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Welcome to Ushuaia

Perched on the southernmost tip of South America, it’s no wonder Ushuaia is referred to as the ""End of the World."" The windswept town’s icy proximity to Antarctica magnetizes tourists, who are drawn to the penguin colonies of Isla Yecapasela, glaciers, and Martial Mountains. Boat trips and epic hikes reveal the pristine beauty of the Argentinean city, part of Patagonia’s Tierra del Fuego National Park, which is best appreciated in its entirety on an End of the World train ride. A scattering of quaint hotels, souvenir shops, and restaurants serving the local speciality spider crab make the town a comfortable place to rest between adventures.

Top 10 attractions in Ushuaia

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Beagle Channel

Beagle Channel

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The narrow Beagle Channel, separating Argentina's island chain of Tierra del Fuego to the north from remote Chilean islands to the south, serves as a waterway for the world's southernmost city, Ushuaia. It’s also one of the most important bodies of water in South America.More
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Tierra del Fuego National Park

Tierra del Fuego National Park

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When travelers make their way to the far southern reaches of Argentina, chances are they’re heading into Tierra del Fuego National Park. The country’s only coastal national park protects the Andean-Patagonian forest, a land of peat bogs, beech forests, glistening lakes, remote beaches, and snow-capped peaks ideal for outdoor adventures.More
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Esmeralda Lagoon (Laguna Esmeralda)

Esmeralda Lagoon (Laguna Esmeralda)

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The Esmeralda Lagoon hike is a popular afternoon and evening activity just outside of Ushuaia. Set in a wide valley in the Fuegian Andes, Esmeralda Lagoon is ringed by native cohiue and lenga forests.The hike traverses several peat bogs, which cover much of Tierra Del Fuego’s low-lying lands. After a 2-3 hour hike, visitors arrive at the shore of Esmeralda Lagoon, but the main attraction is hard to choose. Both the emerald-green glacier water and the beavers that ply its waters are equally stunning. Other native fauna, including guanaco, foxes and condors are commonly sighted along the hike to and from the lake.Helicopter tours also depart Ushuaia airfield and fly across the Fuegian Andes, past Olivia Mountain to Esmeralda Lagoon.In the winter months, the lake freezes and the Southern Andes are covered in snow. Tours still hike into the lake; however, it’s less about the destination and more about experiencing a rare winter wonderland.More
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Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse

Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse

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The Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse marks the dangerous rocks at the entrance to Ushuaia Bay in the Beagle Channel. Locals often wrongfully call this the Lighthouse at the End of the World, which is technically incorrect because the lighthouse Jules Verne made famous in his novel lies further east, but it’s oddly accurate, too; it’s the last mainland reference most sailors see on their way to Antarctica.Located just five miles from Ushuaia, Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse is a common destination for short tourist sailing trips. The waters surrounding the lighthouse are a sea-goers dream, as penguins and both South American and fur sea lions are spotted regularly. Bird life is abundant, too, with black eyebrow albatrosses, steamer ducks and upland geese often seen on the nearby islands. Many tours also include landing on Karelo Island.It’s worth mentioning that the region is stunning, but harsh. The weather – and most commonly the wind - can be fierce, but it’s all part of the southern Patagonian experience.More
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Lapataia Bay

Lapataia Bay

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Lapataia Bay is where Argentina’s RN 3 road ends, a road that is a continuation of the Pan-American Highway, which stretches all the way to Alaska. Roadies are always stopping to pose next to the sign here in Lapataia Bay, and it’s worth thinking about how far they’ve come to get there! According to the sign, the distance between this spot and Alaska is a whopping 11,090 miles (17,848 kilometers).Most visitors don’t take the land route to Lapataia Bay, however, and instead fly into Argentina. The bay is within Parque National Tierra del Fuego, a popular day trip from Ushuaia, which sits only 10 miles away. The park offers a chance to get out into nature, overlook azure lakes and bays, walk through native beech forests and in season, catch both the firebush, which blooms bright red, and the spooky-looking orange “pan de indio,” golf ball-sized mushrooms that grow on some of the trees.If you have more time, try out some of the other trails in the park, which covers almost 150,000 acres of this island off the southernmost tip of the South American mainland.More
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End of the World Train (Tren del Fin del Mundo)

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

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For the ultimate end-of-the-earth adventure, ride the world’s southernmost train to Tierra del Fuego National Park. Leave from outside Ushuaia and follow the historic convict train route, passing beech forests, peat bogs, and reminders of the timber-felling worksites of Ushuaia prisoners from 1901 to 1941.More
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Martial Glacier

