In Patagonia airports have an extra tax. Here in Ushuaia the tax is 28 pesos and you cannot pay with credit card.
Taxi ride from airport to the city centre is 15 minuts long and costs more or less 60 pesos.
We rented a car in Fireland:
partly terrible roads & lots of dust everywhere !
We rented a car by AVIS at the airport of Ushuaia, a VW Gol (yes, no Golf but a Gol)
Driving through the wide landscapes of Tierra del Fuego / Fireland is a great adventure by itself, but you have to be careful when estimating driving-times, because that depends very much on the (mostly lousy) road conditions. Roads that are marked as quite good roads might finally be rocky roads without any ashpalt, narrow tracks with just one single useable track in the middle and the oncoming trafic will hopefully be able to see you ahead of time and search for a good place to let pass you by.
In my main-picture here you see the road to San Pablo. From Ushuaia it starts as the ordinary N3 , the Panamericana Highway, but north-east of Tolhuin you will have to drive about 30 km on a rocky dust-road. Driving this road might be dangerous, because mostly it follows the landscape and there are lots of bends, where trees are covering your sight and you might see the oncoming trafic too late. The road is also in most places just wide enough for a single car in the middle, where everybody is driving and on the "hard shoulder" you have to be careful and drive very slow !
The dust will get really everywhere, even through the locked doors.We had some camera-equipment in the back of our car and had the feeling it would be safe there, but see for yourself in my photos : it is clean only at the places, that were covered by something and you really have to completely clean all of your belongings afterwards !
Traveling through barely passable roads or to be ventured for places where these simply do not exist, is the proposal of these exits. An alternative more to achieve a full contact with the nature respecting and protecting the middle that is visited. The circuits offered understand the three zones of the province: is possible to know the paths that encircle the lakes Hidden and Fagnano, crossing the mountain range among forests of lenga; to travel the coast of the Channel Beagle visiting different inns or some rural establishment and even to enjoy the extensive horizons that the landscape of the plateau gives us al north of the Island. These excursions are guided and in many cases they include the possibility to test some typical dish in stays or central winter
"The train at the end of the world" is the southern-most train in the whole world and it was constructed between 1902 and 1909 as a train used by the prisoners to transport the wood of the felled trees to the town of Ushuaia. The bigest part of the rail-track does not exist any more, just a small museum-train uses a part of the original track of the former prisoner-train, and it uses locomotives and also wagons that were never used by the prisoners. The locomotive on my main picture was built in 1938 in Germany.
You will find this museum-train in a distance of about 10 km from Ushuaia and you will go through a part of the National Park, you will pass by the "cemetery of the trees" and go to Macarena Waterfalls, where a short stop of 10-15 minutes will give you enough time to step up to the waterfalls.
S/Y Sarah Vorwerk is a small sailing-yacht based in Ushuaia and they offer a total of 8 guest-berths for cruises to Antarctica.
Here you will find some more links for trips from Ushuaia to Antarctica:
To Antactica by a tall wooden 4-mast-ship, more than 100 years old, but reconstructed in 1994.
She is sailing 22 days with a professional crew of 14 and a complement of 48 voyage crewmembers of all ages and nationalities (the passengers).
maybe a trip I might do in 2008/2009
Antarctic tour operators
travels to Antarctica
a great travelagent in Ushuaia
The Catamaran Ana B was the ship that took us along the Beagle Channel to the islands of seals, sea-wolfs, penguins and to the "lighthouse at the end of the world".
This catamaran has a small platform going around the ship (see my 3rd picture), that is perfect in order to take pics of birds and seals, BUT when going very fast you will get wet there.
there is a large salon with panorama-windows (my 2nd pic) they have a small bar there and serve coffee also at your tables . There is also another platform on top of the ship (see my 4th picture!)
There is a small airport in Ushuaia and you will find it at the opposite side of the bay, when you arrive by cruiseship. In principal the airport is in walking-distance from the town, maybe 15 minutes to walk or 3 minutes by taxi. When you enlarge my main picture, that I took from the place where our cruiseship was docked you will see the halls of the airport and even a small airplane across the bay.
