Ushuaia is the access town to the Beagle Channel and the great hiking and kayaking opportunities available in Tierra del Fuego. Many travellers stay here before going to see the islands many sea lion colonies and penguin rookeries as well as hopping off on a 2 or 3 day kayaking trip around Gable Island in the Beagle Channel.
It's even better well known as the port from which most Antarctic cruises depart for Antarctic sea adventures of up to 20 days. The cruises first cross the Drake Passage before reaching the South Shetland Islands or South Georgia.
Instead of setting out from the port of Ushuaia, some cruises start off in the Falkland Islands, spending a day or two enjoying its markets, restaurants and flora and fauna, before heading towards the coast of Antarctica and other ships instead offer a fly and cruise option from the Chilean Patagonia town of Punta Arenas, straight through to the Antarctic research base called King George Island.
Map of Ushuaia
Trips that visit Ushuaia
Flexibility is the key to success in Antarctica. All voyage routes take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by nature, crafting a unique and extraordinary experience each time.
Antarctic Peninsula Explorer
Explore the White Continent onboard one of the newest additions to the Polar fleet, a state-of-the-art expedition vessel combining adventure with comfort. Limited to only 126 passengers, there’s also a wide range of optional adventure activities on this classic Antarctic…
- 11-12 Days
Ultimate Antarctica: South Georgia & Antarctic Circle
An epic 23-day voyage which packs in an astonishing 7 days in Antarctica, 4 days in wildlife-rich South Georgia and the Polar Circle at 66 degrees south. It's very rare to find a trip combining all three places. Limited departure…
- 23 Days
The great strength of this trip is choice - the widest selection of departure dates and optional adventure activities available across four first-rate ice-strengthened ships (128 to 199 guests). Spend a minimum of four full days exploring Antarctica. Enjoy daily…
- 11–12 Days
Destination Antarctica, Falklands & South Georgia
Join this classic Southern Ocean voyage, with a choice of two 21-day departures in the season. Travel aboard a generously proportioned 134-passenger expeditionary ship, undertake daily landings, with camping and kayaking for the…
- 21 Days
Classic Peninsula Voyage
Travelling aboard this modern 134-passenger ship with its 200-degree observation lounge and spacious cabins, spend 4 full days exploring Antarctica’s extraordinary icebergs and wildlife. Optional camping and kayaking, while Ushuaia hotel accommodation and a parka jacket are included in the…
- 11 Days
South of the Antarctic Circle
By including optional kayaking and diving, these late season voyages offer the chance to maximise your polar crossing experience by exploring Antarctica both on and under the water. Travelling at that time provides excellent photographic and whale watching conditions, alongside…
- 12, 13 or 14 Days
Antarctic Basecamp Adventure
The ultimate Antarctic adventure, this trip is specifically for the active traveller. Spend 6 days kayaking, hiking, camping, mountaineering and snowshoeing, all included in the price. A medium-sized expedition ship acts as your floating ‘basecamp’. Great value for money backed…
- 12-13 Days
Onto the Antarctic Ice
With four medium-sized expedition ships and regular departure dates throughout the season, this well priced voyage is a popular option. Across striking landscapes and icy seas your company will include penguins, seals, whales and skuas. For the adventurous, optional kayaking…
- 10-13 Days
Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands In Style
Voyage south in Shackleton’s footsteps, exploring the highlights of the Southern Ocean as part of this ‘classic’ 20-day adventure. A well-balanced itinerary and the choice between 3 well-appointed expedition ships (capacity 128-199 guests) really marks this trip out. Plus, you…
- 20 Days