Ushuaia is perhaps most famous for its status as the southernmost city in the world and this alone attracts many tourists. However, there are numerous other reasons to visit this most isolated of cities, situated in the island province of Tierra del Fuego. The easiest way to arrive is by air and there are regular flights from Buenos Aires and Santiago, Chile. Others travelling at a more leisurely pace choose to go by bus but the journey is extremely long and can be complicated, especially during the winter months when the region experiences particularly harsh weather conditions.
Upon arrival there are many excursions available to the visitor, none of which are very cheap, but all of which offer a unique opportunity to view Ushuaia Bay, the Beagle Channel and beyond (depending on the time you have available and budget). For those looking to travel further afield, Ushuaia acts as a gateway to the Islas Malvinas (or Falkland Islands) and Antarctica. A number of international cruise companies operate the routes but these trips are very expensive and often out of the price range for the ‘average’ visitor.
Fortunately, there are other options available; half-day boat trips operating from the port of Ushuaia take passengers along the Beagle Channel in order to observe rare wildlife located on the deserted coastline and islands. Helicopter rides are also available giving you a bird’s eye view of the bay and the Tierra del Fuego national park, which sits alongside the city. Alternative options to the spectacular terrain: on horseback, mountain bike, sledge, 4-wheel drive, train (tren del Fin del Mundo), hiking, skiing and more.