48 Hours in Ushuaia: What to do?
If you only have two days to spend in Tierra del Fuego, these are the “must do” activities during your stay!
VISIT THE STUNNING TIERRA DEL FUEGO NATIONAL PARK
TDF National park is about 20 kilometers away from the city center of Ushuaia. If you plan to spend the whole day there and enjoy from its many trekking trails on your own, you can get there by taking a regular bus. They depart from Maipú street daily every hour during the morning, and this is probably the cheapest option if you are traveling solo. If you are traveling with friends or want to be independent in terms of transportation, you can also rent a car!
For travelers looking for a guided half-day excursion on the National Park, you have the option to book an excursion that will show you the highlights of the National Park and can also offer a short trek along the most visited trails of the park. Also, at the National Park you’ll find the most southerly Argentinian post office, so you can send your post cards from there and get your passport stamped as being one of the privileged visitors to have visited the post office!
During the summer, this is a great half-day excursion you can do on your own. It can be done in the morning before you embark for Antarctica, as it’s close to town. There is a trail that starts at the very beginning of Luis Fernando Martial Road and winds up to the base of the old ski center (about 5 km climb). You can either start there, or take a taxi to where this road ends and start your hike there. This is a steep trek, so do not forget to wear proper clothes and shoes and bring water and snacks to keep you energized! No matter how high you go, you will have an amazing view of the city and of the Beagle Channel from up there. There is a teahouse and a Refugio close-by, so when you finish your hike, you can grab your deserved cup of tea or hot chocolate.
SAN MARTIN STREET & PORT OF USHUAIA
San Martin is the main street of the city center and it has most of the outdoor gear stores, clothing stores, souvenirs stores and popular cafés, restaurants and bakeries. Most museums are close by and the port of Ushuaia is just a few blocks away from the main street. From the port you’ll have a lovely view of the Beagle Channel and its visiting ships, the Chilean mountain range and the many birds that live on the coast. If you want to take a closer look, you can ask us about half day excursions and embark on a yacht to sail the Beagle and have a panoramic view of the port, this time from the Channel! Also, just in front of the port on Maipú Street you’ll find the Tourism Office where you can ask for a map of the city and get ready to discover the small city center.
If it’s a rainy day or you are tired of hiking, you can visit the most popular museums in the city: Ex Presidio At the End of The World (which used to be a prison less that 100 years ago) and Galería Temática. The Ex-Presidio is located on Yaganes Street, just a block away from the beginning of San Martin Street. It offers visitors a complete overview of how the place functioned as a prison back in the 1920’s, closing in 1947. On the same location you’ll find the Museo Marítimo, Museo Antártico & Museo de Arte Marino. On the other hand, Galería Temática is a great opportunity to know more about Fuegian history, its native people and enjoy from great replicas of historical value.
Galería Temática: Open Tuesday-Sunday 12:00pm to 8:00pm
Museo Marítimo y del Presidio: Open all year round
March – December: 10:00am to 8:00pm
January & February: 9:00am to 8:00pm
Entrance until 7:30pm
Holidays (Consult +54 2901 437481)