Take captain Fitz Roy’s helm and sail through the legendary waters of the Beagle Channel while you become imbued with the seal, cormorant and penguin ornamented breathtaking landscapes. Live the matchless dream offered by the end of the world train visiting multicolored lakes and woods-covered hills, wild animals and glaciers. Slide through the traditional charms of the Ushuaian winter while breathing the world’s southernmost city on board Siberian Huskies-led sleighs. Cruising to the Chilean fiords and Antarctica, skiing over Cerro Castor’s snow-covered valleys and walking through woods-and-streams-surrounded paths are a part of the fantasy this earth last end delimited environment gives away.
Close your eyes, take your ticket and head towards the end of the world.
Lighthouse at the End of the WorldHistorically, sailors last reference on the way to the unknown continent of Antarctica.
Penguin IslandTake a walk around this Magellanic penguin colony.
Cerro CastorSkying while the sea and the mountains meet before the eye of the tourist.
Best time to go: All year long.
Ushuaia is a city you need to visit at least four times to really get to know it. Landscapes change dramatically along the four seasons. Summer allows you to make a big number of outdoor activities and has the nicest weather. Besides, it is the time with more daylight hours: 19 hours approximately. Winter has only seven to eight daylight hours but days can be clear and light. During the fall the trees drop their leaves getting an ocher, copper, pink, red and orange-colored shade. Spring is particularly appealing for blossoming plants and gardens.
» Location: South end of Argentina
» Airports: Malvinas Argentinas International Airport (USH)
» Flight times to:
Buenos Aires: 3:35 hr.
El Calafate: 1:25 hr.
Puerto Madryn: 2:10 hr.
What to wear
You should wear heavy clothes as in the rest of the Andean Patagonia; bear in mind that this is the snowy season and therefore a very cold one. If you are thinking of making a snow-related activity we recommend waterproof clothing (specially footwear). If possible we recommend “Gore-Tex” shoes. During summer, cold weather is not so hard although the western wind may cause many cool days. You should carry warm clothes though it is summertime.
Must See / Do
» Take a picture at the End of the World signpost. Within Tierra del Fuego National Park, at the end of the road, there is a commemorative sign which indicates the end of Panamericana route and the land distance which separates it from Alaska. There is another similar sign in Alaska which indicates the distance to this point.
» Take the “Navegación Isla de Lobos y faro del Fin del Mundo” tour. Here, you will get an overwhelming view of Ushuaia from the Beagle Channel.
» Get on the Martial Glacier chairlift and then go on walking upwards as far as your body allows you to in order to enjoy a privileged view from Ushuaia, the Beagle Channel and the Navarino Island (Chile) on the background.
» Taste the spit-roasting Tierra del Fuego lamb and the spider crab and, if you visit the area in winter, the highland coffee in some of the winter resorts.
Places to Eat
» Kalma Resto. Signature cuisine.
Antártida Argentina 57. ($$). (+54 02901) 425 786
» Kaupé. Seafood.
Roca 470. ($$$). (+54 02901) 422 704
» Bodegón Fueguino. Argentina.
San Martín 859. ($$). (+54 02901) 431 972
» La Rueda. Parrilla.
San Martín 193. ($$). (+54 02901) 436 540
» Tía Elvira. Seafood.
Maipú 340. ($$). (+54 02901) 424 725
How long do you need?
» 2 nights minimum with 1 whole day to take this destination’s two main tours. In the morning you will be able to visit Tierra del Fuego National Park and in the afternoon sail to “Isla de lobos and Faro del Fin del Mundo”.
» However, the best option would be to stay 3 nights in order to have 2 full days. One of the options is to take the Tierra del Fuego National Park tour the first day and sail to “Isla de lobos and faro del Fin del Mundo” the second. Doing this, you will have extra time to visit the city and the old prison or climb the Martial glaciar the first day. Another option is to leave the second day to take the one-day Lago Escondido and Lago Fagnano tour crossing The Andes.