Passports: anyone entering Argentina should have a passport valid for at least six months from date of entry, and ideally past the date the passport holder leaves the country.
Visas: nationals of Canada, most Western European countries, Australia and New Zealand do not need a visa to visit Argentina. Upon arrival, most visitors get a 90-day stamp in their passport. Canadians must pay a ‘reciprocity fee’ before arriving. Ideally it will be reminded when buying the airplane ticket: this fee is equal to what Argentines are charged for visas to visit those countries. The fee is paid online and with a credit card.
Customs Regulations: electronic items (laptops, cameras and mobile phones) can be brought into the country duty free, provided they are not intended for resale. If you have a lot of equipment, it is recommended to take an item list with the serial numbers and preferably the purchase receipts.
Electricity: Argentina’s electric current operates on 220V; 50Hz; plugs are C/I type. Adapters are readily available from almost any ferretería (hardware store). Most electronic equipment (such as cameras, telephones and computers) are dual/multi-voltage, but some equipment may require a voltage converter or you might short out your device.
Internet Access: Wi-Fi is available at most hotels, cafes, restaurants and airports, and it’s generally good and free. In remote spots like El Chaltén and other parts of Patagonia Wi-Fi service may be usually poor.
Mobile Phones: it’s best to bring your own unlocked tri- or quad-band GSM cell phone to Argentina, then buy an inexpensive SIM chip (you’ll get a local number) and credits (or carga virtual) as needed. All SIM Cards now must be registered to users before they can be activated. In theory, a foreigner can activate a SIM card with identification. Both SIM chips and credits can be bought at many kiosks or “locutorios”.
Money: ATMs are widely available and credit cards are accepted in most hotels and restaurants. ATMs can also be used for cash advances on major credit cards (not all foreign cards work in ATMs). They’re the best way to get money, and nearly all have instructions in English. Limits on withdrawal can be very low, though the withdrawal fee can be relatively high. Banelco ATMs tend to allow larger withdrawals. In some spots in Patagonia (El Calafate and El Chaltén, e.g.) and most touristic destinations they quickly run out of cash in high season.
Cash: the Argentine unit of currency is the peso (AR$). Notes come in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 pesos. One peso equals 100 “centavos”; coins come in denominations of 25 and 50 centavos, as well as 1, 2, 5 and 10 pesos. Currently, US dollars are accepted by many companies dedicated to tourism, but it is always recommended to carry some pesos.
Credit Cards: many (but not all!) tourist services, larger stores, hotels and restaurants – especially in the bigger cities – take credit cards. The most widely accepted are Visa and MasterCard, though American Express and a few others are valid in some establishments. Important: many places will give a small discount if you pay in cash rather than use a credit card.
Money Changers: US dollars are by far the preferred foreign currency, although Chilean and Uruguayan pesos can be readily exchanged at the borders. Cash dollars and Euros can be changed at banks and “casas de cambios” (exchange houses) in larger cities, but other currencies can be difficult to change outside Buenos Aires. Passport is needed to change money; we strongly suggest avoiding any sort of street-tout money changer.
Tipping: restaurants and cafes: it’s customary to tip about 10% of the bill. Spa: 15% of the bill. Hotel staff, delivery people, hotel and bus porters and taxi drivers: give a few bills.
Banks 10 am to 3 pm Monday to Friday.
Bars 7 pm / 9 pm to 4 am / 6 am nightly.
Cafes 6 am to midnight or much later; open daily.
Clubs 1 am / 2 am to 6 am / 8 am Friday and Saturday.
Office business hours 9 am to 6 pm.
Restaurants Noon to 3:30 pm and 8 pm to midnight or 1am (later on weekends).
Shops 9 am / 10 am to 8 pm / 9 pm Monday to Saturday.
Mention Argentina, and people think about solitary gauchos or maybe tango dancers. It is country blessed with abundant natural resources and a highly educated population. The country boasts a wide variety of cultural attractions, but for many travelers, its natural wonders are the primary draw. From the northern deserts down to the southern Andean Cordillera, from the Iguazú Falls to the magnificent desolation of Patagonia, Argentina's geography is varied and stunning. For cosmopolitan types, there's the elegant capital, Buenos Aires. This fabulous city is renowned for its sophistication, although travelers expecting a more 'South American' experience are sometimes disappointed with its European touch.
