Ushuaia

Ushuaia

Photo by Jerzy Strzelecki (wikipedia commons)

Motorhoming in Ushuaia

Photo by Remi Jouan (wikimedia commons)View over the Beagle Channel Photo by Remi Jouan (wikimedia commons)

You’re almost at the end of the world when you come to Ushuaia, well the most southerly point before you get to Antarctica anyway.  Ushuaia is the most southerly city in the world, and from here the only way you’re going further south is to get on an icebreaker, which can be arranged.

Services for Motorhome Rental vehicles.

Incredible though it may seem there is a campsite in Ushuaia, and it’s open all year round.  La Pista del Andino has all the facilities you’ll ever need on your motorhome rental or campervan hire holiday in Argentina.  It has a mountain view tearoom, a shop with all the basics and bike hire available, showers with hot water, picnic tables, a campers dining room and kitchen and even electricity points.  Considering where you are and how many places you’ve travelled though to get here that haven’t got anywhere near the facilities this place has got, its quite incredible.  

Top things to see and do

Take a tour to the penguin rookery.  There are lots of companies that offer penguin tours, but only one of them has the rights to land and walk around on the island, so make sure you check you’ve got the right one (the name starts with a P).  You go on a short boat ride whilst the guide tells you about the island and the penguins, then you get to disembark and spend an hour there.  You can walk amongst them, but should never be closer than 3 meters, but try telling that to the penguins!  

Take a trip out into the Beagle Channel.  From here you can appreciate a different view of Ushuaia with its background of white-capped peaks, trips visit the very harsh but beautiful Tierra Del Fuego region, you can even visit the home of sea lions should you wish.

If you want to learn more about the history of the area visit the Maritime, Penal, and Antarctica Museum on the eastern edge of the city.  The prison houses four pavilions, dedicated to the main areas of interest, Ushuaia’s maritime history and vessels, its jail and military prison, and a small Antarctic exhibit.  There is also a post office, good for sending that unusual postcard, an art gallery, and a gift shop.  This is the best museum for English speakers as everything is labelled in both Spanish and English, there are also guided tours in English.

Take the marked trail from the town centre up the Martial Glacier.  The gruelling trial is well worth the effort when you reach the top; you cannot even begin to imagine the views out towards the most southerly tip of the world.

Ushuaia is as far as you can go in a motorhome rental or campervan hire vehicle, now you’ve arrived here and seen al there is to see, your next challenge is to go right to the most northerly point.

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