Ushuaia is located at Beagle Canal, so it is a perfect place to water sports (although it is a little cold!) Kayaking is practising here in summertime.
Enlarge the picture to see the two men in their kayaks (it was raining a lot that morning!)
Ushuaia está situada sobre el Canal de Beagle, así que es el sitio perfecto para deportes acuáticos (aunque es un poquitito frío!); el kayak es practicado en verano.
Amplíen la foto para ver a los dos hombres en sus kayaks (llovía muchísimo aquella mañana!)
If you have a yacht (that is not my case!), you can sail here, because Ushuaia has a sporty dock (besides the commercial port). Many yachts can be seen at Ushuaia Bay, and there are many shipping lanes to the surrounding islands.
Si tienen un yate (¡que no es mi caso!), pueden navegar aquí, dado que Ushuaia tiene un muelle deportivo (además del puerto comercial). Muchos yates pueden verse en la Bahía de Ushuaia, y hay numerosas rutas náuticas hacia las islas circundantes.
Equipment: You just need a yacht!
¡Tan sólo necesitan un yate!
Well, this sport activity is cheaper than the previous ones! Trekking is free, and Ushuaia has a lot of places where to hike (especially at Tierra del Fuego National Park and Martial Mountains).
The picture shows a trekking path close to Martial Glacier.
Bien, esta actividad deportiva es más barata que las dos anteriores! La caminata es gratuita, y Ushuaia tiene muchos lugares para explorar (especialmente el Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego y la cadena montañosa Martial).
La foto muestra un sendero de trekking cerca del Glaciar Martial.
Equipment: You will need good trekking boots (or similar shoes). Forget your stilettos!
necesitarán buenas botas de trekking (o zapatos similares). ¡Olvídense de los tacos aguja!
Ushuaia has a long and snowy winter, so winter sports lovers find a paradise here. There are ski runs at Martial Mountains (quite close to the city), and Encerrada Bay freezes, so you can ice-skate there.
Ushuaia tiene un invierno largo y nevado, así que los amantes de los deportes de invierno encuentran un paraíso aquí. Hay pistas de esquí en la Cadena Montañosa Martial (muy cerca de la ciudad), y la Bahí Encerrada se congela, por lo que se puede patinar sobre el hielo allí.
Equipment: You need some skill and a lot of courage!
Necesitan un poco de destreza y un montón de valentía!
Ushuaia is sourrounded by mountains, so climbing is a common sport activity (here is called andinismo); of course, you need a guide for this activity, and several companies guive the service. You can check the "Club Andino Ushuaia" web page for more information.
Ushuaia está rodeada de montañas, por lo que la escalad es una actividad habitual (aquí se llama andinismo); por supuesto, necesitan un guía para esta actividad, y varias compañías brindan este servicio. Pueden consultar la página web del "Club Andino Ushuaia" para más información.
Two alpine ski areas, each with one principal and one beginner lift, are located very close to Ushuaia. The CAU offers skiing at the northwest edge of the city on a run named Wolfgang Wallner in honor of one of the founding members of the Club. The other ski area, Glacier El Martial, is located above Wallner in the bottom of a narrow valley, which leads to the Martial glacier. Wallner is clearly the locals' favorite place to ski.
Alone or in company of a guide, will find the possibility to discover through this activity, a Land of the different Fire: marches that combine you disturb them, dense forests and ascents to impressive viewpoints. It is possible to organize walks for all the degrees of demand, apt from circuits to carry out in family to crossings of several days for the most adventurous. A variant one more is the one that permits to combine different disciplines inside the National Park or to travel through the system of valleys in chain beyond the mounts Martial, sprinkled of gaps and flanked by imposing mountains and glacial
Equipment: Though the ideal epoch to carry out these walks is in spring and summer, during the winter they adapt the circuits and the necessary team is modified: they add the racquets for snow, that are placed in the footwear to be displaced in irregular lands covers by the snow. Besides, them they traveled through they are but short, since in winter epoch the hours light are reduced.
Nordic skiing has grown quite popular in the area in the last several years. Ushuaia is, without question, the Nordic skiing capital of the continent. Low elevations and cold temperatures combine to make the spot ideal for Nordic training, and many international teams come to Ushuaia to train in the off-season. There are well over 100km of trails among the six developed ski centers. Jerman is the most wooded of all but is the only one that doesn't have trails that connect with the others. Tierra Mayor has the best-developed trail system and is the most popular. Not discussed are Altos del Valle, Valle de Los Huskies, Las Cotorras and Haruwen all of which offer a lodge and interconnecting trails. Other possibilities for skiing in the region abound. The best is probably at Lapataia where the CAU maintains a small refugio
Theres a chairlift, so you decide wether you climb through the ski track or take the lift.