Martial Glacier

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The Martial Glacier sits high above Ushuaia, but it's still only a few kilometers away. It’s open year-round, too, but the different seasons do bring about a striking change of scenery.In the summer, the chairlift that runs from the end of Martial Glacier Road to the glacier itself is little more than a sightseer’s ticket to the alpine environment, where several hiking trails lead either across the glacier ice or into the nearby mountains. The black gorge trail offers stunning views of the Beagle Channel, while it’s also possible to skip the chairlift ride down and slowly descend with panorama-views of Ushuaia.Throughout the winter, there is a little-used ski center that access terrific off-piste terrain for experienced backcountry skiers. There is also a Club Andino Ushuaia refugio, which often becomes a basecamp for skiers looking to truly explore the surrounding areas, including the Andorra Valley and Vinciguerra Glacier.More
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Lake Escondido

Lake Escondido

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Lago Escondido, which translates to Hidden Lake, is surrounded by the Fuegian Andes just north of Ushuaia, Argentina. Many tourists choose to visit on a day-trip from Ushuaia; however, Hosteria Petral provides a lakeside basecamp for anybody interested in taking advantage of its status as a popular sport-fishing destination.Brown and Rainbow trout can be caught in the lake itself, while brook trout are most often landed near stream inlets or around the many beaver dams that surround the lake.Other popular activities in the area include horseback riding along the lakeshore, boat and kayak tours on the crystal-clear waters, and, oddly, Canadian-style wildlife watching. Lago Escondido is an excellent place to watch Canadian beavers, which were introduced to southern Patagonia in 1946 with false hope to spur a declining fur trade.More
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Estancia Harberton

Estancia Harberton

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Overlooking the icy waters of Beagle Channel, Estancia Harberton offers a glimpse into the history and wildlife of Tierra del Fuego. The oldest residence in the area, the still-working property dates back to 1887 when it was established by English missionary Thomas Bridges and remains in the hands of his descendants.More
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Acatushun Museum

Acatushun Museum

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Devoted to studying the marine animals and birds of South America’s Tierra del Fuego region, the Acatushun Museum is an impressive testament to the region’s biodiversity. More than 4,000 specimens are on display in the natural history museum, including the complete skeleton of a humpback whale.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Ushuaia

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Nice Day Trip
MCW, Feb 2020
Beagle Channel Sailing Tour: Islands, Penguins and Estancia Harberton
Nice trip down the Beagle Channel with good insights delivered in both English and Spanish.
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Excellent way to spend your day...
Oswaldo, Dec 2017
Beagle Channel Sailing Tour: Islands, Penguins and Estancia Harberton
As a bonus we got to see the snow at the end of the tour upon arriving into Ushuaia.
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Great experience! A good way to see...
suzanne.lenne, May 2017
4WD Off-Road Lakes Tierra del Fuego Adventure From Ushuaia
A good way to see some of the wilder areas around Ushuaia.
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End of the World tour
Edward_L, Feb 2020
Half day excursion to the Tierra del Fuego National Park
The part of the national park that we were able to see was beautiful and we were glad we got to experience it.
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Take a tour to the real end of the world
Christine W, Nov 2019
Half-Day Tierra del Fuego National Park with Lunch and Drinks
Joachim, our guide, was very knowledgeable and passionate about the region, answering questions on flora and fauna, tribes and history both in English and Spanish.
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Excellent tour. We enjoyed the...
Nina F, Jan 2018
Walk with the Penguins in Martillo Island
It was fascinating to see how the penguins behave.
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My husband and I travelled to...
dshevans, Oct 2016
Tierra del Fuego National Park and End of the World Train
My husband and I travelled to Ushuaia from our home in Buenos Aires and wanted to see as much as possible in the two days that we would be there.
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My wife and I truly enjoyed this...
cobrablue10, Feb 2017
3-Day Adventure Tour of Ushuaia: Hiking, Canoeing and Sailing at the End of the World
we arrived early for our trip to Antarctica and wanted to see the local sites around Ushuaia.
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Loved this tour! Our...
Megan S, Dec 2015
Walk with the Penguins in Martillo Island
We were able to see three different species of penguins, which is rare as the King penguins are not always present.
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FANTASTIC! All day experience...
Ubi, Dec 2014
Tierra del Fuego National Park Hike and Canoe Tour
Went on an English speaking tour and guide did a great job and kept the group well entertained.
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The boat experience is ok-this...
Susan M, Feb 2017
Beagle Channel Sailing Tour: Islands, Penguins and Estancia Harberton
We were two of 4 English speakers so had small group tour.
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