Travel Guide to Ushuaia

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Travel Guide to Ushuaia

Are you planning to go sightseeing in Ushuaia? Don’t miss this unmissable guide to travel to the southernmost city in the world with everything you need to know.

Planning your trip to Ushuaia in advance has countless benefits, mainly the fact that you will be able to enjoy what you really like without missing anything. In this complete guide you will find all the information you need to organize your trip or vacation at the End of the World.

How to get to Ushuaia

By air:

Tierra del Fuego has direct flights from the provinces of Buenos Aires and Córdoba, as well as connecting flights from El Calafate, in Santa Cruz. Flights are also marketed from Comodoro Rivadavia to Ushuaia with stopovers in El Calafate, Río Gallegos and Río Grande.

Depending on the time of the year, more frequencies and alternative destinations are added to reach Ushuaia directly, such as direct flights from Sao Paulo, Brazil to Ushuaia during the winter season.

To check programming and availability go to:

The Province of Tierra del Fuego has a sanitary protocol for the entry of food by air.

By land:

To enter Tierra del Fuego by car, van or any other vehicle, you must cross the Strait of Magellan by ferry and complete immigration procedures at two border crossings: Integración Austral, on the mainland, and Paso San Sebastián in the north of the island. You can check the information about the ferry or barge in Chile from the official web site of TABSA.

By sea:

Ushuaia has a port that allows cruise ships, expedition ships, sailing ships and cruise ships of different sizes to visit us during the summer season. These trips can be contracted with national and international agencies and operators.

For those private yachtsmen who wish to dock at the port of Ushuaia, the requirements must be consulted at the following website

official site of Prefectura Naval Argentina.

For those private yachtsmen who wish to dock at the port of Ushuaia, check the requirements here.

What to do in Ushuaia?

Ushuaia is the capital of the province of Tierra del Fuego Antarctica and South Atlantic Islands. Located on the north coast of the Beagle Channelan international tourist destination with first class infrastructure and services. Thanks to its fascinating landscapes, it offers visitors a variety of activities to enjoy throughout the year. The following are some of its main attractions:

Tierra del Fuego National Park:

It is the only National Park in the country located between the sea and the mountains. This magnificent natural reserve is located 12 kilometers west of Ushuaia and has a unique fauna and flora in Argentina. It also has a camping area and several trails of varying difficulty. Photography lovers will be able to capture unforgettable landscapes in the park.

Highlights: Lake Acigami, camping, hiking, Lapataia Bay, flora and fauna watching, Cerro Guanaco, Hito XXIV, Beagle Channel and the much photographed sign at the end of National Route N3.

The Train at the End of the World:

The ride aboard the picturesque End of the World Train combines the beauty of the National Park with the history of the Ushuaia Jail. Departing from the Estación Del Fin del Mundo, the trip relives the last 7 km. of the original route that took the prisoners from the prison to the forest to get firewood.

With the charm of steam locomotives and elegant heated cars, you will enjoy watching the forests of ñires, guindos and lengas, a peat bog, the Pipo River and the Macarena waterfall.

You can make the combined excursion of the

the End of the World Train ride and a visit to Tierra del Fuego National Park can be made

National Park throughout the year.


Strolling along the Beagle Channel is a must in Ushuaia. There are several catamaran circuits of different durations, from where the impressive beauty of the Fuegian archipelago can be observed. In addition to fauna such as albatrosses, cormorants, petrels, sea lions and penguins. One of the most memorable points of the tour is the Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse and the descents on Karelo Island from where you can observe a 360° panoramic view of the Beagle Channel. During the summer season

excursions to the Pingüinera

We can also sail to Puerto Almanza, a small fishing village on the edge of the Beagle Channel, and disembark at Puerto Almanza.

Highlights: Excursions to Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse, Pinguinera, Harberton, Almanza .


One of the best ways to get to know the nature of Tierra del Fuego is walking. The island has a variety of trails that cross forests, coasts and mountains, with different levels of difficulty. Discover the most fascinating trails to hike during the fall, spring and summer months. During the winter you can also hike in a unique landscape where the valleys are covered with snow.

