Ushuaia Guided Tour, the Old Prison, and Lunch

4 Hours
Private Activity
Mild
Cruise Friendly

From (USD) $556 Per Person (Based on 2)

Ushuaia Guided Tour, the Old Prison, and Lunch

4 Hours
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From (USD) $556 Per Person (Based on 2)

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      Ushuaia Guided Tour, the Old Prison, and Lunch

      Ushuaia, Argentina
      From (USD) $556 Per Person (Based on 2)
      Highlights
      • 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.

       Patagonian Papillon

      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.

      Getting prepared
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      Wear sunscreen Wear sunscreen
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      Wear comfortable shoes Wear comfortable shoes
      Wear warm layers Wear warm layers
      Cancellation policy

      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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