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Ushuaia | Climate | Excursions | Attrations

Ushuaia

Ushuaia

Located at Canal de Beagle bank, Ushuaia, the provincial capital of Tierra del Fuego , Antártida and Islas Atlántico Sur, is surrounded by Martial Mounts and offers a unique landscape in Argentina , the combination of mountains, sea, glaciers and woods.

The rugged topography has generated a picturesque city that combines the colours and unevenness accompanying the Andes silhouette that contrasts with the sky. Ushuaia, is not only a tiny city at one extreme of the world but it is also nature and adventure at its most. We invite you to visit the most southern region in the world, source of inspiration, challenge, myths and legends that last even for those who have never stepped on these lands or sailed the southern seas.

 

The origin of its name: when the first white men arrived in the region, they found out that this beautiful bay, protected from the winds and surrounded by mountains, was called ‘Ooshooia' or ‘Ouchouaya' by the natives. Its correct pronunciation was “Ushuaia”, as the first contacts were carried out by Anglicans sailors and missionary men who spoke English.

Finally, the word ‘Ushuaia' for the bay was adopted and it was later adopted to name the town that slowly built up along its coasts, until it turned into the most southern city in the world

What was the meaning of that word for the vánama natives? Simply “bay towards sunset”, which turned out to be the right description.

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CLIMATE

Warmest months from October to May, without snow.

December to February, highest temperatures, 18-hour light a day.

Coldest months: End of May to October. June and August, Ski season, a few-hour light, permanent snow.

Average Temperature Chart (Celsius Grades)

Months Day night season December to February Summer +8º to +18º +6º to +10º

March to April Fall +5º to +10º 0º to +6º

July to August Winter 0º to +3º 0º to –5º/10º

October to November Spring +4º to +11º +2º to +7º

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EXCURSIONS

Glacier Martial: (7km) After doing a winding way that goes up to Cadena Martial you arrive at the base of the ‘andes' ski resort whose elevation means is lift chair. As from there, it is possible to enjoy an amazing panoramic view of Canal Beagle, the city, the glacier and even the Navarino Island ( Chile ). Going upwards, after a 2-hour-and-a-half walk, you can feel the sense of ice in your hands.


End of the World Train: This is an unforgettable and unique trip on board of the “End of the World Train”, the Austral Fueguino train, that reminds of the ancient steam trains, goes along the same way that convicts used to supply the community with firewood 80 years ago.

As from the Civis Square (Ushuaia), where Muelle Turístico is found, you travel by bus along National Route 3, that leads to End of the World Station, 8 km Westwards from the city, where we will start the trip that will take us to “Estación Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego”.

We will travel along Pipo River , until we cross it taking Quemado Bridge . The first stop is “La Macarena”, from where you can admire the magnificent views of the valley and a beautiful downfall. When we enter the National Park, at the second stop, we will see the remains of an old sawmill. Then, the line abandons the river and surrounds a great ‘turbal', characteristic of Tierra del Fuego . Going through the thick woods full of cohiues and lengas, rivers and valleys, we arrive at ‘Estación Terminal del Parque Nacional', where we can enjoy a delicious hot milk chocolate with some of the exquisite regional cakes.

The trip is narrated by bilingual guides (Spanish-English)

Tren del Fin del Mundo



Tierra del Fuego National Park: This National Park was created in 1960, taking up a surface of 63,000 acres of andino-patagonian wood. Located 12 km west of Ushuaia, it is the only national park that has sea coasts (Beagle Channel) in our country. Its lengas woods, ñires and cherry trees, its rivers, lakes and ‘turbales' frame amazing views of the channel. You will be able to fully enjoy nature going along paths of varied length and you will also see different species of the local fauna. Also, excursions that include trekking, sailing and mountanbike offer an alternative to visit the Park.


Escondido Lake: (Pavement 36km, pebble road 24 km). Going through the ‘Andes Fueguinos' 60 km north of Ushuaia (on national route 3) we find this beautiful lake built-in the mountain range at the foot of Paso Garibaldi. There are walk activities on the mountains that surround the lake, the walks start at the Inn , which is located at the source of the lake. Another activity is sportive fishing.

