Reasons to go

  1. Let Ushuaia be your base for days of hiking, kayaking, and even four-wheeled drive adventures
  2. Go trekking in the wild and remote mountains
  3. Bird-watch in the beautiful Tierra del Fuego national park
  4. Explore the Magellan Straits and Beagle Channel on an adventure cruise
  5. Venture into Chilean Tierra del Fuego and sail to Cape Horn
  6. Stay at a secluded lodge near Puerto Williams and explore Isla Navarino

Reasons to go to Tierra del Fuego

Cape Horn

Cape Horn marks the very end of the world as we know it - the next stop is the alien, polar world of the Antarctic. The Cape is the most rugged part of the windswept lands of Tierra del Fuego and can be visited in four different ways:

  • On an adventure cruise 
  • From the air - by plane 
  • As part of a sailing trip 
  • By kayak
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Gentle Hiking 

From the outskirts of Ushuaia, there are several day-hikes, which aren't too strenuous and will take you to spectacular vistas of the surrounding wild landscapes, including glaciers.

Multi-day Hiking 

Explore the rugged windswept ranges and alpine moors of the Argentine Fuegian Andes on the Montes Martial or Sierra Valdivieso Circuits. Expect strong winds and summer snowfall

Birdwatching

If you're into birding (or are looking for a new relaxing activity), going out into Tierra del Fuego National Park with a specialist bird-watching guide gives you the opportunity to spot some of the incredible native birds.

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Chilean Tierra del Fuego (Isla Navarino)

On the southern side of the Beagle Channel, in Chilean Tierra del Fuego, is a large island: Isla Navarino.

Lakutaia Lodge

This lodge is in a great location on Isla Navarino and offers a fantastic range of excursions, which include sailing on the Beagle Channel and even flying over Cape Horn.

Dientes de Navarino

The Dientes de Navarino (or 'Navarino Teeth'), located on Navarino Island, are peaks which get their get name from the jaw full of teeth which they resemble. Although perhaps one of the less well known places for trekking, there are many hikes available to see the teeth and you don't require a permit to visit them. You're likely to see guanacos (belonging to the llama family), blue lakes and verdant forests.

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Beagle Channel Boat Trips

Ushuaia lies on the shore of the Beagle Channel, named after Darwin's ship which sailed up here almost 200 years ago. Taking a boat trip from Ushuaia allows you to explore this vast stretch of water and see Tierra del Fuego from another dramatic perspective. 

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Four-wheeled Drive Adventures

Jump in a four-wheeled drive with a guide to explore Tierra del Fuego, and see a large part of the region without undertaking long treks.

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How to get to Tierra del Fuego

From Buenos Aires & Abroad

There are 4 or 5 flights per day from Buenos Aires (AEP) to Ushuaia (USH), and the flight time is approximately 3 hours 40 minutes.

From El Calafate & Argentina

There are daily flights from El Calafate (FTE) (the nearest city to Glaciar Perito Moreno & Mount Fitz Roy) to Ushuaia, which take around 1 hour 15 minutes. If you're coming from Peninsula Valdes, there are flights from Trelew. From elsewhere in Argentina, flights go via Buenos Aires.

From Torres del Paine & Chile

The only flights from Chile to Argentina go between their two capitals (Santiago and Buenos Aires), so if you're coming from Torres del Paine or anywhere else in Chilean Patagonia, you need a different way to get to Ushuaia. From Torres del Paine, this is usually via the nearest city, Punta Arenas. Punta Arenas is the nearest large town to Torres del Paine, so it's most likely you'll come via here.

Cross the border overland and fly from Calafate 

El Calafate lies in Argentina, but it is possible to travel overland from some parts of Chile, such as Torres del Paine and Punta Arenas, by either public bus or private transfer. From El Calafate, there are regular flights down to Ushuaia.

From Punta Arenas to Ushuaia

  • Fly - DAP Airlines run flights twice weekly on a Wednesday and Saturday.
  • Bus - There is a public bus which departs Punta Arenas in Chile nearly every day, taking you across the border and down to Ushuaia. The journey time is approximately 11 hours - it's better than it sounds!
  • Ferry - Taking the ferry between Punta Arenas and Ushuaia allows you to see some of the fjords, glaciers, and wildlife of Tierra del Fuego along the way. The ferry takes approximately 24 hours.
  • Cruise - By far the most enjoyable way to travel from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia is to take an adventure cruise. By day you'll experience thrilling excursions on small zodiac boats, exploring the Magellan Straits and getting up close to penguin colonies and hanging glaciers, and by night you'll return to a comfortable cabin aboard an ice-strengthened vessel.

Tierra del Fuego Map

Our interactive map shows the main landmarks in Tierra del Fuego, including glaciers and peaks, as well as the best spots to see wildlife.

Where to Stay in Tierra del Fuego

Arakur Hotel

The Arakur is set in its own nature reserve, has panoramic views over the Beagle Channel and features luxurious and comfortable rooms.

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Lakutaia Lodge 

A cosy lodge located just 2.5 miles outside Puerto Williams on Isla Navarino. It serves as the perfect base to explore the surrounding mountains, fjords and channels.

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