In the early morning, you will make your way to the bus station to embark on a full day bus trip to Ushuaia. Take into account that you’ll be crossing borders so keep in mind our previous advice.
This is a 12 hour long trip in a semi-reclinable bus, crossing the Patagonian steppe: yellow and green grasslands, Chilean gauchos riding into the wild and grazing unworried sheeps will rolle on the square landscape of your window, till you reach the ferry crossing. It will take around 45 minutes to cross the mythical Strait of Magellan and hit the road again to cross the border and finally enter to Tierra del Fuego Island in Argentine lands.
As the end-of-the world most famous city approaches, grazing sheeps will turn into wild guanacos and horses, snow capped mountains and evergreen woods will arise at the vicinity of Ushuaia. Once you get the “Southernmost City in the World” passport stamp, you’ll realize this intrepid journey through Patagonian remote roads was absolutely worthy.
This bus trip allows you to see the landscape and the other lesser known parts of Chile, having a much more complete view of the area. However, it’s long journey (in a semi-reclinable bus, ferry crossing and dusty roads) and it can be a tiring day. For an additional cost you can choose a less adventurous option: from Torres del Paine, you can drive back to El Calafate and fly to Ushuaia.
Upon arrival in Ushuaia you will make your way to your hotel (taxis to and from the bus station should cost less than 10 dollars). Ushuaia is a small town, really easy to get around on foot. The Yamanas, its first inhabitants, called it Ushuaia which means “protected bay” in their language. Ushuaia was officially incorporated into the Republic of Argentina in 1884, and it soon became a penal colony, in order to establish a permanent Argentine settlement.
Take the afternoon to explore the town, learn of the region’s history at the Prisoner’s Museum or visit the Galleria of Fueguian History (its restaurant is also very nice!). Please, don’t forget the local gastronomy! Ushuaia is the number one place to try the best seafood in Argentina.
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