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Old February 26th, 2012, 12:43 PM
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Has anybody taken the "Train to the end of the world " tou in Ushuaia?

What did you think of it and is it worthwhile?

Any other suggestions for Ushuaia excursions?

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Old February 26th, 2012, 03:07 PM
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jayjaycan, here is what I in my review of the excursion we took January 2, 2012.

Ushuaia is a beautiful city. We got on a bus and travelled about an hour to a train station to board the Southern Fuegian Railway or “End of the World Train”. Along the way we passed the world’s most southern most golf course (were told it was $90 for 9 holes). We got to the train station and boarded the train. We were seated in bench seats facing those across from us. It was a pleasant train ride with nice views and a there is a narration of the history of the train which was originally built to transport prisoners out to the forest to cut down trees. After the train ride, we rode for a short while to Ensenada Bay which was picturesque. Then back to Ushuaia for some shopping. This tour was OK but not our favorite and kind of overpriced. We wondered if we should have taken the Beagle Channel tour by boat instead.

If you are a railroad enthusiast would probably be an interesting tour. If you are interested, you can see pictures of the excursion using the following link as it may give you a better idea of what it was like. Ushuaia begins around picture 236.

http://smengelt.shutterfly.com/1665
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jayjaycan, here is what I in my review of the excursion we took January 2, 2012.

Ushuaia is a beautiful city. We got on a bus and travelled about an hour to a train station to board the Southern Fuegian Railway or “End of the World Train”. Along the way we passed the world’s most southern most golf course (were told it was $90 for 9 holes). We got to the train station and boarded the train. We were seated in bench seats facing those across from us. It was a pleasant train ride with nice views and a there is a narration of the history of the train which was originally built to transport prisoners out to the forest to cut down trees. After the train ride, we rode for a short while to Ensenada Bay which was picturesque. Then back to Ushuaia for some shopping. This tour was OK but not our favorite and kind of overpriced. We wondered if we should have taken the Beagle Channel tour by boat instead.

If you are a railroad enthusiast would probably be an interesting tour. If you are interested, you can see pictures of the excursion using the following link as it may give you a better idea of what it was like. Ushuaia begins around picture 236.

http://smengelt.shutterfly.com/1665
Is there anyway to do this tour independently as our ship does not do the train excursion?
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Just seen on the BBC that the Argentaian Authorities have refused a ship entrance tonthis port because it had previously called at the Falkland Islands. Don't know which ship but they had to move on to a port in Chile instead.
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Kathy, I'm sure there is but since we did the tour via the ship not able to offer you any personal experience with a private tour. We did see taxis at the train station and again at the park, but not sure how expensive that would be. I did a google search on "Southernmost railway tours Ushuaia" and a lot of information popped up. Here is one example:

http://www.viator.com/tours/Ushuaia/...933-5239USHTDF

So you might want to check with some of the companies you find and then determine if doable, or maybe someone else who did this excursion independently will chime in. If you book something, you should get something in writing that if ship does not make it into port (per Princess board, Star missed Ushaia today to do political differences between Falkland Islands and Argentina) you will get a refund if you are asked to make a deposit or pay in advance.
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Just seen on the BBC that the Argentaian Authorities have refused a ship entrance tonthis port because it had previously called at the Falkland Islands. Don't know which ship but they had to move on to a port in Chile instead.
It's the Star Princess and also a P&O ship. Have a friend on board and the Captain is cruising the glaciers instead. I'm flying to Santiago, Chile tomorrow to get on the Star on Saturday for a 16 day cruise up the coast to San Fran
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We were in Ushuaia last week and booked a tour through Pira Tours. http://www.piratour.com.ar/indexEnglish.php It was a highlight of our trip.
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I saw the train but did not take it. Looked pretty small-- IMHO more of an amusement park size than a regular historic train. End of the world is a term used for Tierra del Fuego. The train goes into the national park. Not sure how far. As noted, if you're a big train enthusiast, it may be worlthwhile. I had more than one day in Ushuaia (long story). I took a local bus into the park (2-3 different stops available) and walked around, and then book a bus back to town.

