Ushuaia, Argentina is affectionately monikered the “End of the World” for its geographic location at the very southern tip of South America. It’s a town on a hill, so you’re guaranteed some of the best views in Argentina just by arriving on a cruise to Ushuaia. The sheer variety of things to do in Ushuaia from a cruise is amazing, from shore excursions in nature to true relaxation in this quaint resort town.
Learn about the natural history of Argentina and the history of Ushuaia as a town at the Museo del Fin del Mundo, or the Museo Marítimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia, which has fascinating exhibits dedicated to the history of the area and specifically prisons in Argentina.
On Ushuaia shore excursions, go off the beaten path on remote fishing adventures, where you can learn fishing techniques from a seasoned local. At Tierra del Fuego National Park you can hike an “end of the world” trail, where you’ll hop on a replica of a train that once transported prisoners. Hiking in Tierra del Fuego is popular for South America cruise passengers, too, and fitting for a variety of fitness and skill levels. You can even sign up for a canoeing tour of the park for a more relaxed journey through the water, which is runoff from the area’s glaciers.
Foodies shouldn’t miss a culinary tour of Ushuaia, which includes sumptuous Argentinian wines and expertly cooked cuts of meat no matter where you go. Seafood like mussels and trout are renowned in the area for their natural flavors, and Ushuaia shore excursions are a great way to experience authentic Argentinian cuisine. After all, wine and dessert are no-brainers at the end of the world. Be sure to pick up a bottle from a gourmet wine shop before you board your ship to your next cruise destination.