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21 FUN Things to do in Ushuaia, Argentina

21 FUN Things to do in Ushuaia, Argentina

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Ushuaia, Argentina is also known as ‘El Fin del Mundo’ or ‘The End of the World.’ This resort town is not only the starting point for voyages to Antarctica via the Drake Passage, but it is also the southernmost city in the world – that’s hard to beat! 

Despite being a remote town, there is still plenty to see and do in Ushuaia. Whether you are a nature lover, history buff, foodie, or just love traveling and meeting great people along the way, this is a town you don’t want to overlook when planning your next South America trip.

In fact, I spent over a week in the town and loved it! Ushuaia was one of the highlights of traveling in Argentina for me and I think it will be for you too!  

So, no matter what brings you to Ushuaia, you are sure to find a variety of ways to experience this hilly town on the water. And, to help you plan your trip, here are the 21 best things to do in Ushuaia!

About Ushuaia, Argentina  

A run a ground ship on the outskirts of Ushuaia, Argentina
Ushuaia is a wild place filled with beauty!

Ushuaia is so much more than the ‘starting point to get to Antarctica.’ This town is now known for its proximity to the Drake Passage. The passage allows travelers and researchers a way to get to ‘The Ice’ as Antarctica is endearingly called.  

However, Ushuaia is not all about its tourism and access to other places. In fact, it used to be known for its prison and naval base in previous centuries. Oh, how times change!

The town is the capital of Tierra del Fuego, a popular region of Argentina that rivals Patagonia in its beauty and marvel.  

Bordered by the Beagle Channel, Martial Mountains, and the Bay of Ushuaia, this city is not only the southernmost in the entire world but is also quite remote in its location. You’ll need to fly into a hub like Santiago, Chile, or Buenos Aires, Argentina, before taking another flight further south. 

If you plan to see the Chilean side of Patagonia first, you can head to Puerto Natales or Punta Arenas before taking a bus down the rest of the way to Ushuaia. This route is long and includes a ferry and hours of travel, but it is an incredible and scenic way to see this part of South America’s remote regions.  

If Ushuaia, or Antarctica, is your end goal, you can fly to the Ushuaia Malvinas Argentina International Airport. The flight is about three hours from Buenos Aires.  

The BEST Things to do in Ushuaia 

1. Visit Tierra del Fuego National Park  

Scenic views in Tierra del Fuego National Park near Ushuaia, Argentina
The region is so beautiful!

If you are anywhere near Ushuaia, Argentina, you are in the Tierra del Fuego region of the country. Meaning the ‘land of fire,’ this region is known for its natural beauty, incredible coastlines, and penguin colonies.  

While visitors heading off to Antarctica make their base in Ushuaia before departing, the same goes for those who intend to hike in Tierra del Fuego National Park. Ushuaia is the closest town, so most visitors spend the night here in between exploring the national park.  

You can go on your own by way of bus and taxi, but the easiest way may be going on an excursion to the park with a group. For just $55 USD, this scenic tour includes hotel pickup and four hours to explore the national park, focusing on all the amazing lakes, mountains, and wildlife. The scenery is breathtaking, and the tour is a great deal. 

Even if you are a hiker, I highly recommend this tour. I’ve found that hiking is a way to get up close and more personal with nature, but bus tours like this one allow you to see so much more of the park. I love hearing the guides talk about the history of the area, from funny anecdotes to significant events that I would have never known, had I only explored on my own.  

But don’t take my word for it, though. See for yourself and explore Tierra del Fuego National Park! 

2. Take a cruise down the Beagle Channel  

Seals on an island on a cruise through the Beagle Channel from Ushuaia, Argentina
Lighthouse and penguins on the Beagle Channel near Ushuaia, Argentina

One of the coolest parts about Ushuaia is that it is the southernmost city in the world. So, what goes beyond that? 

Heading down below the landmass itself into the Beagle Channel gets you even closer to the Drake Passage and Antarctica.

The sheer knowledge that you are that far south in the world is incredible. You pair that with a tour on a ferry to see the channel and its wildlife, and you’ll find that there is so much worth experiencing in this remote part of the world.  

Take a trip down the Beagle Channel with this cruise that takes you near multiple islands and a famous lighthouse, and even allows you to get off and explore Bridges Island. I loved this tour and make sure to have your camera handy as you’ll see tons of birds and even seals. Oh, and if you’re luckier than me, you can even see whales! 

