Ushuaia Guided Tour, the Old Prison, and Lunch
- Ushuaia: Take a motorcoach tour of a the world's southernmost city and see how it transformed itself from isolated native village to harsh penal colony to popular resort.
- The Old Prison: See how violent criminals in the early 1900s built Ushuaia while living in Argentina's version of Devil's Island. Are the torture tales true?
- Maritime Museum: See actual maps and charts used by early Tierra del Fuego explorers like Magellan and Drake, as well as scale models of warships and merchant vessels.
- Lunch: Delight your taste buds with a delicious meal of traditional Patagonian lamb, grilled for hours over an open fire, or feast on other local favorites.
About this Ushuaia tour
A city nicknamed "the End of the World" conjures images of isolation and desolation, yet nothing could be further from the truth. Ushuaia is actually a lot of fun, with lots to do and see.
Your guide will show you around this surprising resort city: the old homes and the new buildings, the cool landscape and the hot night spots. Along the way, you'll pick up some interesting history.
At the Old Prison, close your eyes and imagine what life might have been like for Argentina's most dangerous criminals and political prisoners. At times, the 380 cells would have to accommodate upwards of 600 prisoners. Not good.
These guys didn't sit around playing checkers and lifting weights. They were tasked with building their own prison, as well as major portions of the town, including roads, bridges, a printing press, and the first electrical generator.
Other prisoners rode the infamous "prisoners' train" out into the wilderness to retrieve lumber for the construction, or to lay more tracks. Even under the watchful eyes of guards with itchy trigger fingers, and even in rough weather – the most frequent kind at the end of the world – most inmates appreciated the time out of the cell block.
Outside the prison, life developed in a much happier environment – one that, in the century since starting out as a penal colony, grew to achieve something of a rough refinement. Today, you can get as good a meal in Ushuaia as you can in Buenos Aires.
So if you're famished, it's not the end of the world.
The Ushuaia prison was patterned after the Devil's Island of Papillon fame: If you succeeded in escaping, there was nowhere to go. But instead of broiling, malaria-infested swamp, you had to contend with piercing rain and temperatures as low as 32 below. According to legend, only two inmates managed to escape. Both quickly returned, begging for shelter and forgiveness.
Please proceed pier side and look for our GoBe Representative with your name on a sign. Staying in a hotel? Meet in the lobby/reception area of your hotel (if confirmed prior with the GoBe Crew). Your guide will be holding a sign with your name on it.
Drinks are not included but can be purchased at your restaurant during lunch. Wind or waterproof jacket and comfortable shoes are always advisable.
Amount of walking is at your leisure. You can stay onboard the transport if desired. Tour is wheelchair accessible so long as wheelchair is foldable and you are able to get on and off the bus by yourself or with the aid of a traveling companion.
Private Tour, Cultural, Food and Wine, Scenic
Lunch - Patagonia Lamb
English, French, German, Spanish
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages but if you are under 18 years of age you won't be able to drink any alcohol on this tour. 18 is the legal age to consume alcohol in Argentina. Bring your ID to prove your age if you are asked.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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