We always suggest doing this type of activities with guides and the corresponding technical mountain equipment for this type of activities such as hiking with snowshoes and crampons.

Horseback riding:

The Creole horse is the ideal companion to travel through the rugged and winding terrain of the island, walking through ravines, deep forests, peat bogs, coasts and hillsides. The rides vary in length and are always guided by expert local horsemen.

Highlights: Mount Susana, Beagle Channel coast, scenic spots, Tierra Mayor valley,

Lago Escondido, Lago Fagnano, Laguna Negra, Cabo Domingo, Laguna de los Patos, Estancia Maria Behety.

Laguna Negra, Cape Domingo, Laguna de los Patos, Estancia Maria Behety.

Off-road or 4×4 excursions:

Traveling along old routes and axe trails aboard a 4×4 vehicle is quite an adventure. These excursions allow the traveler to go into remote and difficult to access places, enjoying landscapes rarely seen. For those who like to do extra activities, there is the option of combining the 4×4 trip with trekking, canoeing and visits to the mountain centers during the winter season.

Highlights: Lago Escondido, Paso Garibaldi viewpoint, Lake Fagnano, Tierra Mayor Valley, winter resorts.

Canoeing and kayaking

A different and exciting way to enjoy the nature of Tierra del Fuego is canoeing and kayaking. In the Beagle Channel there are several circuits available along the coast. It is also possible to combine hiking or 4WD tours with this activity. In the National Park, a trekking and canoeing activity on the Lapatai rivera. While in the area of Paso Garibaldi, visitors can paddle in the calm waters of Lago Escondido, as well as in the Khami Lagoon in the heart of the island, Tolhuin.

Highlights: Lapataia River, Beagle Channel, Escondido Lake, Khami Lagoon.


Diving in sub-Antarctic waters, at 54° South Latitude, is an unforgettable experience. The spectacular underwater forests, with rocky bottoms, contain algae measuring more than 30 meters in length and a varied fauna of mollusks, crustaceans, anemones and microorganisms. Diving areas include the Bridges Islands, Bird Island and the west coast of the Beagle Channel.

Canopy in Ushuaia:

Canopy is an exciting, fun and adrenaline-filled experience that can be practiced with the whole family. Moving through the trees, by means of steel cables, with a rope attached to a harness, offers the possibility of experiencing the sensation of flying over the Fuegian forests.

In Ushuaia you can practice canopy among the lengas and ñires in the forests of the Martial Glacier.

When touring Tierra del Fuego from the air, you can contemplate magnificent views of the Andes Mountains, forests, rivers, lakes and the Beagle Channel.

Flights over Tierra del Fuego:

Flights can be made aboard helicopters or light aircrafts. All of them depart from the old Ushuaia Airport and are subject to weather conditions.

Highlights: Mount Olivia, Mount Cinco Hermanos, Beagle Channel, Olivia River Valley, Carbajal Valley, Esmeralda Lagoon, Le Cloché Hill, Escondido Lake, Fagnano Lake, Mitre Peninsula.

Golf in the southernmost golf course in the world:

The Ushuaia Golf Club, the southernmost on the planet, is located 6 km. from the city, on the way to the National Park along Route 3. Located in the Pipo River Valley, it has a 9-hole course, challenging narrow fairways and greens. The club is sponsored by Argentine champion Roberto de Vicenzo.

Winter at the End of the World

Cross-country skiing:

Ushuaia is the National Capital of Cross-Country Skiing, its natural slopes extended over peat bogs, present a dream landscape. For cross-country skiing, the city has the Pista Jerman (Club Andino Ushuaia) and the Pista Provincial de Esquí de Fondo (PIPEF) located in the Tierra Mayor Valley, which connects all the winter centers.

