Eco-friendly travel guide to Ushuaia advises how to be a responsible tourist. Learn how to explore the attractions in a sustainable way and how to respect the local people and culture. Make your trip green by supporting locally owned hotels, organic restaurants and other businesses. Read more on how to protect the environment by making conscientious choices and how to travel green in Ushuaia, Argentina.
- Air quality: 4/ 5
- Exploring by foot: 4/ 5
- Exploring by bicycle: 4 / 5
- Public transportation: 5 / 5
- Parks: 4 / 5
- Outdoor activities: 5 / 5
- Locals' English level: 4 / 5
- Safety: 4/ 5
- Accommodation: US$35- $100
- Budget per day: US$20 - $102
- 1 Responsible Travel
- 2 Air Quality and Pollution
- 3 Respect the Culture
- 4 Top 10 Places to Visit
- 5 Explore
- 6 Eat
- 7 Drink
- 8 Activities
- 9 Accommodation
- 10 How to Get There
- 11 Moving Around
- 12 Sustainable Shopping
- 13 Recycling
- 14 Work and Study Abroad
- 15 See Also
The capital of Tierra del Fuego, Antártida e Islas del Atlántico Sur Province, Argentina, and the southernmost city of the country, Ushuaia claims the title of world's southernmost city. In the past, the town has been a missionary base, penal colony and naval base for the Argentine navy. Ushuaia is now a major tourist town, complete with a wide range of hotels and restaurants, nightlife, casinos, museum and a good base for hiking, winter sports and cruises to Antarctica.
To play your part as a responsible tourist,
- You can book an eco-friendly hotel or resort at a very reasonable price as there are plenty of green hotels.
- Buy souvenirs from the local markets rather than going to the shopping malls where they sell internationally branded things.
- There are many hotels and restaurants in Ushuaia where you can taste their unique, tasty delicacies; to get the authentic taste of the local food, you must try the local food. It will help in their business too.
- Whether you are a local or a tourist to get to know the area even better while on foot or cycle with the local guides or the multiple tours conducted by the hotel you are staying in or you can book such tours on online sites, such as tripadvisor, travelocity. Not using a car or a bus will reduce your carbon footprint.
Air Quality and Pollution
Air quality in Ushuaia is considered satisfactory, and air pollution poses little or no risk. A quick sweep over the Ushuaia air pollution: Real-time Air Quality Index (AQI):
- PM2.5AQI - 1
- PM10AQI - 1
- O3AQI - 38
- NO2AQI - 1
- CO - 100
Respect the Culture
Ushuaia lures thousands of tourists who visit Ushuaia every year in search of adventure, views, culture and activities for professional explorers, amateurs and adventurous families.
Language and culture are intertwined. You cannot understand one's culture without accessing its language directly. Though there are plenty of English speaking locals, Spanish is still the common language in Ushuaia. So knowing a few words of Spanish will be helpful. Not only that, if you plan to stay longer, you can always learn Spanish on a 'Standard Spanish language course' of 20 lessons/week, or, if you want to learn as much Spanish as possible during your course in Ushuaia, the study on a Super Intensive Spanish language course of 20 group lessons and 10 private lessons/week is there to help you.
Food operates as an expression of cultural identity. To understand their culture better, make sure to taste their best Argentinian food made by the locals.
Top 10 Places to Visit
* Canal Beagle: The Beagle Channel is a gorgeous peaceful body of water that is the perfect place to begin and end an Antarctica expedition. It was named after the ship HMS Beagle during its first survey of the southern part of South America from 1826 to 1830. This famous channel is a strait that forms the border between Chile and Argentina at its eastern end. Beagle Channel is a prominent area to watch rare, endemic dolphins. Wildlife seen in the channel includes the South American sea lion, South American fur seal, Peale's dolphin, dusky dolphin, Commerson's dolphin, Risso's dolphin, Burmeister's porpoise, spectacled porpoise, Magellanic penguin, southern rockhopper penguin etc.
* Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse: The Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse marks the dangerous rocks at the entrance to Ushuaia Bay in the Beagle Channel. Located just five miles from Ushuaia, it is a common destination for short tourist sailing trips. The waters surrounding the lighthouse are a sea-goers dream, as penguins and both South American and fur sea lions are spotted regularly.
