We arrived in Ushuaia on a Saturday, in October of 2016 with an Aerolineas Argentinas flight around 2:00 pm, which took a little more than three hours from Buenos Aires.
Already, the landing is a spectacle itself. Those who love to fly as me know, in advance, the history of the city’s airport, the previous very dangerous runway. This modern airport gives us a wonderful panoramic view of this city, called the City of the End of the World.
We stayed at Hotel Arakur that picked us up at the airport. In about 20 minutes, we checked in at one of the most beautiful hotels I had visited in my country.
After settling in the room, we took the transfer offered by the hotel to go to the downtown, since the hotel is located on the Cerro Alarken. Also that van, every hour, passes through a meeting point on the coast of the city, to return. In a few minutes we were walking down San Martin Street, the most commercial street in the city and parallel to the coast, on the Beagle Channel.
We had a coffee and started to find out about several excursions, there are many travel agencies to compare prices. We walked through the city center, along the coast (Av. Prefectura Naval), we took the typical picture with the “End of the World” sign. Then we went to the Maritime Museum and the Presidio of Ushuaia Museum, a must stop to learn more about the history of this southern city.
The next day the excursions began! In the morning, thanks to the recommendation of the hotel, we made a private drive, didn’t cost much higher than an excursion scheduled by agency.
We were assigned a driver who knows a lot about the history of the city as well as the Tierra del Fuego National Park. This trip lasted about four hours. We left the city, marking several historical places and then by route 3 to reach this beautiful park, where there is a lot to do.
We skipped the ride through the End of the World Train, because with the car we did the same route. Inside the park, we stopped first at Ensenada Zaratiegui, where the tourist dock “Puerto Guaraní” is located, finding on it a small construction that operates as a post office of Correo Argentino. We continue our way to Lake Acigami, (or Roca) on the Argentine side, but called Lake Errázuriz on the Chilean side, since the lake divides Argentina from Chile, a true mirror of transparent water, in front of the Cóndor and Guanaco hills.
Within Tierra del Fuego National Park is the “castorera walk” to observe the system of dams that beavers had made on the stream and the impact of this species. In addition, in the “Paseo del Turbal” there is an abandoned beaver (400 meters from Lapataia Bay). It is a pity to find part of the national park devastated by beavers, a problem that concerns Ushuaia. With whom we spoke, they told us about the disaster beavers caused.
Then we reached Lapatia Bay and the viewpoint. Also there is another famous sign that marks the end of National Route 3, and that we were 3079km from Buenos Aires or 17,848km from Alaska.
As we returned to the city, we went directly to the port to take the catamaran that took us to the classic navigation excursion on the Beagle Channel, where we saw “Isla de los Pájaros”, “Isla de los Lobos” and “Faro Les Eclaireurs” (badly called Faro del Fin del Mundo). This navigation takes around 3 hours.
The next day we made an excursion that will be remember forever, as adventure tourism. Also recommendation of the hotel to do it with the people of Baqueanos Tierra del Fuego, the excursion called Lagos Off Road, a unique experience. They came to pick us up at the hotel after breakfast, around 10:00 am, to go to the Escondido and Fagnano Lakes, to walk through old forest and cornice roads; in addition to eat a delicious barbecue in front of Lake Fagnano.
The excursion of the off-road with the truck getting into the forest by very complicated, winding roads, ends with the truck inside the Lake Fagnano, is really impressive as it goes down to the lake getting directly there, the water reaches the windows!!!
For those who saw the Leonardo Di Caprio film “The Revenant” will recognize that part of the forest, because part of the movie was filmed there.
The barbecue, prepared by Jorge and Vecky, who were our guides and drivers of the two vans for the excursion, was exquisite, made in the forest and we ate inside a rustic cabin, in the shore of Lake Fagnano.
As always some photos and links with useful information. And again, I invite you to travel through our beautiful country that has so many landscapes to admire.