Sweeping views across the Beagle Channel from its shores and its access to some of the world’s most extreme wildernesses are just some of the reasons why Ushuaia has become a must-visit city in Argentine Patagonia and why Ushuaia tourism has been on the rise over the past few years.
Whether you’re looking to learn about the region’s history or use it as a jumping off point for cruises within the Patagonian waters and beyond, here are the things you shouldn’t miss when visiting the world’s southernmost city.
Ushuaia tourism: top things to do
Hike through the sub-Antarctic forests of Tierra del Fuego National Park
Flanked by the ice-capped Martial Mountains in the north and the frigid waters of the Beagle Channel in the south, Ushuaia is a city defined by its sensational natural location.
Head out west and you arrive at Tierra del Fuego National Park, a dramatic area comprising windswept forests of Antarctic beech, ancient glaciers and cobalt-blue lakes. Hiking trails wind out from the visitor’s center, taking in this rugged, glacial scenery, while the End of the World train navigates the route once used by prisoners when Ushuaia was a penal colony.
Want to know more? Learn about visiting Tierra del Fuego National Park with our practical guide and read up on facts you never knew about the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in which Ushuaia and the islands further south are located.
Cruise the southern seas with a trip to Cape Horn or Antarctica
Named after the HMS Beagle that between 1826 and 1830 surveyed the coasts of southern Patagonia on its first voyage in the region, the Beagle Channel is one of the few navigable passages in the area and Ushuaia remains the embarkation point for expeditions to Antarctica.
Ranging from eight- to 25-day adventures, cruises from Ushuaia to Antarctica are a truly unique way of exploring these southern seas. However, expedition cruises also ply the oceans from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas, landing at the legendary headland of Cape Horn and continuing through the Chilean fjords to visit places of historic and natural interest.
Explore the city and its surroundings with day trips from Ushuaia
A number of other natural attractions are easily reached from Ushuaia, including the Martial Glacier, 3,444-ft. (1,050m) above sea level, and a perfect place for hiking and ice trekking in the summer and excellent backcountry skiing in winter.
Cerro Castor, 16-miles (25.5km) from Ushuaia and the world’s southernmost ski resort has more infrastructure than that found at the Martial Glacier and one of the longest ski seasons in the continent thanks to its extreme geographical location.
But in the town itself, there are plenty of museums and restaurants to keep you busy and protect you from the fierce Patagonian weather. For more information, read more about the various Ushuaia tours and museums within the city.
Ushuaia tourism: accommodations
Where should you stay in Ushuaia?
Thanks to the rise in tourists visiting Argentina’s final frontier, Ushuaia is now brimming with a selection of accommodations to suit all budgets and tastes.
For those looking for luxury lodgings, we recommend:
- Hotel Arakur
- Hotel Los Cauquenes
To learn more about these hotels and other recommendations for making reservations in the city, read this article about booking Ushuaia accommodations.