Alpine skiing or ski touring:

Sliding down the slopes of Cerro Krund in the middle of a snowy valley is an adrenaline-filled experience. The southernmost ski center,

Cerro Castor

offers this and many other options to enjoy the longest winter season in South America.

most extensive winter season in South America

. This winter center stands out for its snow quality, equipment modernization and incorporation of technology. Cerro Castor has 34 slopes with different levels of difficulty, 12 lifts, a ski cross circuit, snow cannons and a school that offers classes for all ages.

Packages can be contracted for

3 days of horseback riding


full week of skiing in Cerro Castor

to enjoy the snowy slopes of southern Patagonia with everything you need: equipment, transfers and lift passes.

At the base of the Martial Glacier, a few minutes away from downtown Ushuaia, the

Ushuaia Ski School

offers ski and snowboard lessons and equipment rental to get started in the sport and enjoy the snow.

map of the slopes of Cerro Castor


Snowboard descents surrounded by the majestic scenery of the valley are one of the reasons to practice snowboarding in Ushuaia. The Cerro Castor winter center has the largest snowpark in South America, with four slopes for jumps and areas to practice according to different levels.

It also offers classes and equipment rental. The quality of the snow during the season and the resort’s services make this activity one of the most recommended. Finally, one of the activities that is in constant growth is the Splipboard (ski touring) where local guides invite you to discover the mountain in a unique way.

Winter activities in Ushuaia:

On National Route No. 3, east of Ushuaia, are located the winter centers that offer a wide variety of activities to do during the months of June to September. From hiking, snowmobile rides to night excursions, each resort offers visitors a variety of options to enjoy alone or with the family. After a day in the snow and the fresh air of the valley, there is nothing better than enjoying a typical mountain coffee, an exquisite forest fruit cake or a warm dinner by the fire.

Snowmobile in winter center

One of the activities to do in Ushuaia during the winter, snowmobiling.

Dog sled rides:

Travel through the lenga forests among the snow-capped mountains on a sled pulled by Siberian Husky and Alaskan Husky dogs. Besides the experience of observing how the dogs work as a team, with their leader, the beauty of these animals and the environment make this activity one of the favorite ones to do with the family.

Snowmobile rides:

At the End of the World visitors can experience the pleasure of gliding through the forest on a snowmobile through the Tierra Mayor Valley. This activity can be combined with other activities in the winter centers and can also be done at night.

Hiking with snowshoes:

It is the best way to walk through the frozen forest and valleys appreciating nature. Snowshoes provide stability so you don’t sink into the snow and can experience the sensation of walking on frozen ground. Some centers offer the possibility of night walks with a lantern in hand, which adds an exciting touch to the walk.

To learn more about these activities and other services offered by Ushuaia’s winter resorts, you can visit

White Experience


Andean Silence


Snow and Fire Experience


Ice skating:

Sliding on the ice in front of the Beagle Channel or in the snowy environment of a valley in the outskirts of Ushuaia, is a fun option to enjoy the winter. In the center of the city, you can practice this sport on the artificial track located near the coast. It is also possible to take lessons and rent equipment at the Cerro Castor ski center, 26 kilometers from the city.

Trip to Antarctica:

Thousands of people visit Antarctica every summer, and most of them pass through the city of Ushuaia at the beginning of their trip. Thanks to its proximity to the Peninsula (only 1,000 kilometers away), the capital of Tierra del Fuego has established itself as “the gateway to Antarctica”.


trips to Antarctica

can take place on expedition ships or large luxury cruise ships and last from 12 to 20 days. The tours generally cover the Antarctic Peninsula and surrounding islands, with descents at historical sites and scientific bases.


Discover the history and characters of Ushuaia’s past through the exhibits and displays of its various museums. Here we share with you those that you can’t miss:

Maritime and Presidio Museum:

The Ushuaia Recidivist Prison and Military Prison housed maximum security criminals, sent to the End of the World to serve their sentences under severe discipline and workload. The building that housed the Presidio is now a national historic monument. Two of its wings and the central wing preserve the historical features of the prison and house the Maritime Museum. In addition to learning about the daily life of the convicts, visitors enter the fascinating world of navigation at the End of the World and learn stories of shipwrecks and expeditions to the Antarctic Continent.

