Known as the “Garden City”, Rio Grande is the most densely populated city in the province of Tierra del Fuego. Situated at the edge of the Argentine Sea, the Rio Grande divides the city into two areas where the businesses are based essentiall on industrial, oil and livestock fields.
Its historic center is an ancient Selk’nam settlement. In 1883 this settlement was established by gold diggers. Between 1886 and 1887 Julio Popper toured the area, and later, he published a project to create a seaside town on the Rio Grande,town that he called “Atlanta”.
In the city are appreciated, buildings of the Old Salesian Mission from the late nineteenth century and so called “Old Town cascoviejo” of the city, with predominant low wooden houses with tin roof, painted in bright colors. The city also has the attraction of sport fishing and tours on its ranchesfrom the early twentieth century. Many travelers who choose to get to Ushuaia by land, visit Rio Grande. In summer, you can see a remarkable increase of tourists in the city, that has hotels from the most varied categories, as well as a wide range of typical cuisine.