century, the city was centered around a prison for serious criminals. The Argentine government set up this prison following the example of the British with Australia: being a remote island, escape from a prison on Tierra del Fuego would have been impossible. The prisoners thus became forced colonists and spent much of their time cutting wood in the lands around the prison and building the town. Now it is a big tourists stop for planes and ships.
 
Our Stay:
When we first came, the city had just come off one week of rain, we brought the sun.  It has been about 45 to 55 degrees each day with sun and some clouds with some wind.  We did a city tour (yes, we saw the prison) and shopping and eating.  Our main reason to be here was to see penguins!
 
 
Our next trip we packed a lunch and got a bus to the Parque National Lapataia Tierra Del Fuego which is about 30 miles from town.  Darcy and I took one of the trails which follow the lakes and walked about 6 miles!  We stopped for lunch at a spot with a great view of the mountains and the lake.  It was a killer, but we made it
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