Ushuaia Travel Guide

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    bird-rock in the Beagle-channel
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Ushuaia Things to Do

  • Cruise the Beagle Channel

    The waterfront at Ushuaia is lined with tour company kiosks which offer day or half day cruises up and down the Beagle Channel. The offerings are similar, as are the prices. One company has the rights to land on an island for trekking, whilst another company has sole rights for landings at the magellanic Penguin Colony at Martillo Island.Cruises...

  • Isla de Los Lobos

    Any of a number of rocky islets in the Beagle Channel, about 30 minutes to an hour from Ushuaia on catamaran cruises. Nothing at all to do with the American Chicano rock band 'Los Lobos', famous for the hit 'La Bamba'. In this case, 'Los Lobos' refers to the South American fur seals which breed on these islands. Very spectacular close up views as...

  • Tierra del Fuego National Park

    The southernmost National Park in the world is located about 12 km west of Ushuaia, on the last section of the Pan American Highway. It extends from the park entrance to the Chilean border, along the Beagle Channel shoreline and north to Lago Fagnaro. There is a visitor centre at 'Alakush', selling refreshments and souvenirs, with an informative...


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Ushuaia Restaurants

  • The tin shack with the mostest...

    Resto Maria Lola is located on a hill just above the hustle of Ushuaia's main drag. The building gives a nod to Ushuaia's traditional architecture, with its tin cladding, but inside it is comfortable and warm. Big picture windows provide a view across the Beagle Channel. Very picturesque as the evening draws in (though you'll be focused on the...

  • Cosy place with fine food

    The Küar 1900 Resto Bar is upstairs on the high side of Avenida San Martin, There are a dozen tables in the cozy dining room. The windows provide a view across the town to the waters of the Beagle Channel and the mountains of Chile beyond. In addition to a range of interesting tapas, the restaurant serves fresh local produce with an Italian...

  • Our choice for a quick snack

    Cafe Bar Banana was a good choice for an inexpensive breakfast or lunch whilst shopping or sightseeing in Ushuaia. The menu is varied, with a choice of breakfast favourites, sandwiches, burgers, tostadas or pizzas. They also serve evening meals , and the hours are long (8am until after midnight). Be aware that the kitchen sometimes is out of food...


Ushuaia Nightlife

  • quiet life

    Ushuia is very quiet place. Not smoking friendly and mean cigarettes . only bar i found allowing smoking is irish bar called originally!! the dubliner. casinos charge lot more for beer. Still better than rio grande up the road as that is quietsville. Not bad place to visit for short time but would not spend week there. Whenever you want to come...

  • The world's most southern Irish bar

    In the world's most southern city, it's no surprise to find the world's most southern Irish bar. The Galway wins this accolade, beating the Dublin pub by only half a block!Like many Irish pubs outside Ireland, it's overpriced and not particularly Irish. However, it does seem to attract a good crowd, and if you can grab a seat by the window there...

  • Sundown

    In the summer the sun doesn't set until around 11pmThis is a picture taken after midnight and it has just gotten dark.


Ushuaia Transportation

  • aeroport taxes-taxi

    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.

  • Renting a car in Fireland / Tierra del...

    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...

  • Crossing 4x4

    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...


Ushuaia Shopping

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  • for the cold, for explorers

    This shop is great for buying maps, postcards, books about Patagonia and Antactica, woolen and synthetic clothing to keep you warm plus touristy stuff such as tea-towels. There is a huge range of t-shirts and sweatshirts.The staff are helpful and they speak some English. Well, the historical maps were expensive but the other maps were good...

  • musical instruments + other craft work

    A large, busy store along St.Martins. It's on a street corner.The staff inside a friendly and helpful; some of the speak some English. As a teacher interested in music, I always try to collect local instruments when I'm aboad. This shop had a good selection including wooden flutes, guiros, kalimbas, shakers and drums. I spent about US$100 in there...

  • Antarctic mementos

    Ushuaia is a good place to buy your Antarctic mementos, as it’s much cheaper than the cruise ships. We saw soft toy penguins in droves, but I didn’t buy one, cute as they were, because I’d resolved only to buy if I could find a match to one of the species we’d seen on our trip, i.e. gentoo or chinstrap. Unfortunately almost all the ones in the...


Ushuaia Local Customs

  • weather

    If you don't like the weather in Ushuaia, don't worry, in two hours it's going to change. This is what people say here and, well it's true. You do not get sun so ofetn but, cause of the wind, the sky look, changes very fast.

  • Yerba Matte cups

    This is an addition to another travelers posting on the local customs in Ushuaia section. If you want to buy one of the Yerba Matte cups and metal straw like utinsel called a "bombilla" go to the supermarket in town called La Anonima which is located on the other end of town on San Martin. The ones in the tourist area of San Martin are twice as...

  • Houses and architecture

    Ushuaia is the state capital of "Tierra del fuego". The architecture reflects the contrasts of very old houses made out of wood and modernly built buildings used mainly as hotels.All depending on historical and political history.The older buildings : constructed by the local gouvernment to influence the engaged incoming free workers. (20th...


Ushuaia Warnings and Dangers

  • Tierra del Fuego Fireland: Strong winds...