There are lots of boat tours which you can book at kiosks at the harbor, just a short walk from where you'll dock. Some go to see sea lions, some to see a penguin island (though these boats dock offshore and you view the penguins from there; the only tour that takes you onto the island is, or at least was, a longer tour involving transport by bus and zodiac, and could take more time than you'll have). Walking around the picturesque town, with its scenic locastion and steep streets, is enjoyable. Lots of restaurants, shops and a small number of museums (best was a former prison). I thought Ushaia was more picturesque than Punta Arenas. BTW, it calls itself the southernmost city in the world, though there is a town across the Beagel Channel, in Chile, that is further south (but, our guide told us, the Argentinians consider it a town, not a city).

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Cintact Mario Maglia. He has a website. Well recommended in prevoius posts and we used his tour last month,

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We used a company by the name of Latitud Ushuaia. The tour was excellent. The driver was the tour guide as well. He had a mike so that everyone in the van heard what he was telling us. We actually saw more than what the cruise ship tours did and it was definitely more reasonable than the ships tours. If you go on the train ride it costs you an additional $40 per person. It is a very short train ride and they stop part way up so that you can take pictures. Yes, it was touristy and would I do it again. No.
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My husband and I also toured with Mario and recommend his services. His english is very good, the car we were in can hold up to 4 though he did mention having a van also, and he is very knowledgable about his home. We were fortunate to just accidentally aquire his taxi at the pier, but found out he does have a website and can be prebooked.
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My husband and I also toured with Mario and recommend his services. His english is very good, the car we were in can hold up to 4 though he did mention having a van also, and he is very knowledgable about his home. We were fortunate to just accidentally aquire his taxi at the pier, but found out he does have a website and can be prebooked.
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http://www.interpatagonia.com/paseos...o/index_i.html Not full-size trains you might expect.
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The card that Mario gave us does not have a website address but does have his email mariomiraglia@hotmail.com and his phone numbers cell 054-2901-15609607 and tel. 054-2901-435488
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We were in Ushuaia last week and booked a tour through Pira Tours. http://www.piratour.com.ar/indexEnglish.php It was a highlight of our trip.
How did you prepay for their tour? I am trying to book for 2013 and they want me to send a credit card # plus a photo copy of both sides of the card. I am uncomfortable emailing this.

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Payment in advance seems unusual. We booked several private tours with local guides in South America earlier this year. We confirmed a few days before and paid after the tour in local or US currency or a mixture of both.
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We were in Ushuaia last week and booked a tour through Pira Tours. http://www.piratour.com.ar/indexEnglish.php It was a highlight of our trip.
We did the Pira Tours trip to walk with the penguins - it was fantastic as they only let 20 people onto the island at a time. The penguins were everywhere and would walk right up to you. We had to be careful where we trod. We purposely did not visit penguins at the earlier port, choosing instead a private trip to Peninsula Valdes (where there were a few penguins) and many seals.
Ushuaia was great - we got back in the early afternoon and then had a bite to eat and a look round before reboarding.

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We prepaid the Pira Tours trip - paid by credit card but don't think I had to send a scan of front and back.From memory, there was a booking form which I filled out,scanned and emailed. I then had to show the original credit card to the office when we were ready to go on the tour.
Most of our other tours either had a deposit (20%) or were paid in full at the end of the tour.
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We did the Pira Tours trip to walk with the penguins - it was fantastic as they only let 20 people onto the island at a time. The penguins were everywhere and would walk right up to you. We had to be careful where we trod. We purposely did not visit penguins at the earlier port, choosing instead a private trip to Peninsula Valdes (where there were a few penguins) and many seals.
Ushuaia was great - we got back in the early afternoon and then had a bite to eat and a look round before reboarding.

Can you provide any insight or advice on which area to visit? We are cruising next year and I can't decide which way to go from Puerto Madryn, the penguins or the peninsula? We will be there the end of February 2013. Appreciate anything you can contribute to making this decision.

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How did you prepay for their tour? I am trying to book for 2013 and they want me to send a credit card # plus a photo copy of both sides of the card. I am uncomfortable emailing this.

Thanks,

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We did not prepay the whole fee in Chile or Brazil but we did a hefty deposit. We used paypal and it worked perfectly. Just paid for tours in China and Thailand by paypal last month and all worked almost instantly. Easy to set up but do have to arrange it before hand by giving your bank information.
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