It’s the end of the world as we know it. And surely is a fabulous ending. Ushuaia is a Patagonian jewel that year after year welcomes travelers who have heard of its stunning beauty. As the spot where the Andes mountains meet the sea, it offers many different activities to enjoy. While many of them are linked to the unique landscape and the gorgeous natural areas, it holds an identity of its own and an intriguing past. If you are ready to explore the secrets of the southernmost city on the planet, don’t miss the best activities to do in Ushuaia, courtesy of Trip 101.
1. Museo del Fin del Mundo
The best way to learn about the history of the region is with a visit to the End of the World Museum. It features many exhibits that start from the Pre-Columbian era to the 20th century. One of the most interesting ones is about the Yámana and the Selk’nam, the tribes that lived in the area. To get the best of your visit, it is advisable to participate in the guided tour.
Museo del Fin del Mundo
Address: Maipú 173, Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
Facebook page: Museo del Fin del Mundo
2. Museo Maritimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia
Don’t do the crime, if you can’t do the time. However, you don’t need a sentence to visit the Maritime Museum and Presidio and discover what life was like for the inmates who were sentenced there, considered among the most dangerous ones. You can walk the halls and enter the cells of this prison, which housed up to 380 prisoners from 1920 to 1947, including author Ricardo Rojasand, anarchist Simón Radowitzky and the creepy Petizo Orejudo, one of Argentina’s most infamous serial killers.
Museo Maritimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia
Address: Yaganes y Gobernador Paz, 9410 Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
The navigation of the Beagle Channel is a must If you visit Ushuaia. This strait separates the main Tierra del Fuego Island from some smaller islands, and it’s known for the extraordinary geographic scenery, often referred to as the “end of the World.” It is necessary to book a navigation tour to sail those startling waters.
Canal de Beagle
Address: Av. Prefectura Naval, Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
4. Estancia Harberton
As the oldest ranch in the region, Estancia Harberton is full of history and tradition. The estancia keeps its original architecture and tells the story of the Bridges family that settled in the area and remains as a bovine ranch. It is opened for visitors that wish to learn about the settlers of the region from October to March.
Address: Sarmiento 44, Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
Website: Estancia Harberton (in Spanish)
5. Martial Glacier
You can do the ascent to the Martial Glacier for the best views of the area. Surrounded by an unbelievable landscape that might have snow even in the summer, you can appreciate stunning sights over the city and across the Beagle to Isla Navarino. The weather up there can change during your ascent, so it is advisable to be prepared with different layers of clothing.
Address: Luis F Martial 3560, Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
Website: Martial Glacier (in Spanish)
Among the many treasures that surround Ushuaia, one of the most charming ones is Laguna Esmeralda. The Tierra del Fuego region offers lots of amazing trails to hike, but if you don’t have much experience of time, this trail is an excellent choice. Your journey starts 18 kilometers (11 miles) from Ushuaia, at the beginning of the trail. From there, you can do a low impact 3-hour hike that will take you to the breathtaking colors of the lagoon, surrounded by mountains.
Address: Ruta 3 km 3019, Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
7. Cerro Castor
Ready for some fun in the snow? Cerro Castor is the southernmost ski resort in the world and the largest one in Argentina. Its locations grants peculiar characteristics that provide a great quality of snow for skiing or snowboarding, with an 800-meter (2,600-foot) slope. It is available for professionals and first-timers as well because it has different options according to your level and a school that can teach you how to start. Thanks to the climate in Ushuaia, it is open for skiing from June to October.
Address: Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
Website: Cerro Castor
This glacier lake is surrounded by forests and is a dream come true. While it is not the best place for fishing, Lago Roca offers the perfect atmosphere to relax and admire nature. The pebbled shore serves as a cool spot to enjoy a picnic, and the waters are a great ally if you want to do some kayaking. In addition, it is also a fantastic starting point to explore the Tierra del Fuego National Park, since it has a campground.
Tierra del Fuego National Park Hike and Canoe Tour
Duration: 8 hours
All aboard! You can travel back in time and take the train that the convicts used to ride to go to the Mount Susana to work. You will have a more pleasant experience since today El Tren del Fin del Mundo (The End of the World Train) has been adapted for tourism and adds an audio guide in multiple languages to the marvelous scenery that you can appreciate in your journey. The 7-kilometer (4-mile) ride includes views of the zigzagging Pipo River, Macarena cascade, and the beautiful forest.
Tierra del Fuego National Park and End of the World Train
Duration: 4 hours
The magic of Patagonia awaits
Have you booked your tickets to Ushuaia, yet? You can visit it any time of the year and have the most amazing time of your life. You will get to the end of the world and discover a new one.
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