If you are looking for a comprehensive way to see a lot of the landmarks we mention here, this is the trip for you. The boat offers coffee and tea as a part of your trip and returns right to where it started to make navigation afterward nice and easy. Plus, it’s only $55 USD per ticket. I highly recommend this cruise and wish I could go back soon myself.

Related read: Another beautiful cruise is sailing through the most remote region of Patagonia. Seeing this beautiful area of fiords is one of the most unique things to do in Chile.

3. Visit the Galeria Tematica Historia Fueguina  

A display at the 3. Visit the Galeria Tematica Historia Fueguina in Ushuaia, Argentina
You can learn all about the history of the area.

An educational museum, the Galeria Tematica Historia Fueguina, is the perfect stop for all ages to explore.  

There are many different dioramas and figures to take in, all of which detail the region’s Indigenous and mythical histories of Tierra del Fuego. Learning about the indigenous people who used to live here was super interesting.

You’ll also get a look into the history of the prison and the period of exploration that led Ushuaia to be as it is today. And the best part, the museum provided audio (in a few languages) to listen to along the way. 

I’d recommend planning to stop by for an hour or two as a way to get indoors and take a relaxing but educational break from running around and sightseeing. 

The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 1 pm to 9 pm.

4. Enjoy a trip on the Fin del Mundo train  

The Fin del Mundo train or Train at the end of the world in Ushuaia
It’s only a short trip, but it’s part of the history of Ushuaia!

The ‘train of the end of the world’ or Tren del Fin del Mundo is what the Ferrocarril Austral Fueguino (Southern Fuegian Railway) is commonly called.  

The train has historical links to the prison that used to house inmates at the end of the world, but you’ll learn more about that by taking a ride on the train itself. It’s been a tourist attraction since 1994 and does a great job at combining history with the incredible scenery of this remote train route. 

The entire trip is only 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) and ends at Tierra del Fuego National Park. You can opt to stay once you reach the national park station if you wish to use this as a means of transportation to visit the park, or you can head back the same day.  

Along the train journey, you’ll hear the story of the train’s history and see incredible scenery including the Macarena waterfall. It’s a relaxing and rather short tour, but worth it! 

Tickets for the train ride range from around $50-70 USD, depending on the time of year you go and there are three departure times daily. A combo tour like this one that includes the train and a tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park starts at $145 USD.

5. Take a photo with the Ushuaia sign  

The Ushuaia sign, Argentina
It’s cliché, but who cares!

While you’re in the southernmost city in the world, you’ll want to get some proof! 

In the midst of photos of mountains and water and hills filled with hostels and shops, you can stop by the Ushuaia sign and snap a pic to send home. Your family will get some proof of life, and you’ll have a reminder that you’re experiencing a place that most people have never even heard of, let alone had the chance to visit. 

Since this is outdoors and open to the public, you can stop by any time of the day to get your pics! 

6. Hike to Laguna Esmeralda  

Laguna Esmeralda  near Ushuaia, Argentina
The lake is just stunning!

Let’s not forget that you’re in the land of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. Don’t pass up the opportunity to go on a hike to one of the many incredible lakes in the region.  

Hiking to Laguna Esmeralda is beautiful, and you can visit individually or on a tour to make it as accessible as possible. This trek is pretty mild and can be done by most travelers. I don’t recommend doing this if you have trouble with hiking, but if you are simply nervous about the region, I would say that you’ll be okay. 

If you plan on hiking on your own, the 9-kilometer (5.5-mile) trail takes about 2.5 to 3 hours and is located 20 minutes from Ushuaia. The trail can be very muddy and also have snow and ice, so be prepared. 

On this tour with hotel pickup, you’ll skip the difficult navigation to the Lasifashaj Valley. Here, you get to trek with a small group (no more than 10 people) and enjoy a boxed lunch together while taking in the scenery.  

The transportation takes you back to wherever you were picked up, so you don’t have to think about getting back after a day of hiking and exploring. You’ll also learn a ton about the area, and the guides will take you to a beaver dam along the way. Plus, it’s really reasonable at under $80 USD.

Related read: Up for a more challenging hike in South America? Take on the multi-day Torres del Paine W Trek – it’s one of the most famous hikes in the world!

