Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego), Argentina

Magellan called it Tierra del Fuego, "the Land of Fire," having seen flames rising from the darkened islands. For over three centuries, the name struck fear in the hearts of mariners. Howling headwinds, mountainous seas and rocky coastlines spelled a sudden end to many voyages. Today, Ushuaia, a former Argentine penal colony, serves as your gateway to this wilderness where snow-capped mountains plummet to the icy waters of the Beagle Channel.

In the late 19th century, Reverend Thomas Bridges spent years working with local tribes, compiling a dictionary of their Yaghan tongue. The work outlived the Yaghan: by the beginning of the 20th century, they had succumbed to disease.

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Points of Interest

  • Beagle Channel
  • Tierra del Fuego National Park
  • Tierra Mayor Valley
  • End of the World Train
  • Museo Maritimo
  • Lago Escondido / Lago Fagnano
  • Lumberjack Camp
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  • Beagle Channel

    Soaring mountains and an historic lighthouse create an ideal backdrop at the southernmost tip of South America for scenic wildlife cruises to seal haul-outs and cormorant rookeries.

  • Tierra del Fuego National Park

    From the rugged peaks, pristine lakes and ancient forests of the Andes to the glacier-draped shores of the famed Beagle Channel, the world's southernmost national park offers picture postcard scenes.

  • Tierra Mayor Valley

    A leafy lenga forest frames peat bogs, beaver dams, and the Five Cascades waterfalls tumbling from the Alvear Mountains. It's pristine habitat for unique wildlife like red foxes, and birds as cara-caras and parakeets.

  • End of the World Train

    Step aboard the southernmost railway in the world! Enjoy a scenic heritage train ride through the breathtaking scenery of Tierra del Fuego National Park.

  • Museo Maritimo

    Explore the maritime history collection of the Argentine Navy, an amazing treasure trove of models, exhibits of Antarctic discovery and research. It's housed in a National Historical Monument that was the Old Prison of Ushuaia. The city was, in its beginnings, a penal colony, as this was the only way to keep a population in such a cold and remote area!

  • Lago Escondido / Lago Fagnano

    Sapphire lakes nestled in glacier-carved valleys dotted with charming winter sports centers are a featured attraction of tours through the Andes Mountains to the heights of Garibaldi Pass.

  • Lumberjack Camp

    A woodcutter's cabin in the forest brings bygone days to life. It's the setting for a lumberjack lunch plus enticing nature hikes into the dramatic scenery of the Tierra Mayor Valley Natural Reserve.

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Beagle Channel Wildlife Cruise

2.5 hours | Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego) | USH-200
  • Beagle Channel

Board a motorized catamaran for an unforgettable voyage through the stunningly beautiful Beagle Channel. View historic Les Éclaireurs lighthouse, glide past rugged islands and soaring mountains, and get up close to seal haul-outs and bird rookeries. This easy, active half-day excursion provides indelible images of the tip of South America.

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Tierra Mayor Natural Reserve Trek

4 hours | Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego) | USH-475
  • Tierra Mayor Valley

Travel to Tierra Mayor Natural Reserve and trek with your guide through an old-growth Lenga forest. Enjoy the sights of beaver dams and peat bogs on your way to the Five Cascades Waterfalls. Then enjoy a snack at a remote cabin before the return drive to scenic Ushuaia on this strenuous half-day excursion.

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$99.95

Conduciendo al "Fin del Mundo" (Guiada en Español)

4 hours | Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego) | USH-222
  • Tierra del Fuego National Park

Un recorrido por el Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego arribando al final de la carretera más larga del mundo, la Panamericana. En el trayecto, se visita Bahía Ensenada, Lago Roca, Bahía Lapataia, bosques antiguos, profundos lagos azules y se disfruta de la fauna en esta excursión de medio día.

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Drive to the "End of the World" (Guided in Portuguese)

4 hours | Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego) | USH-224
  • Tierra del Fuego National Park

Um passeio pelo Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego chegando ao fim da estrada mais longa do mundo, a Panamericana. No trajeto se visita a Bahia Ensenada, o Lago Roca, Bahia Lapataia, bosques antigos, profundos lagos azuis e se disfruta da fauna, nesta excursão de meio dia.

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Drive to the "End of the World" (Guided in German)

4 hours | Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego) | USH-223
  • Tierra del Fuego National Park

A drive through Tierra del Fuego National Park brings you to the end of the world's longest stretch of road, the Pan American Highway. Along the way, visit Ensenada Bay, Roca Lake, and Lapataia Bay to experience ancient forests, deep blue lakes and unique fauna on this easy half-day excursion.

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Drive to the "End of the World"

4 hours | Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego) | USH-220
  • Tierra del Fuego National Park

A drive through Tierra del Fuego National Park brings you to the end of the world's longest stretch of road, the Pan American Highway. Along the way, visit Ensenada Bay, Roca Lake, and Lapataia Bay to experience ancient forests, deep blue lakes and unique fauna on this easy half day excursion.

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Maritime Museum & Mountain Drive

5 hours | Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego) | USH-205
  • Tierra Mayor Valley
  • Lago Escondido / Lago Fagnano
  • Museo Maritimo

Mountains, lakes, rivers and glaciers: you name it Tierra del Fuego has it! And you can experience a taste of it all on this easy, half-day excursion. You´ll sightsee through the splendor of the Andes Mountains to Lago Escondido (Hidden Lake,) visit Ushuaia's historic Maritime Museum & Former Prison and enjoy refreshments during a relaxing stop at Las Cotorras.

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Southernmost Railway & Ensenada Bay

2.5 hours | Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego) | USH-215
  • Tierra del Fuego National Park
  • End of the World Train

Rail buffs and nature lovers, this easy half-day excursion is for you! It blends a narrow gauge train ride with stunning views of Tierra del Fuego National Park, the Beagle Channel and Ensenada Bay. As you sightsee, listen to tales describing the early days of the world's southernmost railway.

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4X4 Off-Road Safari: The Lumberjack Trail

4 hours | Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego) | USH-500
  • Tierra Mayor Valley
  • Lumberjack Camp

Explore Tierra Mayor Valley on an off-road safari. This strenuous half-day excursion follows a narrow lumberjack footpath and stops at the woodcutter's small cabin for a hike with views of Lenga forest, peat bogs and beaver dams. A delicious lunch adds the finishing touch.

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Local Connections: King Crabs, Fishing and Gourmet experience

5 hours | Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego) | USH-635
  • Beagle Channel

A culinary adventure awaits when you journey to the small village of Puerto Almanza, the southernmost fishing port in Argentina, where a local couple will introduce you to the art of catching king crab and then graciously welcome you into their family home to prepare a delicious Patagonian-style feast.

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Sea Kayak at Beagle Channel

5 hours | Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego) | USH-880
  • Beagle Channel

A delight for two, your double-seat kayak glides amidst the remote beauty of the Beagle Channel, a storied waterway named after the HMS Beagle, which sailed the region in the 1820s. From your vantage point, take in beaches, scenery and wildlife and paddle through waters once traversed by the native Yamana in their fragile tree-bark canoes.

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