Ushuaia Travel Guide
After twelve days of luxury cruising around the Antarctic Peninsula, during which we had been pampered, petted, watered with champagne and force fed with exotic treats, we were ready for a reality check. After docking in Ushuaia, therefore, we booked ourselves into a simple, spartan hostel run by a religious charity, where guests were asked to pick herbs from the kitchen garden and stir them into the vast cauldron of broth from which lunch and dinner derived.
Just kidding, of course. We went to Los Cauquenes -- the best hotel in Ushuaia, and the southernmost 5-star lodging in the world.
Ushuaia is the world’s southernmost city. It has an airport, a ski center, magnificent views in all directions, some decent seafood restaurants, a busy port, three types of beer, two terrestrial TV channels, 9,546 overpriced outdoor clothing outlets, and some attractive lodgings.
Travel writer Matt Chesterton who broke down the Buenos Aires hotel scene for us last month, is back to help us crack staying in Patagonia. As Matt told us, Patagonia lodging knowledge is actually more important than knowing BA, in some ways. For instance, in BA if you get stuck in a dodgy hotel you can check out and be checked into a new location within the hour. In Patagonia, you could be 1,000 clicks from the nearest alternative location--so pay attention. If you have a specific question about Patagonia accommodations, hit us on the tipline, or just comment below, and we will do our best to get you some sort of answer. Enjoy.
Tierra del Fuego. Land of Fire. The End of the World. (Why not 'the beginning'? Who's in charge of branding around here?) And the end of our whistle-stop tour around Patagonia's accommodation scene, which we hope you haven't hated.
So, Tierra del Fuego and its capital Ushuaia (pronounced oo-SWY-yah). What's it like, this last outpost of humanity, heavy industry and litter before you reach (and you can reach if you're prepared to shell out 10,000 dollars on an Antarctica trip) the still-pristine but probably melting southern ice continent?
(Lame digression on Al Gore: How porky is that guy these days? Is he going to personally volunteer to plug the hole in the ozone layer? Is that the 'big announcement' we're waiting for? Also, on some occasions he looks fatter than on others. Is it the natural flux of water retention, or, with his contacts in Hollywood, has he borrowed William Shatner's girdle, the one which kept Captain Kirk looking relatively trim during the latter Star Trek movies?)