7. Walk with the penguins  

A penguin walks on Martillo Island on a tour from Ushuaia, Argentina
How cute are they?

While you’re as close as you can be to Antarctica without actually being there, you have to make sure that you see penguins.  

Want to take it up a notch? Try a guided hike at a penguin colony. Yes, you can physically walk with the penguins of the Ushuaia area. I can’t imagine a better way to experience this region, as long as it’s done respectfully like this tour is. 

You get a specialized guide that will give you a look into the life of the animals as you walk around Martillo Island. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of penguins here, and you get to see them up close. That’s why it’s mandatory to take a guide. We spent about an hour with the penguins on the half-day tour. 

On the way there, you’ll go through the Beagle Channel and will get to see the scenery that leads up to this penguin colony located south of Ushuaia. 

The tour lasts about 5 hours for the half-day option, but there is also a full-day option available. If I could go back, I’d do the full day instead! 

These trips tend to change based on weather, availability of guides, and other factors, so you’ll want to check for yourself to see what will work best for you and the time you have. 

Related read: If seeing more cute penguins is on your bucket list, check out our guide to seeing penguins in Punta Arenas, Chile!

8. Hike to Glacier Martial  

Hikers at the top of the Glacier Martial  hike with views of Ushuaia
Look back at Ushuaia on our way to the glacier!

Glaciers are a huge (literally and figuratively) perk of being so far south in the world. Glacier Martial in Ushuaia is free to access via the nature reserve it’s located in and gives you some great views of the Beagle Channel and Ushuaia. You’ll find the entrance only 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) from Ushuaia, so it’s really convenient to visit. 

The easiest way to reach the start of the trail is to get a taxi from town. It’s a common thing to do, and after the hike, you’ll find a taxi waiting at the bottom again.

You can trek, ski, and sightsee once you’re here, depending on whether you visit in the summer or winter. Remember, if you’re from the Northern Hemisphere, the seasons are swapped in the Southern Hemisphere. So, if you visit over a summer break, expect to be skiing and experiencing all the cold weather that Ushuaia has to offer.  

There are many different hiking paths, some that are good for the whole family and some that are a bit more intensive for seasoned hikers. A favorite of mine is the Filo trail which leads to a gorgeous viewpoint of Ushuaia. 

Of course, the most popular hike leads to Martial Glacier, which is a slightly harder trail. This takes around 2 to 3 hours to complete and begins from the ski resort. The views are amazing, and this hike is easily one of the best things to do in Ushuaia. 

Make sure to have some waterproof hiking gear no matter what season you visit because it’s possible that it may snow even in the summer. 

Related read: Take your glacier exploring to the next level and go trekking on the Perito Moreno Glacier! You’ll actually get to walk on this incredibe Perito Moreno Glacier in Patagonia.

9. Learn to cook spider crab  

Spider crab in Ushuaia, Patagonia
It’s so good!

In all my travels, I’ve found the food in a place gives you such a unique view into the culture and its people. That’s no different here!

Learn how to cook spider crab with a chef on this food tour. You’ll also get hands-on experience making other local foods while enjoying some included beverages. 

I love learning from someone like a local chef who is passionate about cuisine and culture. It’s such a fun and personalized cooking session and a unique way to learn more about this part of the world.

The class takes place about 35 km (21 miles) from Ushuaia itself, near the Lasifashaj river, where you work with local seafood and seasonal fruits to create an authentic and delicious meal. The highlight is, of course, the spider crab, which is one of the main industries in this area and a delicious crab you need to try! 

Good food and the ability to recreate it with your own local ingredients for friends and family at home – what more could you ask for? 

10. Go skiing  

A chairlift at Cerro Castor, Ushuaia, Argentina
Heading up the chairlift!

There is a ski resort called Cerro Castor near Ushuaia, which may not be surprising based on the climate but is something that I certainly didn’t expect. The size of the town itself isn’t huge, and since it’s known as a hub for departures to Antarctica, I didn’t expect the sports scene to be quite so prominent. 

This area is a haven for skiers and other winter sports fanatics, thanks to the mountains and snow of this remote part of South America. There are a few different places to ski, including at the Martial Glacier or, of course, at Cerro Castor.

You can ski from late June to late September, generally, in Ushuaia. But, remember, the seasons may be flipped from what you’re used to. These locations, as well as shops in town, will rent you ski gear so that you don’t have to bring your own all the way across the continent or the world!