It's a large country - the eighth largest in the world, and the second largest on the South American continent. It borders Chile to the west (separated by the Andean Cordilleras range) and Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil and Bolivia to the north and east (separated by rivers). It also shares the offshore island territory of Tierra del Fuego with Chile, and continues claiming the possession of the Malvinas Islands (Falkland Islands) and the Antarctic territory, where Argentina has installed several scientific bases, including the most famous: Marambio.
Argentina's topography is affected by both latitude and altitude, and is accordingly varied. The country can be divided into four major physiographic provinces: the Andes to the west (with arid basins, grape-filled foothills, glacial mountains and the Lake District), the fertile lowland north (with subtropical rainforests), the central Pampas (a flat mixture of humid and dry expanses) and Patagonia (a combination of pastoral steppes and glacial regions).
Population: 46 million (2022 CENSUS)
Capital city: Buenos Aires
People: 85% European descent, 15% mestizo, native and other minorities
Language: American Spanish, plus 17 native languages
Religion: 93% Roman Catholic, 2.5% protestant, 2% Jewish, 1.5% Ukrainian catholic, 1% Armenian orthodox
We begin our excursion heading north of the island along National Route No. 3, we will pass in front of the most popular ski center in the area, Cerro Castor. We cross the Andes and start the real 4x4 adventure! We go through huge mud and water roads until we reach the imposing shore of Lake Fagnano. At this point, our guests take a moment to contemplate this extraordinary place and its unique energy. After this, we open roads giving more adrenaline to our trip. We enter the forest to walk through an exclusive area, reaching Lago Escondido where our refuge is located. At this point, our team prepares visitors an Argentine-style barbecue, accompanied with Malbec wine. Finally, we divide our group into pairs and take the canoes to explore the lake. INFO: The order of the activities may vary according to the guide's criteria. The canoes activity may, eventually, be suspended for safety reasons and we do not offer replacement activities. Lunch includes: salami and cheese, typical argentine barbecue with choripán and steak, accompanied with salad, dessert, wine and water. TIMING 08:30 Pick up by hotel 09:00 Departure from the city of Ushuaia by National Route 3 09:30 Valle Carbajal panoramic point stop 10:30 Stop at the panoramic point of Paso Garibaldi 11:00 We take a secondary road to reach the 4x4 circuit 11:30 Entrance 4x4 circuit 12:00 Stop at the high panoramic point of Lake Fagnano 12:30 Arrival at the shore of Lake Fagnano. Refreshment 13:00 Departure from Fagnano by secondary route 13:30 Start of trekking through the forest 14:00 Arrival at the TieRRa refuge on the shores of Lake Escondido 14:10 Lunch 15:30 Start of canoeing on Lake Escondido 16:00 Disembark at the pier and technical stop 17:00 Arrival to the city
This tour departs from Touristic Pier and proposes a navigation through Ushuaia Bay and Beagle Channel to contemplate the city of Ushuaia, in one of its best postcards. This city offers a unique combination of mountains, sea and forests. Olivia and Cinco Hermanos hills, the Fique and Túnel ranches can also be observed. The navigation brings us closer to the Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse where you can see a colony of cormorants. On the way back you can photograph the Isla de los Lobos - to enjoy this attractive marine mammal, the seal - and the Despard Island, imperial cormorants’ natural habitat. During the trip we observe Magellan cormorants and the majestic imperial cormorant, albatrosses, fullman petrels, giant petrels, squas and twenty different species of sea birds.
We depart from Ushuaia heading north to the detour of the provincial route “J” that will take us back to the Beagle Channel. We make a stop at Laguna Victoria, where we enjoy a snack. Once we arrive at Brown Bay we will deviate to see the famous flag tres, particularity provided by the southwest winds of the área. After enjoying this place for a while we will return to the vehicle to go in the direction of Puerto Almanza which is the main port of artisanal fishermen where they are mainly dedicated to the capture of crab. Passing Puerto Almanza a few kilometers away we will reach the house of one of the most recognized fishermen in this area, not only for her activity and trajectory but also because she is the only captain of the Beagle Channel. She is waiting for us at her house to go step by step tasting all the dishes of the amazing Beagle Channel making us spend a gastronomic experience and social encounter that will be unforgettable. SCHEDULE Times are approximate 8:00 Pick up at the hotel 9:00 Arrival Victoria Lagoon 10:00 Stop Tree Flag 11:00 Arrival at Casa to Diana, the first captain of the beagle 11:30 Gastronomy experience and lunch 14:30 End of activities and lunch 16:00 Arrival at Ushuaia *The order of the excursion may vary at the discretion of the guide*
This tour shows us diverse panoramic view points through which we can get an idea of the building industry and demographic growth of our city. It lasts around an hour during which the guide will give us a brief explanation of Ushuaia’s background, its urban development and the changes occurred throughout times. The final stop of the tour is in front of the End of the World Museum. Known as the southernmost point of South America, 3.171 km separate Ushuaia from Buenos Aires.
