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Sharon asked:Answer this2 AnswersAlistair answered:Sharon, me again! Your question reminded me of series from National Geographic Traveler in which the writer, Andrew Nelson, traveled from Washington, D.C. to Ushuaia and then Antarctica. In it, he describes the town as "part Colorado ski town, part Norwegian fishing village" (http://bit.ly/sMWCxX). The town itself caters mostly to cruise-ship day-trippers (who come to shop duty-free at the end of the world, it seems) and adventurous backpacker types. If you count yourself in the latter camp, there are lots of good outdoor activities from which to choose, including hiking, mountain biking, fishing, and skiing. You can go out on boat excursions to see the wildlife and islands of the Beagle Channel, including sea lions and fur seals on Isla de Los Lobos. Numerous local outfitters run day-long (and longer) trips to Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego, about an hour from Ushuaia. Another popular outing is the half-day ride on the Ferrocarril Austral Fueguino, a narrow-gauge railroad built by convicts to haul timber out of the now Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego to build Ushuaia.