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A small and simple museum commemorates the Yamana people who lived in this region, and gave the town it's name. Ushuaia simply meant "bay penetrating westwards" or "bay towards the end " in Yamana native's language.
When the first Europeans arrived, they found an archipelago inhabited by about 10.000 natives who belonged to different groups: selk'nam and manek'enk (pedestrian nomad) and yamana and alakaluf (canoeist nomad). Fifty years later there were just 350 of them.
The reasons of their disappearance are probably the combination of few reasons
-the overexploitation of marine mammals, that deprived them of their main source of feeding.
-the contagion of plagues and diseases brought by white man.
-their confinement in closed communities.
-the expropriation of their lands due to the introduction of sheep.
In my opinion, it's important to visit this museum, in honor of those distinct tribes.
At the museum, they?ll stamp your passport with the ?DIN DEL MUNDO? stamp.
55.56' south and 67.19' west, Cape Horn was named after Hoorn, a small calm town of the Netherlands, not far from Amsterdam, where Willem Corneliszoon Schouten was born. He was the captain of the ship "Unitie" on which he sailed in search of an alternative passage to the Magellan's Strait and to the Cape of Good Hope, to reach the Far East.
On January 29th of the year 1616, after a long crossing together with a school of whales and many albatrosses, he discovered a high pointed promontory that he called Hoorn, later called Horn by the English. The fog that surrounded the ship deceived the whole crew: everyone thought it was the extreme southern tip of the continent and not an island as it really is.
Many vessels have rounded the cape, but many others have failed to conqueredthe sea that were unpredictably violent
Mare Australis ship
This is definitely "off the beaten path" tour. The Mare Australis is a beautiful new small ship (less then 150 passengers), sailing between Ushuaia, in Argentina, and Punta Arenas in Chile, via beagle cannel, Cape horn and the Magellan straight. The round trip takes one week, but you can do the leg of Ushuaia - Punta Arenas, which takes 3 nights or vice versa, for 4 nights. The route back and forth is not exactly the same. Every day there is disembarkation from the ship to the shore, with catamarans, to places you can't reach otherwise. During the day there are lectures on board concerning the history, geography, fauna and flora, as well as a lecture about local drinks aso.
The trip is veeeery expensive, but if you can afford it, it worth every penny.
In the picture, the Mare Australis is the small ship in front of the big one behind it :-))
A WOODEN HOUSE
If you get up early in the morning, before the city wakes up, you can enjoy a peaceful stroll, and see the variety of houses and styles.
Go through the old part of the city, watch the typical fuegian architecture with old wooden houses and steep metal sheet roofs to avoid snow accumulation. As you walk 3 or 4 blocks out of the center you find streets are not paved, and the houses are newer, with more recent architecture. It’s obvious that the city growing rapidly.
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