Day 15, we enjoyed a chilled and lazy morning in El Calafate, I don’t remember much of what we did that morning. Probably nothing.
There are 3 flights operating between El Calafate to Ushuaia, our flight departed at 1.20pm. The airports of both cities are very close to each respective place with quite affordable taxi fares. The flight travel time is just a little more than 1 hour.
When we approached Ushuaia, you can see quite clearly where the Andes mountains starts through the airplane window. Ushuaia is the capital of Tierra del Fuego. The city government proclaims itself as the southernmost city in the world. Ushuaia is located in a wide bay on the southern coast of Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego, bounded on the north by the Martial mountain range, and on the south by the Beagle Channel and it was founded 12 October 1884 by Augusto Lasserre. Besides being an administrative centre, it’s a light industrial port and tourist hub.
In Ushuaia, apart from the taxi fare which was inexpensive, everything else costs an average of 20% more than what you would pay in Europe. My price comparison is based on coffee and croissants in an average quality cafe.
We lodged in Hostel Yakush, a very nice hostel centrally located. You can walk to anywhere from this starting point. The staff of the hostel recommended a few excursions to do while we were in Ushuaia. There are 4 major activities in Ushuaia which sounded really fun. We booked 2 activities which best fitted most to our time-table: the first excursion is Lago 4 x 4, it’s just a jeep ride into the woods and around a lake which sounded suitably adventurous; the other excursion is a train ride into Tierra del Fuego National Park.
Oh, the staff in the hostel also warned us about the working hours in Ushuaia which was very useful – most services are closed between 12pm – 4pm.
Not so surprising then again that it was pouring down with rain when we just arrived a new city. We sat in the kitchen of the hostel for a while until the rain became a little lighter. We took a walk to the harbour front and for a few pictures of the famous sign “El Fin del mundo”.