A day in a fishermen village: we invite you to live an unforgettable day in a picturesque village by the sea, sailing, fishing your own king crab and cooking it in a family house learning its culinary secrets. Early morning departure on route 3 to Route "J": we will take a gravel road through a dense native forest with peat bogs, to the coast where we take a 1-hour walk through the forest to a busy waterfall. We will make a comforting stop to have a coffee with snacks. Back to the vehicle we went to Puerto Almanza, the southernmost fishing port of Argentina and from there by another gravel road after about 15km we arrived at a small and adorable village dedicated to the artisanal fishing of king crab, crayfish, mussels, cholgas and other typical mollusks in this area. We embark to participate in the fishing of the spider crab; upon return they will teach us how to prepare it in Patagonian style cooked with sea water.
This plan aims to please a wide range of tourists, nature lovers and any passengers that would like to make the most out of their stay. Everybody will be amazed with the colour of the Emerald Lagoon and with the habits and behavior of beavers. In early afternoon we'll leave towards the starting point for a medium difficulty hike, towards the Emerald lagoon. After some 3:30 hours, we will arrive to our cottage located in Tierra Mayor valley, where we will visit the nearby beaver dams and so we will be set to try to watch this shy animal. We will do so in an absolutely natural way, without the use of baits or lures. As the light fades out, we return to the refuge, where a pleasant dinner and a fine red wine is waiting for us. We will be back to the city around 10 PM. Attractive: Emerald Lagoon, mounts Alvear and Bonete. Itinerary: 14:30 / 15:30 Pick up from Canal Fun office. 16:00 Arrival to the valley and hike to the Emerald Lagoon 17:30 Emerald Lagoon 18:00 Return to the valley 20:30 Dinner 22:00 Return to Ushuaia
The train departs from End of the World station, by the same embankment prisoners walked 100 years ago. It goes into Cañadon del Toro, cross Pipo River over "the burned bridge" where you can see Old Wooden Bridge ruins under the new railroads. Then stops at “La Macarena Cascade" where passengers will find a reconstruction of a typical settlement of an indigenous group who inhabited these lands for hundreds of years: The Yamanas. Now the train enters Tierra del Fuego National Park following the Pipo River course and continues across areas that show us traces left by prisoners in their daily routine to cut trees for nearly half a century of interrupted work. After skirting the Turbal, characteristic Tierra del Fuego soil, on which is developed a moss called Sphagnum, the train arrives at “Park Station”. Throughout the tour the visitor will be accompanied by a bilingual English-Spanish guide, explaining in detail the "prisoners Train" history. OPTIONAL TO MAKE WITH TIERRA DEL FUEGO NATIONAL PARK.
Departure in the morning to northeast direction and following Route 3; after crossing the mountain range we will discover peat bogs, small glaciers, ski centers, waterfalls and dry trees, due to the presence and activity of the numerous beavers. From Rancho Hambre, we will begin to ascend until reaching Garibaldi Pass following the route mountain path to a panoramic point. From there - the highest point of the province with 430 m.a.s.l. - we will have a beautiful view of both Escondido and Fagnano Lakes. After a short rest in the viewpoint of Lago Escondido we will continue the trip passing near a sawmill to finally arrive at Lago Fagnano, the largest in the province. On the way back we will stop at a typical restaurant in a winter center to have lunch (not included).
The most complete option to enjoy the Fuegian snow! We leave from the hotel towards Tierra Mayor Valley; the adventure begins when we go on the vehicle, specially equipped with caterpillar tracks, to cross the great snowy plain. The tour goes from the valley to the forest, ending up at Refugio del Hachero, where we´ll have time to take pictures in a dream landscape. After the instructions given by our guide, we put on snowshoes and go towards Refugio Nunatak, where we´ll have lunch in a heated dome and have some free time to enjoy the sleds. After lunch, we will have the experience of huskie dogsledding and guided tour driving snow bikes. This tour could be with or without sleds. Snow bikes are for 2 persons.
