Ushuaia (Argentina)

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Ushuaia cruise port

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Ushuaia is a cruise port (including homeport for cruises to Antarctica from Argentina) and city on Beagle Strait, with population around 60,000. It is also nicknamed "End of the World" for being South America's southernmost city. Ushuaia is also the capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province.

Port Ushuaia (Argentina) cruise port

Ushuaia is also homeport/departure port for most roundtrips to the UK's Falkland Islands and a major port of call included in many voyages in South America. In season 2008-2009, ~95% of the Antarctic cruise ship tourism was concentrated here. Ushuaia's busy cruising season starts in November and ends in March.

Ushuaia and Punta Arenas are the two departure ports for cruises to the Antarctic Peninsula and the British overseas territories Falklands/Malvinas and South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands. Regularly scheduled seasonal programs are operated by Quark Expeditions (polar ship travel company).

Quark Expeditions Antarctica cruise itineraries map

The above map shows some of the most visited destinations on Antarctica-based itineraries leaving from Punta Arenas and Ushuaia. Ushuaia is also among the ports of call on voyages that include cruising through the Patagonian channels and Chilean fjords in the Tierra del Fuego provinces of Chile and Argentina.

Cruises to Antarctica are operated mainly with smaller-sized expedition ships and ice-class superyachts. While these voyages depart from Ushuaia, most of the Antarctic cruise package deals are inclusive of international flights to and from Buenos Aires (Argentina's capital city) and also of domestic flights - between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia (as homeport). This also explains the higher prices on these seasonally offered and most unique cruise tours.

Ushuaia cruise terminal

Ushuaia cruise port terminal is located in the city’s heart (Maipu – the Coastal Avenue). Shopping lovers will be pleased to find that the city's main street (San Martin) lined with shops is just a block away.

Ushuaia (Argentina) cruise port map (printable)

At the end of the cruise port, there are taxis. Their rate is not fixed, so you have to negotiate. There is also a bus stop. But the best way to explore the city is walking. The official language is Spanish, the currency – Argentinian peso.

Ushuaia cruise ship terminal

Facilities in the ship docking area of port Ushuaia include a few shops (be aware of higher prices than those in the city), Internet and phone kiosk. There is a tourists’ center at the end of the dock. You can also visit the near booths and arrange boat trips and excursions to some of the major attractions of the area. For those who want handmade gifts, there are some shops at the left end of the dock.

Ushuaia port

Just before Maipu, there is a beautiful small square where you can sit on a bench and enjoy the amazing view of the sea and the mountain.

Ushuaia tours, shore excursions, hotels

City Tours and Shore Excursions

  • Tierra del Fuego National Park: the park spreads over 63,000 hectares. It starts from the Beagle Channel and goes to the border with Chilli. The north border is Lago Kami.
  • Beagle Channel: popular excursion is the one in the Beagle Channel’s waters. It is named after the ship of Charles Darwin – Beagle. He used her to explore the region in the 1830s.
  • Maritime Museum: Located on Yaganes y Gobernador Paz. You can see famous ships’ scale models.
  • Military Prison: located on Yaganes y Gobernador Paz. The prison worked from 1902 to 1947. Currently it houses cut-outs and mannequins in its cells.
  • San Juan de Salvamento Lighthouse: located on the Isla de los Estados. The lighthouse dates from 1884. It was famous with the name “End of the World Lighthouse” because of a Jules Vern’s novel.
  • End of the World Museum: located on Avenida Maipú173. The museum houses extensive collection of artifacts. Explore the natural history of the region and the aboriginal life.
  • Lake Escondido: definitely should see it, if you have more time. It is 50 km from Ushuaia cruise port.

Port Ushuaia cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Ushuaia, Argentina. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.

25 October, 2022
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