Free activities and places to visit in Ushuaia

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Free activities and places to visit in Ushuaia

The best places to visit and free activities in Ushuaia

If you are looking for places to visit in Ushuaia without spending a lot of money, we have good news: there are many places to visit for free in this beautiful city. In this article, we are going to share some of the must-see places that you can’t miss during your stay, since they allow you to do the following free activities in Ushuaia and surroundings. Without further ado, let’s start with the recommendations.

1- Cucharita Bay

Cucharita Bay is a small beach located only 5 kilometers from the city center. It is a very quiet and little known place, ideal to enjoy an afternoon with family or friends. From there, you will be able to enjoy a beautiful view of the Beagle Channel and the mountains surrounding the city. Visiting Cucharita Bay is an excellent option among the free activities in Ushuaia and is open every day of the year.

This beautiful place can be reached from Ensenada Bay (within the Tierra del Fuego National Park) through a path that is slightly marked but intuitive to follow; or also through the road that goes to Mount Susana, making a detour towards the Beagle Channel.

A very interesting fact is that this trail can be done on foot (it is of low difficulty) or by bicycle, which makes it a wonderful mountain adventure.

2- Tunnel Ranch


Estancia Túnel

is an old estancia with great historical value for Ushuaia. Today it has no productive activity but it is a wonderful monument that recalls those times of cattle raising and even the sawmill that operated there since 1917.

The road to reach Estancia Túnel is 12 kilometers from downtown Ushuaia. An excellent plan to enjoy for half a day.

To access this picturesque trail you must take the road to Playa Larga along the coast of the Beagle Channel to the Escarpados beacon. There begins a well-marked trail surrounded by a forest of cherry trees, cinnamon trees and notros. At the same time, in numerous instances, it borders the coast of the Canal, providing a fantastic backdrop to the entire route.

When you arrive at Estancia Túnel, after 2.2 kilometers of easy access walking, you will be able to learn a little more about how the first settlers of the area lived in a classic Patagonian ranch, this will undoubtedly transport you through the history of Tierra del Fuego.

Fuegian history

. The trail can continue a little further until it reaches the Encajonado River.

It is recommended to plan this outing so that both the outward and return journeys take place during the day.

Hiking to Estancia Tunnel

3- Bridal Veil


Bridal Veil

is a waterfall located at the foot of Mount Olivia. To get there, you must travel approximately 2 kilometers from the city of Ushuaia to the entrance to the “Kawi Yoppen” campsite where, to the left, a fully marked trail begins, surrounded by forests and mountains.

You can have contact with the waterfall to enjoy the sensation of the pure water coming from the 5 Hermanos Lagoon and the De Agostini Glacier.

The scenery is truly spectacular. This excellent option of trekking in Ushuaia It does not take more than 30 minutes and is very enjoyable as it is not very difficult. Only the essential aspects for any trekking should be considered: wear warm clothes in layers, correct footwear, sufficient hydration and do not do it individually but always in a group.

4- Centennial Promenade

Paseo del Centenario is a beautiful park located in the center of the city. There you can enjoy a quiet walk surrounded by trees and flowers, and learn about the history of Ushuaia through the different sculptures and monuments in the place. Access to the Paseo del Centenario is free and open every day of the year.

This interesting tour has a strong historical and cultural background. Through its monuments, it seeks to represent the different cultures that have lived together since the earliest times in this land of Tierra del Fuego. It is an excellent option as a free activity to do in Ushuaia that allows you to be culturally enriched with the history of the city and its first settlers.

5- Touring downtown Ushuaia

Along Ushuaia’s main street, San Martin Avenue, and in the area around the port and the Tourist Pier, there are numerous gastronomic, social and cultural attractions that allow you to have a deep experience of the daily life at the End of the World.

Discover the different

shops in Ushuaia

Getting lost in its galleries, visiting the nearby restaurants and bars is an ideal plan for anyone, whether traveling individually, in a group or with the family.

