“Wait-a-while” in Ushuaia

April, 2011

Ushuaia is definitely worth a mention as it is stunningly beautiful and well-worth the hardship of around 52 hours on 3 buses to arrive here from Buenos Aires – no hardship if you fly but more expensive!

Maybe it’s the time of year with autumn displaying hundreds of multi-shaded orange Beech trees, or the fact that you’ve reached the end of the world (cliché) and it’s extremely cold, but it is spectacular and you won’t be disappointed…it’s memorable! Although, I think any time of year would be wonderful in Ushuaia as the scenery is breathtaking.

There’s loads to do here from boat trips in the Beagle Channel (Tres Marias AR$230 + AR$7 port tax), to exploring National Parks (entrance fees vary), trekking, sight-seeing lakes, and much more; you won’t be bored…just bring a bucket load of cash!

Argentina: Seal dozing in Beagle Channel

Beagle Channel Dozing

Ensure you sample the glorious hot chocolate made with real pure chocolate (Chocolates Ushuaia – Artisanal on San Martin is THE best and cheapest in town); try their chocolate pancake (AR$6)…if you like a little pancake drizzled and stuffed with pure warm chocolate; a sensational hit when it’s icy cold outside! Splurge on their hand-made chocolates…mouth-watering and reasonably-priced at AR$35 for 250gms.

The “End of the World” train ride is a bit of a rip-off as it costs AR$130 (return, cheapest fare) but you have to pay an additional Ar$85, which covers the Tierra del Fuego National Park fee. (However, if you’re a local, you only pay AR$50 for the train ride and Ar$25 to get into the park!) If you want to enter the National Park only, it’s AR$85/day/person…very expensive. Although it was raining all day, the scenery was still exceptional!

Shuttle buses run throughout the park, but not sure of the cost, time table, or rules on catching these; check with the information office in the park, the gen ‘Ys’ there can help (maybe)!

Hired a car from Patagonia Sur (AR$200/day and included 200 kms), which provided the freedom and cheaper for 2 people than taking tours everywhere. Drove to Lago Fagnano, which is worth the trip out of Ushuaia.

The end of our road before returning was Tulhuin, a little town about an hour south of Rio Grande, which could have been straight out of a South American version of Deliverance! I could be totally wrong here, maybe it was my first impression of the huge ford pick-up trucks loaded with dirt bikes, flannel shirts, and continual ogling at us as foreigners…we were the only Gringos in town. But, the Panaderia is great and super bustling with the whole of town rammed inside buying the freshest home baked delicacies! You can see bakers preparing and kneading the raw ingredients behind a large glass window, but not before walking past an internal huge caged area with parrots, lorikeets, and a toucan…a mini Avery!

After an excellent time in Ushuaia, sadly, it was time to leave and head to El Calafate for some Perito Merino ice walking.

Visit my Nilla’s Photography Argentina Gallery for more images. More posts on Argentina at my Image Earth Blog.

2 thoughts on ““Wait-a-while” in Ushuaia

  1. Hi,
    i have a tarveler’s site in israel
    we recommend them where to go and what to do.
    its non profitable site.

    we have TONS of questions about Ushuaia on March and Specially on April.

    can you help ? as i saw you ware there on april ?

    can people still be in April there ?
    can people travel and enjoy your area and the route up to bariloche on april ? can people do treks on south of patagonia ?

    are there penguins, sea lions and ice bergs on April in Ushuaia ?

    Please help 🙂


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    • Hi Eitan,

      April is a good time to travel in Ushuaia, however, it is cold and it also snowed when we were there (early snow).
      If you want to see more photos, check out my site http://www.nillasphotography.com and go to Argentina gallery. Also, I have a Nilla’s Photography page in Facebook.

      You can travel to Bariloche from Ushuaia but this will be in several bus trips either via Chile or El Calafate. I didn’t go to Bariloche. You can certainly do treks in Patagonia at this time of year (Chile and Argentina). I didn’t see penguins, but did see sea lions on the day sail trip on the Beagle Channel. You can see Penguins in Puerto Madryn around March and before March (I think).

      Not sure if Ushuaia gets ice bergs, think you need to go further south for these i.e. Puerto Williams (Chile) then further south enrout to Antartica.

      Hope this helps.


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