When you get to the shelter of club Andino de Ushuaia you find a trail by a brook ending at the base of the glacier.
If you have equipment and experience in ice climbing you can climb the glacier, walk to the edge and see the valley of Andorra, mount Vinciguerra and Vinciguerra glacier. On the other side there is an amazing view of the Beagle Channel and of Ambarino and Hoste islands. Really worth looking and photographing.
This walk on the ice is easy, with the steepest part at the beginning. You must be careful with crevasses, mainly in spring and winter, when ice bridges are weakest.
In case you do not have equipment for ice climbing, you can climb the Black Canyon in the wide valley you see on the right from the base of the glacier after you get off the chairlift.
At the highest part youll see an amphitheatre or circus from where you can see the mountains on Hoste island with its glaciers and the Beagle Channel. This circus was formed during the last glaciation in the last million years.
To return, go back to the chairlift. If you Are not tired you can then walk to the city along the route and thus get some nice vistas of the city and the Beagle Channel.
Canoeing on the most southern lakes in the world. Must be giving an extra shot of adrenaline
BTW : i've just seen it, no active participation but i can imagine that it is a dream of many of us, and i have some VT members in my mind. Just do it folks !!
Equipment: You can rent everything in the city of Ushuaia
Bahia Ensenada is a beautiful bay in the Tierra del Fuego national park. It is not too far away from Ushuaia, I guess about 10 km. The best way to go there is by taking a taxi. Alternatively, you can take the Tren del Fin del Mundo (a tourist train), but I do not recommend it (see my tip under Tourist traps). Bahia Ensenada is also a stop for some day cruises in the Beagle Channel.
There is a beautiful hike along the coast line. It starts at the car park and heads in eastern direction along the shore. It is easy to follow. The length of the track is about 10 km, but you can stop at any point and walk back how you came. There are also options for a circular tour (in that case, buy a good map).
Equipment: Bring good shoes and some food and drinks. And like everywhere in the Ushuaia region, reckon with sudden weather changes. And prepare for snowfall any time of the year.
Just outside Ushuaia, at about 5 km from the city center, there is a nice place to hike. It is called Glacier Martial. The hike starts with a chairlift ride (constructed in 1983); which is recommended as it is a quick way to skip a less interesting part of the track. Near the top station of the chairlift, there is a mountain restaurant that is a very good place to site and enjoy the beautiful landscape. The chairlift is used by skiers in winter time, though the only track (1.2 km long) did not seem to be very challenging.
The hike starts from the restaurant and goes uphill through the valley. The first part of the track is easy, as it is pretty flat and very clear where you should walk. At a certain point, the track becomes unstable and goes steep up the mountain to the toe of the galcier at 1,050 m. This second part does contribute to the experience, but without it the hike is still very good. There were many people doing the same hike on the day that I was there, which gave a comfortable feeling in case something would happen. Besides, my mobile phone had sufficiently strong signal in all places.
Equipment: Bring good shoes and reckon with VERY SUDDEN WEATHER CHANGES. Even on a beautiful summer day, it may start snowing all of a sudden.
Snow walking is great fun, especially at night with everybody carrying a flashlight or lantern.
Equipment: The organizers of the trip will provide you with the snow shoes. They will also make a fire, offer hot wine and excellent food. Ask around in the city for people that organize these kind of trips. I don't remember the guy's name that organized the tour I was on, sorry.
In Ushuaia, after its fourth winter season the newest ski resort in Argentina, only 26 km from Ushuaia, surrounded by the Andes and the sea, Cerro Castor is the most beautiful place to ski. Thanx to the weather, here s the longest ski season in Southamerica with temps of between 5 and -5 C
Ushuaia offers the possibility to dive in its crystalline waters in the middle of a quiet and colorful landscape. This fascinating sport is a new alternative if you dare dive in this cold place with a variety of submarine sceneries.
Diving should be planned between March and December, when Ushuaia presents optimum conditions, since solar activity is not so intense and permits a visibility of more than 15 meters.
Due to the water temperature between 0 °C and 4 °C it becomes necessary to wear a dry suit that you should learn to wear before immersion for a safer and more comfortable
Equipment: Navigating to the islands is very pleasant, since bays never freeze and you will be accompanied by the birds and delighted by the green tones of the islands.
The shape of the mountains determine their names and makes them easily recognized