It might seem hard to believe that one could journey to the farthest southern city in the world for a mere weekend, but, especially from Buenos Aires, this is quite possible. Even on a larger Patagonia trip that journeys to other destinations, a weekend’s worth of time will more than scratch Ushuaia’s surface, though it will no doubt leave one desiring more. This is because Ushuaia is well connected with flights both to Buenos Aires and to the other destinations on a Patagonia trip, such as Calafate. In contrast, it takes an entire weekend to reach Ushuaia by bus from places like Puerto Natales or Calafate.
Once in this exciting frontier town on the coast of the Beagle Channel, a weekend in Ushuaia is spoiled for choice regarding things to do, places to eat, and even shopping options. As far as picking from the various possible activities, one can easily divide them into excursions in the surrounding area and the options within town.
Excursions out of Ushuaia and Patagonia trips include visiting a penguin colony in the channel, going fishing, hiking, camping, 4x4ing or even scenic flying in the strikingly beautiful mountains, lakes, forests and sea the make up this part of Tierra del Fuego. A prominent part of this, right next door to town, and accessible by the farthest southern railroad in the world, is the Tierra del Fuego National Park. Venture into this wild spot on a guided trek (highly recommended for the large number of things that the guides point out along the way), and follow it with a kayak or rafting trip out into the river and bay. Alternatively, one can hike, camp, and even cross country ski in the park for the entire weekend. The protected natural habitat is unique in all the world, and will impart its beguiling atmosphere on an extended stay.
Although down here is the end of the road, this is first and foremost a port town, and any Patagonia trip must take this into account during a weekend in Ushuaia. There are a variety of fun ways to venture out into the Beagle Channel, from sailing, a catamaran, or slower sightseeing boat. These rides are exciting for the number of different highlights along the way; these include seeing a numerous colony of cormorants and sea lions, as well as a picturesque lighthouse guiding traffic away from danger. These, the impressively mountainous coastline, and the brisk wind on the water of the channel make for a spectacular day or half day.
A weekend in Ushuaia is bound to be a good time given its unique geographical location, but also because it has an intriguing history. Once a land inhabited by an impressive indigenous population known as the Yamana, later a Christian mission, a prison for the most dangerous inmates, and finally the launching place for expeditions to Antarctica, Ushuaia’s history could easily take an entire weekend to explore. This is because each segment of that history has its own museum. Consider especially the prison museum, which inhabits the once forbidding concrete building itself and contains many of the artifacts and stories of those who were cast away from society here. There is also a museum dedicated to the Antarctic expeditions, and to exploring the various reasons for Ushuaia’s title as the ‘end of the world.’ There are several more, including one harboring the largest known collection of Yamana masks, and a marine museum.
A weekend in Ushuaia is also a weekend to enjoy some of the best seafood in the world. Given the area’s fruitful and unpolluted oceans, there are plenty of delicious options, chief of which include trout, hake, and, most especially, king crab. Besides this, Ushuaia is home to places serving every bit as high a standard of the meat-centered Argentine diet as anywhere else in the country.
Nowadays a Patagonia trip can include a fair amount of luxury and comfort, and this is especially true of Ushuaia. One can find places to stay in town that meet all needs and budgets from hip hostels to honeymoon hotel rooms to family run B&Bs. Given its unique status within the complicated economic world of Argentina, Ushuaia is also a pretty decent place to shop, especially for expedition related equipment, duty free goods, and souvenirs. All in all, a weekend in Ushuaia is bound to be a good one, though it is sure to give the visitor a taste for more.
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