The best excursions to do in Ushuaia

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The best excursions to do in Ushuaia

What to do in Ushuaia, the best excursions to do at the End of the World.

If your plans include adventure and enjoying contact with nature, we show you the best excursions in Ushuaia,

And if you are ready to tour this city surrounded by the Beagle Channel and the Andes Mountains, here you will discover the must-see sites that will undoubtedly leave you with the best memories of all.

Beagle Channel
is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Ushuaia and the world. Navigating this channel that connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans is an impressive experience that harkens back to history and numerous legends of the high seas.

From the moment you start leaving the port of Ushuaia, you will be able to get a panoramic view of the beautiful city and it will be possible to see the Cinco Hermanos and Olivia mountains. To navigate through the Beagle Channel there are several options and all of them include a walk to contemplate Les Éclaireurs lighthouse, better known as the “lighthouse at the End of the World”.

One option you may consider is to sail to Isla de los Pájaros and Isla de los Lobos, named after their population of albatrosses and seagulls, and their colony of sea lions, respectively.

You can also take an excursion to Martillo Island to visit its penguin colony. And finish with a visit to the Harberton ranch before returning to Ushuaia.

les éclaireurs lighthouse, located in the Beagle Channel.

  • End of the World Train Tour

The End of the World Train is a symbol of the city of Ushuaia and is one of the excursion activities that can be done by the whole family when visiting this incredible city. This train was originally built by the inmates of the Ushuaia prison and today remains one of the most famous sites in this territory.

In the past, it was used to transport prisoners to the Tierra del Fuego National Park.
Tierra del Fuego National Park
in order to collect wood and construction material. And today it is a tourist treasure surrounded by amazing natural landscapes worth remembering and worth photographing.

The Train at the End of the World in winter, Tierra del Fuego National Park

Tierra del Fuego National Park is the ideal destination to connect with Ushuaia’s nature and appreciate the purest essence of the City at the End of the World. More than 40 km of lakes and trails full of flora and fauna await you on an excursion here.

If you want to hike, you can do so from the starting point at the park entrance and begin the tour by exploring trails such as the Pipo River Falls. And further on you will find the Hito XXIV trail that almost borders the Chilean border and the Beagle Channel coastal trail.

But if you want to go into the park with a professional guide, you have to hire an excursion service that usually includes a canoe service, space for picnics and guided tours for the best trekking.

There is also a bus service that runs through the park for those who do not want to walk the trails and prefer to enjoy a more relaxed ride.

And if you decide to venture to the End of the World Post Office in Lapataia Bay, you will have the possibility to send a postcard wherever you want or take photographic souvenirs at the sign on national route 3.

Lapataia Bay sign at the end of Route 3 in Tierra del Fuego National Park in winter

Tierra del Fuego has two incredible hidden lakes that are worth admiring if you go to this destination located at the End of the World. One of the ways to get to know these impressive places is to contemplate their imposing beauty from the viewpoints that both lakes have, which are located in the heart of the island of Tierra del Fuego, near the town of Tolhuin, right next to the national route N3.

Lake Fagnano is known for being the largest lake in Argentina. It shares its extension with Chile (where it is called “Cami”) and is surrounded by mountains with lush forests, where it will be possible to discover the typical beaver forests of the area and you will see the Fuegian mountain range.

While Lake Escondido is located next to Lake Fagnano and is very popular for its calm waters that make it perfect for water sports.

To get to these lakes it is best to cross the road with an all-terrain vehicle because it is an area surrounded by rivers, forests and paved roads. If you prefer something more contemplative, choose the conventional excursion that visits the Fuegian lakes and makes special stops in different winter centers throughout the year.

Taking photos of Lake Escondido and Fagnanano at Garibaldi Pass, Ushuaia.

The Emerald Lagoon is consolidated as one of the adventure excursion attractions that attracts more people in Ushuaia. This lagoon of magical green colors is located in a unique place near the national route N3, where you will have to cross a path and walk up to a difference of 150 meters, the walk takes about 4 hours and it is always advisable to do it with guides and equipment suitable for being in the mountain.

Its landscape is a marvel to behold with its snow-capped mountains and the Albino glacier. The characteristics of the landscape that does not change much, whether it is snowy or not, its few slopes and its frozen lagoon in winter, are ideal for intermediate trekking.

To get to Laguna Esmeralda you can do it from the trail marked by the Instituto Fueguino de Turismo in a four-hour round trip, passing through a forest inhabited by condors, foxes, beavers and other animal species.

IMPORTANT: It is necessary to plan your outing, taking extreme precautions in the fall and winter seasons, due to the decrease in daylight hours, sub-zero temperatures and the terrain may be muddy, icy and/or snowy. It is essential to have appropriate clothing and footwear, here we recommend you

what to bring to Ushuaia

. In case of emergency, call 911.

Emerald Lagoon in summer

  • Helicopter flight over the Andes

With a flight over the spectacular Ushuaia you can get a privileged view of landscapes such as Mount Olivia, the Tierra Mayor Valley, Mount Cinco Hermano, the Esmeralda Lagoon, the peat bogs of the Carvajal Valley and the well-known Ushuaia Bay.

The take-off area for this air tour is the old Ushuaia airport, and on this tour passengers will also be able to see the Ushuaia Maritime & Presidio Museum, next to the memorable Martial Glacier.

It is an unmissable experience to get to know the magnificent nature of the capricious Andes, while receiving friendly explanations about the landscape and the details of the magical places at the End of the World.

Image of Ushuaia flying over Ushuaia by helicopter

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