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Ushuaia is located in the Argentinian province of Tierra del Fuego and is the world's most southern city. It has about 64,000 inhabitants that live on the edge of the world. There is even a sign that says welcome to the end of the world! The city has a distinctive end of the world feeling which for most travellers is reason enough to come here. There are however much more things to do and see in and especially around Ushuaia. The city is backed by the Martial Moutains to the north and the famous Beagle Channel to the south. It is also the most popular starting point for trips to Antarctica.
Much of the sights and activities are actually located outside Ushuaia and most of them can be done on a daytrip from the city. Note that some of them are not possible from June to September.
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Most people do not come to Ushuaia for the climate, although they do hope that the weather will be fine. The best chances for fine weather are in summer, which lasts from November through to March. Daytime temperatures are averaging between 12 °C and 14 °C, while nights are rather chilly with 2 °C to 5 °C. Lucky travellers will experience temperatures of 20 °C or a bit more, but these days are pretty scarce.
Winters last from May to September when temperatures are between 3 °C and 7 °C during the day and a few degrees below zero at night with sometimes temperatures dropping to -10 °C although it rarely gets colder.
Precipitation is quite evenly distributed throughout the year with around 40 mm a month, though summers tend to be somewhat wetter compared to winters, when some precipitation comes in the form of snow.
Be aware that even though there are plenty of things to do in the winter months such as skiing and dog sledging, a lot of the hotels and hostels will close down. Also, bus routes may stop, or at least run infrequently.
Most people arrive in Ushuaia by plane at the Ushuaia - Malvinas Argentinas International Airport (USH). Destinations include Buenos Aires, Punta Arenas and Santiago de Chile, as well as Comodoro Rivadavia, Puerto Deseado, Rio Grande, Trelew, Rio Gallegos and El Calafate, and a few smaller places.
There are very few train links in Argentina, so you can not get to Ushuaia by train. Although the Tren el Fin del Mundo is a nice daytrip (see above).
If you have a rental car, you can travel to Ushuaia yourself. Part of the route is unsealed through but in relatively good condition and normally passable by a regular 2wd car.
Several cities are connected with Ushuaia by bus. There are daily services with Tecni Austral to Rio Grande (4 hours), except Sunday. They have further connections to Punta Arenas in Chile on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, taking around 11 hours. On weekdays, connections are possible to Rio Gallegos as well (12 hours total). Lider has 6-8 services a day by minivan to Tolhuin (2.5 hour) and Rio Grande (4 hours).
Transportes Pasarela runs roundtrip shuttle buses to Lago Esmeralda and Lago Escondido, and you can stay overnight (camping) if you let them know.
Most of the boat tours are luxurious cruises to Antarctica, the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Cape Horn or Punta Arenas. Still, it is also possible to get a seat on a chartered boat to Puerto Williams, across the Beagle Channel and on Chilean grounds. You may even be able to get onto a luxury boat, if for some reason the boat is not full the company may sell a room cheapily just to fill it. However, theses are rare and you have to be in the right place at the right time.
A car is not really needed to explore the town but is handy to get to the parks or head to somewhere a little off the beaten track.
Buses will take you all over town and to the National Parks. Just wait at a bus stop for the next one to arrive. Always check on the time of the final bus though as you do not want to be stranded a night in a cold National Park.
The town is best explored on foot. There is a nice pace of life here so enjoy it.
Bikes can be rented but be careful in the winter as there may be ice on the roads.
As it can get cold here then you will definateley want some good warm filling food. What is better than locally sourced steak!!
There are plenty of hostels and hotels in all price ranges but we aware that they can fill up very quickly and are often not as cheap as you would think. If you know when you will be travelling it is always a good idea to book head to be on the safe side.
|Alba||Belakamain 247 Ushuaia, Argentina||Guesthouse||-|
|Antarctica Hostel||Calle Antartida Argentina 270 Tierra Del Fuego||Hostel||88|
|Cabañas del Hain (Cabins)||Barrio Tierra de Leyendas||Apartment||-|
|Free Style||Gobernador Paz 866||Hostel||-|
|Galeazzi - Basily B&B||Gob. Valdez 323||Guesthouse||82|
|Hostal del Monte||Rosales 305 Tierra del Fuego||Guesthouse||-|
|Hostel Patagonia Pais||Alem 152||Hostel||83|
|Hosteria Bella Vista||Cabo de Hornos 4018 - Ushuaia - Tierra d||Guesthouse||83|
|La Casa en Ushuaia||Gobernador Paz 1380||Guesthouse||-|
|La Posta Albergue||Peron Sur n 864 Rafaela Ishton Nº 865||Hostel||88|
|Las Retamas B&B||Magallanes 1780||Guesthouse||67|
|Los Cormoranes||Kamshem 788||Hostel||80|
|Los Lupinos||Deloqui Nº 750||Hostel||-|
|Pueblo Viejo||Gobernador Deloqui 242||Hostel||-|
|Tango B&B - Ushuaia||Gob. Valdéz 950||Guesthouse||84|
|The End House||623 Gobernador Gomez St.||Guesthouse||-|
|Viento del Sur B||Lugones 1945||Guesthouse||-|
Internet cafes are still widely available in most places, even in smaller towns, though many people are connected through the internet at home or by mobile device. Many cafes and restaurants offer free WiFi with an advertisement in their windows. All you need to do is buy something and ask for the password. Apart from specific places, including soms airports and major stations, quite a few cities are offering free wifi, including Buenos Aires, Mendoza and Iguazu Falls.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The country calling code to Argentina is 54. To make an international call from Argentina, dial 00 followed by the country code and the rest of the telephone number. All 0800 numbers are toll-free numbers, except if you call from a mobile phone. Emergency numbers are available for Police (101), Ambulance (107) and Fire (100). Emergency dispatcher for Buenos Aires (city), Santa Fe (city), Rosario (city), Salta (province), Corrientes (province), and Buenos Aires (province) 911. In a mobile phone 112 forwards to 911.
You can get a prepaid Movistar / Claro / Personal SIM card for a few pesos / free at phone shops, all you pay is about 20 Pesos for your initial credits. Inserting the SIM card into your unlocked American or European mobile phone should work, although to register the SIM you have to enter your passport (or any 9 digit) number - you then have your personal Argentinean phone numbers. Calls cost around 1 Peso per minute. Receiving calls is usually free, except for international calls, and some cross network / inter-city calls - hence buying a SIM card purely to keep in touch with people overseas may not be worth it.
Without a cellphone, there are similar cards with credits for international calls. You get them at so called locutorios, where you can also use the phone booths. You dial a free number to connect to the service, then your secret number for the credits, and then the international phone number you want to call. Using these cards, a one-hour call to Europe will cost about 10 Pesos. Don't call without such cards or even from your hotel - it will be way more expensive.
Correos de Argentina is the national postal service of Argentina. There are also two private carriers operating nationwide (OCA and Andreani) and a number of regional ones though Correos de Argentina will be the one most likely to be used by travellers. Post offices are mostly open between 8:00am and 8:00pm Monday to Friday and 9:00am to 1:00pm on Saturday, though there are regional variantions with longer hours in central post offices in big cities and shorter ones in small towns. Services are pretty reliable but slow, mostly taking about two weeks to deliver a postcard or letter to the USA or Europe, but usually within a few days sending it domestically. There is also a more expensive express options. You can track a package online at the Correos de Argentino website. Parcels take at least 3-5 days domestically and weeks internationally. Otherwise try international companies like FedEx, TNT, DHL or UPS to send parcels. It is probably more reliable as well as faster.
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