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.
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Trips that visit Ushuaia
South America - Wild Patagonia
An epic, in-depth group tour of Patagonia, combining trips to Huerquehue National Park, the Queulat glacier, an isolated fishing village, a working estancia in Argentina and a king penguin colony in Tierra del Fuego, Torres del Paine, El Chalten and…
- 27 Days
Patagonia Parks and Wildlife
Experience everything Patagonia has to offer with this 3 week itinerary: the majestic Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National parks, the Lake District and Tierra del Fuego. By day, take in the stunning scenery through boat trips and moderate…
- 18 Days
Lakes & Glaciers of Patagonia
An incredible group tour that takes in a remarkable range of Patagonia's top sights. Travel seamlessly from the Fitz Roy massif in the north, via Perito Moreno glacier to Torres del Paine, then south to Ushuaia and a boat trip…
- 14 Days
Darwin's Route from Punta Arenas
Retrace the steps of Charles Darwin on this adventurous nine-day journey through the waterways at the outer edge of the world. Departing and returning in Punta Arenas, you’ll cruise down the Beagle Channel visiting wildlife rich Ainsworth Bay, Pia Glacier…
- 9 Days
Darwin's Route from Ushuaia
Retrace the steps of Charles Darwin on this adventurous nine-day journey through the waterways at the outer edge of the world. Departing and returning in Ushuaia, you'll visit Magdalena Island with its rowdy penguin colony, the historic Wulaia Bay and…
- 9 Days
Montes Martial Circuit (and Tonelli)
Get deeper into the mountains around Ushuaia than day hikes can take you. You'll get fantastic views of the Beagle Channel and camp wild in one of the most rarely visited parts of Patagonia as the route climbs through quiet…
- 3 Days
Crossing Tierra del Fuego Adventure
An undoubtedly tough but incredible 7 days of trekking, carrying full camping gear as expert guides lead you through this wild region on unmarked paths. After a transfer to the trailhead, you cross the enormous Lago Fagnano by boat, then…
- 9 Days
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…
- 15 Days
Ultimate Road trip in Patagonia
Our perfect route for seeing all the best of the vast region of Patagonia with a flexible schedule and at great value. You travel at your own pace, but benefit from our years of experience as we organise car rental,…
- 32 Days
Day Hike Ushuaia
From a comfortable base in the bustling port city of Ushuaia, you can take on 3 extraordinary day hikes to summit peaks, trek across a glacier and explore the forests and coastal trails of the National Park. You will be…
- 5 Days
Luxury Chilean Fjords Cruise - Valparaiso to Ushuaia
Explore deep into the Chilean Fjords, getting up close to stunning glaciers and abundant wildlife, all from the comfort of a luxury vessel with fine dining, personal butler service, and fascinating lectures from experienced…
- 15 Days