At the tip of South America, where Tierra del Fuego dissolves into a myriad of islands, Ushuaia overlooks the Beagle Channel set against a dramatic backdrop of snow-capped Patagonian peaks. Dubbed the southernmost city in the world, a fact disputed by Chile’s Puerto Williams, Ushuaia was first settled in 1870 as a mission and then remote penal colony. Today, tourism has firmly taken root and the city serves as the departure point for Antarctic cruises heading out to explore the Great White Continent. Yet allow a few days and there is a lot to discover. Close by, the Lapataia National Park offers excellent walking and wildlife or take a ride on the restored “train to the end of the world”, the historic, narrow gauge steam train built to serve the penal colony.