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Ushuaia, Argentina

We had one day to check out Ushuaia before boarding our ship for a 10 day Expedition through Antarctica. This small town is very picturesque, quiet and friendly.

The main strip – San Martin is filled with tour companies offering trips to Antarctica or just day trips to nearby islands where you are guaranteed to see plenty of Penguins. There are also plenty of shops to buy warm thermal clothing (or hire warm ski gear) and a nice selection of restaurants and cafes to choose from.

Having spoken to a few people in our hostel, Ushuaia is also a great town to stay in and take day hiking trips (if you are into that sort of thing) and you can also book ski resorts from there as well.

If you are interested in travelling to Antarctica then you will find that tour companies in Ushuaia can give you a ´sale price´ on a 10 or 20 day Expedition but be prepared to wait around in Ushuaia for up to a week for the next ship to leave. The best price on a 10 day expedition aboard the ship we travelled on (MV Ushuaia) was $3,300 USD.

Ushuaia had a really nice vibe… we felt very safe and found the people to be very friendly and helpful.

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