This full-day excursion takes passengers for a ride, to navigate, to walk and to make discoveries in one of the roughest and most beautiful places in Beagle Channel. Once we arrive to Lasiphashaj river, and wearing rubber boots, overpants and life-jackets provided by us, the group starts a canoeing adventure down the river that leads into the sea. Once canoeing on the Beagle Channel, we set course to the ranch. Along the way we may encounter wildlife: lots of different sea birds. Also, it is not unusual to find sea lions sunbathing in little islands in our way to Harberton port. After 2 hours on the rafts and a short stop on mainland, we leave on a motor boat towards Martillo Island, where we will have the chance to see penguins in their breeding lair. Then the motor boat take us to our main atraccion at Gable Island, where we have some snacks, good wine and a delicious meal. After a nice cup of cofee were go for a hike to know more of this gorgeous island, crossing over beaver damms and through the forest to reach the Beagle Channel shore where we will take the boat to start our return to Ushuaia. 8:00/8:30 Pick up from the hotel. 10:15 Arrival to the Lashifashaj river, paddling technique and safety briefing & canoe prompting. 12:15 End of canoeing. Arrival to Harberton Ranch. 12:30 Navigation bound towards the penguin rookery at Martillo Island and Gable Island. 12:50 Penguin watching. 13:10 departure to Gable Island. 13:30 Arrival an disembark on Gable Island. 13:45 Lunch. 15:00 Hike around the Island. 17:00 Sailing back to Harberton Ranch and ride back to Ushuaia. 18:30 Arrival to Ushuaia.
This active tour takes visitors for a ride, to navigate, to walk and to make discoveries in one of the roughest and most beautiful places in the Beagle Channel. From the hotel, we leave Ushuaia Eastbound along National Route No. 3 and Route "J". Once at Harberton Ranch we propose to visit the Marine Mammal Museum "Acatushún", and the surroundings of one of the first white men settlements in Tierra del Fuego. On board a motorboat we will leave towards Martillo Island. From the boat, we'll have the chance to see penguins in their breeding lair. Navigation on the motorboat continues up to the main attraction of the day: the enormous Gable Island, where lunch with a good Patagonian wine, soft drink and mineral water await. After coffee, were go for a hike to know more of this gorgeous island, crossing over beaver damms and through the forest to reach the Beagle Channel shore where we'll take the boat to reach Puerto Harberton, and to hop on the bus that will leave us back in our hotel. 8:00/8:30 Pick up from the hotel. 10:30 Arrival to Harberton Ranch. Walk around main house and Museum. 12:30 Navigation bound towards the penguin rookery at Martillo Island and Gable Island. 12:50 Penguin watching 13:10 Departure towards Gable Island. 13:30 Arrival and disembark on Gable Island. 13:45 Lunch 15:00 Hike around the Island. 17:00 Sailing back to Harberton Ranch on a motor boat and ride back to Ushuaia. 18:30 Arrival to Ushuaia.
