The busy port city and adventure hub of Ushuaia is often referred to as the “end of the world” for its far southern setting in the Argentine province of Tierra del Fuego. From the glacial peaks of the Fuegian Andes to the Beagle Channel, stunning scenery abounds. Here’s how to make the most of it.
Ushuaia Cruise Port
Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego Province
Most visitors to Ushuaia head out to explore the surrounding mountains, forests, and lakes, and there are numerous options for shore excursions. Take a cruise along the Beagle Channel to Martillo Island, known for its colonies of Papuas and Magellanic penguins; or discover Tierra del Fuego National Park, where activities include hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, or a ride on the “Train to the End of the World” steam train.
In Ushuaia itself, most of the sights are clustered around the central boulevard of San Martin, including the Maritime Museum, the End of the World Museum, and the “End of the World” sign.
Things to Know Before You Go
Ushuaia Cruise Port offers shops, internet, and tourist information kiosks.
Shore excursions typically include port pickup and drop-off.
Temperatures in Ushuaia are cool all year round and can drop below freezing in winter, so pack accordingly and prepare for changeable weather.
Taxis are available from outside the cruise terminal.
How to Get to Ushuaia From the Ushuaia Cruise Port
Ships dock in the heart of Ushuaia and the downtown is within walking distance of the port. Taxis are also available to take you farther afield, but most cruise visitors opt to explore as part of a shore excursion with round-trip transportation included.
The official language is Spanish, but it is common to hear English, German, and Portuguese as well. The currency is the Argentine peso. ATMs are widely available and credit cards should be accepted in most places.
- End of the World Museum (Museo del Fin del Mundo)
- Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse
- Ushuaia Maritime Museum (Museo Marítimo y del Presidio)
- Maritime Museum (Old Ushuaia Prison)
- Tierra del Fuego National Park
- Lago Roca
- Martial Glacier
- End of the World Train (Tren del Fin del Mundo)
- Beagle Channel
- Esmeralda Lagoon (Laguna Esmeralda)
- Lapataia Bay
- Lake Escondido
- Fuegian Andes
- Lake Fagnano
- Akatushun Museum (Museo Akatushun)