I'll fly into Ushaia late March, and fly out again five days later. I love hiking, nature, mountain views, etc. Photography is an important hobby.
I'm a bit uncertain on how to get a proper feeling for Tierra del Fuego in this time, mostly as I can't get a good feel for the effective scale of the place. Should I just base myself in Ushaia for the entire time and do daytrips to its surroundings? Is there an easy loop which takes in the highlights? Is there one specific place I should just head straight toward and spend all five days at?
I'm also thinking that the ferry to Puerto Williams is just way too overpriced (stupid border crossings), and it's not worth hopping back into Chile at this point, but I'd be willing to be convinced otherwise...
Any recommendations or advice most appreciated.
Lots of options down there especially for a photographer. Plenty you can do/see in day trips, or if you feel like traveling a bit especially camping there is a ton more, but you'd have to rent a car to really get to a lot of the wilder more exotic places. If you are willing to do that you can see tons of really wild places that will give you a better idea of the whole of Tierra del Fuego.
Just from Ushuaia in that time I think you only get a taste. And while you can probably see a lot by bus - I didn't so i can't really advise on that (and the car rental was cheap maybe $20 per day and there were 2 of us).
Day trips from around/Ushuaia
-Sheep Shearing stations
-Sailing trip (lots of wildlife) of Beagle Channel or just the bay.
-Tierra Del Fuego National Park
-Lago Roca and Mirror Lake
You can easily spend a few days doing just that and never going more than maybe 20 miles from the city.
Hopping a bus or driving to the semi rural city of Tolhun ~ 40 miles away, or even closer Laguna Escondita, will give you a whole different view of Tierra del Feugo as will the fly fishing rich areas near Rio Grande or taking a drive down any of the unpaved roads towards places like Cape San Pablo (a road I found very rewarding for getting the feel of the place).
But getting a real feel for Tierra del Fuego in five days is possible, but you do have to work a bit for it.
Oh, and I didn't even include any of the sites/places in the city.
Hope it helps. If you'd like I can see if I can dig up my journal pages for Ushuaia and you can see if you can find any good info in there.
Thanks, that helps quite a bit! A couple of these I'd come across in my own research already, but a few of the others are new, and I'll have to look into them. And I think for the decision on where to base myself, I'll just stick to Ushuaia. (Note to self: now hope you'll remember how to spell it right!)
Oh, if you are a scuba diver - it's an amazing undersea world there but it is drysuit diving.