Expect to pay around $70 USD for a day pass to ski at Cerro Castor during the high season. Equipment rentals are extra and run around $40 USD for a standard set of gear for skiing or snowboarding.

11. Dog sledding  

Dog sledding in Ushuaia, Argentina
This is such a unique activity in Ushuaia!

Speaking of fun winter activities to try in Ushuaia, one of the best ways to experience the landscape is driving through it with the help of some pups! If you happen to be in Ushuaia during the winter months of June to September, you should certainly try dog sledding.

This specific tour is 5 hours long and allows you to navigate a 4-kilometer (2.5-mile) dogsledding track with a team of strong dogs. You’ll get to meet the team and steer them through the snow to a hut in the forest. How cool is that?  

Once at the hut, you’ll get to enjoy a homemade dinner accompanied by a live guitarist. After you’ll be chauffered back to your hotel by either snowmobile or motorcycle (depending on the conditions). The tour is slightly more expensive, so expect to pay around $242 USD per person.

There is no shortage of winter activities in Ushuaia – from dog sledding to snowshoeing to cross-country skiing, and more, you’ll be sure to find an activity that suits you! 

12. Stay at Mirador del Beagle  

Mirador del Beagle Hostel
This cute budget hostel had great reviews from friends!

Looking for a place to stay in town with a view? Here’s another one for you hikers, the Mirador del Beagle is a beautiful hostel/lodge that overlooks the town of Ushuaia and its surrounding scenery.  

You can book a night here for quite cheap, around $50 USD a night, and enjoy incredible views of the sea and mountains from your room.

I didn’t get to stay here on my trip, but my friends did. We chose a nearby hostel with similar views, but I heard people raving about this location and hotel owners the whole trip. It’s worth a look! 

13. Visit Escondido and Fagnano Lakes  

Escondido Lake near Ushuaia, Argentina
The beautiful Escondido Lake near Ushuaia, Argentina!

The lake regions of Southern Chile and Argentina span down all the way to the bottom of the continent, which means that Ushuaia has its fair share of these bodies of water.  

You can take a specifically designed 4X4 on the rugged terrain near both of these lakes if you choose to go on an adventure tour. On this all-day excursion, you’ll see forests, the Escondido and Fagnano lakes, and other spectacular nature along your journey. If you want to avoid crowds and see some scenic areas in a unique way, I can’t think of a better trip.  

In fact, you can’t even get to some of these areas by car, which made this extra worth it for me. You get to have lunch at a mountain cabin, too, which makes it feel like you’re really soaking up all that the rustic environment has to offer. 

I’ve been talking a lot about trips and tours in Ushuaia, but I’ve found that they really are the best way to see the area. Since it’s pretty remote, navigating some of these parts of the Tierra del Fuego by yourself could get quite tricky.  

If you’re up for the challenge, check out these lakes independently! They are worth the stop – picture blue lakes with local fishermen, mountains towering behind them, and beautiful wildlife.  

14. Fish for crab 

While you can learn to cook and eat spider crab in the cooking class I did, you can start from the beginning if you’d like. Fishing is another activity that is not only enjoyable but is also functional and a way of life in remote areas like this.

While you can look up the regulations on your own and go fishing, avoid the hassle (and get some great fishing tips!) with the pros aboard this crab fishing expedition. I had a great time heading to Puerto Almanza, the fishing village located about 75 km (46 miles) from Ushuaia

The journey was a big part of my experience because this lake-filled area is stunning and allows you to sit back and enjoy the ride. After the 1.5-hour drive to the village, you are joined by local fishing guides who will lead you to tour the greenhouses before you begin fishing for your lunch.  

Later, you enjoy a meal of local seafood that is made especially for you, along with some local wine or craft beer – how good does that sound! 

The day will last for about 6 hours and is so worth the connections you’ll make to this village at the end of the world. 

15. Drink craft beer  

A beer at Cervecería Grut '84 brewery in Ushuaia, Argentina
The beer tastes just as good at the end of the world! Photo credit: Cervecería Grut ’84

When you’ve had enough of running around sightseeing or doing snow sports of your choice, you may want to kick back and grab a beer. 

There are local craft breweries like Cerveceria Grut ’84 and Van Gogh Beer House that serve as great places to meet other travelers, learn about the area and the history of Ushuaia, or just hang with friends and get a little tipsy (no judgment here!).