Adventure, emotion and the best sights of one of the most beautiful places in Tierra del Fuego awaits North of Ushuaia. The Great 4x4 Adventure is the best way to know Fagnano Lake, the fifth in size in Argentina, while travelling challenging off road circuits with specially designed vehicles prepared to overcome almost any obstacle which might crop up while exploring alluring forests and the coast of the lake. Leaving Ushuaia and heading towards the Garibaldi Pass across the Andes, enjoy a great lookout of the Escondido Lake, a small marvel hidden at the end of a valley. Here starts a tour running old unused roads, passing by Fagnano and Escondido Lakes. On board powerful 4x4 vehicles, the guides drive the passengers to discover the forest by impossible mud roads, roads that become paths ending at the Lake coast. The landscape opens during the longest and more intense 4x4 tour in Tierra del Fuego. The skills of both vehicles and drivers can overcome all types of difficulties to get to an exclusive refuge in the centre of a natural environment, far away from the noise of modern life. Once in the forest close to Fagnano Lake there are free time to walk and explore while the guide prepares a typical Argentine barbecue, to be enjoyed with a Malbec wine from Patagonia to be shared with the group in a relaxed environment. Itinerary: 8:30/90 am Pick-Up from the hotel. 10:30 am Garibaldi Pass across the Andes. 11 am Escondido Lake. 11:30 am Off-Roading 12:30 pm Snack 1 pm More Off-Roading. 2 pm Fagnano Lake. Arrival to the refuge. Lunch 4 pm Return to Ushuaia. 6 pm Arrival. Meals: Choripan (grilled Argentine sausage sandwich, Argentine prime beefsteaks & salad, dessert. Drinks Included: Red Wine, soft-drinks, bottled water. Vegetarian menu available, please tell us in advance. Vehicle: Toyota SW4 (6 passengers + 1 guide per vehicle)
Departure from Touristic Pier sailing through the wide Ushuaia Bay until reaching the Beagle Channel, through Paso Chico. There we sail around both Birds and Seals islands (they belong to Bridges archipelago). Arriving at the Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse we can appreciate imperial and rocky cormorant’s colonies. We continue sailing towards the East enjoying wonderful landscapes of the channel and mountains; at this point we will see Puerto Almanza on the Argentinean coast and Puerto Williams on the Chilean coast. Then we will arrive at Isla Martillo where we will observe a colony of Magellanic penguins. We continue sailing to Estancia Harberton where we disembark to visit the ranch and the Acatushún Austral Marine Mammal and Bird Museum (not included). The return to the Touristic Pier in Ushuaia is a ground transfer by Complementary Route J and Route 3; a stop at the lookout point of Garibaldi Pass will allow us to observe and photograph the lakes of the area: Escondido and Fagnano. Important: navigation from the Touristic Pier located in Ushuaia to the Estancia; ground transfer to return to the same pier.
After a brief safety talk, we take off from the old Ushuaia airport, to West direction to appreciate Beagle Channel and Mount Susana. Then we turn to the right heading East to enjoy a wonderful view of Ushuaia, the Andes mountain range, the Martial Glacier, the Cinco Hermanos mountains and the emblematic Mount Olivia. We will fly over the downtown area with its characteristic buildings such as the Presidio, the Government House and the local port. Returning to the heliport.
After a brief safety talk at the office located in the old Ushuaia airport, we will take off to the North flying over the Ushuaia Bay, the port and the city to enter the Olivia River Valley, appreciating the majestic Mount Olivia and Mount Cinco Hermanos. We will begin to see the magnificent Carbajal Valley, with its surprising composition of peat, accessing a second mountain range that houses the beautiful Laguna Esmeralda. We will turn south, crossing again the Andes Range and heading towards the Beagle Channel, to fly over the old Estancia Remolino: there we will be able to appreciate its abandoned building and facilities, and the Sarmiento Ship stranded in that bay since 1912. On our return, we will follow the coast of the Beagle Channel to observe the Estancia Túnel and the Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse. Just before reaching our destination, we will make a landing on the top of a mountain in the Andes where we can descend to appreciate the magical environment and enjoy a unique moment, accompanied by a champagne toast. Finally, we return to the heliport.
We leave from the hotel towards Tierra Mayor Valley. Our Musher instructor will welcome us and give us an introductory chat about the dogsledding world, while we visit the kennels. Then we´ll receive the instructions about sled assembly and driving techniques. We´ll put the harnesses on the dogs, we hitch them to the sled and off we go! This intense adventure is great fun! As we go, our sled caravan heads into the snowy valley until we arrive at Refugio del Hachero, where we´ll recover energy with some hot beverages. After a short rest, mushers and dogs continue the journey through forests, frozen rivers and experiencing the magic white silence. Maximum 8 pax and 4 sleds. Passengers must be in good health, must like dogs and have a team spirit. Dogsledding is comparable to cross country skiing, so reasonable fitness is required.