* Lapataia Bay: The bay is within Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego, a popular day trip from Ushuaia, which sits only 10 miles away. The park offers a chance to get out into nature, overlook azure lakes and bays, walk through native beech forests and in season, catch both the fire-bush, which blooms bright red and the spooky-looking orange “pan de Indio,” golf ball-sized mushrooms that grow on some of the trees.
* Lake Escondido: Lago Escondido, which translates to Hidden Lake, is surrounded by the Fuegian Andes just north of Ushuaia, Argentina. Many tourists choose to visit on a day-trip from Ushuaia; however, Hosteria Petrel provides a lakeside base camp for anybody interested in taking advantage of its status as a popular sport-fishing destination.
'"* End of the World Train'" For the ultimate end-of-the-earth adventure, ride the world’s southernmost train to Tierra del Fuego National Park. The hour-long train ride to Tierra del Fuego National Park departs three times per day in heated coaches with large windows perfect for viewing the passing scenery.
'"* Estancia Harbeton:'" Estancia Harberton offers a glimpse into the history and wildlife of Tierra del Fuego. Tours take you into some of the site's oldest buildings, including the carpenter shop, shearing shed, and boathouse. You can visit by boat tour from Ushuaia on an excursion that typically visits Bridges Islands to look for sea lions, penguin colonies, and cormorants, before sailing to the estancia to tour the homestead and its marine life museum.
'"* Martial Glacier:'" The Martial Glacier sits high above Ushuaia, but it's still only a few kilometers away. It’s open year-round, too, but the different seasons do bring about a striking change of scenery.
'"* Plaza Malvinas Islands:'" The Plaza is a war memorial to the soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the battle for the Malvinas with the UK. In the center of the plaza is a wall with the names of the fallen in front of the wall is an eternal flame. All around the Plaza you can see pictures of the conflict. Ushuaia was the parting point to the Malvinas and is still to this day considered the Capital of the region that includes the Malvinas.
'"* Isla Yecapasela:'" Isla Yecapasela (Penguin island) is home to the only penguin rookery in continental Argentina and the only colony accessible from Ushuaia. It is one of the prime wildlife viewing opportunities from the town of Ushuaia. Boats sail from Ushuaia to the island. For an opportunity to get closer to the penguins, look for a tour that allows you to walk on a designated trail among the penguins, accompanied by a guide. Book well in advance to secure a spot on one of these limited tours.
'"* Fuegian Andes:'" The Fuegian Andes, which cross the entire Tierra Del Fuego Archipelago, are the southernmost chain of the Andes Mountains. Although quite small compared to other areas of South America’s mountain chain, its tallest peaks still look quite formidable because they rise straight out of the ocean to heights just over 2,500 meters.
Perched on the southernmost tip of South America, it’s no wonder Ushuaia is referred to as the "End of the World." There are significant museums, parks and landmarks which are the must-visit places in Ushuaia.
* Yatana Park: It is located in the urban center, so it can be easily reached. They do many activities for locals and students, and tourists can walk quietly among its trees. Besides, it has some sculptures of local artists and objects related to the Yámanas people.
* Paseo Centenario: A beautiful view of the Beagle Channel and the Martial Glacier compensate for the lack of maintenance of this park.
* Bosque: A nice place to spend the day with the family enjoying the landscape of Lenga trees.
* Plaza René Favaloro: A beautiful space for games, entertainment and rest. The square has accessible paths, prevention tiles, games on ground rubber ground 5 centimeters deep, which are very useful so that children do not get hurt playing in hammocks, slide, handrails or climbers.
* Plaza Don Bosco: Plaza Don Bosco, located in front of the Don Bosco school, has a simple, contemporary sculpture of Saint John (Don) Bosco with three children. He is the patron saint of schoolchildren.
* Plaza Piedrabuena: A beautiful space designed for children, with appropriate floors for safe play. It also has a Carousel which is free and for all the children of Ushuaia.
- Paseo de los Antiguos Pobladores: Apart from being surrounded by the rose garden, a beautiful recreation park in the city, You have to visit it to know the history of Tierra del Fuego. About its original settlers and pioneers until today.
