Has anyone got any recent experiences on leaving Ushuaia to the surrounding areas. I.e. is the plane cheaper than the bus etc. Due to accessibility etc. does anyone have any useful advice. The initial idea is to see Puerto Natales or Punta Arenas.
I am finding the Lonely Planet increasingly frustrating and miles out on costs (especially buses) I am looking forward to follow travellers advice.
I travelled from Puerto Natalas to Punta Arenas to Ushuaia by bus. It was about a 20hr bus journey in total through flat wild land. (I enjoyed it but it's certainly time consuming.)
I left Usuhuaia on a flight to El Calafate which took an hr! Bit of a difference there. I had to take the flight because I had to get back to Santiago at really short notice, otherwise I would have bussed it again.
The buses from Punta Arenas to Ush. cost about 50$US (I think that's right - I remember being surprised at the cost). And the flight from Ush. to El Cal. was $80US.
If you have the time and patience I'd recommend bussing it. It's really interesting stopping in these little nowhere places. For example, travelling down thruogh Patagonia we stopped at one of the welsh tea rooms which was like a little piece of home at the bottom of the world
One drawback with bussing it is that you have to cross the Arg/Chile border a couple of times (depending on where you're going).
Anyway, hope that gives you some idea of what to expect.
Unless you want to go straight back north to BsAs or further away (and actually, even then), I'd strongly advice against taking any planes, because of massive pollution that they cause.
Travelling on and around Tierra del Fuego simply takes time; it's either that, or not going down there. And the bus routes, though time-consuming, are extremely worthwhile, as they often take you through the best parts of the peninsula's nature.