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Ushuaia is the capital of Tierra del Fuego, and the southernmost city in the world. It faces the Beagle Channel and is surrounded by the Martial Glacier mountain range. The city was founded in 1884, but the region had been inhabited by indigenous people for thousands of years.
Most visitors today use the city as a base for exploring the area which includes Tierra del Fuego National Park. It is also a gateway to Patagonia and the starting and end point for cruises in Patagonia and down to Antarctica. The town itself has the usual collection of handicraft shops, restaurants and cafes, plus a busy waterfront area. Reasons to visit Ushuaia include:
Ushuaia can be visited year round but most people prefer to go from October to April. These months are warmer than the winter, and it rains rather than snows. This makes the conditions for hiking and cruising easier. The Patagonia cruise season lasts from September to April, while Antarctic cruises have a shorter season, November to March. Wildlife in Tierra del Fuego including sea lions, whales, penguins and seabirds tends to be more active in summer. The ski season lasts from mid-June to mid-September.
You can find all kinds of accommodation in Ushuaia, from cheap and cheerful hostels to smart hotels such as Hotel Los Cauquenes in a prime position overlooking the Beagle Channel, and everything in between.
Time: GMT – 3 hours
Flight time approximately 14 hours from London to Buenos Aires on a direct flight, and around 16 hours via Europe.
Language: Spanish is the official language, with English, French and Italian also widely spoken
Visas – not required for British nationals for stays of up to 90 days
No vaccinations are compulsory but due to a yellow fever outbreak in Brazil in 2017 country certificate requirements may change at short notice