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How to Spend 2 Days in Ushuaia

How to Spend 2 Days in Ushuaia

The southernmost city in the world is home to a picturesque jumble of colorful buildings surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of the Fuegian Andes. With two days in town, you can  explore the city and surroundings and visit a nearby national park and penguin colony. Here’s how to spend 48 hours in Ushuaia.

Day 1: History, Wildlife, and Snowy Landscapes

**Morning:**Ushuaia is primarily known for its stunning Patagonian landscapes, but there is also a wealth of cultural and historic attractions to explore. Get your bearings on a sightseeing tour of the city by bus or on foot. Tours typically cover the historic La Mission neighborhood, the Brown and Solier districts, and cultural landmarks such as the Maritime Museum and Old Prison of Ushuaia.

**Afternoon:**Visit the Magellanic and Gentoo penguin rookeries of Martillo Island on the Beagle Channel by taking a boat trip from the city. Typically led by naturalist guides, tours offer insight into the lives of the penguins, as well as other birds including skuas, petrels, cormorants, and vultures, and usually include free time at the traditional Estancia Harberton.

**Night:**Strap on some snowshoes and dive into the snowy landscapes surrounding the city with an evening tour that combines snowshoeing and snowmobiling along some of the routes taken by the area’s earliest explorers. Some tours also include a dog-sledding experience, and most include dinner. 

Day 2: Train Journeys and Boat Tours

**Morning:**Kick off your second day with a visit to Tierra del Fuego National Park. You can travel there by bus or the famed End of the World Train, which follows the route of the original convict train that ran in Ushuaia from 1910 to 1947. Upon arrival, tours typically include free time to take in the views of glaciers, lakes, and mountains, and perhaps to spot some of the park’s abundant wildlife.

**Afternoon:**Get back out onto the water this morning and explore more of the Beagle Channel by boat. Sailing tours from Ushuaia typically cruise past Lighthouse Les Eclaireurs and colonies of cormorants and sea lions, and disembark at Bridges Island to allow passengers to go on a short trek. 

**Night:**Conclude your visit to Ushuaia with a taste of its modest nightlife scene. Head for the city’s main drag, Avenida San Martín, and take your pick from the many wine bars, pubs, and restaurants to sample typical dishes such as king crab and sea bass, washed down with locally brewed beer and Argentine wines.

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Tierra del Fuego National Park Half-Day Tour with Optional End of the World Train Ride

Tierra del Fuego National Park Half-Day Tour with Optional End of the World Train Ride

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Discover Tierra del Fuego National Park and its spectacular scenery on this half-day excursion from Ushuaia. The world's southernmost national park features glaciers, lakes, mountains and abundant wildlife. Explore by Tierra del Fuego by vehicle or upgrade to include a ride on the End of the World Train.
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  • 4 hours
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Beagle Channel Yacht Sailing Tour from Ushuaia

Beagle Channel Yacht Sailing Tour from Ushuaia

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Sail around the ends of the earth on this half-day yacht tour of the Beagle Channel from Ushuaia. Take in the unspoiled sight of isles and peaks on this strait that runs through the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago, stopping to disembark on several islands where you can observe native wildlife like penguins, sea lions, and cormorants. Learn about their unique habitats nestled from a guide, and recharge with a snack and hot tea or coffee onboard while gliding past the magnificent scenery of the southernmost point in the world.
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  • 4 hours
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Half-Day Boat Trip to Penguin Colony from Ushuaia

Half-Day Boat Trip to Penguin Colony from Ushuaia

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Learn about penguins during this half-day boat tour to one of the world's largest penguin colonies from Ushuaia. Travel by boat to the colony, navigating the Beagle Channel and listening to narration from your guide. Perfect for families or groups—morning and afternoon departure times are available to best suit your sightseeing schedule.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Tierra del Fuego National Park and End of the World Train

Tierra del Fuego National Park and End of the World Train

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Ride the famous ‘End of the World’ train from Ushuaia to the Tierra del Fuego National Park and explore the remote wilderness of Patagonia’s southern tip. Enjoy spectacular views over the Beagle Channel as you take in highlights like Ensenada Bay, Laguna Verde, Beaver Dam and Lapataia Bay on this 4-hour tour.
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  • 4 hours
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Ushuaia Double Decker Bus Tour

Ushuaia Double Decker Bus Tour

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Embark on an hour-long tour of the Patagonian captial of Tierra del Fuego, the southernmost tip of South America. Board a double-decker bus in Ushuaia to take in the city’s many sights and attractions—like Ushuaia’s old prison and homes constructed by some of the area’s first immigrants—and take a trip out to Le Martial Glacier. A knowledgable guide will provide the lowdown on what you’re seeing en route.
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes
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Ushuaia City Half-Day Tour with optional Museums

Ushuaia City Half-Day Tour with optional Museums

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Experience the highlights of Ushuaia during this 2-hour city and guided museum tour. Perched on the coast of the Beagle Channel and surrounded by the Le Martial Mountains, this capital city of Tierra del Fuego offers stunning Patagonian scenery including forests, seascapes and glaciers. Explore the local culture, traditions and history on this tour including the End of the World Museum, the Old Prison of Ushuaia and the Ushuaia Maritime Museum.
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City Tour of Ushuaia

City Tour of Ushuaia

The Ushuaia City Tours starts at the Touristic Pier. Along Maipú Avenue, we will see different points of interest like the Civic Square, where the National Flag was hosted for the first time, the former Police building , the old Government House, the “Almacén de Ramos Generales”  and the Nuestra Señora de la Merced old Church.
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes
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Tierra del Fuego National Park Private Half-Day Trip

Tierra del Fuego National Park Private Half-Day Trip

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Travel to the ‘end of the world’ during this private 6-hour day trip to Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego National Park from Ushuaia. Admire the stunning scenery of this wild region as you drive past park landmarks like the Beagle Channel, take a hike alongside Roca Lake, and visit Lapataia Bay, plus much more. A private guide and vehicle, plus round-trip hotel transport are included.
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  • 6 hours
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