Activities in Ushuaia
Ushuaia has exploded in the last twenty years as the entrance to Antarctica, but it is rich in history and culture that date much farther back than this boom. Plan to spend some time getting to know this small city, it’s museums, people and delicious cuisine.
City Bus tour
Hop on an old double-decker bus and cruise around Ushuaia to get oriented. Panoramic views and historic sites, local customs and life in winter. This tour generally ends with a visit to one of the city’s museums.
City Walking Tour
Come discover Ushuaia on foot with experienced guides from the area who share their knowledge and experience with you. During the walk, you will learn about the history of Ushuaia and its people, and how it has grown over time. You will visit historic places, as well as see the best panoramic viewpoints surrounded by the Andes Mountains and the Beagle Channel.
Our walk will end with a visit to an important historic site in Ushuaia.
Maritime Museum & Former Prison
The Maritime Museum of Ushuaia is located in what was once the Prison of Tierra del Fuego, which housed the country’s most notorious criminals. The prison closed in 1947 and was declared a national historic monument by Congress in 1997. It is now home to the Maritime Museum within Ushuaia’s naval base.
With its collection of ship models, the history of Tierra del Fuego is presented with a focus on sea life, taking the point of view of people who lived by the sea. The island of Tierra del Fuego and the archipelago that surrounds it, in addition to Islas Malvinas, Georgia Islands and Antarctica, are all intertwined with the sea.
You can visit the cell blocks of the jail, some of which have been restored to give you an idea of what life was like for prisoners, and don’t miss the Historic Wing, which has been left in the condition it was in when the jail was closed.
Open every day of the year from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Guided tours available in Spanish and English.
Martial Glacier sits above Ushuaia, offering a 180 degree view of the Beagle Channel, the city of Ushuaia and Chilean Navarino Island on the southern side of the channel. There are various ways to access the glacier, depending on your fitness and interest.
Wind you way up the mountain to the base of Martial Glacier, Ushuaia’s first ski slope. You can take the chairlift up for better views or hike up on foot. From the chairlift, you’ll have a bird’s eye view of the glacier, the city of Ushuaia and Beagle Channel.
If you continue on foot, it takes about an hour to reach the glacier, where you have the unique feeling of being surrounded by ice and an even more incredible view of Ushuaia and environments around.
Different types of transport can carry you from downtown Ushuaia to the base of Martial in 10-15 minutes (7 km).
Chairlift duration: Approx. 15 minutes (up). You can go down on foot or take the chairlift back down (15 minutes). The walking options vary from one to several hours.
The glacier can be visited year round.
Duration: Approx. 2-3 hours, every day.
You leave the local port for Alicia Island, which is home to a colony of sea lions. Then it’s on to Isla de los Pájaros, an island inhabited by imperial shags and white-bellied shags. The next island on the list is Isla de los Lobos, where two types of sea lions are found, and finally the trip takes you to the Faro Les Eclaireus, a lighthouse constructed in 1919. Some departures offer a short hike on Bridges Island, where remains of Yamana camps can be found.
Duration: 3 hours
Two trips depart daily every day of the year (10 a.m. and 3 p.m.)
In high summer a 7 p.m. sunset departure is added.