Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
The frontier spirit is alive and well at this end-of-the-world outpost on the banks of the Beagle Channel. Snowy Cerro Martial mountains provide a brooding backdrop for the village, whose quiet streets face a sheltered bay. From humble origins as a Yahgan Indian village, missionary settlement, military base, and convict station, Ushuaia emerges as a gateway to the rugged and remote wonders of Patagonia and the nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park. The world's largest seabirds, including the condor, rhea, and the albatross are known to take wing within the park's boundaries.