Located at the southernmost tip of South America that’s been named the "End of the World," Ushuaia is a colorful and compact adventure hub for intrepid travelers looking for outstanding hiking and stunning scenery of mountains, fjords, islands, and ocean views for miles.
El Calafate to Ushuaia
Ushuaia is a small town and easy to get around on foot. The Yamanas, its first inhabitants, called it Ushuaia, which means "protected bay" in their language. It was officially incorporated into the Republic of Argentina in 1884 and became a penal colony in order to establish a permanent Argentine settlement.
Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel and are free to explore the town or visit one of its curious museums, such as the Thematic Gallery of the Historia Fueguina (with more than 120 life-size figures from the town's history) or unearth the story of the scariest and dangerous criminals at the Prison Museum.
In the evening, you may savor the local gastronomy. Ushuaia restaurants offer incredible seafood dishes, and we recommend the finger-licking Blake Hake.
Los Cauquenes ResortArgentina
Located on the shores of the Beagle Channel, Los Cauquenes Resort offers a respite amidst stunning nature. Enjoy on-site gourmet dining, spa and wellness treatments, and an indoor/outdoor pool.
Tierra del Fuego National Park
Today, your guide will meet you for a private exploration of the End of the World. Experience the unique and impressive landscapes of Tierra del Fuego by vehicle and on foot, hiking on easy to moderate trails through the dense green forest. Your guide offers insight into the landscapes, flora, and fauna and will choose trails that best suit you.
Driving from Ushuaia along the National Route 3, the last section of the Pan-American Highway (the longest road in the world), you stop for panoramic views of the Beagle Channel before arriving at Tierra del Fuego National Park, a dramatic landscape of mountains and valleys.
After a delicious lunch near Acigami Lake, you return to your hotel and have the remainder of the day to yourself. Perhaps enjoy a spa treatment or walk around the town before dinner on your own.
Gable Island & Penguin Rookery
This morning, you join your guide and other travelers for an excursion to the first estancia in Tierra del Fuego, Harberton Ranch, established in 1886. Here, you learn about the history of the ranch and the Yamanas, the region's indigenous people.
Next up is a visit to the Marine Mammal Museum to learn about the natural history of the area before hopping on a motorboat to Marillo Island, home to a large colony of the Magellanic penguin. Get your camera ready to capture the antics of these flightless birds!
After lunch on beautiful Gable Island, there is some time to explore this gorgeous place on your own, crossing over beaver dams and through the impressive forest that leads to the Beagle Channel shore. Enjoy the primal landscapes and meditative sounds of nature.
At the end of the day, you return to your hotel and have the evening to yourself.
Beagle Channel Navigation and Return to Buenos Aires
In 1833 Charles Darwin sailed the Beagle Channel and discovered something great. Today it is your turn: become another explorer of this channel, primitively named Onashaga Channel since the Onas were its first sailers. From the main pier in the center of town, embark on a 3-hour long boat trip along the famous Beagle Channel. Revel in panoramas of Ushuaia Bay, where the city lies proudly crowned by the Martial Glacier. Unearth the diverse marine wildlife, such as cormorants and fur seals frolicking their time away on Alicia Island. With Argentina standing to your left and Chile to your right, explore this natural border until reaching the iconic Les Eclaireurs lighthouse, the ancient guard of the bay. On our way back, you'll stop at Bridges Island to walk a wildlife interpretative path, hear about Yaman's history (the native inhabitants) and see the largest shell deposits of the region. During the excursion, you can enjoy a delicious hot chocolate with cookies or try the local Mate (strong green tea) the favorite Argentine drink.
After your boat journey, depending upon your flight departure, you may enjoy lunch in town, at the hotel, or airport (your guide will advise). You'll be transferred to the airport in time for your flight to Buenos Aires where a Boundless Journeys representative will meet you (with your name on a sign in arrivals) to transfer either to the international airport for your flight home or to your hotel in Buenos Aires.
(Departure flights to the US are not recomended this day in case of any domestic flight delays, and flights from Ushuaia often arrive later in the evening, leaving insufficient time to catch an international flight.)
Enjoy a relaxing morning or day and one last taste of Buenos Aires. At the appropriate time, you will be transferred to the Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini Ezeiza international airport for your flight home. ¡Buen viaje!
Please note that this is a typical itinerary, and actual activities may vary due to weather conditions, local events, and to allow serendipity to play a hand in your experience. Accommodations are as outlined in the itinerary, although we reserve the right to change these or the order visited should the need arise.
$2,395 Per Person
$375 Per Person
El Calafate to Ushuaia to Buenos Aires (subject to change)
See single supplement policy below.
Accommodations (hotels, tents, cruise cabins) are based on double occupancy. A single supplement is paid by participants who specifically request single accommodations, subject to availability. If you reserve at least 120 days prior to departure, you may be eligible for a reduced or free single supplement.* This is generally limited to the first one or two solo travelers to reserve, and the reduction is outlined in the pricing for each trip. Please note, free or reduced single supplements are not combinable with other offers or promotions.
If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, we will try to match you with a roommate of the same gender. If you reserve at least 120 days ahead and a roommate is not available, you will only be charged a “forced” single supplement in the amount of 50% of the standard single supplement* (unless otherwise noted in the detailed itinerary). Single accommodations are limited so you are encouraged to reserve early!
*This may not apply to certain trips with unique accommodation arrangements. Please see specific trip information for more details.
Boundless Journeys trips are designed for energetic and flexible individuals who like to be active and have a spirit of adventure and a positive attitude. This extension is rated 2, easy to moderate, on a scale of 1-5 (with 5 being the most strenuous). The walks and hikes on this trip are easy to moderate.
You will be met at the airport upon arrival.
You will be transferred to the airport in time for your departure.
Most Convenient Airport:Ministro Pistarini International Airport (airport code: EZE)
We highly recommend scheduling this extension after your Patagonia tour, as a better flow of your overall Argentina experience. If you are unable to do this, it is possible to schedule before your Patagonia trip. We recommend spending an additional night in Buenos Aires on the last day of your Patagonia trip, and fly to Ushuaia the next morning, to have more time to explore the town. Boundless Journeys will assist with any additional hotel reservations at Casa Sur Palermo in Buenos Aires, as well as scheduling your flight to Ushuaia. On Day 4 of the extension, you will fly back to Buenos Aires and may schedule your departure flight to the US this same day, as these flights tend to be late evening, or choose to spend an extra night in the city. If this trip scheduled before your main Patagonia trip, it is advised to schedule an additional night in Buenos Aires before the Ishuaia trip and possibly also before your Patagonia trip, depending upon flights. Michelle at Boundless Journeys will be happy to assist in planning your travel schedule.
During the Southern Hemisphere summer, temperature range from the mid-50s during the day to mid-40s in the evening. Rain is possible at any time, and like in other parts of Patagonia, there is always a strong breeze. Dressing in layers will make all the difference to your comfort. You may obtain more detailed information at www.weatherbase.com.
With a Boundless Journeys guide, your experience is that of friend and local adventurer. We believe strongly in working with local guides, experts in the areas to which we travel, and they hold the keys to unlocking the hidden delights of your chosen destination. Although you will never know they are at work—the mark of a truly great leader—our guides make magical things happen and add a dimension to your trip that you could not experience on your own. Over the years we have forged bonds with some of the best guides in the world, and we typically work with a small team of guides in each region. You will be informed of the guide for your trip one month prior to your departure.
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