This beautiful archipelago was named the ‘Isles of Fire’ by the famous explorer Ferdinand Magellan as there were a number of fires on the coastline when he arrived. But when you experience the cold temperatures here, you will struggle to understand how they could have started in the first place. Ushuaia is often called the southernmost city in the world, although that may not be geographically correct, and is located in one of the most beautiful valleys in the region. People clearly don’t come here for a beach holiday but to climb the remarkable Glacier Marshall which overlooks the entire valley, it is also the starting point for a ski run. The wondrous activities on offer here include husky sledding, kayaking and sailing but one of the most interesting is being able to play on the world’s most southerly golf course. Ushuaia is the most popular destination to travel on to the Antarctic from, so most visitors tend to visit for short periods of time but there really is a great deal of fun to be had here. You can explore the mountains or get to know locals in any one of the many local bars on either the Chilean or Argentinean side of the island.
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