North from to city of Ushuaia, 100 km long Lake Fagnano divides the island in two. On our way there, we take you first to know Lake Escondido, to experience it, and to row in its waters during this tour that joins adventure, physical activity and fun. After crossing the Andes Range, and some big glacial valleys and peat bogs, at Garibaldi Pass, we’ll get the first view of Lake Escondido. We’ll drive by the coast of this lake to later go on its waters in very safe and stable canoes. As soon as we finish the canoeing activity, we will get into the forest. Through impossible paths, we’ll defy mud, water, fallen trees, and pot-holes… Our guides are experts in off-road driving, and they’ll take us on a roller-coaster like ride through the forest until we reach the endless shore of Lake Fagnano, one of the most pristine areas in Tierra del Fuego, where we will find shelter in our refuge. The guide’s company and the meal we serve will certainly be remembered as one of the highest points as surely will be the Malbec, the argentine wine that is already famous worldwide. The after-lunch conversation will be the prelude to our return to the city. North from Ushuaia, excitement, beauty, unexpected views, physical adventure and discovery are waiting for you. Itinerary: This schedule is for illustration purposes. The definitive timetable and tour plan are due to be agreed with the passenger(s). - 8:30/9:00 pick up from the hotel. - 10:30 Garibaldi Pass. Crossing over the Andes. - 11:00 Canoeing on Lake Escondido. - 12:15 Off-Road - 13:15 Arrival to Canal's refuge. - 13:45 Lunch. - 16:00 Return to Ushuaia. - 17:30 Arrival to Ushuaia Meals: choripan (Argentine sausage sandwich), Argentine prime beefsteaks & salad, dessert. Drinks included: Red wine, soft-drinks, bottled water. Vegetarian menu available, please tell us in advance.
Departing from Touristic Pier with east direction, we will sail towards Isla de los Pájaros (Birds Island) and Isla de los Lobos (Seals Island). We will sail near Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse passing in front of the city of Puerto Williams (Chile) to then enter the Mackinlay Pass in direction of Isla Martillo. There we will stop to enjoy a wonderful view of the Magellanic Penguin colony. We will begin the return to the city of Ushuaia following the south coast of Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego. On the way back we will pass the Estancia Remolino where we will observe the hull of the passenger and cargo ship Monte Sarmiento, shipwrecked there at the beginning of the 20th century. SUBJECT TO THE PRESENCE OF PENGUINS IN THE AREA
Every land has its own secrets but not everyone is chosen to know them: a lighthouse in a lonely cape, a mysterious sunken ship for 40 years and a distinguished antique “estancia” are some of the icons that reveal the unknown stories of Tierra del Fuego. Very early in the morning departure from Ushuaia following National Route 3 and crossing The Andes through the Garibaldi Pass. We stop by the little town of Tolhuin, heart of the island, to visit La Unión Bakery. This is a traditional meeting point for both, locals and visitors, and it is part of the charm of this village. By midday we come to the Provincial Route “A”, where we took a gravel road heading toward the Atlantic Ocean and the San Pablo Cape. At this point, we hiked up to an isolated mountain with an abandoned lighthouse at the end. Climbing to the top of this beacon we will appreciate “Desdemona”, an abandoned ship for almost 40 years ago which invites us to sail through time. It happened on a cold winter morning in1983 when this enormous craft ran aground on the shores of the Argentine Sea. After exploring this mysterious giant, we visit Estancia Rolito. This lovely ranch, that keeps the spirit of a family business based on sheep farming tradition, is the first ranch to open its gates to rural tourism.
We leave from the hotel towards Tierra Mayor Valley. The guide will explain the order of the activities and we´ll start the journey crossing the valley in the middle of the winter´s night, a torchlight trail will lead us through the forest to the hut, where the cook waits for us with brochettes and stew, hot wine, a selection of wines and the specialty “loggers‘coffee”. Dinner is enlivened with some guitar playing. The return journey is with husky dogsledding and snow bike.
This excursion proposes to visit the only National Park located in Tierra del Fuego Island, which is located 12 km west of Ushuaia city near the border with Chile. Within the National Park you can see the local flora composed of lenga, cherry, ñires and different species of shrubs and flowers that reach a great height and that become truly beautiful during winter. Fauna is represented by both native and foreign species, such as the red fox, beaver, rabbit and different species of birds. The Park hosts wonderful landscapes such as Ensenada Bay, Roca Lake and Lapataia Bay, which will also be visited along the way, including a short walk along the lakeshore -where we will observe beavers- until reaching Lapataia Bay, located at the end of the National Route Nº 3 (Pan-American Route) 3063 Km away from Buenos Aires city. Finally, here you will feel the "End of the World"...
