Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia (oo-shweye-a) is the southernmost city in the world, located only 3,660 km from Antarctica (about the same as Perth to Sydney [1]). We fled here, escaping the heat of Buenos Aires and landed with a temperature of around 8C, a welcome relief. The city is a launch point for most of the cruise ships that head to Antarctica as well as for visiting the Patagonia region. We are here, this time, for the latter.

View of Ushuaia Harbour from the lunch spot we went to for Shannan's birthday.

View of Ushuaia Harbour from the lunch spot we went to for Shannan's birthday.

Our beautiful campsite at Camping La Pista del Andino.

Our beautiful campsite at Camping La Pista del Andino.

The town is very full during Jan-Feb however apparently not as many people are crazy enough to pitch a tent here. Ushuaia is also renowned for its wind. We capitalised on this and settled in to our cosy tent site at Camping La Pista del Andino. The lupins were out in full splendour, both in the city and in our campsite. 

There are a number of day trip adventures you can do from the city. We chose a 4WD adventure trip out to Lago Fagnano for an asado (barbecue). Here we saw our first Patagonian Fox and the first evidence of beavers which have flourished without natural predators in the region.

Another day was spent hiking up to Martial Glacier... in hindsight I would suggest this is a glacier in name only. More like mostly melted snowfield, though we did visit in the middle of summer.

We stayed about 10 days in the Ushuaia region, quite a bit considering most people are finished in under a day. I think we needed time to recharge a bit. And to find work out where we should go from here. Patagonia had been a 'must do' on our list. Ushuaia was the place to start from our research but after that it had always gotten fuzzy. I think you will enjoy our solution, we certainly did.