Many of the breweries are located along the main strips in town, near other restaurants and shops. You can easily get to any of these spots to try some local beers and get another taste of Ushuaia’s food and drink scene. 

16. The Markets (Paseo de los Artesanos Enriqueta Gastelumendi) 

If you enjoy handmade goods, the Enriqueta Gasturumendi artisan markets near the water are the place to be. I stumbled upon these when I was looking to take a break and relax near the port area, and I think that everyone should at least stop by.  

You’ll see so many vendors selling their art and handiwork and will probably get some of the coolest pieces to remember your trip by. 

I’m not a huge fan of typical souvenirs, but I got some really cool handmade products as gifts at the artisan markets. Who knows what new vendors might be set up there by now! 

17. Vinciguerra Glacier and Témpanos Lagoon trek  

Vinciguerra Glacier and Témpanos Lagoon trek 
We didn’t get the best weather, but it was still worth it!

The Martial Glacier isn’t the only glacier in the area, just as Emerald Lagoon isn’t the only lagoon. Let’s not forget that some of the best hikes in South America are in this area, surrounded by lakes, mountains, glaciers, and other natural landmarks.  

The incredibly beautiful hike along the Vinciguerra Glacier trail is about 10.5 km (6.5 miles) which should take you around four hours to complete. This is typically a muddy trail, so wear boots and waterproof gear.

This hike offers some stunning views of Témpanos Lagoon, the glacier, and if you’re lucky, you can even spot wild horses in this area.

If you want to take a tour that includes trekking boots, waterproof gear, hotel pickup, and snacks, this hiking tour gives you all of these amenities and more. You’ll be driven to the Andorra Valley, where you spend hours trekking and seeing the Vinciguerra Glacier and the Témpanos Lagoon that borders it.  

This trek is done in a loop so that you get to see everything in both directions, a factor that I especially enjoyed about this one. There is a limit of 12 participants on this tour each day, so make sure to book ahead of time if you plan to do this. This full-day tour runs around $130 USD.

You should have some experience hiking or at least be in decent physical shape because this hike is a bit more difficult than the others I’ve mentioned here. 

Related read: Keep your hiking boots handy to take on the incredible hikes in El Chalten, Argentina!

18. Go on a scenic flight  

Now you know that you can see Ushuaia and its neighbors on foot, by bus, by boat, and by staying in the town itself. So why not try another option – from the air on a helicopter tour

This is such a cool tour, and I wish everyone had the chance to do something like it. There are so many ways to experience Ushuaia and the Tierra del Fuego region, but an aerial view is like no other. This will be something you remember above all else (literally, but also figuratively.) 

You’ll see glaciers, mountains, lagoons, valleys, the town, and the Andes themselves from above. I cannot express how cool this journey is, but the best part is that you get to land in the mountains and take pictures before heading back.  

Even little kids and infants can join, as long as they are on an adult’s lap. 

If you have some extra money set aside for your trip (tickets are in the $400 USD range), this is a worthwhile adventure that truly does feel like a once-in-a-lifetime experience. To me, it’s easily one of the best things to do in Ushuaia.

19. Gable Island Eco-Adventure  

Canal Fun Gable Island Eco-Adventure  
This tour takes you out into the wild! Photo credit: Canal Fun

If adventuring is your thing and you’ve got limited time in Ushuaia, the Gable Island Eco-Adventure Tour is my pick for you. You get 10 hours to canoe, hike, and take a boat cruise south of Ushuaia.  

The birds, seals, and penguins of the Beagle Channel tend to be the highlights of boat tours in this area, and you’ll get to see them from the water. This is even more up close and personal than any couple-hour cruise would be, and you get to hike around Gable Island afterward.  

I love that you get to paddle in a canoe here to really slow down and enjoy the experience but then take a boat back – a welcome break from all that hiking and paddling! Plus, you can enjoy a gourmet lunch and relax as you sightsee.  

Alcohol, drinks, snacks, and local taxes are included in the $275 USD cost to ensure that you have a truly hassle-free day. 

If you enjoy the physical aspect of this, anyone over five years old can be a part of this excursion. This is especially fun for families with older kids or anyone that is looking to add some real adventure to their trip to Ushuaia. 