- Tierra del Fuego National Park: It is a national park on the Argentine part of the island of Tierra del Fuego, within Tierra del Fuego Province in the ecoregion of Patagonic Forest and Altos Andes, a part of the subantarctic forest. It was the first shoreline national park to be established in Argentina. The park has dramatic scenery, with waterfalls, forests, mountains and glaciers. Listed as an IUCN category II park. The park stretches 60 km (37 mi) north from the Beagle Channel along the Chilean border. Ushuaia, the capital of Tierra del Fuego Province, is 11 km (6.8 mi) from the park. The park can be reached by car or by train. The southern terminus of the Pan-American Highway is located within the park, as is the El Parque station of the End of the World Train. Tierra del Fuego National Park contains mountains, lakes and rivers, and valleys. There are several attractions within the park including Beagle Channel, the Pipo River cascade, the Lago Fagnano, Lago Roca, the Ensanada Bay, the Lapataia Bay, the End of the World Train, and the Laguna Negra.
Ushuaia is located in a wide bay on the southern coast of Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego, bounded on the north by the Martial mountain range and on the south by the Beagle Channel. If you love beaches, then Playa Larga is one beach that should be on your ‘must-visit’ list. Away from the city, this place has certain serenity with magnificent views of Beagle Channel and the city of Ushuaia.
To name a few:
* Esmeralda Lagoon: the emerald-green glacier water and the beavers that play its waters are equally stunning. Other native faunas, including guanaco, foxes and condors are commonly sighted along the hike to and from the lake.
* Laguna del Diablo: Though the place is a bit neglected, it is a small lagoon, located in the middle of the city. Very easy to access and to take advantage if you have a couple of free hours.
* Iglesia Nuestra Señora de la Merced: Surely one of the most austral churches in the world. It stands out for its bright colours and beautiful interior.
* Mastil de General Belgrano - A remote area west of the city of Ushuaia on Isla Redonda, paying tribute to one of the founders of Argentina, and to the navy cruiser named after him which was sunk by the UK in the Falklands War. It was a stop on one of the televised Amazing Race contests and features a one-person post office for sending letters from the end of the world. Accessible by boat from Playa Larga (approx Can$20).
* Museo Marítimo & Presidio (Maritime & Old Prison Museum): Yagones y Gobernador Paz. Two-day admission including access to both costs AR$600 (USD 14). The historical military prison of Ushuaia consists of five long and narrow pavilions converging on a central hall. The small maritime museum, featuring various historic items, stands on the first tranche of the first wing, followed by an array of refurbished prison cells. Other wings have been converted to an art gallery featuring the work of local artists and one of them left unchanged allows an interesting spooky feeling of what prison life must have felt like. The visit also includes (no extra charge) a replica of San Juan de Salvamento lighthouse.
* Museo del Fin del Mundo: Highlights of this museum include the largest exhibited collection of birds from Tierra del Fuego, the figurehead of the Duchess of Albany (a sunken vessel), and library dedicated to the history and nature of Tierra del Fuego. The admission price of 400 pesos to non-local, non-Argentines (roughly 7 US$).
* Museo Mundo Yámana: A privately run museum with several dioramas of traditional Yaghan/Yámana life, origins and migrations, as well as displays of the period of early contact with Europeans. Located at 56 Rivadavia, near the Museo del Fin del Mundo. Admission price 35 pesos as of November 2012.
Ushuaia may be the world’s southernmost city and certainly feels remote and isolated yet this very colourful city – the Argentinian base point for Antarctic expedition cruises and tours of Tierra del Fuego – offers a surprisingly wonderful range of restaurants.
Traditional Local Restaurants
* Altos Restó: Owning some of the best views over the Beagle Channel and Ushuaia's bay, it is the perfect restaurant to enjoy a fantastic moment in this restaurant at any time of the day. It offers special international dishes and Patagonic specialities at mid-range prices. It is recommended to book a table in advance, particularly on specific festive dates.
* Kaupé: This is one of the few stellar haute-cuisine options in Ushuaia that comes with those famed white table cloths, little candles. Expensive compared to other restaurants but gorgeous views overlooking the harbour and one of the most unique versions of centolla natural you’ll ever find.