An excellent recommendation to visit in the center of Ushuaia is the

Atlántico Sur Duty Free Shop

where you can find a huge variety of duty-free products from top brands. Among them, the best wines and chocolates of the Argentine Patagonia.

6- Getting lost in the city

In addition to visiting the center and its attractions as free activities in Ushuaia, the city of Ushuaia offers breathtaking views from multiple perspectives along its streets. That is why getting lost in Ushuaia is a great plan for those who want to experience a friendly walk with majestic views of the mountains and the sea in the background. One of the favorite pastimes of those who dare to get lost in the city of Ushuaia is to guess the names of the surrounding mountains. Do you dare to recognize the Mount Susana or the Cinco Hermanos? You won’t want to miss this adventure through the streets of Ushuaia.

7- Bahía Encerrada Natural Reserve

This fantastic reserve is located right in the center of the city of Ushuaia as another alternative for free activities in Ushuaia. It is accessed by walking along the Avenida Costanera Prefectura Naval Argentina in a westerly direction. It is a reserve with a high landscape value and habitat of a great variety of birds characteristic of the southern area, many of them migratory.

The reserve offers wonderful views of the city of Ushuaia, the surrounding mountains and the Beagle Channel. Postcards that you will undoubtedly want to keep in your memories.

Other options for free activities in Ushuaia: Free treks

Martial Glacier


Martial Glacier

is one of the most visited places by tourists arriving in Ushuaia. It is located a few kilometers from downtown and to get there you can take a cab or remis or walk up from the city for a distance of approximately 7 kilometers. Once there, you will enjoy a unique view of the city and the Beagle Channel. The entrance to the Martial Glacier is free, at the base of the path you will find the

Refugio de Montaña Restaurant

Ushuaia Ski School
in winter and the Cabaña Casa de Té.

Emerald Lagoon

Exploring the Emerald Lagoon is an exciting and challenging adventure that attracts many nature lovers. This place stands out for its incredible natural beauty and its characteristic green tone. During the winter season, the lagoon is transformed into an immense white canvas, covered by the snow of the southern territory. In spring and summer, its emerald green color stands out among the surrounding mountains, giving it an incomparable prominence.

The trekking to Laguna Esmeralda is free and open access but has a moderate difficulty so it is not recommended for people with no experience in this type of outdoor activities.

Vinciguerra Glacier

A high difficulty tour to the fascinating Laguna de los Témpanos and the majestic Vinciguerra Glacier. This trekking is also free of charge and stands out for its impressive landscapes and incomparable natural scenery. It should be clarified that trekking and hiking are discouraged for people who do not have experience in them due to the complexity of the terrain and the climatic variables of the southern territory.

These trekkings can be done in an assisted way such as

excursions in Ushuaia

accompanied by experts, with transfers and snacks included in most of them.

It is important to point out that for safety and accident prevention reasons, it is recommended to do these treks under the supervision and accompaniment of specialized guides and experts in the field. As we have already mentioned in numerous articles about the weather in UshuaiaIt is possible to experience all the seasons in the same day and it is necessary to have the appropriate equipment to fully enjoy this type of excursion. We recommend visiting our exclusive article on

recommendations for hiking in Ushuaia

for more information.

More options for free activities in Ushuaia

As you can see, there is a huge variety of places to visit in Ushuaia without spending a lot of money. In addition to the places mentioned above, you can also visit the Islas Malvinas Square, the Tourist Pier, the Golondrina Bay, among other natural, historical and cultural attractions of completely free access for all those who want to know in a comprehensive way this fantastic city.

Don’t miss the opportunity to get to know Ushuaia and all it has to offer. Remember that it is not necessary to spend a lot of money to enjoy the End of the World. To make your visit even more accessible, we recommend that you can plan your trip to Ushuaia and opt for the options that best suit your budget in terms of both lodging in Ushuaia, excursions to do in Ushuaia, restaurants and bars to visit in Ushuaia, outdoor equipment rental y CAR RENTAL. All this and much more can be achieved in a few simple steps with

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