INFORMATION OF INTEREST
The city of Ushuaia is the capital city of Tierra del Fuego province, considered the southernmost city of the world, located on the north coast of the Beagle Channel and at the base of the Martial mountain chain, at the heart of the Andes Mountain Range. It features an irregular topography: glacial valleys, millenary mires, hills and hollows, where you find different tours to enjoy this beautiful city and its surroundings throughout the year.
HOW TO GET THERE
The flights come mostly from Buenos Aires, and in some cases with stopovers in Trelew, Río Gallegos or El Calafate, and less frequently from Santiago de Chile, with a stopover in Punta Arenas. The airlines that arrive at the island are Aerolíneas Argentinas, LADE and LAN Chile, with fluctuating frequencies throughout the year. The island has two International Airports, one in Río Grande and the other one in Ushuaia.
To arrive by land is a very good choice to visit Tierra del Fuego and cross it from north to south taking National Route No. 3, totally paved. The access routes are two: from the west, coming from Punta Arenas (Chile) or from the north, coming from Río Gallegos (Santa Cruz province, Argentina). In all cases you will cross, at least once, the border and the Strait of Magellan, giving you the opportunity to look at the environment that had surrounded the first explorers.
Regardless of the time of the year, the weather in Ushuaia has a tendency to change from one day to the other, even during the same day. In summer the mean temperature during January is 10.3 °C (50.54 °F) and the days have the largest daylight hours, almost 18. The lowest temperatures are registered at the end of July and at the beginning of August, with a mean of 1.6 °C (34.88 °F). In winter there are only 7 to 8 daylight hours, but the days tend to be clear and bright.
Tourist attractions in Ushuaia
Ushuaia allows tourists to enjoy it the whole year, with various family activities during winter and summer time.
Navigating the Beagle Channel
There are different types of vessels that leave the port of Ushuaia and navigate the Beagle Channel, visiting wild marine fauna and avifauna colonies. The classical circuit, available throughout the year, surrounds the Bird Island and the Wolf Island, continuing up to the emblematic place of the city: the Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse, a landmark of "the end of the world" that, actually, shows the sailors the entry to the Ushuaia Bay.
Between November and March the classical circuit adds the option known as “Penguin Colony”, where a large colony of Magellanic penguins makes its nests.
You can also land on the island to enjoy a wonderful path very near to the fauna. To do this, there are regular departures that transfer the passengers by land from the city to the Harberton Ranch, located at 85 km (52 miles).
Besides, from the small pier located at Zaratiegui Cove there is an offer of regular circuits of navigation in semi-rigid boats towards Redonda Island and Lapataia Bay.
It is located at 7 kilometers (4 miles) from the city and it is one of the favorite activities of the visitors to enjoy a better panoramic view of the city. At the base there is a chairlift covering 1200 meters (3937 miles), the aerial lift to arrive to the alpine ski piste working there during winter, while the rest of the year it becomes the perfect place to follow hiking routes.
After twenty minutes of ascending by chairlift, you have the possibility to continue ascending by foot, enjoying a mountain hike, crossing sites of high and stocky forests and high altitude vegetation until you reach the base of the glacier. During the whole trip, you may appreciate a wonderful panoramic view of the city, the Beagle Channel and the Chilean Navarino and Hoste Islands.
At the place of the chairlift base, the mountain center offers some supplementary services such as zip-lines, during the day and also at night.
The Southern Fuegian Railway
It provides a different tour through the history of Ushuaia, enjoying the pleasure of traveling in a classical vintage railway. The circuit starts at The End of the World Ranch, located at 8 km (5 miles) from the city on the way to the National Park. It enters into a unique landscape of valleys, peat bogs and waterfalls, recalling one of the most used paths during almost half a century by Prison inmates to supply firewood to the village.
Tierra del Fuego National Park
The Tierra del Fuego National Park is open all year long. It includes ten waymarked trails of different grade of length and difficulty that enter into the Fuegian forest and the sea coast, allowing you to see its rich fauna and avifauna, panoramic views, archeological sites and sites of historical value.
For those who prefer to live a more personal and active experience in direct contact with nature, there is an infinite variety of activities to develop during the four seasons of the year, embracing all kinds of preferences. You may enjoy horse riding, diving, overflights in helicopter or light aircraft, mountain bike, 4x4 vehicle rides, trekking, canoeing and photographic safaris.
Cerro Castor Resort
The Cerro Castor Resort was recently chosen by the WORLD SKI AWARDS in Kitzbuhel, Austria, as THE BEST SKI CENTER OF ARGENTINA. International elite teams and worldwide ski stars do their trainings in this ski center before competing in the World Cup and Olympic Games circuits. Besides, it offers excellent pistes for beginners and intermediate and advanced skiers, providing to benefit from the unique pleasure of skiing, no matter which level of ski you have.
Winter sports centers
Today, a few minutes by car from the city of Ushuaia and taking the National Route No. 3, you will find eleven winter resorts within a few kilometers offering the most complete range of winter activities of the country.
Ice skating, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoe hiking, alpine skiing, snowboarding, dog sledding and night hiking are some of the choices to live the winter to the fullest.
Escondido and Fagnano Lakes
You access these lakes by National Route No. 3 towards the north, with peat bogs along the sides of the Route. Then you cross the Garibaldi Path, one of the most interesting sites of the tour. Escondido Lake is located at 60 kilometers (37 miles) from the city, in the middle of the Mountain Range, at the base of the Garibaldi Path.
Activities at the city
While visiting the city, its outstanding buildings, panoramic views and places of interest reveal myths and legends that make up the history of the southernmost city of the world from its beginnings. A picturesque alternative to travel around the city is to take a tour in an old double-decker bus, the classical Double Decker.
You may also visit the Artisan Fair, the only craft fair of Ushuaia, with the most diverse and attractive range of authentic productions made by local and foreign artisans.
End of the World Museum
Although the building was built in 1903, the End of the World Museum opened to the public in 1979 and since then it has been devoted to enhance the provincial patrimony. Its collections are exhibited in five different rooms, highlighting the glass cabinets devoted to the native Fuegians, explorers, personalities related to the local history, testimonies of old wrecks and natural history. It provides a large library and boutique for visitors.
Former Prison and Maritime Museum of Ushuaia
Created as a Museum in 1994, this place has revalued the building of the old Prison of Ushuaia. It started as a Maritime Museum, exhibiting a full collection of ship models. Moreover, it includes an interesting collection about Antarctic expeditions. It was recognized as a National Historic Landmark.