Ultimate Guide to Ushuaia, Argentina

In Yámana, one of the languages indigenous to the Tierra del Fuego and spoken by the Yagán people, Ushuaia means “bay that penetrates to the west”. 

Ushuaia is the capital of Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego and was established in 1990. It is the youngest of the 24 Argentine provinces and lies on the shores of the Beagle Canal.Ushuaia, Argentina

The hotels in the area have grown quite a bit  in the last couple of years. Here are a couple we recommend:

Hotel del Glaciar

Las Hayas Resort Hotel

I like cooking but also love to eat. In Ushuaia, there are products that must be tasted, like the spider crab, the black hake and the Patagonian lamb are just a few foods on the must-taste list. A restaurant I always make sure I visit is Tia Elvira where you can eat crab in any and every way thinkable. It’s great! The main street is called San Martin and guess what? EVERYTHING is duty free! Of course you can find great bars and cafes in the area as well.

One great activity you can do is take the End of the World Train. The train ride covers the last four and a half miles from the original twenty five kilometer path that carried prisoners between 1896 and 1947. The train stops at the Macarena Cascade where you can get off and see a reconstruction of an Indian camp as well as the source of the cascade.

Another must-do activity is visiting the Tierra del Fuego National Park, where the road goes through the park up to the Lapataia Bay. This park is the country’s southern-most protected area. It belongs to the Andean Patagonia protected areas and preserves six of the native tree species there can be found there, such as the ñires, lengas and coihues or cherry trees.

Tierra del Fuego | ©Douglas Scortegagna/Flickr

From here, you can also see the Lighthouse at the End of the World, and believe me, you get goosebumps not only because of the bitter cold but also because it blows your mind to think that you are at the bottom of the map.

Lighthouse at the End of the World, Ushuaia

Skiing Cerro Castor is a must. The newest in Argentina and, like everything in Ushuaia, the southernmost ski resort in the world. Twenty inches of powder snow every morning due to the stability of its temperature, offers one of the longest ski seasons in South America. Modern lifts, skiing and snowboarding school for those of us who always have room for learning are available and complement the Ushuaia scenery.Cerro Castor, Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia – Cerro Castor | ©Ana Elise Ferrari/Flickr

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