The End of the World – Ushuaia, Argentina
Updated: Mar 16
The screeching of steel wagons, as the locomotive moves forward, wakes up the disturbing white landscape that surrounds us. Outside, the snow falls livid and relentless. Suddenly, to one side of the tracks between the trees, someone is staring at the passing of the railroad. He is a wiry middle-aged man, with a desperate look, wearing old prison clothes. Something does not fit, something is not right. To everyone's surprise, the strange character runs towards us, stretching out his arms to grab onto the car, meters away from doing so, he disappears. It vanishes…
The train winds its way out of our stupor while the guide points out - “On your right, the famous Pipo River”.
You see, "Pipo" was one of the many inmates who passed through the famous Prison of the End of the World or Ushuaia Prison. This prison, which functioned between 1904 and 1947, at the time was the most secure prison in Argentina; Tierra del Fuego's inclement weather and geographic isolation made it the most feared destination for any inmate. Those prisoners with good behavior were taken in a small train that was only used by them (currently the End of the World Train), to look for firewood in the forest.
Among them one day was Pipo. Looking to escape, he jumped from the train and ran before the warning beeps of the guards. He ran through the snow looking for his freedom, but only found a frozen river and when he ran unto it, the ice layer gave way and he instantly plunged into the cold waters of the river. His body was never found. Thus ended its existence and gave life to the famous legend of "the ghost of Pipo". Currently, the river is named in his honor: Río Pipo.