How To Get Around The End Of The World

Saturday, January 16, 2010

You ride the train.

This week the Star takes us along on a train ride through and around the southernmost city in the world: Ushuia, Argentina. The train is modeled after the ones built in the early 1900s. These trains were crafted with the utmost simplicity — small, narrow and uncomfortable — as the cars carried exiled convicts around the southern limits of Patagonia in order to cut lumber. As a result, Ushuia’s founding is firmly rooted as a “penal colony.”

Today the city of some 65,000 offers visitors an opportunity to experience Ushuia’s humble beginnings by taking the train from La Estacion del Fin del Mundo through the haunting scenery of Tierra del Fuego until Estacion de Parque Nacional, then back again. The whole tour takes about 1 hour and 40 minutes. A good thing too, because the seats are apparently “hard and cramped.”

I think this sounds like a little something little ol’ me is just going to have to do: go to The End of the World and back again.

By Brit Weaver


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Toronto born and based, Brit is an avid leisure cyclist, coffee drinker and under-a-tree park-ist. She often finds herself meandering foreign cities looking for street eats to nibble, trees to climb, a patch of grass to sit on, or a small bookstore to sift through. You can find her musing life on her personal blog,

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