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Ushuaia Argentina – Travel Guide

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Mar 29, 2017


By Sean McBride

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Last updated on January 22nd, 2021 at 08:31 am

Ushuaia Argentina Travel Guide – Tours, Excursions, & Hotel Recommendations

Ushuaia Argentina in the southernmost city in the World. Many people come here as their disembarkation point for Cruises to Antarctica. Others come to visit as part of a Tour of Patagonia. The city itself is notable for its location, being the the mostl Southerly city in the World it is the point where the South Atlantic, and Pacific Oceans meet as well as being the location where the Andes Mountain Range emerges from the Southern Ocean.  A quaint city, surrounded by natural beauty, Ushuaia has the added romance of sitting at the edge of the World. Here is useful a guide to the city.

Ushuaia Travel Guide - the Harbor

Bars and Restaurants in Ushuaia:

1. Dublin Irish Pub – Ushuaia Argentina:

The city of Ushuaia Argentina is home to 70,000 residents and as such, is small and easy to get around. There are some cozy bars and restaurants that specialize in seafood caught in The Southern Ocean. I particularly enjoyed the Dublín Irish Pub. This green tin shack bar with a wooden interior is like something straight out of a Hemingway novel, oozing with old world maritime charm. Enjoy a drink and listen to the stories of those traveling to the great white continent, before you embark on a Patagonia or Antarctica adventure. The bar is conveniently located right in the heart of the city center and you can order from a bar food menu also.

2. Chez Manu – Ushuaia Argentina

For anyone who loves seafood there are two menu items which you simply cannot leave with trying in Ushuaia Argentina. One is the “centolla” King crab and the other is Merluza Negra (Black Antarctic Hake) a delicious sea fish that has a unique and full texture unlike any other fish I have tried. The menu at Chez Manu also includes excellent “Fuegian Lamb” but here I really recommend the crab and merluza negra as the chef’s recipe really brings out the best in both. The restaurant is a little out of town but it is worth taking a taxi here as it is also elevated in and higher are above the main city and offers fantastic views of the Beagle Canal and the city to compliment the fine dining experience.

3. La Estancia Parilla – Ushuaia Argentina

The other must eat item in Ushuaia in the Fuegian Lamb. Argentina is renowned for and prides itself on the quality of its meat and here in Tierra Del Fuego it is no different. Special farming techniques are used to cultivate the lamb and give it a distinct flavor. La Estancia Parilla specializes in grilled lamb where the meat is cooked in the traditional gaucho style. The result is succulent flavorful lamb which is unlike anything you will get at home. The restaurant is located close to the city center and is within walking distance of most central hotels.

Excursions, Day Trips, & Tour Guides in Ushuaia

Ushuaia Argentina has much to offer in terms of outdoor activities, dining, sightseeing, and relaxation.  Below are a few of my favorite tours/cruises in Ushuaia! Take note that you can find a long line of wooden waterfront huts sells tour packages of both the terrestrial and aquatic kind, but it is best to plan your excursions before traveling.

1: Catamaran Cruise on the Beagle Channel – Ushuaia Argentina

Beagle Channel in Ushuaia - Ushuaia Travel GuideNo Ushuaia Argentina Travel Guide would be complete without mentioning the half-day catamaran cruise on the beautiful Beagle Chanel. Sailing aboard the Catamaran includes a visit to the Les Eclaireurs lighthouse known as the “lighthouse at the end of the world”. Visit Seal Rock and Martillo Island where visitors can see a colony of adorable Magellanic penguins. This is a perfect way to experience the charming wildlife along the Beagle Channel near Ushuaia. 

2: Ride the End of the World Train Ride – Ushuaia Argentina

The End of the World Train Ride - Ushuaia Travel GuideThe End of The World Train Ride is perfect for showcasing the history of Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego National Park. This old prisoner train has been revamped into an exciting tourist attraction.  The railroad tracks run across lakes, forests, and waterfalls. The train also runs through a “tree cemetery” where you will see the stumps of trees long since cut down by Argentine prisoners in forced labour camps. The train journey ends next to a 19th century prison.

3: Hike in Tierra del Fuego National Park- Ushuaia Argentina

Tierra del Fuego National Park - Ushuaia Travel GuideAnother undoubted highlight in Ushuaia Argentina is Tierra Del Fuego National Park. Walk among the giant lichen-covered trees of this austral forest. Enjoy clear unpolluted rivers and lakes that flow from glaciers and take the opportunity to absorb the unspoiled surroundings of this far-flung destination.  




Recommended Ushuaia Hotels

After a long day of traveling, there’s nothing better than coming back to a cozy place to stay. Here are my Top 3 Recommended Hotels in Ushuaia, perfect for any couple, family, or solo traveler passing through.

Cliene del Faro Hotel in Ushuaia - Ushuaia Travel Guide

1. Cilene del Faro Suites & Spa – Ushuaia Argentina

Cilene del Faro Suites & Spa is a great 4-star option ideally situated in the heart of Ushuaia. The hotel is very close to the seafront and sits right off the main commerce area putting guests within meters of some of the city’s best restaurants and close to the wharf where tours depart daily.

Albatros Hotel in Ushuaia - Ushuaia Travel Guide

2. Albatros Hotel – Ushuaia Argentina

Albatros Hotel is also located on the water front of the Beagle Channel and is within walking distance to the Ushuaia Port and nearby shopping mall. The End of the World Museum is a mere 300 m away. Guests can enjoy spa and concierge services daily whilst here.

Los Cauquenes Hotel 3. Los Cauquenes – Ushuaia Argentina

The 5-star Los Coquenes Hotel is located just outside the city proper giving it n air of exclusivity. Eleeant in style and sitting on the shores of the Beagle Channel the Los Caquenes hotels offer stunning views if both the sea and the Andes Mountains. Guests can enjoy a top class restaurant and relax in the spa after days spent exploring the natural beauty of Tierra Del Fuego.

Recommended Tours | Ushuaia Argentina

Patagonia Deluxe Tour

The Patagonia Deluxe Tour combines the Stella Australis Cruise, the Explora Lodge, the MarPatag Cruise, and the Eolo Lodge for one incredible adventure. Visit some of the most beautiful national parks in South America including Torres del Paine, Tierra del Fuego & Los Glaciares. Though you’ll be exploring Patagonia by sea, you’ll have ample opportunity for various outdoor excursions. Hiking is the most popular when looking to sightsee in the national parks.  View Tour >> Patagonia Deluxe Tour

Very Best Highlights of Argentina Tour

Discover the most scenic landscapes in Argentina, from the metropolis of Buenos Aires to the busy port of Ushuaia. This tour incorporates a multitude of stops. Encounter the delightful hamlet of Bariloche, known for its excellent ski slopes in the winter and as the gateway to Patagonia. Visit El Calafate and see the world-famous Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park. And finally, fly to Ushuaia and opt for a scenic excursion aboard the End of the World Train to Tierra del Fuego National Park.  View Tour >> Very Best Highlights of Argentina Tour

Patagonia Australis Cruise

The end of the world is waiting for you and Australis will take you on a journey through it. The Ushuaia to Ushuaia route shows you breathtaking beauty found throughout Patagonia while relaxing aboard an expedition ship designed with comfort and luxury in mind. Begin sailing through the Strait of Magellan and Beagle Channel to explore the wilderness. As you cross the Beagle Channel, take note that a popular excursion here is to opt for a scenic ride on a Catamaran Cruise. Below is a sample of what that Catamaran Cruise entails.  View Tour >> Patagonia Cruises

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