Ushuaia is the access town to the Beagle Channel and the great hiking and kayaking opportunities available in Tierra del Fuego. Many travellers stay here before going to see the island's many sea lion colonies and penguin rookeries, or hopping off on a 2 to 3 day kayaking trip around Gable Island in the Beagle Channel.
Ushuaia is even better known as the port from which most Antarctic cruises depart for Antarctic sea adventures of up to 20 days. The cruises first cross the Drake Passage before reaching the South Shetland Islands or they sail via South Georgia and Sandwich Islands.
Instead of setting out from the port of Ushuaia, some cruises start off in the Falkland Islands, spending a day or two enjoying its markets, restaurants, flora and fauna, before heading towards the coast of Antarctica. Other ships instead offer a fly and cruise option, with flights from the Chilean town of Punta Arenas straight through to an Antarctic research base on King George Island.
This is the perfect place to stay before you set out on your adventures in Tierra del Fuego or Antarctica.
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If you're heading on to explore Torres del Paine, read our blog post to find out about getting to Punta Arenas from Ushuaia.
Map of Ushuaia
Trips that visit Ushuaia
1000km Mountain Bike Adventure
What better way to explore the Aisen region of Chile, then Chalten and the infamous Perito Moreno glacier in Argentina and then finally cycle across Tierra del Fuego the Island at the end of the world. You'll have a day…
South America - Wild Patagonia
A 27 day in-depth tour of Patagonia from Santiago all the way down to Tierra del Fuego. Includes 4 days in Torres Del Paine & a visit to Perito Moreno among many other great destinations.
Cape Horn Sailing Adventure
A week long sailing adventure from Ushuaia down to Cape Horn. A highly experienced skipper with successful Cape Horn landings, an iconic mission, and wonderful landscapes along the way. Aboard a 40 foot ketch with a skipper and just four…
Chile and Argentina Luxury Cruise
This once in a lifetime cruise navigates through the Chilean Fjords starting at Valparaiso. Stay on a luxurious ship whilst spending your days discovering Puerto Montt, Punta Arena, Ushuaia, Punta Del Este and Montevideo. Please note: tours at each of…
Cruise In Darwin's Footsteps
Follow in Charles Darwin's footsteps and sail the route that helped inspire his theories and discoveries two centuries ago. Accompanied by experts on Darwin who give presentations each day, this 3/4 night expedition takes you from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas,…
Explore Tierra del Fuego & Cordillera Darwin
This is the ultimate way to see Tierra del Fuego. Sail the Beagle Channel and Magellan Straits for 8 days, and then trek across the remote and rarely seen Cordillera Darwin.
Fin del Mundo Summit
Trek with a local guide to a mountain peak. With panoramic views of the city and the impressive Beagle Channel, you'll be out in the wilderness, trekking through forests and mountains for 7 hours with lunch included.
Martillo Island Penguin Walk
Spend a morning walking amongst cute Gentoo penguins on Isla Martillo in the Beagle Channel in Tierra del Fuego. On the way you'll stop at Ushuaia's most important historical site, Estancia Harberton.
Patagonia & Tierra del Fuego
This itinerary manages to take you to all of Patagonia's top regions (including Tierra del Fuego, Torres del Paine, El Chalten, the Lake District) in just 23 days. And they've managed to keep the price very low indeed by using…
Patagonia Parks and Wildlife
Experience everything Patagonia has to offer over 3 weeks, including Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National parks, the Lake District, Tierra del Fuego & the Beagle channel. Staying in hotels and lodges and with moderate walks for people of…
Sea Kayak in the Beagle channel
Sea kayak in the Beagle Channel for 1-3 days - depending on how much of a challenge you are looking for! This trip runs from Oct-Apr in Patagonian summer and includes camping each night.
Ultimate Road trip in Patagonia
The ultimate adventure trip through Patagonia over 32 days. You'll see spectacular landscape, travel on both the Ruta 40 and Carretera Austral and stay in comfortable lodges and B&B's along the way. Incredible value for money.
Patagonian Peaks and Plains
See the Peaks & Plains of both North & South Patagonia; Climb volcanoes in the Chilean Lake District, Trek in Torres del Paine, Visit the Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares and take a boat trip on the Beagle Channel,…
Ultimate Tierra del Fuego Adventure
See more of Tierra del Fuego on this week long voyage with nine different excursions to experience the region's varied Wildlife (Penguins, Elephant Seals & Cormorants, Beavers), Glaciers (Marinelli, Pia & Aguila) &landscapes, as well as setting foot on Cape…
Patagonia by Air, Land & Sea
Experience Patagonia in every way possible, travelling by plane, bus and, most importantly, with an unforgettable 4-night luxury adventure cruise amid the glaciers and islands of Tierra del Fuego - southernmost tip of the world. You'll also hike to…
See the cities as well as the two most famous National Parks in Patagonia; Torres del Paine and Tierra del Fuego. Explore the wonders of Patagonia on this exciting tour; You will travel from Santiago, to Torres del Paine and…
South America - Southern Explorer
See the highlights of Southern Patagonia in just 2 weeks, including 4 days in Torres del Paine. An overland trip in a specially adapted vehicle for max 16 people. No camping & exceptional value for money (please note the Local…
Cape Horn & Penguins
A shorter voyage, visiting a Magellanic Penguin colony & the Garibaldi & Pia Glaciers, as well as landing on Cape Horn, & walking through Patagonian Rainforest. Starts in Argentina & ends in Chile.
Tierra del Fuego by Land & Sea
Experience gaucho-life, glaciers and penguins on this unique itinerary - a roundtrip from Punta Arenas, you'll cross the island of Tierra del Fuego by land and return through the Beagle Channel's dramatic glacial landscapes and visit Magdalena Island's penguin colony.…
Hikes & Sights of Patagonia
Taking you to the best known hikes & sights, you'll get a taste of the best of Patagonia; you'll trek the famous ""W"" of the Torres del Paine and make your way Laguna de los Tres, as well as other…
Crossing Tierra del Fuego Adventure
A wild, remote and challenging trek, with few marked trails to follow, and no-one else around. Trek through the Fuegan forest and up over snowy mountain passes, making your way across Tierra del Fuego to Ushuaia. Your experienced guide will…
Puerto Williams Express
For those with a truly adventurous streak, but short on time, this 2-day express tour of the very end of the world gives you the chance to see the sub-Antarctic bio-diversity in all of its protected glory before exploring with…
Lakes & Glaciers of Patagonia
With everything organised for you in advance, visit the three best-known regions of Patagonia on this two-week tour: From El Chalten, hike to the jagged & towering Mt. FitzRoy and visit Perito Moreno Glacier; camp under the stars in Torres…
Montes Martial Circuit (and Tonelli)
Trek through the valleys and forests surrounding Ushuaia to secluded lagoons and a summit of Mount Tonelli. This is 3 day trek, with camping each night.
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