Ushuaia is a city in Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina. Ushuaia is the worlds southernmost city and offers the following points of interest for tourists and photographers;
- Downtown Ushuaia including Argentine BBQs, chocolate shops and bars
- A photo with the end of the world sign
- End of the world museum
- Hiking to Glacier Martial
- Falkland Islands plaza and memorial
- Train of the end of the world and Tierra Del Fuego National Park
- Day trip to walk with penguins on Martillo Island
- Day trip to Penguin, Seal and Bird Islands
- Day trip to the Fuegian Andes – Lake Fagnano, Lake Escondido and Emerald Lake
- Start off point for trips to Antarctica
If you stay over in Ushuaia there are plenty of hotels from basic to luxury, I recommend visiting in their summer time (remember it’s the southern hemisphere). You can organize day trips easily in Ushuaia.
Visiting Ushuaia will give you bragging rights to have visited the worlds southernmost city. On a clear day, Ushuaia is as picturesque as they come with the snow capped mountains in the distance. The city itself is full of the famous Argentine Parillas, which are restaurants where the famous Argentine meat is cooked on metal grilled barbecues. You’ll also find a few excellent chocolate shops here which are worth a try and then of course there’re the bars. The most important thing to do in Ushuaia is take a photo with the Ushuaia – ‘End of the world’ sign which is close to the cruise port.
It’s possible to hike from Ushuaia to Glacier Martial, sadly due to global warming the glacier is shrinking. In fact during summer months Glacier Martial is almost non existent but still the views from the top are fantastic and exercise is always required whilst traveling.
It’s easy to organize a day trip to Tierra Del Fuego National Park from Ushuaia. Tierra De Fuego National Park offers the following points of interest for tourists and photographers;
- Animals including red fox, guanaco, otter, beavers and rabbits
- The Beaver Dam (Castorera)
- The Lookout
- A southerly Post Office
- Short hikes including, Cerro Guanaco, De La Isla path, peat bog walk (Paseo del Turbal)
What is often mentioned about Tierra Del Fugo National Park is that otters and rabbits were introduced here (they are not native) and since their introduction they have caused lots of damage. The most serious damage has been caused by the otters who build unnecessary dams causing flooding.
As well as photographing the animals, birds and beautiful landscapes you can also visit the Post Office. When I visited this Post Office it was the worlds most southerly. What do you do when you are at the worlds most southerly post office? Send a post card to your mum of course! I did exactly this and I had actually finished my trip and returned home before it arrived! Unfortunately this post office has since lost this title as the worlds most southerly as there is now a post office further south in Antarctica.
For train enthusiasts it’s possible to visit Tierra Del Fuego National Park on the End of the World Train.
Ushuaia is famous for it’s flag trees, you’ll see them on artwork, paintings, keyrings, fridge magnets and postcards for sale in Ushuaia but what’s so special about them? They’re unique looking trees, I certainly haven’t seen a tree like this in any other part of the world. They get this unique shape from the climate and they’re shaped by the wind. If you see one of these flag trees make sure you photograph it! The good news is that when you go on the walk with penguins day trip, most likely the tour bus will stop and let you photograph a flag tree.
Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse, Ushuaia, Argentina
An iconic photo from Ushuaia is the Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse in the Beagle Channel. Any tour you take that involves a boat will pass this lighthouse and for me it has become my favorite lighthouse photograph. In the Beagle channel you’ll pass islands covered with seawolves and Imperial Shag birds.
Penguin Excursion from Ushuaia
For those who have a dream to walk with penguins you can take a day trip to Martillo Island which is a beach full of Magellanic penguins. On this beach you’ll be able to get close to the penguins and take lots of penguin action pictures. You cannot actually roam wild on the beach with the penguins as it would be unfair to have a boat full of tourist unleashed on them. You will stand on a section of the beach and if the penguins choose to they can get incredibly close.
Remember before taking the trip that these penguins are of the Magellanic variety, which is probably not the type of penguin you have seen on TV or in Happy Feet. On another trip I took to the Falkland Islands, you do get to see penguins which you ‘ll have seen in Happy Feet!
From Ushuaia cruise port, I got back on the Celebrity Infinity which then sailed for the Falkland Islands which are east of Argentina. Whilst on the cruise ship, I experienced my first formal night which meant dressing up in a suit to enjoy my steak dinner.