This complete journey proposes a walk and a relaxed, easy activity in inflatable canoes, in an area where sea, rivers, mountains and forests create a unique place in Argentina. With specialized guides visitors can learn a lot about this unique paradise in the world in just one day. Once we took the Coastal Path (15 km from Ushuaia City) we will get carried away by the this place while exploring on foot, in touch with Nature, 7,5 km of medium-difficulty hike. This walk invites us to discover a real paradise, where the mountains can be reached from the shore of the sea, and the fresh water of rivers and lakes coexists with the marine coast. Near Lake Acigami (former Lake Roca) we will have lunch in our comfortable structural tents to be protected from the weather. After a short break -and after fitting the rubber boots, overpants and lifejackets- we will paddle easily in an inflatable canoe (duckie type, very safe and stable ) from Acigami Lake, down the very slowly flowing Lapataia and Ovando Rivers. Our journey begins in fresh water until we reach the sea, in Lapataia Bay. For about an hour, we will see the flora and fauna of inaccessible places, approaching the point of view enjoyed by the Yámana several centuries ago. We will finally return Ushuaia by bus. TIMING: 8:30 Departure from hotel (*) 9:15 Arrival to the National Park 9:30 Trekking along the Coastal path (**) Difficulty: medium. Distance 7.5 km. Slope: 170 meters 13:00 Arrival to Lago Acigami (former Roca) and lunch 14:00 Paddling technique briefing and canoeing activity. Dificulty level: Low 15:15 Lapataia Bay 16:00 Return to Ushuaia 17:30 Arrival in Ushuaia (*) (*) Approximate times. The timing and the order of the tour activities might change if necessary. Between October and May the hours vary according to the duration of the days. (**) If the Coastal path were not open to the public, the guide will propose an alternative walk, of approximate duration.
This half-day tour is an invitation to enjoy winter in the Tierra del Fuego Glacier Valleys, forests and snow-covered mountains in a direct and pleasant contact with Nature. It has been designed for visitors not used to activities in slow temperature places. We intend to let you discover and admire beauty in a panoramic and quiet place, very close to Ushuaia. Early departure from hotels and short 20 Km drive to the Natural Reserve in Tierra Mayor Valley, alongside the Alvear Mount, where winter snow creates alluring sights. This hike of moderate duration and difficulty will allow visitors to get in close contact with an absolutely unbelievable landscape in a short period of time enjoying the sights and the deep silence of the place. Itinerary is adapted to the weather conditions of the day and the physical characteristics of the group: it will be enough to dress adequately for this type of weather and not to have mobility problems. Itinerary: 09:00/09:20 AM Hotel pick up 09:50 AM Path start 10:00 AM Refuge. Trekking equipment 10:15 AM Trekking start 11:30 PM Valley viewpoint 12:15 PM Refuge. Snacks and hot beverages 13:15 PM Returnig to vehicle 02:00 PM Ushuaia **All descriptions and itineraries are for illustration purposes: the timing of the activities and their order may vary, and this applies also to the attractions, as the actual development of the tour depends on the guide’s decisions based on the group’s specific conformation and the evaluation of the conditions for the tour.
We leave from the hotel towards Tierra Mayor Valley. In this great snowy valley, we start the huskie dogsledding expedition; after crossing the valley, we get into the ancient beech forest following an old lumberjack trail until we reach the Refugio del Hachero (small log hut heated by wood). We say goodbye to the Huskies and our guide will help us to put on the snowshoes (without them we wouldn´t be able to walk, since the snow is about one meter deep). Our aim is to reach Alvear Ice waterfall and the lookout over the valley. The way down to the hut is fast and great fun, and once upon arrival we´ll recover energy with a delicious hot chocolate. From the hut, we return to Tierra Mayor Valley walking with snowshoes.
We leave the city through National Road No 3 until we reach the starting point where we get ready to continue on foot. We will walk around 2 hours from the leaving point until we reach the lagoon, going throu the sub antarctic woods, the peat valleys covered with snow, frozen rivers with beavers dams. Once we get to the lagoon, covered with snow, we will discover that its surroundings make the place a specially charming one. There we will stop to regain strength with a lunch box and a hot drink, before starting our way back along the lane which led us there. TIMING 09.00: Depart from the city of Ushuaia 09.30: Beginning of the hike 12.00: Arrival at the Lagoon. Lunch 12.30: Start of the return 14.30: Return to the city of Ushuaia 15.00: Arrival in the city • Distance 9 km | Positive unevenness 300 mts.