Ushuaia is a resort town in Argentina. It's located on the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, the southernmost tip of South America, nicknamed the “End of the World.” The windswept town, perched on a steep hill, is surrounded by the Martial Mountains and the Beagle Channel. It's the gateway to Antarctica cruises and tours to nearby Isla Yécapasela, known as “Penguin Island” for its penguin colonies


How to get to Ushuaia


There are a few options to get to Ushuaia

  • Fly – there are direct flights from Buenos Aires and El Calafate

  • Bus – you can come into Ushuaia via bus ( This bus service comes in from Punta Arenas which also has a small airport


Getting from the airport to Ushuaia


  • Taxi – there are taxi available at the taxi stand at the arrivals. They are on a meter, but the town is only 6km for the airport

  • Private transfer – you can pre book your pick your pick up. This will mean you are taken straight to your car after you have your bags

  • Bus - there is no bus, the only bus service is available from surrounding cities.

  • Car rental – there are many places you can rent a car from, but make sure you get a car you plan to use it for, eg, if you are going into the national park, make sure its suitable.


Where to stay in Ushuaia

Ushuaia has a wide variety of places to crash, hostels, hotels, airbnb, and homestays. They are a bookable online and can range in price. This place a bit expensive as it is a major tourist hotspot for travellers going through Patagonia. As it’s also the gate way to Antarctica it can get full up pretty quickly before and after cruises come and go.


We opted for a hotel, we what we thought we booked as a hotel. We arrived ad it was a converted house with 4 lettable rooms and communal kitchen. We at first though this isn’t right but within an hour or so we were so glad it turned out to what it was. The hosts Marina and Christian were so good to us. They invited us to eat with them as it was snowing out and Nathan had a great time playing with their pet turtle and their children’s toys.

Needless to say this was the best place we had stayed in so far in South America.


Things to do with children in Ushuaia


There are plenty of things to do and see down here. From penguin and whale watching to hiking I the national park.

We hires a car from our hosts and pretty much drove to all the parks and lakes. We literally opened up our Google maps and just drove until the roads finished in either direction.

It’s very easy to just drive and take in all the beauty of the area. Snow-capped mountains, wild horses, turquoise coloured lakes.


  • Tierra del Fuego national park – Tierra del Fuego is an archipelago at South America’s southernmost tip, shared by Chile and Argentina. It’s known for its dramatic landscape of snowy mountains, glaciers, tundra and wind-sculpted trees. Its main island, Isla Grande, is home to the Argentine resort town of Ushuaia. Sometimes called “the End of the World,” Ushuaia is a gateway to the region and Antarctica to the south.


  • Beagle Channel – A narrow Beagle Channel, separating Argentina's island chain of Tierra del Fuego to the north from remote Chilean islands to the south, acts as a waterway for the world's southernmost city, Ushuaia. 


  • Penguin island – take one of the many tours along the beagle channel to get up and close with the penguins


  • End of the world - this a train that takes you to the end of the world, check out the museum that houses history of the prisoners that were held here.


  • Marine museum


  • Old prison of Ushuaia


  • Ushuaia Maritime museum

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