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Lapataia Bay
Lapataia Bay

Lapataia Bay

Ushuaia, Argentina

The basics

Day tours and shore excursions to the Tierra del Fuego National Park typically set out from Ushuaia and are sure to include a visit to Lapataia Bay. Climb up to Lookout Point for a panoramic view over the bay or follow one of the many hiking trails around the lakeside, passing peat bogs, pebble beaches, and river crossings. One of the most popular activities is a kayaking or canoeing excursion, and paddling around the bay is the best way to spot wildlife. Look out for Patagonian geese, black-browed albatrosses, and steamer ducks, as well as river otters and beavers along the shore.

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Things to know before you go

  • Lapataia Bay is a must for adventurous travelers, outdoor enthusiasts, and wildlife lovers.
  • There is an admission fee to enter the Tierra del Fuego National Park.
  • There are hiking trails suitable for all abilities, including children.
  • Sturdy shoes and all-weather clothing are a must, even in summer.
  • There are few visitor facilities within the national park so bring everything you need with you, including lunch and plenty of water.
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How to get there

Lapataia Bay is located within the Tierra del Fuego National Park, 15 miles (24 kilometers) west of Ushuaia. Regular buses run to the park from Ushuaia and tours typically include pickup and transfers from Ushuaia hotels.

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When to get there

Kayaking around Lapataia Bay is possible from October to April, and this is also the best time for hiking and wildlife watching. Winter visits are possible and although the crowd-free views might be worth it, temperatures can be bitterly cold and options for hiking and outdoor activities are limited.

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Exploring the Tierra del Fuego National Park

Travelers come to Argentina’s southernmost national park to admire the wild landscapes and hike through the ancient Andean-Patagonian forest. Follow the popular Senda Costera (Coastal Path) from Ensenada Bay to Lago Roca; ride the famous End of the World Train; or drive to the very end of the Panamerican Highway for a view across the Beagle Channel.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Lapataia Bay?
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What else should I know about attractions in Ushuaia?
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