Museum of the End of the World:

The history, archeology and famous people of Tierra del Fuego are displayed here in exhibits, models and displays. During your visit you will find archaeological remains, reproductions of indigenous utensils; scenographic recreations; photographs from the late 1800’s; stories of adventurers, navigators, missionaries and gold prospectors; documents of scientific expeditions, shipwrecks and a large exhibition of birds. A lot to see and a lot to tell. This museum has an annex three blocks away, located in the Old Legislature building.

City Museum:

A place to discover the old Ushuaia. The history of life in the town of yesteryear, stories, memories and objects donated by the pioneer families who lived in the times when the southernmost city in the world was just beginning to emerge.

Beban House Museum:

Don Fortunato Beban, a pioneer from Tierra del Fuego, built this house where today an exhibition center is located. Manufactured in Sweden, the blocks were transported by ship and arrived at the Ushuaia dock in 1902. Its original location was on Maipú Avenue between 9 de Julio and Juan Manuel de Rosas Streets. Today it is located in the Paseo de las Rosas, and is open to the general public as part of the “Old Town Project”.

Pensar Malvinas Museum:

Inaugurated on April 2, 2012 in the Torres house, located in the Pueblo Viejo sector of the Paseo de las Rosas, this space exhibits photographic material, information panels, and historical elements related to the 1982 Malvinas Islands conflict.

Thematic Gallery “Historia Fueguina”:

This proposal takes visitors on a journey through the history of the native peoples of Tierra del Fuego, and the exploits of navigators, adventurers and scientists who explored the area, such as Captain Fitz Roy and the naturalist and biologist Charles Darwin.

Historical events are represented by replicas and models, and an audio guide provides access to information in different languages.

At Estancia Harberton, Acatushún Museum:

This museum is located inside the

Harberton Ranch

about 8 kilometers east of Ushuaia. It specializes in southern seabirds and marine mammals and includes life-size representations of underwater animals. The samples expose the research work carried out over the years by Dr. Natalie Goodall.

Where to eat in Ushuaia?

The End of the World is characterized as in almost all Patagonia by the quality of its gastronomy. Seafood and Fuegian lamb are two must-try dishes to try on your trip, but being an international destination, the city offers options for all tastes with avant-garde vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free alternatives for everyone. In Tourism in Ushuaia we have an exclusive selection of

restaurants and bars in Ushuaia

that you can visit to choose your favorites.

The unforgettable stay in Tierra del Fuego is completed with the delights of the island. Travelers are delighted with the seafood, fish and red meats of the typical Fuegian table. Among the outstanding dishes are spider crab, black hake, trout, seafood such as sea urchin and mussels, and cross roasted Fuegian lamb.

To accompany breakfast there are wild strawberry, black cherry, rhubarb and calafate jams. While at snack time, they savor coffee, tea or a steaming hot chocolate accompanied by exquisite cakes. There are also numerous vacuum-packed products, alfajores, chocolates and various sweets to take as gifts.

Where to sleep in Ushuaia?:

The options are enormous, from 5-star hotels with all the required services, hostels, cabins, inns and temporary apartments. In our directory you will be able to find options and contact directly with the companies without intermediaries to obtain the best price in hotels.

Tierra del Fuego has a variety of lodging options for tourists, the offer adapts to all tastes and budgets. You can see
our selection of the best lodgings in Ushuaia
to choose the one that best suits your itinerary..

A young city in the heart of the island: We invite you to visit Tolhuin.

More activities to do in Tierra del Fuego

Tolhuin is the youngest town in the province, founded in 1972. Located at the headwaters of Lake Fagnano, the natural beauty of its surroundings of gentle hills, numerous bodies of water and forests, make this lake an ideal place to enjoy the beauty of its surroundings. “Heart of the Island”. an adventure not to be missed.


