Drake’s Full Ushuaia City Tour
Small-Group Tour Patagonia
Local Guides Show Off Their Town
Includes Coffee, a Pastry, & Lunch
Tour Ushuaia’s Urban Center on Foot and Surrounding Natural Landmarks
We start with a walking tour that hits all the most important historical sites in downtown Ushuaia. Then, hop in our comfortable tour van to take in some lesser-known destinations. Marvel at impressive views of the Bay of Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel from various viewpoints and see the city of Ushuaia from above. We’ll pass an industrial area, the original military housing that lodged Ushuaia’s first inhabitants, and the airport. Our tour ends with a visit to the base of the Martial Glacier and a lunch of Argentina’s traditional food.
Enjoy a unique city tour experience that offers heritage information about Ushuaia’s less-visited sites.
Learn interesting facts about Argentina and how Ushuaia’s history relates to modern life in the city.
Walk from beautiful natural viewpoints to historic locations in this port city.
Relax and recharge with a coffee at a historic coffee shop and enjoy traditional Argentine dishes for lunch.
A flexible timeline allows us to meet the needs and interests of your group.
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US$60 per person
Your hotel or accommodation
Daily, mid-October through late-March
4 to 5 hours
Min 2, max 10
- Hotel pickup
- Local guide & interpretation
- Walking tour
- Coffee & factura (pastry)
- Traditional lunch
- Penitentiary Museum entrance fee (approx $20 USD)
- Alcoholic beverages
What to bring
- Comfortable shoes
- Water bottle
Local guide & driver
If you have special dietary requirements, please contact us prior to your tour so that arrangements can be made. All meals may be made vegetarian and we are almost always able to accommodate vegan and gluten-free visitors.
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 pick you up from your hotel and set off to tour Ushuaia’s pioneer past. Our excursion in downtown will include a Catholic church, Don Bosco Church. This important religious site was constructed in the 1940s by Salesian missionaries. A few meters away, we’ll observe Ushuaia’s oldest Catholic church, constructed in 1898.
As we continue to 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. Continuing with our look at the old town of Ushuaia, we will pass the Obelisk where the Argentinian flag was first raised at the founding of Ushuaia, in 1884. Enjoying another beautiful view of Ushuaia Bay, we will arrive at 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.
As we move back into the city we will finish our walk, and recharge and refuel with a cup of coffee and a factura, a traditional Argentinian pastry or take them to-go depending on the weather.
Next, we’ll hop in our comfortable tour van and head southeast along the coast of the Beagle Channel. Enjoy views of the pristine channel as we drive to the Beacon Viewpoint. Here we can see the entire city of Ushuaia in one picture. We’ll spend some time enjoying the Beagle Channel and sweeping views of the port city and surrounding nature. Next, it’s on to Playa Larga Nature Reserve, where we’ll take a peaceful walk in the surrounding forest. Stunning wind-shaped trees and Patagonia mountain views will surround us as we walk.
Heading back to the city along the coast, we’ll pass the primary industrial area and discuss its economic importance to the Province of Tierra del Fuego. Arriving back in town, we’ll stop at the iconic USHUAIA letters sign in front of beautiful Bay. It’s another great photo opportunity. From there we can see military housing built to lodge the first families who arrived in Ushuaia, coming south from warmer parts. The old airport also has its own unique history and an infamously dangerous landing strip.
Wrapping up our site seeing, we will head up a winding, forest road to the base of the Martial Glacier. This is a permanent, shadow cone glacier that sits above the city. We will stop for a short walk to the Las Hayas Lookout and pop into the local Tea House store. Up above the city, one may quickly find themselves alone with nature or with the sense that they are the guardian of the city below.
Our tour ends with traditional Argentine dishes for lunch at a local restaurant. Enjoy the best that this wild region has to offer! After the tour, we’ll transport you wherever you would like to go in the city. You may want to walk around town by yourself, take a transfer back to your hotel, or we recommend spending the rest of the day at the Ex-Penitentiary Museum.
The Ex-Penitentiary Museum
This creepy building holds the key to Ushuaia’s founding and an important part of its past. The museum’s storyteller style presents visitors with the memories and artifacts of this mysterious past. We recommend you spend a few hours inside after you say goodbye to your tour leader.