Ushuaia

Ushuaia

Things to do - general

There are two types of visitors you’ll see in Ushuaia. Those who are waiting to go in a cruise to Antartica or the Cap Horn and those who’ve just got back. The ones who are waiting walk around in a heightened state of anticipation: they’re excited, they’re nervous about who their shipmates will be, and they’re still wearing their own coats.

Those who have just got back, however, have a near-permanent smile of satisfaction plastered on their faces. They’ve seen landscapes and enjoyed wildlife encounters that they never imagined in their wildest dreams. Tales of penguins pecking at their boots and whales breaching alongside their Zodiacs spill effortlessly off their tongues.

The word Ushuaia comes from the Yaghan language: ush and waia (“bay” or “cove”) and means “at the back” or “bay to background”.

The colourful city of Ushuaia offers a huge selection of tourist attractions for travellers looking to learn more.

Highlights:

History Thematic Gallery, provides a great introduction to the area’s history. It’s very interactive.

Yámana Museum on Bernardino Rivadavia street to learn more about the first indigenous tribes.

The Museo del Fin del Mundo dedicates itself to the birds and nature of Tierra del Fuego.

the End of the World Train (Tren del Fin del Mundo).

Museo Marítimo y Presidio de Ushuaia  as it was once a military prison intended for serious criminals

 

Climate: Maritime: in summer (Nov-Mar) expect temperatures around 15°C; in winter (Jun-Aug) 0°C. It can rain at any time so packing good waterproofs and warm layers is essential.

 

Country Argentina
Languages spokenSpanish
Currency usedArgentinean Peso

Sports & nature

Five miles north of town, Martial Glacier overlooks the bay; hiking is very popular on its flanks as well as skiing in the colder months.

Tierra del Fuego National Park is an awe-inspiring recreational area, open year-round with entrance that’s free during winter.  There’s gorgeous scenery here; think waterfalls, lakes, mountains and glaciers.

Boat rides: trip out to the famous Beagle Channel to catch a glimpse of Bird Island, Sea Lion island, Les Éclaireurs lighthouse. You can visit a Magellanic penguin colony on Martillo Island.

You can go horse riding along the coast.

 

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Nightlife info

There are plenty of restaurant options in town where one can devour delicious Fuegian cuisine and relish on dishes made of pollack, trout, salmon, sea bream or toothfish, king crab or Patagonian lamb.

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Culture and history info

For a very long time, only the Selk’nam and Yahgan (Yámana) indigenous tribes lived in this remote part of the world.  British missionaries arrived in the early 1830s and established the first European settlements.

For a long time, Ushuaia was little more than a remote outpost. After the Brits came, it was then used by the Argentinian government as a penal colony. Offenders were sent there, and later, regime opponents. The city grew around it to host the families of those manning the prison. Closed in the middle of the twentieth century, the prison now hosts the Museum of the Ex-Presidio. Prisoners’ stories are told on the walls of their cells and there’s a replica of the End of the World lighthouse in the gardens. Well-documented and highly interesting.

What was once a small sleepy town has grown a lot in recent years, mostly thanks to tourist development in the area. That being said, Ushuaia itself is modest and unassuming, with just one main street and the star of the show, its waterfront.

Currently, the small city of Ushuaia has a population of 58,000 inhabitants but figures have rapidly increased in recent years as a result of Argentina’s growing tourism industry

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Australis

Australis

Take an unforgettable voyage on the Stella Australis or the Ventus Australis through Tierra del Fueg More info

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