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About Ushuaia

Perched on the southernmost point of Argentine Patagonia stands Ushuaia, the town at the end of the world. A stepping stone to the South Pole, Ushuaia is best suited to adventure seekers and nature lovers: whether you're exploring penguin colonies on nearby islands, hiking ancient glaciers or drinking a cool craft beer amongst Antarctic explorers fresh-off-the-boat, you will find yourself enchanted by the dramatic scenery, fascinating history and pure unspoilt air. Our collection of the best places to stay in Ushuaia offer both luxury and spectacular views.

At the port a sign reads: "end of the world, beginning of everything." The port is full of Antarctica-bound vessels and their crews, notable only by their colourful jackets, and in the quaint little bars tucked away in side streets, explorers fresh from their expeditions exchange stories to tourists and locals alike, sipping Beagle beer - a locally-produced favourite. The town itself is a maze of steep streets lined with a colourful assortment of jumbled houses, all in the shadow of the snow-crested Martial massif.

This town at the end of the world started life as a penal colony: the prison was closed in 1947 and is now a fascinating museum, dedicated to detailing the maritime history of Ushuaia, its history of colonisation and the communities that lived there prior to this, like the Yamana, who occupied much of what is now the Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego. By taking a guided tour of the park or by booking a cruise of the Beagle Channel, you can see the remnants of the Yamana communities: the archaeological ruins on Bridges Island is one such example.

Nature abounds in Ushuaia. Whether you're taking a boat trip to spot dolphins, whales and sea-lions or cruising out to Isla Martillo to stand amongst the colonies of Magellanic and Gentoo penguins, you will find yourself lost in a different world. Be sure to take some time out to hike up to the Glacier Martial or explore the Laguna Esmerelda, a blue-green lagoon. If you're there during wintertime, don't forget to try your hand at skiing at the Cerro Castor Ski Resort, a family-run resort just 16 miles north of town.

What not to miss

  • Cruise the Beagle Channel and spot sea-lions, whales and dolphins!
  • Head out to Bridges Island to explore the ruins of a Yamana settlement.
  • Immerse yourself in local history at the former prison, the Maritime Museum.
  • Take a guided tour through the Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego and walk amongst lagoons, glaciers, waterfalls and peat bogs.
  • Stroll amongst penguins at Isla Martillo!
  • Hike up the Glacier Martial.
  • Check out the Paseo de los Artesenos, a building hosting handcraft stalls and vendors selling woodwork, leather, textiles and paintings!
  • Be sure to drink a Beagle beer - a local favourite - at one of the many bars.

This is an ideal spot for an adventure holiday. To start planning your trip scour through our options of the best places to stay in Ushuaia.

The best places to stay in Ushuaia

Luxury living

  • Los Cauquenes: with an outstanding location overlooking Beagle Bay, this luxury property offers lush contemporary rooms, an indulgent spa and a sumptuous restaurant. Ideal for couples looking for intimacy and romance, the lounge has a roaring fireplace and the views are simply to-die-for.

For an apartment or villa

  • Our partner Booking.com has a wide range of villas and apartments in the nearby area.

Travel information

  • Fly to Buenos Aires and get a direct flight to Ushuaia.
  • If you want to rent a car, contact our partner Rentalcars.
  • Year round, Ushuaia is very windy and fairly cold. The best time to visit is between November and February, when the temperature ranges between 5 and 14 degrees.

Still not sure?

Best Hotels in Ushuaia

  • Hostería Patagonia Jarké Ushuaia 15 rooms from £70

    This charming hotel is located in Ushuaia, Argentina. Homely rooms are traditionally dressed and boast views of the mountains or the Beagle Channel; book interconnected rooms for a family trip. Start the day in the airy breakfast room or unwind after skiing in the cosy living room. A pretty hotel.

    Families  -  Families are well-accommodated here, with interconnected family rooms for adults and children
    Active Holiday  -  With ski storage and ski packages available at the hotel, stay here on your next ski break
    City Style  -  With a great, central location in Ushuaia, this hotel has lots of city style
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
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  • Los Yámanas Ushuaia 41 rooms from £120

    This luxury hotel overlooks the Beagle Channel in Ushuaia, Argentina. Spacious guestrooms are cosy and inviting, with comfortable beds, plush linens and views of the water; book the Captain's Suite for a maritime theme and the best vistas. Unwind in the sauna at the chic hotel spa; a charming stay.

