The southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia is the largest city in the stunning region of Argentine Tierra del Fuego, and a remarkable port to visit. Home to a rugged landscape of vast plains, cloud scraping peaks and lush green mountain sides, the township is blessed with thrilling tourist attractions to complement its astounding natural beauty.
A gateway to the Andes, the snow-capped Martial Range, and even Antarctica, adventurous travellers will find an awe-inspiring region to explore. Superb locations for sailing, hiking, kayaking and skiing are packed into this single region, giving it an air of thrilling intrepid exploration whether you are staying at the centre of the city, or toward the edge of the plains. The backdrop to all these heart-pounding activites is sublime. The crystal clear waters of the Southern Ocean lap against the craggy, verdant shore of this exquisite port and reflect the undulating green expanses of the hills that frame the city, making this a photographer's paradise as well as a haven for thrill seekers.
Museo Maritimo & Museo Del Presidio
Formerly a national prison, this century-old landmark has seen thousands of convicts pass through its corridors over the decades. Today, visitors have the privilege of exploring the interior of this amazing complex, which has housed author Ricardo Rojasand and Russian anarchist Simon Radowitzky. Huge, lengthy halls which once housed up to 800 inmates contain everything from solitary confinement chambers to single cells, all of which are overlooked by striking iron wrought balconies. For an historical stop-off with a thrilling difference, pencil in a visit to this important monument to Ushuaia's history.
From the downtown area of Ushuaia, cruisers can enjoy a once in a lifetime hike to the stirring sight of the Glaciar Martial. Before you even reach the summit of the glacier, your route from the edge of town through the towering trees that populate the region will give you a chance to experience the greatest views of the surrounding landscape to be found in the whole region. Following San Martin west and climbing the sloping trail will give you a panorama of the shoreline and the beagle channel that is guaranteed to take your breath away. For the sporty, there's a ski-run toward the summit of the glacier, as well as off road hike trails that cross snowdrifts, rocky outcrops and treelines.
Parque Nacional Del Tierra Del Fuego
With an epic expanse of over 155,000 acres to explore, this stunning national park is likely to take up entire days of your time as you discover its natural wonders. Dense native forests are filled with all kinds of seabirds, such as albatrosses, steamer ducks and oystercatchers, allowing the cruisers the opportunity to get up close with some of the rarest species of birds within the region.
Shopping in Ushuaia
An excellent selection of rare tomes can be found at Boutique del Libro, which contains Patagonia and Antarctica based material. Decades old first edition guidebooks, pictorials and literature can be found clustered amongst the oaken shelves. With rows and rows of delights to explore, you'll probably find yourself forgetting the passage of time as you wander amongst the varnished wooden shelves.
Eating Out in Ushuaia
Being a prolific harbour, the seafood in Ushuaia is often fresh, local, and absolutely mouth-watering. There are a few restaurants that deserve special mention simply due to the flair and exquisite flavours they produce from the catches of the day. Kalma Resto is famed for its crab and octopus dishes, as well as gourmet specialities like Black sea bass sautéed in a tart tomato sauce. Kaupe is also a fine spot to indulge in some culinary delights, offering impeccable service, an extraordinary view of the bay, and a king crab platter that will satisfy the pickiest of foodies.