In the vicinity of the town there are some circuits of low difficulty, ideal for families, such as the Ecotone Walk, the Porfiada Waterfall and the shore of Lake Fagnano. The latter is one of the largest lakes in the world, as it extends 117 kilometers in an east-west direction, flowing into Chile. Walking along its shores is a must if you visit Tolhuin.

Within the Corazón de la Isla Provincial Reserve it is possible to explore beautiful corners such as the Ruca Trail and others of longer duration and difficulty.

Cerro Jeujepén Viewpoint

This place was considered a sacred site by the Selk ́nam ethnic group and currently has a lookout point at the top that offers an impressive panoramic view of Lake Fagnano and its surroundings. This hill is located within the Reserva Provincial de Usos Múltiples Río Valdéz.

Horseback Riding

Stroll along the shore of Lake Fagnano or ride along trails that border peat bogs, streams and hills: Tolhuin is an ideal place to enjoy nature on horseback. There are short tours in the vicinity of the town or, for the more daring, three-day horseback rides along part of the Andes Mountain Range, along a trail opened in 1900 by the pioneer Lucas Bridges.

Off road or 4×4 excursions

Lake Fagnano is the favorite place for off-road excursions, which go along its headwaters and into the surrounding forests. Generally these trips are combined with other activities such as canoeing or kayaking. A not-to-be-missed activity to do in a 4×4 is the

Natural and gastronomic circuit

that brings you closer to the best local flavors of the city of Tolhuin.

Heart of the Island” Provincial Reserve

In addition to hiking, this area is ideal for nature tourism and camping activities, due to the beauty of its surroundings and its native fauna. The Reserve is the habitat of the guanaco and the red fox, a species native to Tierra del Fuego. It is also home to a great variety of birds, such as the Giant Woodpecker, the Common Goose, the Ruddy-headed Goose, the Black-headed Eagle, and the majestic Condor.

Sport fishing

The center of the island is an area of large rivers and lakes, and one of the most favorable for fishing. Excellent trout can be caught in Lake Fagnano and its tributaries, the Valdéz, Tuerto, Claro and Milna rivers. Also in the Margarita, Bombilla, Palacio, San Ricardo, Santa Laura and Suderland lagoons.


Tolhuin has places such as the House of Culture, where exhibits and information about the Selk’nam people are displayed, and a small museum at the head of the lake, located in the building where the old Khami Lake Police Station was located.

More cities to visit in Tierra del Fuego: Visit Río Grande

Rio Grande is the second largest city in the province and was founded in 1921 as an agricultural colony. Its history is closely linked to the pioneers and ranchers who settled in the area at the end of the 19th century, who transformed the arid steppes into a growing settlement. Today, one of the main attractions of this city are the historical centers of its cattle ranching past, where visitors from all over the world come to visit.

Sport fishing

For Fly Fishing lovers, Rio Grande is the place to be. The town, located in the northern part of the island, is known as the “International Trout Capital“. The size and quality of its specimens have attracted professional fishermen from all over the world, who also take advantage of the long daylight hours of the austral summer. The most famous rivers are the Grande and the Menendez. The sport fishing season runs from November 1st to the last week of April.

Rural Tourism

Those who are looking for a quiet stay in the countryside, fishing, horseback riding across rivers, lagoons, steppes, outdoor activities, warmth and comfort, the estancias and lodges in Tierra del Fuego offer complete services to enjoy nature. The origins of the estancias date back to the time of the European pioneers who arrived in Tierra del Fuego during the 19th century. Today, they are the perfect place to spend a different kind of vacation, away from the fast pace of the city. The comfort and rustic style of its interior combine with the beauty and tranquility of the surroundings to relax and fully enjoy the country life with an unforgettable stay.


The north of the island is an open space of wind, sea and vast horizons. Among the best hikes are the Cape San Pablowhere you can still see the stranded ship “Desdemona” and an old leaning lighthouse. Cape Domingo is another good place to contemplate panoramic views.

