Ushuaia -End of the World, beginning of everything
Ushuaia
Province
Tierra del Fuego
Distance from Buenos Aires
3048 km.
Flight time from Buenos Aires
3hr. 35min.
GDS Code
USH
Weather
Temperature
Period
Summer
Min:4º/Max:14º
Dec 21st
Mar 21st
Autumm
Min:-2º/Max:12º
Mar 21st
Jun 21st
Winter
Min:-2º/Max:6º
Jun 21st
Sep 21st
Spring
Min:0º/Max:13º
Sep 21st
Dec 21st
 

Ushuaia is commonly regarded as the southernmost city in the planet. Due to its location near the South Pole, it has approximately eighteen hours of sunlight in the summer, whereas in the winter, it only has seven or eight. But this does not prevent tourists from visiting it once and again. Its gastronomic and accommodation infrastructure meets all expectations. It welcomes thousands of international visitors that reach Ushuaia lured by the slogan “reach the end of the world”.
A tourist destination indeed, Ushuaia is chosen for the practice of hiking, horse riding, mountain biking, sport fishing and the most spectacular voyages along the Beagle Channel and Lapataia Bay in Tierra del Fuego National Park. The prison at end of the world is another tourist attraction.
In the winter, visitors may enjoy skiing and rides on sleds pulled by dogs at Mount Castor. Its modern chairlifts and its school have turned it into one of the best ski centres in the country.
Ushuaia is the capital of the Argentine province of Tierra del Fuego and is located in a wide bay on the southern coast of the island of Tierra del Fuego, bounded on the north by the Martial mountain range and on the south by the Beagle Channel. Its population is estimated today at about 64,000.
The city was originally named by early British missionaries using the native Yámana name for the area. In the Yámana tongue, “Ushuaia” means “bay looking onto the West” Much of the early history of the city and its hinterland is described in Lucas Bridges´s book Uttermost Part of the Earth (1948).

Activities:
• Tourism
Tourist attractions include the Tierra del Fuego National Park and Lapataia Bay. The park can be reached by highway, or via the End of the World Train (Tren del Fin del Mundo) from Ushuaia. The city has a museum of Yámana, English, and Argentine settlement, including its years as a prison colony. Wildlife attractions include local birds, penguins, seals, and orcas, many of these species colonizing islands in the Beagle Channel. There are daily bus and boat tours to Harberton, the estancia of the Bridges family. Tours also visit the Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse. There are a number of ski areas nearby, including Cerro Castor and Glaciar Martial. Hiking trails lead from the city´s edge to the base of the glacier, which has receded dramatically over the past century, as shown in photographs on display. Cruise ships visiting the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) and Antarctica dock at the port, The cruise boats and expedition yachts periodically provide scenic cruises to Antarctica. Tourists can also visit Cape Horn island (in Chilean waters) by boat or helicopter.

Sailing
You can hire the cruises to Antartica leaving from Ushuaia. Do not miss the catamaran cruises along the Beagle Channel, in which you will have the chance to watch sea lions, Maguellanic penguins, comorants, and other seabirds. The Harberton estancia, the place where the first white settler lived, is preferably reached in summer. Another interesting excursion is the trip on a sailing ship around Cape Horn and Isla de los Estados.

Ecotourism
A must in this province is the journey to Tierra del Fueno National Park riding the historical narrow gauge train. You can alse trek along the different landscapes of the area, or just relax and watch nature.

Skiing
Both alpine and cross-country skiing can be practiced on the Castor Hill and many other winter resorts. In this area, you have the unique chance to go dog-sledging, where you are pulled by a pack of Siberian husky dogs.

Sport Fishing
Fishing enthusiasts can fish salmonids in the different rivers and lakes of Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego.

Tasting of Local Food
You will love to taste te delicious spider crabs, shelfish, and grilled Fuegian lamb.

Description
During the first half of the 20th century, the city centred around a prison built by the Argentine government to increase the Argentine population here and to ensure Argentine sovereignty over Tierra del Fuego. The prison was intended for repeat offenders and serious criminals, following the example of the British in Tasmania and the French in Devils Island. Escape from Tierra del Fuego was similarly difficult, although two prisoners managed to escape into the surrounding area for a few weeks. The prison population thus became forced colonists and spent much of their time building the town with timber from the forest around the prison. They also built a railway to the settlement, now a tourist attraction known as the End of the World Train (Tren del Fin del Mundo), the southernmost railway in the world.
Ushuaia is surrounded by Magellanic sub polar forests. On the hills around the town, the following indigenous trees are found: Drimys winteri (Winter´s bark), Maytenus magellanica (Hard-log Mayten) and several species of Nothofagus (Southern Beech).