Fagnano Lake: (Pavement 36km, pebble road 64 km). 100 km north of Ushuaia (on National Route 3) going far from the sawmills area, we can see this majestuous water mirror. Kaikén Inn is at its oriental source and a few kilometres further, you reach a cabin complex, near the picturesque community of Tolhuin, which is the third locality in Tierra del Fuego . Its name in Shelk'nam language means ‘heart' and it is considered the Capital of the so called ‘Heart of the Island '. It is a fascinating place, full of traditional ‘estancias', water mirrors and virgin places.


Estancia Harberton: (Pavement 36km, pebble road 44 km). It is the first ‘estancia' in the province, which is located 90 km east of Ushuaia and you can have access by land (national route 3 and complementary j) or by sea. It is considered of high historical value, because its owners are the descendants of the Anglican Misionary Thomas Bridges, who, at the beginning of this century, lived with the natives of the region.



Corazón de la Isla y estancias: Departing from Ushuaia on National route 3 northwards and after doing 90 km, we find Tolhuin community, entrance door to the Heart of the Island . As from here and by complementary route ‘H' you will arrive at Yehuin Lake , of unique beauty. This is an ideal place to do trekking and horseback riding. You will be able to spend the night at the ‘estancias'.

Tolhuin:This is the third town in the province, located at the source of Fagnano Lake , around 100 km away from Ushuaia. In this little and picturesque place, created by decree in 1972, you will find the possibility of going on fishing excursions, walks and photo safaris, renting horses, boats, kayaks, sledges pulled by dogs, etc. Its name (Tolhuin or ‘Heart' en Shelk'nam language) is because the capital is called ‘Heart of the Island '. When you visit Tolhuin, in a natural environment framed by a landscape that has remains of the south mountain range and the plains of the north of the island, you will find the mystic and the history that only a little town full of live and nature can give.

Yehuin Lake: (Pavement 25km, pebble road 100 km). 160 km north of Ushuaia, going first by National route 3 and then by the complementary ‘h', we will find Yehuin, Chepelmut and Yakush lakes, suitable for trout fishing, boat trips and fauna watching. These activities have the alternative of rural tourism in different ‘estancias'. Shenolsh Hill is also found in this region, ‘andino patagonico' condor's natural habitat, from where you can enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of Cabo San Pablo region: (Pavement 59km, pebble road 81 km) going along one of the most attractive ways in the province, where you can easily see guanacos, foxes, and condors, you reach Cabo San Pablo, located 180 km northeast of Ushuaia, near the mouth of Ladrillero and San Pablo rivers, both suitable for good fishing.


Río Grande: (Pavement 134 km, pebble road 91 km) at Argentinian Sea bank, at the mouth of Grande River, 230 km away from Ushuaia, we find Rio Grande city, known as Trout National Capital, due to its great number of trouts or salmon-like fish found in the rivers. The city is not only attractive by its excellent fishing possibilities but also by its ‘estancias' environment, places of historical interest, like the Salesian Mission ‘Nuestra Señora de la Calendaria' and the Hemispheric Net of Beach Birds.



Misión Salesiana "Nuestra Sra. de la Candelaria": It was founded in 1893 by Monsignor Fagnano to convert the selk'nam (onas) natives, when the natives were wiped out, it turned into a primary school and in 1983 it was declared Historical National Monument. The chapel, the house of the mission, the house of Maria Auxiliadora's sisters and Monsignor Fagnano Regional Museum make up an interesting circuit that takes us to the past.

Coastal Birds Hemispheric Beach: The coast of Tierra del Fuego (from San Sebastián Bay to Cabo San Pablo) makes up an area of international importance for the survival of different species of migratory coastal birds, some of which spend there the non-reproductive stage to migrate in Fall to the North Hemisphere where nesting takes place.

OTHER ATTRACTIONS

Tierra del Fuego is a province that gives us big access to spend unforgettable holidays. Tierra del Fuego province, due to its characteristics, allows us many other variants, such as adventure tourism, sprots fishing, boat trips, modern catamarans or comfortable sailing ships that sail the Beagle Channel… The circuits in the city allow us feel the history and culture of a town and its pioneers by visiting the End of the World Museum or Maritime Museum in Ushuaia.

In high season (Oct/Apr) you can go on different non- traditional excursions, such as walks, hiking, trekking, naturalist excursions, cycling, horseback riding, sailing ship trips, etc…

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