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Puerto Williams, Chile

Puerto Williams has a population of 2,500 people and is a small naval base and town located on Isla Navarino on the southern shore of the Beagle Channel. an altogether enchanting location framed by towering granite needles called the "Teeth of Navarino."

As a destination, it's superseded by its Argentine neighbor Ushuaia, chiefly due to the town's isolation and the difficulty getting there -- which for some is part of its draw. Apart from a few hiking trails...

As a destination, it is surpassed by its Argentine neighbor Ushuaia and its burgeoning tourism infrastructure. Argentines, in fact, like to say that Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world, but then Argentines make a lot of false claims in Patagonia, such as ownership of the Southern Ice Field (the majority lies in Chile). art from a few hiking trails and a museum, there's not a lot to do here, but adventurers setting out for or returning from sailing and kayaking trips around Cape Horn use the town as a base. And really, there is a certain cachet to setting foot in this isolated village and knowing you're at the end of the world.

The best way to visit Puerto Williams is via the Mare Australis cruise ship, or any other ship that allows for an afternoon or 1 day of exploring this far-flung locale. The Yamana culture, who so perplexed the first Europeans in their ability to withstand the harsh environment with little clothing, is long gone, but visitors may still view the last vestiges of their settlements and a well-designed anthropological museum in town.