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 small group tour travelling the length of Patagonia in a kitted-out truck which will take you to places other tourist don't get to experience. Stay in comfortable hotels, visit wineries, volcanic lake districts, estancias, vast plains and…
- 27 Days
South America - Southern Explorer
A spectacular itinerary that takes you the length of Southern Patagonia with a small group, in a custom expedition vehicle and staying in comfortable hotels. Explore glaciers on foot and by boat, breaking Torres del Paine's W Trek into day…
- 13 Days
Patagonian Peaks and Plains
Travel in a small group with an expert tour leader from Santiago all the way down through central Chile to Tierra del Fuego and back up to Buenos Aires. Experience some of Patagonia's best trekking in Torres del Paine National…
- 20 Days
An upmarket cultural and scenic group tour adventure from Santiago to Buenos Aires. Along the way visit the stunning landscapes of Torres del Paine, the dynamic Perito Moreno Glacier and Ushuaia in the Tierra del Fuego National Park. Always accompanied…
- 14 Days