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Ushuaia claims to be the world’s southern-most city, albeit a small one. It is surrounded by the wilderness and lakes of Tierra del Fuego, a perfect location for activities and watching wildlife.

Located over 3,000 kilometres south of Buenos Aires, Ushuaia lies in a dramatic position overlooking the Beagle Channel. It is a port city, the capital of Tierra del Fuego, Antarctica and the South Atlantic Islands.

Situated south of the Magellan Strait, Tierra del Fuego is the archipelago’s largest island, separated by water from Patagonia. This island is divided by the Andes Mountains into two regions; the northern plains and the mountainous south with its stunning scenery of deep fjords, snow-capped peaks, forests and glacial lakes. Ushuaia has an interesting history, and some buildings date from the days of the pioneers and penal colony, including the fascinating prison museum.

As well as day trips to the National Park, other excursions from Ushuaia include: Lakes Escondido and Fagnano, the Martial Glacier, Beagle Channel cruises, the Penguin Rookery and Estancia Harberton, and a 10 hour round trip to Puerto Williams in neighbouring Chile. The wilderness, lakes and bays around the city provide the opportunity for plenty of outdoor activities such as: horse-riding, trekking, fishing, canoeing and diving. The whole island is a tax-free zone, and its airport offers direct flights to Buenos Aires, El Calafate and other regional centres.

Ushuaia is the departure point for most Antarctic and Atlantic cruises, and trips to nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park. In the summer months it is also the start (or finish) of voyages through the Strait of Magellan with the Mare Australis or Via Australis, stopping off at Cape Horn.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: ashy-headed goose, austral parakeet, fur seal, magellanic penguin, magellanic woodpecker
  • Where: Terra del Fuego province, Argentina

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itinerary:

Wild Patagonia

Enjoy the best of Argentina and Chile, with stunning scenery and burgeoning wildlife at Torres del Paine and spectacular glaciers around Calafate. The trip culminates in two days at Valdes Peninsula, home to species such as the northern right whale, magellanic penguin and elephant seal.

  • When to go: Oct-Apr
  • Duration inc. flights: 18 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,595 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea