In this article you will find all the useful information to visit Ushuaia, one of the best destinations in Patagonia.
Ushuaia is the capital of the Province Tierra del Fuego, the southernmost of the Argentine Republic. It was founded on October 12, 1884. It is located on one end of the planet and has particular scenic qualities because it is surrounded by the Andes Mountains and the South Atlantic Sea, one of the most mystical on the planet. It is the only city in Argentina that is on the other side of the mountain range. It is surrounded by peaks and icy lakes.
In addition to being the administrative center of this province is a very important point for tourism and as a port for scientific ships and tourism, as it is the gateway to Antarctica.
The word Ushuaia comes from the indigenous language Yagan, USH that means “in the background” or “in the west” and UAIA that means “bay” or “caleta”, meaning “bay that penetrates the west, or westward”. It is completely surrounded by mountains, the prolongation of the Andes Mountains.
Its little alleys are steep, with typical houses with colorful ceilings and is inhabited by very friendly people… It is pleasant to visit them admiring both the landscape of the bay as the city and the surrounding hills, totally covered with snow in winter.
When is the best moment to visit Ushuaia?
Regardless of the time of year, the weather in Ushuaia tends to change from one day to another and even during the same day. In summer the average temperature during the month of January is 9.6 ° C and the day with more hours of light, reaches almost 18. In autumn (unique in the colors offered by the forest) and spring, time Is very unstable. The lowest temperatures are recorded towards the end of July and beginning of August, with an average of 1 ° C. In winter there is only 7 to 8 hours of light but the days can be clear and bright. Between August and January the winds grow in intensity.
Summer: Most tourists visit Ushuaia during the summer for several reasons. It is warmer, which means that copious precipitation falls like rain, not snow. Flights and cruises have to deal with fewer weather-related obstacles, such as storms or icebergs blocking the narrow canals that separate the islands from the archipelago. Tourists who fly to Ushuaia with the intention of visiting Antarctica do so in a short window between late October and early April. The many animals that live around Tierra del Fuego, such as sea lions, whales, penguins and migratory seabirds, are the most active during the summer.
Winter: From June to October, Ushuaia offers unbeatable snow conditions to enjoy the many options of sports and entertainments in the snow. The best outdoor activities are held in Cerro Castor, near Ushuaia. Castor has 26 trails, modern lifts and options for skiing, snowboarding, sleighing and snowshoeing. It also features extravagant events such as extreme rugby, snow polo and a championship snow-golf.
What clothes do I wear?
Due to the changing weather it is advisable to include a warm coat, a raincoat, a sweater, slippers and / or trekking shoes, to make use of them as needed. You may consider an umbrella, although for the locals it does not turn out to be an element of everyday use.
Traveling to Ushuaia
The usual gateway to the country is the city of Buenos Aires, an important capital connected by air with the main cities of the world. There are several daily flights to Ushuaia, (direct: 3 hours or with stopovers 5 hours). You can reach it from other locations like Cordoba, Mendoza and all the Patagonian provinces.
For those who prefer to travel by land, the main route is No. 3, which is paved almost entirely. To enter the Province of Tierra del Fuego, it is necessary to cross the Strait of Magellan, which means that you must transit through Chile. This crossing is done through a ferry service: There is the crossing of Primera Angostura (which departs from Punta Delgada on the mainland to Bahía Azul on the Big Island) which lasts approximately 20 minutes. These times are available in our offices. The other option is from the Chilean city of Punta Arenas (in the Continent) to Porvenir (on the Big Island) with a duration of two and a half hours. Continuing along the route Nº 3, again in Argentine territory and previous passage through the cities of Rio Grande and Tolhuin will arrive at the city of the end of the world.
At the moment the towns of Río Gallegos (Santa Cruz) and Ushuaia can be united, through a regular ground transportation service throughout the year.
The official national currency is the Argentine peso. There are coins from $ 0.05 to $ 2 and tickets from $ 2 to $ 500. The change with the US dollar is modified daily and can be consulted at any bank. The vast majority of services can also be paid with different national and international credit cards. There are also ATMs from which you can, with your personal four-digit password, obtain cash. Ask yo your bank before leaving home.
- Use sunscreen, otherwise 18 hours of sun directly on your face without protection, could affect your skin.
- Take bags to the supermarket, since they will not give you.
- Sometimes the Remises are cheaper than taxis
- Renting a car among several, to visit the surroundings, is cheaper than a transfer
- For travelers arriving at the airport wanting to save a few pesos, we recommend walking to the city, it is not that far and enjoy the way.
- Remember to save the entrance to the presidio. That will allow you to enter again if you made it seal
- Do not forget to stop by the Mail of the End of the World in Bay Ensenada to seal the Passport.
- In many places, students or retirees are discounted. Do not forget to bring your notebooks or certificates.