* Kalma Resto: Consistently rated among the top 3 restaurants in Ushuaia for the past decade, Kalma Resto is the number 1 choice for the special occasion meals. You’ll need to reserve your spot weeks in advance.
* Kuar: A couple of kilometers outside town, right above the rocks by the sea, breathtaking bay views and good live music scene, sophisticated and good. If you don't mind the occasional dropping by of a bunch of gringos, be sure to book a table by the window in the restaurant area or to take a seat by the big wooden steps in the bar area.
* El Turco: Don’t go by its name, it is not a restaurant with Turkish cuisine. If you want tasty meals with a good price then this is the place for you. 5 minutes from the center, this place is always crowded with tourists and the locals.
* Maria Lola Resto: Another exceptional ‘all-rounder’ Ushuaia food option, Maria Lola offers a little of everything that makes Patagonian cuisine so very delectable. From melt-in-your-mouth crab linguini to make nonna proud to a host of Asian-inspired delights, a full seafood degustation menu and even fantastic lamb shanks, all complemented by sensational desserts, the menu is a crowd-pleaser, every single time.
Vegetarian and Vegan
To name a few:
* El Bambu: It is a small restaurant with a buffet at the counter display. In this restaurant, some dishes are priced by weight, others by piece. They don’t use eggs in their dishes. It has empanadas, grilled vegetables, noodles, rice dishes.
* Casa Olmo: Though this restaurant serves meat, vegan options are available.
* Isla Vegana: It is more like a catering service, that offers vegan dishes delivered on your doorsteps. If you are feeling lazy you can surely order from their lovely vegan menu options.
Ushuaia’s food offerings are all within walking distance of the city centre. So, whether you’re staying in town or one of the few delightful ski lodges on the outskirts, you’ll find plenty of options to satiate that famed Patagonian hunger. The Patagonian cuisine is a distinct regional variance of South American food, one that showcases its unique history and fusion of cultures.
* Cordero Patagonico al palo: The meat of this spit roast lamb is cooked outdoors (obvs, because smoke) on a blistering hot metal cross, over an entire day, resulting in a crispy skin crackling and meat that just falls off the bone like butter.
* Hongos del Bosque: Like mushrooms, Patagonian forest fungi are usually dried first and used in a myriad of sauces and side dishes. Moorish and earthy, it’s the kind of ‘side dish’ you could eat by the bucketload.
* Guanaco filet: Guanaco meat is very lean (much like a kangaroo) and is cooked ever so briefly to retain its tenderness.
* Chupe de Centolla: A creamy King Crab chowder, topped with seasoned breadcrumb and cheese and roasted to perfection, this thick, tasty and gooey sauce is like the perfect combination with the tender crab and brings out its flavour.
* Empanadas de Cordero: Empanadas, as you know them but with the addition of succulent Patagonian, roasted lamb.
* Parillada: The Patagonian version of this carnivorous Argentinian meat-feast includes all the local cuts including wild boar, lamb, goat and usually guanaco too. Also, possibly chicken.
* Calafate Sour: Calafate sour is the original sour drink with an added splash of sweet and scrumptious juice from the local Calafate berry, which is, incidentally, also sold in a jam, gelato, sauce and juice form.
* Fernet and Coke: Fernet is an Italian digestive that many consider the national liquor of Argentina. Italian immigrants brought Fernet to Argentina around the turn of the 20th century. It is an amaro, or bitter drink, that traditionally helps with digestion after meals. It is traditionally drunk mixed with Coca-Cola over ice, called a “Fernet con coca”. It should generally be 30% Fernet and 70% Coke. Some alternatives are Fernet and grapefruit juice or Fernet and coffee.
* Mate: Mate has natural caffeine that helps keep you awake while quenching thirst and suppressing your appetite. The tea leaf is quite strong, so don’t be surprised if the first time you drink it, you have endless energy.
* Cafe con Leche: Cafe con Leche translates as “coffee with milk” and is the most popular order for breakfast coffee. Cafe con leche consists of 50% espresso and 50% steamed milk in a large mug.
* Submarino: If you are looking for something sweet, try the Argentine version of hot chocolate, you will be delivered a glass of warm milk with an entire chocolate bar either on the side or melting inside.