    There is something that you will soon find out, when driving through Tierra del Fuego / Fireland: Cyclers and cardrivers have to fight all the time with the strong, cold winds along the N3, the Panamericana Highway, and sometimes it might happen that the cyclers are using the wrong side of the road, so be carefull ! Obviously these cyclers feel...

  • Inadequate protection for stone purchase

    My husband and I were walking San Martin on January 5, 2010, and came upon a lovely shop Piedras Argentinas which is one of ten stores throughout Argentina. The stone penguins are marvelous, but we worried that we couldn't take one home due to their fragile nature. The penguins have hanging flippers that seemed very vulnerable to damage. We were...

  • going to the Antarctic - choose the...

    When cruising the Antarctic, choose the right size of your ship ! There is a law that states, that not more than just 100 passengers of any cruiseship are allowed to go ashore at any place at the same time. And therefore it makes sense to sail on a ship with just 100 passengers or even less.M/S Fram e.g. has a capacity of 350 passengers and the...


Ushuaia Tourist Traps

  • Do not book trips with CANAL tour agency

    We booked a tour with CANAL via our hotel in Ushuaia. There was absolutely no specification of a 450 pesos cancellation fee! They do not have any clear rules or standards about when they charge or do not charge their customers - I understand business is business, but this was not a transparent transaction - in my eyes, they are complete thieves.

  • Renting a car at H-ertz

    The franchise of the popular rent-a-car it is managed by local people that do not give you any customer service. They usually charged in dollars if you have a problem with the car, instead in local money, (only if you aren´t argentinian)THe seats for babies they rent are not safe (and they charge for them!) I strongly recommend the rent-a-car that...

  • El tren del fin del Mundo

    La historia de Ushuaia y el Tren gira en torno de su penal. El ingeniero Catello Muratgia comienza la construcción definitiva de un penal adecuado en el 1902. La cárcel se construye con materiales de la zona,  y la mano de obra la constituyen  los penados.Para trasladar los materiales se monta el XILOCARRIL, es decir un tren que circula sobre...


Ushuaia What to Pack

  • When it snows, it snows

    I was in Ushuaia in February, their Autumn. It snowed and it was wonderful. Wear waterproof shoes that are slip proof. Dress for the cold = hat, gloves, scarves. Dress in layers of clothing as it's warm inside the air conditioned stores but pretty cold outside. It's very picturesque so bring plenty of memory for your camera. That saying, if you...

  • Weather in Ushuaia

    Its average winter temp is 1C, while its summer average is 9C, so it is rather moderate in temperature, but has the possibility for extreme swings.Hiking boots for wet/muddy grounds are advised. Waterproof jackets are too.

  • Summer, not as we know it.

    Take good walking shoes because the streets are up and down hill.Also take some clothes to layer, just because it is summer doesn't mean that you will not need some clothes to keep you warm.Plus you will need a rain repellant jacket.The weather is very changeable.


Ushuaia Off The Beaten Path

  • Paso de la oveja trek

    Although trekking in the most famous southamerican destinations like "PN Los Glaciares" o "PN Torres del Paine" was without doubt fantastique experience with breathtaking views, I do remember most frequently the track over Paso de la oveja, close to Ushuaia. There are more reasons why it is so: 1) There is high probability that you will not meet...

  • Laguna Esmeralda

    This was a very pleasant hike although it was overcast when we did it. The trail is difficult to find. The Lonely Planet guide book gives fairly good directions but the sign for the trail cannot be seen from the car and requires you to walk around the edge of the dirt pull off until you find it. The trail head is closer to the road on the way back...

  • Estancia Harberton

    Most commonly reached by the Beagle Canal cruises, Estancia Harberton is roughly 10km east of Ushuaia. It is not available as a stop on all the cruises, so make sure it is on the itinerary.Harberton was originally settled to be a livestock ranch, mainly for sheep and wool. Many of the buildings are still in tack and well preserved. The guided tour...


Ushuaia Sports & Outdoors

  • Cerro Castor

    Cerro Castor is the southernost ski center in the world. There is excellent snow during winter, a little hard maybe until the end of August since due to its latitude and the fact that the slopes face South the sun is almost not visible. That is why the major ski teams in the world train there during the northern hemisphere's summer. The best time...

  • Canoeing

    Canoeing on the most southern lakes in the world. Must be giving an extra shot of adrenalineBTW : 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 !! You can rent everything in the city of Ushuaia

  • Trekking and Hiking

    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...


Ushuaia Favorites

  • The harbour

    I spent an afternoon just sitting on the harbour and watching the chilean mountains, the ships moving around, and above all, the sky changing colours and forms continuously.This is for sure the part of Ushuaia I appreciated more, the view is breathtaking as the andes mountains sheer from the sea. In the harbour, you also find the many agencies...

  • First Day Tip: What to do

    On your first day in Ushuaia, visit the two main museums in the city, "Museo del Presidio" (Jail's Museum) and "Museo del Fin del Mundo" (End of world Museum). If you can visit only one, choose the first.It's very important to do it, because you'll understand everything you'll see and visit during the following days of your visit.

  • The port at the end of the world

    One of the main reasons to visit Ushuaia is as the starting point for an Antarctic cruise. These all leave from the port on the southern side of town. We enjoyed strolling around here and checking out all the other ships – and inevitably comparing them with our own! There’s also a small café, and a bizarre giant penguin which makes for a fun photo...


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