 

 

 

 

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Programs

USHUAIA 4 Days – 3 Nights

Day 1
Airport Arrival
Meet and greet with and INFOBA DMC Argentina´s guide at airport
Transfer from Airport to hotel in Ushuaia
Free time for leisure
Overnight at Hotel in Ushuaia

Day 2
Breakfast


National Park Tierra del Fuego half day Tour
Approximate Duration: 4 hs.
Daily departure: 8..30 hs

It’s located only 11 km from the city. We will be able to appreciate within its limits lakes, lagoons and rivers, and their exit towards Canal Beagle, characteristic that makes the difference with other National parks of our country. From the port, at the Maipú Avenue towards the southwest by the national route number. 3, we will journey outside the city to arrive at the side of Monte Susana, witness of the work of the convicts of the old military prison, where the station of the Train of the Endo of the World is located. Here we will stop for this optional tour. Then it continue throughout the valley of the Pipo River to the deviation to enter Ensenada bay, where we will be able to contemplate the Islands Redonda and Estorbo and on the other coast of the Beagle the Nevado Mounts of the Sampaio Chain (Chile). Back on the route number. 3, through a narrow way that its side shows the different species our fuegian flora, we will arrive to the Roca Lake and we will do a walk by the coast of the Lake and the Lapataia River. From this point the Condor Hill amazing view can be seen, its pick mark the border with the Chile. We will go towards the other end of the Park, where finalizes the route number. 3, at Lapataia Bay, in this passage we will observe the Green Lagoon and the Black Lagoon, a large peat bog continuously growing. Finally we will journey by the beaver dams; its footpath will lead us to Lapataia Bay.

Sea Lions Island half day Tour
Departure: 15.00hs.
Approximate duration: 2:30 hs.

We depart from the Tourist Pier "Don Eduardo Arturo Brisighelli", of our city, throughout the coast of Ushuaia, at this moment most of the important buildings can be seen from the catamaran, Maritime Museum (old military prison), Museum of the End the of the World, industrial area, installed from 1980, etc. From this point, the landscape is a combination of sea and mountains, and the mounts can be seen ( the Olivia Mount and Cinco Hermanos Mount ), Also the Estancias Fique and Tunel and the Encajonado River. From this point, the catamaran tour goes to the center of Canal Beagle, towards the southwest, arriving to the Lighthouse Les Eclaireurs, in the archipelago of the same name. In one of these islands it is possible to observe parts of the boat Monte Cervantes, which was shipwrecked in 1930. Getting close to the Sea Lions Island, it is possible to enjoy the games of these peculiar mammals and we will sail in complete silence around the island during about 20 minutes observing its permanent habitat, it is a wonderful scene. Then the catamaran will sail to the Birds Island to see the Magellanic Cormorants and the Imperial Cormorants, the Giant Albatrosses, Fullman Petrels, Giant Petrels, Squas and 20 different species of marine birds. Later, sailing through The Chico Pass, the return to Ushuaia, with a view of the beautiful frame that gives to the city The Martial Mount and his glacier of the same name.

Day 3
Breakfast

Escondido & Fagnano lakes
Departure: 9.30hs
Approximate duration: 6 ½ hs.
We will leave the city of Ushuaia on the Route National Nº3 (Pan-American) towards the north of the island, to access the Fuegian Andes through the valleys covered by peat bog. We will cross the valleys Carbajal, Huskies, Tierra Mayor and Las Cotorras, where is possible, during the winter the practice of cross country skiing. The next point of the route will be the Garibaldi Pass (450 mts over the sea level), where we will cross the Mountain range of the Fuegian Andes, with the beautiful view of the Lakes Escondido and Fagnano. From there will start to descend to the hostería Petrel at the coast of the Escondido Lake then we will continue to the sawmills area, at Martinez sawmill , today is not working, at the coast of Fagnano Lake from there we will initiate the return to the city, stopping first to taste the typical fuegian lamb “asado”.

Day 4
Breakfast
Transfer from hotel to Airport with INFOBA DMC Argentina´s guide

END OF THE PROGRAM

 
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