Related read: You can also kayak and go on beautiful boat cruises past glaciers if you’re looking for things to do in El Calafate, Argentina!

20. Museo del Fin del Mundo  

There are two locations of the Museo Fin del Mundo which means “the museum of the end of the world”. Visiting both of them is a good opportunity to get a deeper look into the rich history of this unique, important town before you end your trip.

There is a small fee that can only be paid in Argentinian pesos ($500 pesos or about $4 USD), so make sure to have some pesos on hand. That goes for some of the restaurants and stores, as well as taxis and other amenities. It’s always a good idea to have local currency on hand.  

Anyway, you can spend an hour or so looking at this museum. It’s good if your feet hurt after some long hiking days or if you want to start your trip with some context about the area.  

Either way, take some time to learn about this town at the end of the world. 

21. Beaver watching  

Beaver watching in Ushuaia
The beavers are so cute!

From November to March, spring and summer in Ushuaia, you can check out the area near Ushuaia which is home to many active beaver lodges. Join this beaver-watching tour to see how these creatures build such intricate homes in the water.

These animals are not only cute but incredibly resourceful, and seeing them in action is a sight to behold. 

You’ll want rubber boots, which most tours include, and you can expect to grab dinner at a ‘Refugio’ or lodge. The tour I went on goes from 6:30-11 pm or so, as this is the best time to see beavers in their natural habitat. This is a fun evening tour if you’re looking for something to do later in the day. To me, it’s one of the best tours on offer in Ushuaia!

You want to be wearing comfortable clothing because this isn’t a hike per-se, but there is quite a bit of walking involved. 

Where To Eat in Ushuaia, Argentina 

Mussels at Puerto Pirata Restaurant just outside of Ushuaia
Photo credit: Puerto Pirata
Puerto Pirata Spider Crab
Photo credit: Puerto Pirata

Now that you know how many things you can do in Ushuaia, what about the food?? There are some incredibly tasty meals to be found in this remote town, and if you love seafood, you can’t go wrong. Everything is so fresh here!

Check out our list of some of the best places to grab a bite in Ushuaia to give you some ideas. I have no doubt that you’ll find some new favorites of your own, too! 

Paso Garibaldi RestoBar – Not surprisingly, the seafood is the main focus of this resto-bar, but some have called this the best restaurant in all of Ushuaia. The food is amazing, the service is great, and the atmosphere is both welcoming and cozy. 

Puerto Pirata Aldea de Pescadores – About an hour and a half drive from Ushuaia, anyone will tell you that the drive is worth the fresh seafood that is often pulled directly from the bay before preparation. This rustic restaurant sits right on the water and offers good views, great hospitality, and incredible food. 

Dona Lupita – A vegetarian-friendly location, Dona Lupita has delicious pizza, empanadas, and other typical Argentinian food that will have you coming back for more. The locals you’ll see are another indication of the authenticity of this restaurant and its yummy food. 

Kuar 1900 – Located right on the water and accessible for vegetarians, vegans, and those who are gluten-free, this restaurant does it all right! You can expect more incredible views, seafood, service, and an experience you surely won’t forget. 

Where to Stay in Ushuaia

Las Hayas Ushuaia Resort spa room
Photo credit: Las Hayas Ushuaia Resort
Las Hayas Ushuaia Resort rooms
Photo credit: Las Hayas Ushuaia Resort

If you’ve made it this far south, make sure you stay here for a few days! We stayed here a week and found that was a perfect amount of time to really enjoy our time here.

Even if this isn’t your final destination, don’t rush your stay in Ushuaia. There are plenty of options for accommodations in this remote town so you can rest after long days spent exploring. From budget-friendly options to luxury hotels, we have our top recommendations for all price ranges.

Hosteria Kupanaka – $

This lodge is in a great location overlooking Ushuaia Bay and offers large and cozy rooms. The views are beautiful and there’s a really nice central area with a fireplace that you can relax in. Rooms here are around $80 USD.

Mirador del Beagle Hosteria – $

I mentioned this hosteria in the above activities to do because it’s that nice! It’s truly the best bang for your buck at $50 USD per night. The hosts here are so charming, they treat you like family. Breakfast is great too. We’ve heard people call this the best hostel in Argentina!

