Holding the title of the world’s southernmost city, Ushuaia is another completely unique part of Argentina and one of its most popular tourist destinations. Once an important hub for European commerce, today Ushuaia is largely uninhabited, making it an ideal tourist haven for travelers looking to explore its unique location and scenic views. You can jump aboard a boat to cruise around the southern tip of the continent to enjoy beautiful views of the landscape as well as the wildlife that calls it home.
Ushuaia also offers great opportunities for kayaking, hiking, and skiing, ensuring that visitors will always have something to do.
Complete with waterfalls, forests, mountains and glaciers, the Tierra del Fuego National Park is an embodiment of Ushuaia’s beautiful scenery. Accessible by car or train, you will definitely want to allow a day or two to explore the wonders of the world’s southernmost national park.
In addition to Tierra del Fuego National Park, there are many other attractions in Ushuaia that are worth a visit while you are there. If you’re looking for things to do in Ushuaia, consider checking out the following recommended attractions on your trip.
As one of three navigable passages between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, the Beagle Channel is without a doubt one of Ushuaia’s most famous attractions. A fairly narrow passage, which renders it inaccessible for large commercial shipping vessels, the Beagle Channel is ideal for smaller boats providing tours of the area. A cruise along the channel is highly recommended and will offer you the chance to see Ushuaia, and the arctic wildlife inhabiting the surrounding waters, like never before.
Tierra del Fuego History Museum
The premier attraction for museum enthusiasts, the Galeria Tematica “Pequeña Historia Fueguina” is one of the most interesting attractions in Ushuaia. With three floors full of anecdotal information and ancient artifacts, a visit to this museum will educate you on the intricate history of the region. Consistently receiving high reviews from guests, the museum’s reasonable entrance fee is well-worth the experience. You definitely don’t want to leave Ushuaia without making a stop at this museum.
Just a short car ride away from the city center, there is a glacier you can hike in about half a day. The first hour of the hike can be bypassed with a chairlift that operates seasonally. From there, head up another hour to the first look out point, but be careful, your trek will involve snow, no matter the time of year that you go up there.
The trek is worth it, providing incredible views of the Beagle Channel and the city of Ushuaia nestled below you.
Another popular hike in Ushuaia is going to Laguna Esmeralda where you can see the beautiful tourquoise waters, while surrounded by mountains. This hike is also an easy half day adventure, but be careful because the trail can be very challenging in the off season.