If you are worried about your carbon footprint, then worry not, in Argentina, the municipal water hygiene standards are very high. You don’t have to buy plastic bottles or carry a small filter everywhere. All you need is a bottle which you can use for refilling.
To name a few:
* El Bar de Aura: It is a non-chemical, vegetarian Cafe inside a tattoo studio.
* Triumph Cafe: This cafe offers meat as well as a vegan menu to select your food from. Cafe with Triumph motorbikes as the main attraction. Vegan choices include hummus, carrot dip, loaves of bread, soups, pizza, ratatouille, and more.
* Ramos Generales: Revered primarily for its array of drool-worthy pastries and hot chocolates (try the submarino), Ramos also boasts a great choice of lighter meals like soups, sandwiches, quiche and salads, as well as crispy beer on tap and a consistently local crowd.
* Ovejitas de la Patagonia: This cafe offers all things chocolatey, gooey here, including hand-made chocolates, cakes, ice-creams, puddings and so much more. Plenty of other flavours as well (the lemon pudding and alfajores are to die for) and a host of hot drinks (lovely artisanal teas) to help you wash down all the cake.
* La Cabana Casa de Te: La Cabana is a ridiculously charming little café that just happens to be genuinely located en-route to the Martial Glacier. Good menu selection for a full lunch as well.
The craft beer boom has come to Patagonian cities to stay, especially in Ushuaia. Brands like Beagle and Cape Horn were developed following traditional recipes later joined by young and interesting proposals, well-accepted by many palates. Ushuaia has a large number of pubs, where you can taste some local or international brews. Here are the few names of the famous breweries:
- The Birra
- Christopher Grill and Beer
- Ramos Generales el almacén
- Van Gogh- Beer House
You will never be short of activities in Ushuaia. These are the things you might try for:
- A hike up the Glacier Martial: There is also a single ski slope open during the winter months, and ski hire is available from the site.
- Playing golf in Ushuaia Golf Club: It is most probably the southernmost golf course in the world.
- A pleasant train ride into the Tierra del Fuego National Park: This national park provides some nice day hikes on well-marked trails as well.
- Boat tours around the Beagle Channel
- Motonave Barracuda sail ship trips
- Kayaks can be hired near the Aeroparque on the promontory jutting out from Ushuaia
- Cerro Castor the centre for winter sports, offers skiing and snowboarding.
- Aircraft and helicopter tours
Yoga and Retreats
Began in India as a variant of traditional yoga, which was the main meditation practice; it has spread across the world. Even in Ushuaia, you will find, annual yoga retreats or you can look for sessions on online sites, such as artofliving.org
When someone is visiting a place, the first thing they think about is accommodation. There are plenty of hotels, resorts, and guest houses at prime positions in Ushuaia. While booking a hotel, resort, or renting an apartment or a guest house, you should check their locations as well as affordability. Nowadays, most opt for online bookings, don’t forget to read the reviews on them.
There are many green hotels in Ushuaia, to name a few:
* Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa: This hotel is located 800 m above sea level within the Reserva Natural Cerro Alarkén, this grand bay-view hotel is 1 km from the Ruta Nacional 3 highway and 4 km from the End of the World Museum. The prime location of this hotel is surely one of its many plus points.
* Hotel Ushuaia: This hotel in Ushuaia that offers magnificent views of Ushuaia Bay and the mountains of Tierra del Fuego, this unpretentious circa-1989 hotel is 2 km from the End of the World Museum and 7 km from Malvinas Argentinas International Airport.
* Tierra de Leyendas Boutique Hotel: Overlooking the Beagle Channel in the Andes Mountains, this country-style, family-owned hotel is 6 km from both the Museo Maritimo y del Presidio and Southern Fuegian Railway.
* Los Cauquenes Resort & Spa: Set in a wooden lodge along Beagle Channel on South America's southern tip, this luxury hotel is 7 km from Ushuaia-Malvinas Argentinas International Airport and 8 km from the Southern Fuegian Railway.
* Las Lengas Hotel: Set on a hilltop across the road from the Parque Centenario, this relaxed hotel is 1 km from the Beagle Channel and 5 km from Ushuaia-Malvinas Argentinas International Airport.
