The capital of Tierra del Fuego, Ushuaia, is (almost) the southest city in the world, surronded by the Martial mountain range. It is COLD here, but there are so many amazing landscapes to see.
We took a 4 hour flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia. After spending a while in the tropical weather of Brazil, and the humidity of Buenos Aires, it was really refreshing to arrive in such a cold place!
We stayed 5 nights at Antarctica Hostel. This hostel was just wonderful. There’s a huge kitchen, well equipped and also contains nice area of free food that you can use for cooking (like pasta, rice, many spices sauces and more). Conveniently, the hostel is located in the center, and the supermarket is at the corner of the street. The beds are comfortable, the breakfast is very nice, and stuff are very friendly. In Antarctica hostel they are so awesome, that they’ll get you a doctor for free if you need! We were lucky, cause Oded was really suffering from back pain after sleeping in the horible beds in Buenos Aires. They called a doctor that came to the hostel and checked out Oded. The only downside for me in this hostel is that the toilets are a bit far from the dorms, so I needed to get down one floor and walk for a while towards the toilet in the middle of the night, every night…
Our rating for Antarctica Hostel is 9 out of 10.
First morning we visited Tierra del Fuego National Park. We booked a roundtrip bus through the hostel. The bus and the entrance fee to the park were quite expensive, but I think it was worth it. At the park you get a map and you can choose in which trail you want to walk.
We chose the coast trail (number 2) that was scenic. It took us 4 hours of an easy walk. When we finished the trail we still had time so we did another small trail of 2 hours. We walked in the relaxing forest almost alone and enjoyed the beautiful views of the mountains and the sea. We saw a big fox walking around the parking area and I was a bit afraid…
Our rating for Tierra del Fuego National Park is 7 out of 10.
In the hostel we met a cool Argentinian guy and we spent much of our time together. We went to Martial Glacier, which was a nice warm up and a good day hike. It was beautiful, but not the most amazing in Ushuaia.
Our hostel had such a nice athmosphere that it was easy to make many new friends. We all cooked dinner together and had lots of fun. Actually, exept for eating 1 cake in a coffee shop, we cooked during our whole stay in Ushuaia. It was so much cheaper, easy and fun.
On our third morning in Ushuaia we decided to do the non-famous trail to Laguna Esmeralda. We went at noon to the bus station, and since we couldn’t find any buses to the laguna, we went with a mini van that offered to take us there and back for the same price as the bus.
At that day it was raining in Ushuaia, but it didn’d stop us from going. We did the 2 and a half hour trail while beeing almost completly wet from the rain and full of mud even higher than the shoes. Luckily the forest protected us a little bit from the rain.
When we finally arrived to the Laguna we were amazed. The rain had stopped suddenly (yeaaaay!) and as we kept going, the beautiful clear blue lagoon was exposed.
All the people we met at the hostel never heard of this trail so we went alone. In fact, exept for some other Israelis and a Bolivian couple, we didn’t see anyone in the trail. The trail goes through a beautiful green forest with some stunning landscape of mountains.
The trail to Laguna Esmeralda is completly under-rated, it is even more beautiful than the famous Tierra del Fuega park, in our opinion. If you go on a rainy day, just bring good waterproof hiking shoes and a rain jacket and you’ll be fine and enjoy it a lot. An amazing day trip in Ushuaia.
Our rating to Laguna Esmeralda is 9 out of 10.
Ushuaia was really a fun place to stay, meet new friends and do amazing day- treks, despite the cold weather. If you plan on doing trekking in Patagonia, it’s a great place to warm up your muscles and enjoy the not-too-hard trails. Hopefully, some day our budget will allow us to come back here and take one of the amazing cruises to Antarctica that leaves from Ushuaia.