Ushuaia: The Gateway to Antarctica

Posted on November 28, 2012 by

Before jumping on my Antarctica cruise, I spent a few days in the southernmost city on earth: Ushuaia, Argentina. As a tourist town that draws not just Antarctica expeditioners but also holidaymaking Argentineans, Ushuaia is a picturesque town that’s a cross between a Norwegian fishing village and ski resort. It’s all about location here: the town is perfectly poised on the southern coast of Tierra del Fuego island, bounded on the north by the Martial mountain range and on the south by the Beagle Channel. Despite a nametag that says “Fin del Mundo”, which literally means “World’s End”, it hardly feels like we are at the bottom of the world considering the slew of posh restaurants, bars, and outfitters.

While I’m at sea cruising Antarctica with G Adventures, here’s a series of photos I shot at Ushuaia where my journey began. Enjoy pictures of the world’s end and see you when I get back!

Disclaimer: My trip to Ushuaia was made possible by G Adventures as a part of their Wanderers In Residence program. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own. 

About Nellie Huang

Nellie Huang is a professional travel writer and blogger with a special interest in off-grid destinations and adventure travel. Her mission is to visit every country in the world. In her quest, she's climbed an active volcano in Iceland, swam with sealions in the Galapagos, built a school in Tanzania, waddled with penguins in Antarctica, crossed into North Korea and drank beer in Palestine.

8 Responses to “Ushuaia: The Gateway to Antarctica”

  1. Just One Boomer November 28, 2012 12:15 pm #

    Ushuaia and Antarctica are still on my "must visit" list and your photos are fanning the flame. The scenery around Ushuaia reminds me of Queenstown on the South Island of New Zealand (although Queenstown is on a glacial lake). That's not really so strange considering that Christchurch on the South Island of New Zealand is the jumping off point for scientific expeditions to Antarctica.

  2. November 29, 2012 1:49 am #

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  3. Emily in Chile November 29, 2012 10:40 am #

    I've read so many posts about Antarctica but rarely see much on Ushuaia itself. Nice to see some pictures and hear that it's a happening tourist spot!

  4. Leigh December 2, 2012 11:38 am #

    Planning a trip to Patagonia next year and trying to decide whether to include a trip to the end of the continent. It looks like it can throw a bit of everything at you weather wise but it looks quite interesting too.

  5. ilivetotravel December 2, 2012 10:47 pm #

    Great pix of Ushuaia, Nellie! I visited Punta Arenas and points north (mostly in the Chilean side of Patagonia) and found that area of the world truly enchanting. Fjords, lakes, penguins, mountains – incredible! But Ushuaia was not part of it. I guess I will see it when I get to make the trip to Antarctica some day!

    • @WildJunket January 21, 2013 4:08 am #

      Thanks for the kind words! I wished I had more time to explore Patagonia. I've always wanted to see more of the area, go ice climbing and visit el Calafate but didn't have time for that on this trip. How was Punta Arenas? It must have been pretty cool too!

  6. Sergio December 31, 2012 3:25 pm #

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  7. @GoSeeWrite February 19, 2013 2:55 am #

    Ushusia was one of those places that just shocked me by how much I liked it. I was only able to stay for a couple days (and didn't get to head south to the 7th continent from there… damn it), but I was really surprised by how much I liked it. Thanks for sharing.

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