Ushuaia is also a great place for a local flight on a sunny day, use the link below for reservations and infos about flying-excursions in the area of Beagle-Channel, Cape Horn etc.
This web-page seems to have an english-version as well, but at the moment it is not in function !
Since it's an island, by far the easiest way to get to Tierra del Fuego is by plane. There are direct flights from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, although ours touched down midway for refuelling in what seemed a very remote and desolate mining town. The flight itself was great – we were well looked after and served Argentinean “champagne” in generous quantities. I don’t know if that’s a regular part of the service or had been arranged by our tour company to mark the fact that we were about to set out on a special adventure, but who asks questions when there’s bubbly to be drunk???
The airport is a little outside town on a promontory. You get a great view of the cruise ships anchored in the port and can have fun guessing which might be yours. There are no bus services into town, so you’ll need to take a taxi if you don’t have a transfer arranged.
Getting around Ushuaia, for example direction Tierra del Fuego an abolute must to visit is by the bus company Tiempo Libre S.A.
In my opinion a good company with good and nice drivers.
Reservation is necessary
Ushuaia is THE Gateway To Antarctica and contrary to popular belief it is possible to arrange passage here with substantial discounts - in 3 days I am going there on an expedition ship, having paid over $2000 less than the other passengers. Tickets at reduced prices are available for some ships departing at short notice - whether or not they are available depends on luck, so don't get your hopes up too high.
Be aware that not all travel agencies are aware of the latest offers - I went to one agency who had nothing available, and purely by chance, when enquiring about bus tickets out of Ushuaia I went to another agency (the same day) and landed myself on the perfect trip.
I strongly recommend Tolkar Tourist Agency (157 Roca) for their friendly, professional and prompt service - thanks to them one of my dreams is coming true.
The fastest way to get to Ushuaia (almost from anywhere), and in my opinion the most beautiful way, is by plane.
Aeolineas have a scheduled flight from Buenos Aires, which arrives in Ushuaia before 10:00 a.m., which leaves you most of the day in this beautiful town.
The problem is that to catch this flight, you have to be up before 4:00 a.m., which makes you pretty soggy at the end of the day.
The scenery from the plane as you reach Ushuaia is beautiful. The airport is pretty new, but the unloading of the bags is done by hand, so have patient.
Of course, if you dare, you can drive a car here; I do not drive, so this option is not for me, but remeber this is a mountainuos area, so the paths are wandering... only for expert (or oblivious) drivers!
Por supuesto, si se animan, pueden conducir un coche aquí; yo no manejo, así que esta opción no es para mí, pero recuerden que esta es un área montañosa, por lo que los caminos son sinuosos... sólo para conductores expertos (o inconscientes)!
The best (and cheapest) way to know a city is to walk along its streets; several streets at Ushuaia are really steep, so put your most comfortable shoes, take a deeeeeep breath and begin to walk!
La mejor (y más barata) manera de conocer una ciudad es caminar por sus calles; algunas de las calles de Ushuaia son realmente empinadas, así que pónganse sus zapatos más cómodos, respiren hooooondo y comiencen a caminar!
these cable chairs take you up to the Martial Glacier; the sights all along the way are magnificent.
The trip costs 7 Argentinian pesos (about 2,40 $).
Estas aerosillas llevan hasta el Glaciar Martial; las vistas que se disfrutan a lo largo del trayecto son magníficas.
El viaje cuesta 7 pesos argentinos (alrededor de 2,40 dólares).
There is a tourist port at Ushuaia; from there, the ships set off to navigate the Beagle Channel, and visit the near islands (de Los Pájaros, de los Lobos, Les Eclaireurs).
Hay un puerto turístico en Ushuaia; desde allí, parten los barcos que navegan el canal de Beagle y visitan las islas cercanas (de Los Pájaros, de los Lobos, Les Eclaireurs).