Destination Guide to Ushuaia, Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina

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When to Visit Ushuaia and Other Questions

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WHY GO?

Ushuaia is the southernmost town in the world, flanked by the most southern point of the Andes Mountain range. If you are interested in hopping on a boat to Antarctica, it is from Ushuaia that you would do so!  The end of the world is an incredible place. Visit Ushuaia.

WHEN TO GO

As Ushuaia is at the bottom of the Southern Hemisphere, the best time to go is from December through March. Even in summer, however, the weather can be fickle.

GETTING THERE AND AROUND

A snowcapped mountain near Ushuaia, Argentina, near the Cape Horn, South America.
A snowcapped mountain near ushuaia, argentina, near the cape horn, south america.

The most direct way to get to Ushuaia is a direct flight from Buenos Aires, Argentina, which takes three hours. Alternatively, you can fly from Rio Gallegos in Argentinean Patagonia, which takes one hour.

If you are adventurous, take the 12-hour bus/boat trip from Punta Arenas and cross over the Magellan Straits. This journey takes you across the whole Tierra Del Fuego island and its diverse scenery.

BEST ATTRACTIONS

From Ushuaia’s pier, you take a boat trip along the famous Beagle Channel. Sail through the breeze that propelled Darwin past the colonies of penguins, seals, and rare nesting birds.

MOST UNUSUAL ATTRACTION

The chairlift to Glacier Martial. Though there are great hikes and views at the top, it is hit or miss whether you can actually FIND the glacier!

BEST ACTIVITIES

The full day hike through the National Park. Just a 40-minute local bus ride from the town center, you can trek along the windswept coast and to the national borderline with Chile, marked by a rusty orange buoy.

BEST LODGINGS

  • Located just outside of town, Hotel Las Lengas is a more upscale hotel, offering quieter views of the Beagle Channel.

    Hotel Los Lengas Ushaia
    Hotel los lengas ushaia
  • Posada Fueguina, perched high on the hill a couple of blocks from downtown, offers cute individual cabanas and wonderful personal service. website

BEST EATS

  • Rest Y Confiteria Diaz has the best selection of all kinds of local fish, especially crab, as well as huge Argentinean steaks.
  • Café De La Esquina has an outstanding selection of desserts and wines.
  • The Food Garden offers the best cappuccinos.
  • Dining in Ushuaia, from TripAdvisor