Landing in Ushuaia: The Final Approach to the End of the World
If you were looking for some quick video footage illustrating what it’s like to land at the end of the world, you’re welcome. I was delighted to relive it.
Ushuaia, Argentina, in Tierra del Fuego, is at 54°48′S latitude the southernmost city in the world. So by default, Malvinas Argentinas Ushuaia International Airport (USH), is the planet’s southernmost international airport. Nestled between the Beagle Channel to the south and the Andes’ Martial range to the north, it’s also a beautiful place to land. You can sense the isolation. A window seat is highly recommended.
A small but modern single-terminal facility opened in 1995 to replace an older airfield, USH has daily connections to/from Buenos Aires via Aerolineas Argentinas and Chile’s LAN, with the latter also offering regular service from Santiago with stops in Puerto Montt and Punta Arenas. There are seasonal connections to Brazil and occasional international charter flights most often as part of Antarctic cruise packages. In 2014 it welcomed and bid adieu to about 560,000 passengers. Last I heard there is free wifi.
The landing footage? Just over three minutes, with a strong focus on the Martial Mountains, the range that frames and walls the city from the north. Enjoy.
Today’s Pic du Jour, the site’s 1,073rd straight, is a screen cap from video shot on 31 January 2013. For the record, I posted bits of this nearly four years ago as part of another post which has since been deleted, so pardon this minor indulgence of posting it again. It just fits kinda nicely into the Window Seats theme, don’t you think?
It’s also a reminder to myself –a swift kick in the ass, more accurately– to revisit once more notes, observations and photos from this seven-month trip through South America, now that four years have passed, and do something with them. That’s a project I hope will lie not too far over the 2017 horizon.