In the city of Río Grande, the coastal promenade invites you to walk along the seafront and the Paseo de la Reserva Costa Atlántica allows you to see numerous species of marine and migratory birds.

Horseback Riding

Between October and March, horseback rides in Rio Grande depart from La Cimarrona Country Club and visit places such as Laguna de los Patos, Cape Domingo and Estancia María Behety. An excellent way to get to know the other side of the island in the north, where the steppe, the wind and the sea are the protagonists.

Bird watching

There are specific circuits to observe the marine and migratory birds of the northern zone. Among them are the Paseo Reserva Costa Atlántica, the Reserva Natural Urbana Punta Popper and the Laguna de los Patos. Tierra del Fuego has more than 200 species of birds, making it a very attractive destination for bird lovers.


The history of Río Grande is linked to the cattle ranches, agricultural development, the Salesian Order, the native peoples of the area and the Malvinas war. Next we suggest you to visit the museums of the city to learn about the past of this city in Tierra del Fuego.

Virginia Choquintel City Museum

Virginia Choquintel was the last Ona native people. He died in 1999 without leaving any descendants. This museum exhibits models of boats, ancient cartography of the region, archaeological and ethnographic material related to the original Selk’nam peoples. It is located in the former headquarters of the Rural Association.

Monsignor Fagnano Museum

It is part of the Salesian Mission complex, a religious order that settled in the north of the island in 1893 with the purpose of evangelizing the native peoples. Among the exhibits are replicas of Selk’nam huts, artifacts, machinery and ancient livestock tools, embalmed native birds and mammals, and a sector dedicated to history and anthropology.

Fuegian Museum of Art

This museum is located within the facilities of the Yaganes Cultural Center. Its main objective is to safeguard and protect the Provincial Art Collection in order to offer the community the possibility of learning about local artistic production. Its three halls exhibit collections of photographs, paintings, works by provincial artists and regional and national guest artists.

North Zone Visitor Center

Another proposal related to the history of Río Grande is the Tierra del Fuego Northern Zone Visitor Center, which offers a self-guided circuit, with models and infographics. It is located inside the Yaganes Cultural Center.

Malvinas Argentinas Museum

Inaugurated in 2014 by the center of former combatants of Río Grande, the Malvinas en la Memoria Exhibition Hall offers a tour of the different events of the conflict and an exhibition of war material of the time. For those interested in the subject, towards the coast along Héroes de Malvinas Avenue, there are a series of monuments that commemorate the 1982 war, in front of the barracks of Marine Infantry Battalion No. 5.

General information and useful data of Tierra del Fuego


The weather in Tierra del Fuego is unstable and may vary during the same day. In summer, the average temperature is 10 ° C and sunlight lasts for almost 18 hours. During the summer season it is important to use sunscreen. In autumn, rain and wind are frequent. In winter, temperatures range between 1° and 6° C, and daylight is reduced to only 7 hours.


It is recommended to dress using the “layering system”: light cotton and/or synthetic garments, combined with waterproof coats. For outdoor activities, it is important to wear good waterproof footwear such as hiking boots. It is also advisable to wear sunglasses and sunscreen. In Ushuaia Tourism we count with a variety of guides about

how to dress in Ushuaia


what to wear in Ushuaia


recommendations for hiking in Ushuaia

that will surely be very useful during the planning of your trip.


Argentine Peso



Telephone code

Ushuaia- 02901, Río Grande- 02964. Tolhuin – 02964


All three cities in Tierra del Fuego have supermarket chains. For environmental reasons, none of them provide nylon/plastic bags to customers. Recyclable bags can be purchased at the time of purchase.

Automatic teller machines

The province has ATMs in all three locations, which operate with the LINK Network and BANELCO.

Public transportation

Ushuaia has an urban bus service that can be accessed with a card called SUBE.

Cabs and Remises

Cabs and remises can be hired from the airport terminals or from those available in the cities.

Rent a car

One option for touring the island is to rent a car. It is important to take into account the recommendations for travel, especially in winter.


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