    Local exploring  -  This hotel is in a great location for local exploring in Ushuaia, equidistant from the hotel and the town centre
    Romantic Break  -  Couples love the views of the channel from the romantic hotel rooms; book a luxury suite for added indulgence
    Country Escape  -  With a privileged location on the banks of the Beagle Channel, this hotel makes a pretty nature retreat
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Laguna del Diablo, a beautiful lagoon that sits between mountains; trek there if you are feeling intrepid
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
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  • Tierra de Leyendas Ushuaia 7 rooms from £148

    A gorgeous rustic lodge with a convivial atmosphere thanks to the obliging hosts Sebastian and Maria. Rooms are rustic harking to alpine decor with large windows inviting guests to take in the stunning landscape. The restaurant has a range of delicious local specialities.

    Hideaway  -  Perched on a hillside away from the city, this adorable lodge is the perfect place to escape the humdrum of 21st century life
    Back to Nature  -  The lodge overlooks the quaint Beagle Channel and the stunning views from all parts of the property are not to be missed
    Sights nearby  -  As well as breathtaking natural beauty, the nearby town of Ushuaia also boasts a great range of museums and sights
    Great walks  -  Discover the surrounding natural beauty including the Martial Glacier and Pipos River on great walks
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
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  • Cumbres del Martial Ushuaia 10 rooms from £161

    This charming mountain lodge is set in a forest in Ushuaia, next to the Buena Esperanza stream. Choose from a range of private cabins with cosy carpets and homely soft furnishings; book a luxury suite for split-level living space and a jacuzzi. Have tea and cake at the hotel café; an inviting hotel.

    Romantic Break  -  Couples love the hotel's discreet private cabins; book a luxury suite for a romantic jacuzzi
    Hideaway  -  Set a short drive outside of the city, this hotel makes a tranquil, rural bolt-hole
    Back to Nature  -  With a spectacular mountain setting, this hotel is a unique back-to-nature retreat
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Laguna Del Diablo, a breathtaking lagoon in the midst of the mountains
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
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  • Cilene Del Faro Ushuaia 48 rooms from £197

    This contemporary hotel sits in the heart of Ushuaia, Argentina. Choose from suites or private apartments with a living room, homely soft furnishings and self-catering facilities; book the master suite for a terrace and family dining area. Unwind at the chic on-site spa; a stylish, central hotel.

    Families  -  Offering full self-catering facilities, this hotel is great for families; book the master suite for extra living space
    Local exploring  -  Boasting a central location in Ushuaia, this hotel is the perfect base for local exploring
    City Style  -  With chic, contemporary and spacious apartments, this hotel has lots of city style
    Kayaking  -  Take a trip to Laguna Esmeralda and go kayaking on the lake; book through the hotel for great deals
    Recommended by  -  Great Small Hotels
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  • Los Cauquenes Ushuaia 54 rooms from £228

    A luxury property in an outstanding location, overlooking the Beagle Channel. Smart rooms boast sink into beds, atmospheric domed pine clad ceilings and epic views from the large windows. Dine on exquisite regional dishes and partake in any number of the many outdoor activities. Heavenly.

    Back to Nature  -  Revel in the epic secenery of Argentina’s extreme southern end.
    Kayaking  -  Sail on tandem kayaks from the Tierra del Fuego National Park towards the hotel.
    Cooking classes  -  Discover the secrets of Fuegian cuisine.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Small Luxury Hotels, Kiwi Collection, Great Small Hotels
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  • Arakur Ushuaia 117 rooms from £247

    This luxury hotel sits on a naturally occurring platform in the Cerro Alarkén nature reserve in Argentina. The contemporary rooms boast comfortable beds, crisp, white linens and panoramic views of the mountains; book a senior suite for living space. Eat at the fine dining restaurant; a unique stay.

    Local exploring  -  With direct access to the mountains and valleys of Cerro Alarkén, there is lots to explore local to the hotel
    Back to Nature  -  With a privileged location in the heart of a nature reserve, this hotel makes a unique back-to-nature retreat
    Romantic Break  -  Couples love this luxury hotel's contemporary interiors; book a suite for separate living space
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
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