As the southernmost inhabited city in the world, Ushuaia is likely to contribute to your Antarctic expedition by acting as its origin, finishing point or even both. Many of our itineraries involve flying down from the Argentinian capital of Buenos Aires, before climbing aboard your vessel and heading south. Known locally as 'The end of the World' the city even has a newspaper entitled 'El Diario del Fin del Mundo' which can be translated to mean 'The End of the World Newspaper'.
However, the claim of being the city furthest south is disputed by the settlement of Puerto Willams. In 1998, the title was even transferred to this part of Chile, but Argentinian authorities discounted it and continue to use the slogan in the city's marketing campaigns.
Ushuaia is the capital of 'Tierra del Fuego', one of twenty three provinces in Argentina and was given a name which means 'Land of Fire' by the explorer Ferdinand Magellan. This is said to be because, as he passed the islands in his ship, the coastline was ablaze with many fires which are thought to have been lit by the natives.
Before you say goodbye to Ushuaia and head off on the journey of a lifetime, there may well be time to explore the Tierra del Fuego National Park, visit the lighthouse which stands proudly on the shoreline and meet the many species of penguin, seal and seabirds that call this place home.