After forty years without functioning, in 1994 End of the World Train took again part of the old route that made the prisoners train , which left from the prison of Ushuaia, located in the center of the city, towards the slope of the Susana Mountain with the objective of obtaining materials (wood and stone) for the construction of the same one. The train station is located only eight km from the city of Ushuaia, and our guides and guards will invite you to relive the last seven km of the journey. On board the train you can listen to the history of the prisoners who came daily to cut wood to this area, and enjoy magnificent landscapes, composed of the zigzagging Pipo River, the Macarena waterfall, the tree cemetery and the majestic lenga forest. In this way you will visit an inaccessible part of the Tierra del Fuego National Park, where you will be able to enjoy this experience aboard a vintage railroad, with its steam locomotives and elegant cars that have large windows and an individual audio system, which offers the possibility of listening to history in 7 different languages, in order not only to appreciate the nature that surrounds you, but also to know a very important part of the history of Ushuaia.
The train crosses the Cañadón del Toro and crosses the Pipo River over the so-called Puente Quemado (Burnt Bridge), where the remains of wood from the old bridge are found under the new tracks, with access to the first stop, La Macarena Station. From this bridge you can see the changing Rio Pipo, a typical river formed by meltwater, which descends from the mountains and flows into the Beagle Channel.
La Macarena Station is a place of historical interest where the prisoners' train used to stop to provide water to the tanks of the steam locomotive called La Coqueta. In this stop it is possible to ascend until a viewpoint that offers an incomparable view of the Valley of the Pipo River, Cerro Guanaco, Cerro la Portada and Monte Susana. Ascending towards the upper part, it will be possible to reach the source of the Macarena waterfall in the Del Martial Mountain Chain, which is formed by thaws that are born at the top of the mountain. You can also find our prisoners who will offer their photographic service and also a grocery store, which has a souvenirs of our railroad. After a few minutes, the whistle of the guards will call all to quietly return to the train and the train restart its march to the National Park Tierra del Fuego.
Once aboard the train again, the journey continues to the National Park Station, contemplating the magnificent scenery offered by mountains and valleys near the border. The Tierra del Fuego National Park was created as such in 1960, by order of the executive power, with an area of 63,000 ha, and this being the only National Park in Argentina that has maritime coasts, forest and mountains. During the whole tour, you will be accompanied by an audio guide system, which will illustrate the history and the surrounding landscape. On board of each formation our guides, professionals in tourism, will be able to inform you everything related to the history of the origina prisonersl train and on the different geographical characteristics of flora, fauna as well as that can be appreciated during the tour in case you have any doubt about it.
Bordering the Pipo River, we find traces of the daily routine of the prisoners after almost half a century of cutting down forests to supply the town with firewood. This is a place where you can fully appreciate the daily work of the prisoners. Here you will find the called "stumps" (remains of trunks that do not exceed 50 cm in height above the surface) as a sign of the time stopped in the work done by the prisoners. Nearby are the bases of a local former sawmill, called Lombardich, which worked in the area prior to the decision to transform the sector into a natural protected area.
You will also be able to see a type of Tierra del Fuego ecosystem called turbal. This type of soil characteristic of Tierra del Fuego is composed of organic material and compacted mineral.