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!
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!