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How to Spend 3 Days in Ushuaia

How to Spend 3 Days in Ushuaia

The southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia is surrounded by the glacial peaks of the Fuegian Andes and lapped by the icy waters of the Beagle Channel. As a convenient gateway to wilderness and wildlife, the city is a magnet for adventurous travelers. Here’s how to make the most of three days in Ushuaia.

Day 1: City Sights

Though best-known as the gateway to Antarctica, Ushuaia is also home to a wealth of cultural and historic attractions. Kickstart your stay by getting your bearings on a walking or bus tour of the city. 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. For naturalists, a must-see museum is Museo del Fin del Mundo, with its exhibits on Patagonian wildlife. Nightlife in Ushuaia is subdued, but if you head for the central Avenida San Martín, you’ll find a selection of restaurants and bars that offer king crab and locally-brewed beers.

Day 2: Tierra del Fuego National Park

Spend your second day getting active on a full-day excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park. Tours from Ushuaia tend to transport you there by bus or by the famed End of the World Train, the world’s southernmost train journey, which follows the route of the original convict train that ran in Ushuaia from 1910 to 1947. 

Some shorter tours include just enough time for taking in views of the snow-capped mountains and glacial lakes, while others let you delve deeper into Patagonian landscapes via treks and kayak excursions that reveal beaches, forested valleys, Lapataia Bay and Lake Roca—these longer tours typically include a picnic lunch. If you still have energy left over in the evening, embark on a snowshoeing and snowmobiling tour, which typically include dinner and a dog-sledding experience.

Day 3: Beagle Channel

The narrow Beagle Channel separates the main island of Tierra del Fuego from a cluster of small Chilean islands and is easily explored on a boat tour from Ushuaia. Full-day sailing trips meander through the islands of the Alicia Archipelago and bring you up close to the area's prolific bird life,which comprises skuas, cormorants, and black browed albatross. Tours typically also sail by Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse (also known as the Lighthouse at the End of the World) and visit Seal Island in the Les Eclaireurs Archipelago, which is home to two species of sea lions. 

For many, however, the highlight of these boat tours is Martillo Island, home to large colonies of Magellanic and Gentoo penguins. Most tours give you ample time to explore the grounds of Estancia Harberton, a historical settlement that dates back to the 19th century, before returning to Ushuaia. 

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Beagle Channel Sailing Tour: Islands, Penguins and Estancia Harberton

Beagle Channel Sailing Tour: Islands, Penguins and Estancia Harberton

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Sail the Beagle Channel aboard a comfortable catamaran on this full-day exploration of the waters of Tierra del Fuego. Leaving from Ushaia, visit several islands in the channel to view the native plant and animal life, including sea lions and penguins, and spend time at the oldest ranch in the region, Estancia Haberton.
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  • 8 hours
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Tierra del Fuego National Park Hike and Canoe Tour

Tierra del Fuego National Park Hike and Canoe Tour

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Discover Tierra del Fuego National Park through hiking and canoeing during this full-day excursion that includes a picnic lunch. With a a specialized guide and a small group limited to 12 people, experience Patagonia's stunning scenery, including mountains, lakes and rivers that are easily accessible from the coast. You'll take a 3-hour forest hike and a 1.5-hour paddle across Lapataia Bay during this day trip, with hotel transport from Ushuaia.
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  • 8 hours
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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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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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Beagle Channel Navigation - Sea Lions Island

Beagle Channel Navigation - Sea Lions Island

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Choose between two daily departures for this scenic catamaran journey in the Beagle Channel. Set out on an itinerary that includes Sea Lion’s Island, Birds’ Island, and disembarkation at Bridges Island for a stroll to see flora and fauna especially a wide variety of birds. Visit Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse and see views of Martial’s Mountain.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Full-Day Trekking and Canoeing in the National Park

Full-Day Trekking and Canoeing in the National Park

Explore Tierra Del Fuego National Park by boat and on foot on this all-day guided adventure. After a convenient hotel pickup, embark on a 4-mile (7-kilometer) trek on a backcountry trail to Roca Lake. Enjoy a delicious hot lunch—it’s included in the tour price—then hop in a canoe and paddle down the Lapataia River. Enjoy stunning views and learn about the region’s incredible landscape from an expert guide.
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  • 6 to 10 hours
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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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  • 2 hours
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