* Las Hayas Ushuaia Resort: Set on a mountain in a nature reserve, this elegant hotel overlooking the Beagle Channel is 9 km from the Southern Fuegian Railway and 5 km from the End of the World Museum.
Hostels and Guest Houses
If you want to stay for a longer period, staying at hotels can be a bit expensive. Hostels and guest houses come with a lesser budget as well as it helps the locals to earn extra. You can book them online. Some of the many hostels and guest houses:
- Casa del viajeros
- Hostel los Cormorance - Hostelling International
- Hostel Cruz Del Sur
- Torre al Sur
- Oshovia Hostel
- Yaghan Hostel
- Antarctica hostel
- B&B Cerro Krund
- La Casa Del Mono
- Laguna Esmeralda B&B
If you want to stay longer and want your privacy, renting apartments can be a good option for you. You may come across many tourists with whom you can enjoy the daily lives of Ushuaia. You can book them online sites such as www.booking.com, www.travelocity.com etc. On such sites, locals advertise their apartment, location and the connectivity with the transport modes. Read the reviews on them before renting one. To name a few apartments where tourists can stay:
- Complejo Los Guindos
- Apartamento Gente del Sur
- Ushuaia Drake Departamentos
- La Posta Apart
- Casa Alem
Couchsurfers share their homes, cities and lives in profound, meaningful ways, making travel anywhere in the world a truly social experience. You will find many hosts if you want to couch-surf in Ushuaia. There are multiple online sites such as couchsurfing.com which help tourists to take this option of staying. Still, if you want to opt for this option, extra precaution is necessary, especially for the females. Do not hesitate to ask for the details and the references of the host.
Camping makes it easier to come closer to nature and enjoy the warmth and beauty. You can book online such as, booking.com, agoda, tripadvisor. for the camping and hiking tours, or most of the hotels have their guides who help the tourists with the tours. Here are the few of best-camping grounds and parks near Ushuaia which are highly recommended:
- Eco camping kelenkeskes
- Camping La Encantada
- Camping CECU
- Cañadon del Toro
How to Get There
Before going to Ushuaia you need to know the best ways to reach there. The most popular way is by flights.
There are daily flights to Ushuaia – Malvinas Argentinas International Airport (USH) on Aerolineas Argentinas and LAN flights from Buenos Aires. LAN Chile, through its LAN Express services, flies daily from Santiago de Chile, stopping over in Puerto Montt and Punta Arenas. Flights can be booked from the Aerolineas Argentinas office, as well as from some local travel agencies. The local LAN Chile representative is the Rumbo Sur travel agency. LAN Chile tickets can be purchased online; With Aerolineas Argentinas, you can make a reservation online but the ticket must be purchased in person at an Aerolineas office within 24 hours. An interesting alternative is to fly to the Rio Grande, 210 km short of Ushuaia to be covered by a 3-hour bus ride.
Buses from/to all destinations (apart from Punta Arenas) all stop at Rio Gallegos. It can be cheaper to just buy a ticket to Rio Gallegos and purchase an onward ticket from there.
There are no direct trains to Ushuaia. If you were determined to take a train, you could go part of the way and then switch your mode of transport. Even better, however, is the bus.
Though a very pocket friendly way to travel the city, hitchhiking can be very tricky if you are not being careful. It isn't the safest mode of transportation if you are not a local and don’t know the city well. Make sure to ask the legal papers from the drivers.
Other than the flights and the buses, you can hire a taxi or self-drive to Ushuaia. Before hiring a taxi or self-drive make sure to know about the borders’ taxes and the open roads. Ask local people while driving as Google maps don’t come handy in case you face disruption in network connectivity.
Another way to get there is by boat, A speedboat connects Ushuaia with Isla Navarino, across the Beagle Channel in Chile. The cruise takes 40 minutes to Port Navarino and continues with a 30-minute shuttle to Puerto Williams. The cost is a total rip-off at USD 120.
If you want to divulge the originality of the city, you have to leave the usual transportation mode and look for a slower mode of transportation.
