Project Description

Visit Ushuaia

Martillo Island Penguin Colony

Martillo Island

Penguin Colony

Walk with Penguins at Martillo Island.  Sorry, not available as a shore excursion.

Martial Glacier Trail, Martial Glacier Shore Excursion, Ushuaia

Martial Glacier

Glacier Hike

Make your own independent Martial Glacier Shore Excursion to the base of the Martial Glacier.

Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse at the End of the World, Beagle Channel Cruise

Beagle Channel

Channel Cruise

Take a Beagle Channel Cruise from one of the many tour companies at the harbor.

Emerald Lagoon Trekking from Ushuaia

Tierra del Fuego

Forested Hiking

Take a local bus, cab or train from Ushuaia to the rain forests of Tierra del Fuego National Park.

Visit Ushuaia – Tierra del Fuego National Park

Tierra del Fuego National Park begins about 10 minutes west of Ushuaia.  Access is by local bus with regular service throughout the day.  Return fares in 2014 were approximately $15 – $20 US.  Tierra del Fuego has excellent hiking.  There are trails through the woods, along the Beagle Channel and beside Lake Roca.  Check a local map and then plan a one way hike with your return bus fare.  This is also an excellent area for kayaking and canoeing.

Visit Ushuaia Harbor, Tour Boats

Ushuaia Harbor, Tour Boats

El Tren del Fin del Mundo (the End of the World Train) provides a three-hour round trip to Tierra del Fuego National Park gate.  The station is located 5 miles west of Ushuaia and is accessed by cab or booking a local tour.  Take Viator’s Tierra del Fuego National Park Half-Day Tour with Optional End of the World Train Ride.

Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse at the End of the World, Beagle Channel Cruise

Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse, End of the World

Visit Ushuaia – Tours

Visit Ushuaia – Transportation

Ushuaia is a small town without a city transit system.  Malvinas Argentinas International Airport is a 10 minute cab ride from downtown.  A local bus line provides regular service throughout the day to Tierra del Fuego National Park.  Locally booked tours will also include transportation from downtown.  A major bus line provides regular service to Punta Arenas, but it’s a 10 hour bus ride.

Ushuaia Hotel Recommendation

Weather in Ushuaia

The cold ocean waters result in temperatures that seldom exceed 10 C (50 F) in the summer months (January), so expect to be cold.  During the winter months temperatures hover just above freezing.  The name Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire) was coined by early explorers.  They saw a coast line ringed with fire created by native inhabitants who were cooking and trying to keep warm.  Be prepared for cool, cloudy, windy weather no matter when you visit.

Visit Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego

Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego

Visit Ushuaia – Other Sights

  • Maritime Museum of Ushuaia – complex includes the Presidio, the Old Prison Museum, the Antarctic Museum and the Art Gallery too.
  • Museum of the End of the World
  • Yamana (Yaghan) Museum – dedicated to the native inhabitants of the region and located at 56 Rivadavia Street.
  • La Aventura del Beagle at Centro Beagle – enjoy a performance on a replica of the HMS Beagle.
  • In winter (July), head to Cerro Castor for international quality skiing just a half hour from Ushuaia.
Ushuaia View from Beagle Channel Cruise

Ushuaia View from Beagle Channel Cruise

Visit Ushuaia – Background

Ushuaia is known as the City at the End of the World, because it’s located at the southern tip of South America.  The city has a population of about 60,000 people.  Its economy was based on a prison in the early 1900s.  The tourist railway train was originally built into the forests of Tierra del Fuego to supply lumber and firewood for the prison.  Today the economy depends on tourism and on the assembly of electronic parts shipped through the Beagle Channel.