Where the great Andes mountain range emerges from the tumultuous waters of the great Southern Ocean and the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans meet, lies the city of Ushuaia. This southernmost city in the world is nestled on the slopes of the nascent Cordillera and is a fantastic spot to take a cruise to Antarctica or through Patagonia. Quaint and surrounded by pristine landscapes, far removed from the effects of the modern industrialized world, the very act of breathing in Ushuaia is notably different.
The city of Ushuaia is home to 70,000 residents and as such, is small and easily navigated. There are some cozy bars and restaurants that specialize in seafood caught in The Southern Ocean. I particularly enjoyed the Dublín Irish Pub. This green tin shack bar with a wooden interior is like something straight out of a Hemingway novel, oozing with old world maritime charm. Enjoy a drink and listen to the stories of those traveling to the great white continent, before you embark on a Patagonia or Antarctica adventure.
Whether you’re passing through Ushuaia or you’ve decided to tour a wider part of the Patagonia region, Ushuaia has much to offer in terms of outdoor activities, dining, sightseeing, and relaxation. Choose a tour or cruise that features this small port town, and there will be plenty of exciting excursions incorporated. Below are a few of my favorite tours/cruises in Ushuaia as well as their corresponding excursions! Take note that you can find a long line of wooden waterfront huts sells tour packages of both the terrestrial and aquatic kind, but it is best to plan your excursions before traveling.
Excursions & Day Trips in Ushuaia
Catamaran Cruise on the Beagle Channel
No Ushuaia Travel Guide would be complete without mentioning the half-day catamaran cruise on the beautiful Beagle Channel to any Patagonia tour or cruise. Sailing aboard the Catamaran includes a visit to the Les Eclaireurs lighthouse known as the “lighthouse at the end of the world”. Visit Seal and Martillo Island home to a colony of adorable Magellanic penguins. This is a perfect way to experience the charming wildlife along the Beagle Channel near Ushuaia.
Ride the End of the World Train Ride
The End of The World Train Ride is perfect for showcasing the history of Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego National Park. This old prisoner train has been revamped into an exciting tourist attraction. The train route takes you through human nature and history. The railroad tracks run across lakes, forests, and waterfalls. View the natural beauty and also the occasional natural devastation resulting from the forced labor of Argentine prisoners during the 19th century. You’ll have a front-row seat for just about everything.
Hike in Tierra del Fuego National Park
Another undoubted highlight in Ushuaia is Tierra Del Fuego National Park. Walk among the giant lichen covered trees of this subantarctic forest. Enjoy clear unpolluted rivers and lakes that flow from glaciers and take the opportunity to absorb the unspoiled surroundings of this far-flung destination.
Recommended Tours – Ushuaia Travel Guide
Patagonia Deluxe Tour
The Patagonia Deluxe Tour combines the Stella Australis Cruise, the Explora Lodge, the MarPatag Cruise, and the Eolo Lodge for one incredible adventure. Visit some of the most beautiful national parks in South America including Torres del Paine, Tierra del Fuego & Los Glaciares. Though you’ll be exploring Patagonia by sea, you’ll have ample opportunity for various outdoor excursions. Hiking is the most popular when looking to sightsee in the national parks. View Tour >> Patagonia Deluxe Tour
Very Best Highlights of Argentina Tour
Discover the most scenic landscapes in Argentina, from the metropolis of Buenos Aires to the busy port of Ushuaia. This tour incorporates a multitude of stops. Encounter the delightful hamlet of Bariloche, known for its excellent ski slopes in the winter and as the gateway to Patagonia. Visit El Calafate and see the world-famous Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park. And finally, fly to Ushuaia and opt for a scenic excursion aboard the End of the World Train to Tierra del Fuego National Park. View Tour >> Very Best Highlights of Argentina Tour
Patagonia Australis Cruise
The end of the world is waiting for you and Australis will take you on a journey through it. The Ushuaia to Ushuaia route shows you breathtaking beauty found throughout Patagonia while relaxing aboard an expedition ship designed with comfort and luxury in mind. Begin sailing through the Strait of Magellan and Beagle Channel to explore the wilderness. As you cross the Beagle Channel, take note that a popular excursion here is to opt for a scenic ride on a Catamaran Cruise. Below is a sample of what that Catamaran Cruise entails. View Tour >> Patagonia Cruises
Recommended Hotels – Ushuaia Travel Guide
After a long day of traveling, there’s nothing better than coming back to a cozy place to stay. Here are my Top 4 Recommended Hotels in Ushuaia, perfect for any couple, family, or solo traveler passing through.
Cliene del Faro Suites & Spa:
Cliene del Faro Suites & Spa rests right along the Beagle Channel featuring the sharp Andes mountains in the background. In all suites, travelers will find a living room, kitchenette and breakfast bar. With the most beautiful views from every room, guests might want to never leave!
Albatros Hotel is also located on the waterfront of the Beagle Channel and is within walking distance to the Ushuaia Port and nearby shopping mall. The End of the World Museum is a mere 300 m away. Guests can enjoy spa and concierge services daily.
Similar to the other three hotels, Los Cauquenes has a front-row view of the Beagle Channel and the snow-capped Andes. Not far from Ushuaia, Los Cauquenes has 54 rooms and suites and direct access to a private beach. This is an excellent option if you’re looking for a luxurious stay in Ushuaia.