The city at the bottom of the world also perches on one of the globe's most spectacular locations — with a 360-degree panorama of glaciers, fjords, and snowcapped peaks. Although the main departure point for Antarctica cruises, Ushuaia is also perfectly poised for exploring Tierra del Fuego island and southern Patagonia.
What We Love
The Cafe Scene: From the "mini tablas" at Tante Sara to the sweet things at Isla de Chocolate to the bygone Fuegan ambience of Almacén Ramos Generales, the city boasts a rich and varied menu of cozy cafes.
Prison at the End of the World: The onetime "Alcatraz of Ushuaia" now features a maritime museum, fascinating Antarctic exploration exhibits, and haunting memories of those once imprisoned there.
Best Known For
Tierra del Fuego National Park: From primeval Magellanic forests and snowy peaks to secluded lakeshores and seacoast, the park protects a variety of Fuegan landscapes that can be explored by foot, boat, or mountain bike.
Beagle Channel: Whether you view it from the promenade along the Ushuaia waterfront or during a wildlife boat trip or helicopter flightseeing tour, the waterway made famous by Charles Darwin is mighty impressive.
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Who It's Best For
Sea Foodies: King crab, black hake, rock octopus, and fresh salmon are just a few of the underwater delicacies served at top restaurants like Reinamora, Chez Manu, and Volver.
Photographers: The city's alpine architecture, bustling waterfront, and dramatic natural setting lend themselves to those who like to view the world through a lens. Bring an extra memory card.
Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
The Weather is Highly Changeable: Summer days can vary from bright sunshine and blue sky to windy, rainy, and cold. Likewise, the temperature can rise from around freezing to 80 degrees in a matter of hours.
Don't Expect Tango, Samba, or Salsa: Unlike so much of Latin America, Ushuaia doesn't sway to the rhythm of saucy, sexy dances.
Joe Yogerst is a California-based contributor to ShermansCruise who has also written for Travel + Leisure.