Valle Frío Ushuaia – $$

This family-owned inn has panoramic views of the mountains and stunning sunrises! It’s cute and cozy with colorful decor and a great family atmosphere. Just look for the pink building! It is just outside the center of town, so if you prefer peace and quiet, this is the place to stay. Rooms here start at $100 USD per night.

Las Hayas Ushuaia Resort – $$$

Tucked into the hill below the Martial Glacier, this luxurious hotel overlooks all of Ushuaia. Every room has huge windows overlooking the sea and mountains. There’s a spa, swimming pool, and hot tub on-site and free shuttles to the city center. The restaurant here is great too with yummy crab risotto. Rooms start at $400 USD per night.

Planning your Trip to Patagonia

two people looking at king penguins in parque penguino rey chile
Dan and I, taking a selfie with King Penguins!

Accommodation in Patagonia

Booking accommodation is one of the biggest aspects of your trip, and we should know as we stay in a new hotel up to 40 times per year! Funny enough, we make 99% of these bookings on one website and that’s – and there are a few reasons why we use this site!

Number one is the website is easy to use and sorts accommodation options. That takes the stress out of planning which honestly still affects us and we do it more than not.

Second, is the price guarantee. We have literally booked a hotel months before and then 1 week out found it cheaper (we always do a quick search), and they’ll match that price from anyone’s website including the hotels!

And third, is the Genius loyalty program. If you make a certain amount of bookings per year you get a Genius discount. We are level-two geniuses because we make more than 5 a year. At participating hotels, we get things like free breakfast included, early check-in, and up to 15% off.

You can check out all their accommodation options throughout Patagonia!

Renting a car in Patagonia

Our rental car in Patagonia
Our rental car!

We enjoyed a rental car for our second trip to Patagonia – and wow, what a way to travel! But the best part was that we only paid $40 USD per day for a 5-person sedan!

But how? Well if you’re renting a car the cheapest company is Discover Cars. We often get questions from readers asking us if the website is fake because it seems too cheap! The truth is, they are a great company that we actually used for our own rental car.

If you do want to compare prices (and you should) do a quick search on Airport Car Rentals too. They’re another big competitor and each company often has its own deals to offer!

Tours in Patagonia

drinking glacier water from perito moreno glacier
Drinking pure glacier water on our glacier tour!

We love booking our tours on the website Viator! Not only does it make it super easy because you can compare tours all in one place, but it is safe and you can pay in your home currency (so you’ll save on currency conversion fees from your bank!) On top of that, you can check reviews from other travelers so that you know exactly what you are getting.

Most tours on Viator also offer free cancellation up to 24 hours before the tour starts, which we love! Being flexible when we travel is super important to us.

You can browse Viator easily online here.

Thanks for reading!

Bailey in Patagonia
Thanks for reading!

Ushuaia is an area of the world not many people get to visit and it has some amazing things to do and see. This isolated place has incredible hikes and stunning natural views and the town itself has great restaurants, museums, and some fun activities too. It’s worth the trip all the way here!

If you’re planning your travels to the town at the end of the world, be sure to check out our other blogs about Argentina. If you need any advice or want to share your favorite part of Ushuaia, leave us a comment below. Or check out our other travel guides for more inspiration:

Ultimate Guide to Visiting Puerto Madryn, Argentina

BEST Areas to Stay in Buenos Aires

The Best Time to Visit Perito Moreno Glacier

10 BEST Tours in Buenos Aires, Argentina – By a Local!


Tuesday 28th of February 2023

If you only had 2 1/2 days in Ushuaia in March, which of these places would you pick?


Tuesday 28th of February 2023


Make sure you visit Tierra Del Fuego National Park and the Beagle Channel. Those are the top coolest places.

If you have extra time, do the spider crab tour, it's amazing. If not, at least visit Puerto Pirata and eat some fantastic local food.

Thanks Bailey


Thursday 19th of January 2023

Wow, great article, and very useful too. We plan to visit Argentina middle of May and stay for two weeks. We will visit Ushuaia (that was actually the first city to see on our itinerary) and wonder what kind of weather we can expect there in May. I see from the photos that you are warmly dressed. May I ask when you visited Ushuaia?


Friday 27th of January 2023


Thanks for your prompt answer! I appreciate it.


Sunday 22nd of January 2023

Hey Lada,

We visited Ushuaia in November so it was rather cold most days. The wind also makes it much colder. In May, expect cold weather too.

Thanks Daniel