Guide to Holidays in Tierra del Fuego
It's a long flight south from Buenos Aires to Tierra del Fuego, and when you touch down in the small town of Ushuaia, you really are conscious that you're at the very end of the world... And you wouldn't be wrong: if you sail south from Ushuaia, once you've rounded Isla Navarino and come out into the Beagle Channel, there's nothing but the dark waters of the Southern Ocean separating you from Antartica and the South Pole.
You could be forgiven for feeling a little isolated - and it does take a particular mindset to want to live down here at the end of the world - but the surrouding landscape is incredibly beautiful, and offers some of the last true unexplored wilderness on earth. The conditions can be harsh, and winters here aren't for the faint-hearted, but Tierra del Fuego repays you on a scale which is truly epic.
What to See and Do in Tierra del Fuego
Once you've taken a few photos of the brightly-painted houses around the harbour and perhaps visited the small town museum, there's not a huge amount to hold your attention in Ushuaia, so without further ado...
Flights To and From Ushuaia
Regular flights connect Ushuaia with Buenos Aires to the north, as well as with El Calafate to the north-west. Happily, this also means that it's very easy to fit in a trip to the End of the World with a holiday in the rest of Argentina.
Road and Sea Links to Ushuaia
The Pan-American Highway also terminates here in Ushuaia, so although it's a fairly long drive to anywhere (about 8 hours to the nearest city, Rio Gallegos) that's always an option. There are also coach services which head north before crossing over into Chile and back down to Punta Arenas in Chile, which would allow you to continue your adventure in Chilean Patagonia. This journey takes around 11 hours but the roads and coach services are good, so it's not too arduous.
Alternatively, if you want a real adventure, you can also join a fantastic Crucero Australis cruise around Cape Horn to Punta Arenas and continue your journey that way. This isn't the cheapest option, but it's a great way to enjoy some of Tierra del Fuego's most dramatic scenery.
And for a full-blown ocean adventure, Ushuaia is also the setting-off point for cruises heading all the way to Antarctica. We have a few options available for Antarctic cruises so if you have a final continent to tick off your list, just get in touch and let us know!
Weather & Climate in Ushuaia
It has to be admitted that you don't really come to Tierra del Fuego for the weather. The area sees steady rainfall all year round, but particularly in the winter, when it often falls as snow. Due to the extreme southern latitude, winter is also best avoided because of the short days - down to 7 hours daylight in June.
The best time to visit is usually from November-February, when things are a little warmer and drier. Unless you have no problem sleeping in the light, you might want to avoid the longest days in December, however, when it only gets dark for around 6-7 hours.