Being at the End of the World is an experience in itself as there is plenty to see and do in Ushuaia. With so much beautiful scenery and wildlife around the city, travellers should make outdoor activities a priority.

One of the best ways to do this is with the guided Tierra del Fuego National Park Tour. This activity in Ushuaia opens a door to discover the vastness of nature in Southern Patagonia.

The tour starts with a pick-up from hotels in Ushuaia, before heading southwest to the National Park on National Route 3. While the guide gives you details of the itinerary, you can enjoy the scenery and the beautiful view of the mountains around Ushuaia, from the warmth of the bus (no matter the season, it's always cold this far south in Argentina).

After a short drive of 11kms, you'll reach the foot of Mount Susana and the entrance to the Tierra del Fuego National Park. This is also where you'll find the central station of the Southern Fuegian Railway (Ferrocarril Austral Fueguino), or End of the World Train, as it is more commonly called.

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First Stop: End of the World Train

Typical Fuegian architecture at the End of the World Train station. Typical Fuegian architecture at the End of the World Train station. / source

The End of the World Train is an optional part of this excursion (not included in the price). Those who want can continue on by bus, but risk missing the amazing scenery that can be seen from the train, as well as the interesting (and dramatic) history of the old prison, and the construction of this rail network.

The End of the World Train, ready to leave the station. The End of the World Train, ready to leave the station. / source

The train ride on the Southern Fuegian Railway is relaxing and scenic. There is a stop halfway where you can disembark and walk to a lookout point with great views of the valley. At the end of the train journey, the tour bus will be waiting for you to continue the tour.

Second Stop: Ensenada Bay

After getting back on the bus, travel along the Pipo River Valley as the guide explains aspects of the lush Patagonian fauna, before reaching Ensenada Bay.

Here you will talk a walk along the boardwalks, from where you can admire Redonda and Estorbo Islands, the opposite coast of the Beagle Channel, and the snowy peaks of the Sampaio mountain chain on the border with Chile.

The park's walkways are well maintained, although steep in places. Appropriate footwear is a must in case of rain or snow! The park's walkways are well maintained, although steep in places. Appropriate footwear is a must in case of rain or snow! / source

Third Stop: Lapataia Bay

The walkways around Lapataia Bay are better designed for those with mobility difficulties. The walkways around Lapataia Bay are better designed for those with mobility difficulties. / source

The next stop is Lapataia Bay, where National Route 3 ends. More than 3000kms from Buenos Aires, this spot really feels like the end of the world. All around you is vast nature. After walking along the wooden boardwalks, enjoying the great view and breathing the fresh air, we moved on to the last stop.

Fourth Stop: Roca Lake

With its crystal waters and quiet surroundings, Roca Lake (or Lago Roca) offers stunning views and a relaxing walk to the shore.

Lago Roca in Tierra del Fuego National Park. Lago Roca in Tierra del Fuego National Park. / source

This is the last stop on a wonderful journey through the Patagonian nature that will make you reflect on the impact of modern culture on nature, and the amazing ability of Mother Nature to create and adapt ecosystems.

Fact Sheet:

  • Duration of tour: 4 hours
  • Distance: 25 km
  • Price of the entry to the National Park:
    General entrance: AR$140
    National residents: AR$40
  • Price of End of the World Train:
    Tourist Class
    Minors (under 16 years): AR$100
    Minors (under 5): Free
    Adults: AR$420
    Payment is accepted by credit card or cash in pesos, reals, dollars, euros and pounds.

More information can be found on the End of the World Train's official site.
Note that the order of the tour may be changed without notice.