Drake’s Free Ushuaia Walking Tour
Ushuaia only Free Walking Tour
Local Guides Show Off Their Town
Includes Coffee, Mate, & Argentinian Pastry
Tour Ushuaia’s Urban Center on Foot and Explore Its Unique History and Modern Life
Join our local guides for a free walking tour of downtown Ushuaia and its pioneer past. A small town on an isolated island at the southern tip of Argentina, Ushuaia was founded as a penal colony in the late 19th century. This was the location where murderers and political rivals were banished to the cold south. Discover the architectural remnants of this not-so-distant past. While we walk, we’ll look out over the dazzling Ushuaia Bay and up to the Andes mountains surrounding the city. Along the way, refuel with a coffee and a fractura (a traditional Argentinian pastry) on us! Extend your Ushuaia city experience by adding on Drake’s 2-Hour City Tour(opens in a new tab) that starts immediately after the walking tour.
Enjoy a guided walking tour around the southernmost city in the world.
Learn interesting facts about Argentina and how Ushuaia’s history relates to its modern life.
Walk from natural viewpoints to significant locations in this port city.
Relax and recharge with a coffee and pastry at a historic coffee shop.
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Suggested $10 donation that goes to charity.
09:00 & 14:00
“Ushuaia” Sign – Look for our Drake flag
Daily, mid-October through late-March
1 to 1.5 hours
Min 2, max 10
Easy walking around an urban area
- Local guide and interpretation
- Coffee & factura (pastry) at the Drake office
Entrance fees to any optional attractions
What to bring
- Comfortable shoes
- Water bottle
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About the weather
The weather in Ushuaia can change by the minute! Please be ready for all types of weather and note that our itinerary may change due to the conditions.
We’ll meet at the iconic USHUAIA letters sign in front of the striking Ushuaia Bay. It is a great photo opportunity. During our walk through the city, we will see the house of the first Argentinan who arrived in Ushuaia, in 1873. We can find Iglesia Nuestra Señora de la Merced a Catholic church founded byDon Bosco and constructed in the 1940s by Salesian missionaries. A few meters away, we’ll observe Ushuaia’s oldest Catholic church, constructed in 1898.
As we walk you cannot miss, the Saint Christopher, a beached ship that pays homage to the many shipwrecks that this port, famous to explorers, has known. We will pop into a restored general store, which is now a restaurant. It is near the Obelisk where the Argentinian flag was first raised at the founding of Ushuaia, in 1884. We will pass by the First Governor’s House. This modern-day museum was once the seat of the first governor of the territory, a post office, and a national bank.
We will visit a former pioneer family home is now an upscale restaurant and coffee house as well as the former penitentiary of Ushuaia, now a creepy museum. The city was founded around this prison on a faraway island. It was the last home for many murderers and also political rivals of the State. The tour will include a complimentary coffee and a factura, a typical Argentine pastry and a taste of a local mate as we rest after a nice walk through the city. Note that entrance fees are not included to any sites in this tour we are happy to direct you back to any of local attractions on the conclusion of the walking tour.
Want More Ushuaia History & Culture?
Extend your Ushuaia city experience by adding on Drake’s 2-Hour City Tour(opens in a new tab) that starts immediately after the Free Walking Tour.