So, here are some of the modes of transportation you can choose:
You will be amazed at how self-guided tours can help to know the city of Ushuaia. If you are not confident to make it alone, you can always hire a local guide. Many tour guiding programmes are held by the hotel itself. There are multiple online sites to book walking tours on, such as freetour , viator.
The eco-friendly way to experience the city life. It's healthy and helps you to explore the city faster than your foot. Many local tour companies offer generous discounts for bicycle tours around the city, like, UE- Ushuaia Extremo, Dtt- Ushuaia, Piratour etc. You can book bicycle tours online too, viato, welcomeargentina, exploringwild etc.
If you find walking and cycling a bit stressful, worry not. Public transport is cheap and generally reliable.
There are city buses within Ushuaia, but they reach a few of the tourist attractions. Tours/transport to the main tourist attractions can be booked through the Tourist Office (on San Martin) or many of the hostels. Regular minivans leave for the National Park (first van 8:00 AM), Glaciar Martial, the trailhead of Laguna Esmeralda or other places from a parking lot at the corner of Maipu and Fadul. To catch one, turn up at the lot, pay for your return ticket and you will be informed of the pickup times to catch the minivan back.
Tram, Train and Subway
There isn’t any tram in Ushuaia. But The Southern Fuegian Railway or the Train of the End of the World is a 500 mm gauge steam railway in Tierra del Fuego Province, Argentina. It was originally built as a freight line to serve the prison of Ushuaia, specifically to transport timber. It now operates as a heritage railway into the Tierra del Fuego National Park and is considered the southernmost functioning railway in the world. Buenos Aires is the only Argentine city with an underground metro system, Ushuaia has no connection with it.
The concept of sustainable shopping is new to the world. People are trying to change their lifestyles and adopting the eco-friendly practices that support the local community. As a responsible tourist, you must buy souvenirs and antiques from the local markets of Ushuaia.
There aren’t food markets per se where you can eat local traditional food, the city of Ushuaia offers plenty of restaurants, bakeries and food stalls for that.
There are many flea markets in Ushuaia, to name a few:
- Feria de Artesanos
- Goblin Stiffs
Second Hand Stores
Some of the best second-hand stores in Ushuaia:
- Outlet Vraie
- Feria de Artesanos
Sustainable fashion is making its presence known all over the world. Ushuaia has some stores that offer trendy eco-fashion. To name a few:
- Gel Ushuaia
- Clotha Ushuaia
- 47 Street!
There are multiple recycling projects going on in the city of Ushuaia. Such as Sea Green recycling. It is a new waste recycling initiative at the Port of Ushuaia, Argentina, operated by Sealand Ship Agents & Suppliers. Beginning in the 2018-19 season, participating cruise ship operators will be allocated one or more 10 cubic meter containers, placed alongside the vessel at port calls to collect recyclable materials; cardboard, paper, plastic bottles, and glass.
These containers will be transported to the SeaGreen Recycling yard, where the items will be separated by material, compacted and packed for shipping. At the end of the summer season, recyclable materials will be transported to Buenos Aires by truck for processing (a truck per material).
Then there is a PET recycling end market. The government of Ushuaia, Argentina, considered the southernmost city in the world, has collected and sent out for recycling two shipments of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles totalling 30 tons.
Some companies are given tender to make sure the city remains safe and clean, the companies such as Sanatorium, Mudanzas Tolhuin, collect the waste and then recycle it in their installed recycling system. Though Ushuaia is still struggling with it. Government has taken many initiatives such as picking up waste from the door, and educating people about waste disposal etc
Work and Study Abroad
There are many featured study programs in Ushuaia. Non-Spanish speaking students will be enrolled in an introduction to Spanish course to enhance their stay in Ushuaia so that they would be able to relate to their environment and work with the academic community. If you want to work while studying in Ushuaia then you can log on to,rocapply, argentinaeducation etc.
There are exchange student programs available in Ushuaia. All you have to do is, contact your home university if they have collaboration with the university here.
There are many Au Pair jobs available in the city. To have a good salary or the likeable job you have to submit your resume to online portals like aupair, expat, aupairinamerica.
If you are here as a tourist and you want to volunteer, then you can look for volunteer jobs on online portals such as workaway, there are multiple jobs like teaching the locals English or other languages, visiting an elderly house, countryside maintenance, Etc.