Ushuaia is quickly becoming one of the best places to visit in Chile. Ushuaia, founded on October 12, 1884, is home to one of the first encounters between the Yamana and Anglican cultures. Its name comes from the Yamana word that means “Penetrating Bay.” Located on the Argentine side of Tierra del Fuego, Ushuaia is on the shore side of the Beagle Channel.
This city is easy to get to as Aerolíneas Argentinas provides eight daily flights that stop in Calafate. Some tourist attractions include Museo del Fin del Mundo, Tierra del Fuego National Park and Glaciar Martial. As for shopping attractions, make sure to check out Paseo de Artesanos and La Última Bita Store, just to name a few.
How to get to Ushuaia
- Buenos Aires –Ushuaia On Aerolíneas Argentinas with eight daily flights and stop in Calafate. Also on LAN Argentina with one daily flight (4:30 pm) Tuesday to Sunday.
- Punta Arenas – Calafate By air on private charters organized privately for small groups in the high season. The option most used is overland by busses that depart from Punta Arenas and Puerto Natales (Bus-Sur and Buses Pacheco).
- Punta Arenas – Puerto Natales On Sky Airline in the summer season only. Flight times are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:30 pm and Saturday at 12:30 pm.
Tourist attractions in Ushuaia
- Museo del Fin del Mundo- (End of the World Museum) Located in the city, with daily guided visits.
- Tierra del Fuego National Park The southernmost Andean-Patagonian Forest covering an area of 63,000 hectares.
- Glaciar Martial High mountain chain with panoramic view of the Beagle Channel, 7 km from the city.
Flora and fauna in Ushuaia
- The flora of Ushuaia consist in plant species such as lenga (southern beech), guindo (Magellan’s beech), ñirre (Antarctic beech), calafate (Magellan barberry), michay (barberry), mata negra, chaura, Magellanic strawberries, campanilla biflora, and drosera (sundews). The fauna include red foxes, rabbits, beavers, southern sea lions, chinstrap penguins, southern fulmars, imperial cormorants, ashy-headed geese, among others.
- The climate in Ushuaia is unstable in any season of the year as it tends to change from one day to the next and may change even during the same day. In the summer the average temperature during the month of January is 9.6º C (49°F) and on the day with the most hours of light it may reach up to 18º C (65°F).
Where to shop in Ushuaia
- Paseo de Artesanos Ushuaia’s only crafts fair. Av. Maipú and 25 de Mayo.
- La Última Bita Store with typical products from the city. Av. San Martín 237.
- Lirios de la Patagonia Homemade chocolates and alfajores. Av. San Martín 788.
Puerto Natales, the provincial capital of Ultima Esperanza, is located in the Chilean Patagonia at sea level on the shore of the Señoret Channel. Planning on flying into Puerto Natales to begin your Patagonia vacation is fairly easy as there are nearby airports. The city offers many different tourists attractions that will keep you busy. A popular spot to visit is the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, with South America’s largest glacier, the Pio XI or Ana María Glacier.
History of Puerto Natales
The origin of the name Puerto Natales is the Latin word “natalis” which means bird. It was founded in 1911, inhabited by European immigrants and by Chileans from the Island of Chiloé, who developed the same industry as the German and British colonizers of Patagonia: sheep raising, making the region one of the principal exporters in the world in the 1970s. Puerto Natales is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in Chile. Don’t hesitate to book your Patagonia vacation with us today.
How to get to Puerto Natales
- By sea to Puerto Natales The Navimag ferries run from Puerto Montt to Puerto Natales, on a trip with lovely Patagonian scenery.
- By air to Puerto Natales Puerto Natales has an airport, so you can consult flight schedules from Santiago de Chile, Puerto Montt, or Punta Arenas.
- Overland to Puerto Natales By car you can drive from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales on Route 9 North on a 247 km trip. Another alternative is to go across the border from Argentina. By Bus, you can go from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales on four regular lines. From Santiago or other places in Chile, you must first reach Punta Arenas and make your connection there.
Tourist attractions in Puerto Natales
- In Puerto Natales you can find a series of tourist attractions in the city and its surroundings. You can walk around the city and see the colorful houses that adorn the scenery. There are stores with typical articles from the zone, a museum of the city’s history, and Chile’s southernmost casino. From Puerto Natales you can visit the Milodon Cave, where remains of this prehistoric animal were found or navigate the Patagonian channels towards the glaciers located in the Bernardo O´Higgins National Park. You can also visit the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, with South America’s largest glacier, the Pio XI or Ana María Glacier.
- Pueblito Artesanal Ether Aike This Crafts Village was inaugurated on May 20, 2002, and is located on Phillipi street with Angamos. Locally made crafts are exhibited here.
- Museo Salesiano Alberto de Agostini This museum is found on the street Padre Rossa Nº 1456 and belongs to the Salesiano school of Puerto Natales. An interesting exhibit of Patagonian flora and fauna is exhibited here.
- Avenida de los Cuatro Pueblos On the sides of this unique avenue, figures have been designed recalling Patagonia’s native peoples : Tehuelches (Aonikenk), Onas (Selk nam), Yaganes (Yamanas), and Alacalufes (Kawaskar). From here you can see a panoramic view of the city.
Flora and fauna of Puerto Natales
- The flora of Puerto Natales includes coigue and lenga forests and other wild species such as the calafate, the coirón, the estepa, and the mata barrosa. Among its fauna you can find condors, Patagonian foxes, guanacos, ñandúes (small ostriches), pumas, and grey foxes.
Climate of Puerto Natales
- In Puerto Natales the maximum temperature reaches 20° C (68°F) in the summer and drops below freezing in winter. The thermal sensation produced by the wind often makes the environmental temperature drop 6 to 7 degrees.
Located on the shore of the Magellan Strait, Punta Arena is the capital of Region XII of Magallanes and the Chilean Antarctica. The city’s historic background has made it one of the more popular places to visit in Chile. By air, it is a four-hour trip from Santiago de Chile. If you choose to travel by land, you must take Route 5 south to Osoro before crossing the Cardenal Samoré Border pass. Tourist attractions include the historic Bulnes Fort and Los Pingüinos Natural Monument, where thousands of penguins are located. Book your Patagonia vacation with us in order to start exploring the wonderful city of Punta Arena.
How to get to Punta Arenas
- By air You can reach Punta Arenas by airplane on a four hour trip from Santiago de Chile.
- By land If you are travelling by land, you must take Route 5 South to Osorno. Then you cross over the Cardenal Samoré Border pass to the Argentine Republic, to later return to Chile through Puerto Natales.
- By sea Punta Arenas can be reached by sea from Puerto Montt through the lovely Patagonian channels.
Tourist attractions in Punta Arenas
- The Bulnes Fort Historic reconstruction of a fort where the first Chilean colonies were established who arrived in the Ancud schooner in 1843.
- Los Pingüinos Natural Monument Located on Magdalena Island, where nearly 60,000 pairs of Magellanic Penguins live.
- Pali-Aike National Park Extensive park of volcanic origin, rich in flora and fauna. It held for many years prehistoric human remains found inside its caves.
Flora and fauna of Punta Arenas
- Among the fauna found in Punta Arenas are species such as the puma, the condor, the ostrich, orcas, piche (dwarf armadillo), Magellanic penguins, caiquen (upland geese), huemul (southern Andean deer), among others. Its flora is composed of Magallanes coigue, Nirre, cypress of the guaitecas, calafate, chilco, among other plant species.
Where to sleep in Punta Arenas
- Cabo de Hornos Hotel
Plaza Muñoz Gamero 1039
Punta Arenas - Chile