Wanderlist Discover: Ushuaia, Argentina
If you imagined that a small town popularly called as “The End Of The World”, would be a sleepy little hamlet that time forgot, you could not be more wrong. Ushuaia is a vibrant and thriving port city that has become a hub for action-lovers and adventure-seekers from all over the world. Located on the shores of the Beagle Channel, at the southern tip of Tierra del Fuego Island, Ushuaia offers tourists the joys of the sea, the mountains and forests all in one destination. And this is precisely what draws adventure lovers to Ushuaia. Hiking, sailing, scuba diving, kayaking and even skiing, there’s not much that you cannot do in and around this small town. Whatever you choose to do in this great town, just remember to buy a souvenir that tells your friends and family, that you have visited Ushuaia, the town at the end of the world!
A COUPLE OF ACTIVITIES YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS
- Get Your Skiis On : Don’t miss out on some skiing action in Ushuaia, which has one of the longest ski seasons in all of South America. The Cerro Castor Ski Resort has over 25 trails and off-piste sections and is perfect for skiers of all levels.
- Walk with the penguins : Isla Martillo is home to the Magellanic and Gentoo penguins, and you can hire a boat from the mainland that will take you to the island to get up close with them who don’t seem to mind the presence of strangers among them.
- Visit one of the local farm shops : Hikers and trekkers should take a hike up to the Martial Glacier, just on the outskirts of the town. The spot has wonderful views of the mountains and can be reached in about 4 hours.
Best Time To Go: WINTER OR SUMMER
When you choose to visit Ushuaia depends on what is your preference. Ushuaia is a perfect place to visit in winter and summer, making it a bit crowded with tourists. If you visit from late March to April, you can catch the autumn colours of red and golden yellow on treetops and everywhere else. Remember that the weather can change drastically in a matter of minutes. Sunscreen is a must as the ozone layer is quite thin here.
Where in the world:
Ushuaia is located in Argentina, at the southern most tip of the Argentine-Chile border.
Fun Fact: The name Ushuaia comes from the Yaghanes Indians, the original inhabitants of the land, and means “Bay that penetrates westward”
- Language : Spanish, and some English
- Currency : Argentine Peso
- How to Get Around : The city isn’t too big, so walking and biking are the most preferred modes of transport in Ushuaia. There are also some taxi and bus services available to take you to some local attractions, but check the schedule in advance if you intend to make the trip.
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