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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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