Map of Ushuaia Short Break  including Argentina

A short break adventure at the end of the earth

So much more than just a launch pad for Antarctic expeditions, Ushuaia and its surrounds offer a whole lot to adventurous travellers. And the best bit? You only need a day to experience the highlights of the region. Join a local guide and journey into the wild landscapes of Tierra del Fuego National Park where you’ll hike, canoe and dine on the riverbank in a heated dome (Malbec and epic views included). You don’t have to travel to the ends of the earth for an adventure, but if you’re after awe-inspiring, untouched scenery, it’s certainly worth the trip.

Ushuaia, Argentina
Ushuaia, Argentina
Short Breaks
Physical rating
Min 5
Group size
Min 1, Max 10

Why you'll love this trip

  • Before you head off on your Antarctic expedition on board the Ocean Endeavour, take the chance to get to know Ushuaia and its surrounds – you’ll soon see it’s well worth the visit!

  • Venture into the rugged landscapes of Tierra del Fuego National Park on a guided day tour, trekking along a scenic coastal path and canoeing along the Lapataia and Ovando rivers.

  • Enjoy a lunch to remember in a heated dome tent on the banks of the Lapataia River, dining on dishes made with local ingredients and paired with Malbec wine.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This Short Break Adventure is a ‘join in’ group departure, which means you are not accompanied by an Intrepid group leader – our local representative fills this role – and the configuration of any fellow travellers in the group might change during the trip.

  • This itinerary has been designed for passengers travelling to Antarctica on board the Ocean Endeavour, embarking in Ushuaia. The tour concludes at your Ocean Endeavour hotel in time to join the group briefing for your voyage.

  • This trip will run with a minimum of one person, so you may be joined by other travellers booked on the same date as you, or you may be on your own.

  • This trip is operated by one of our local partners in Argentina and therefore you may be joined by a mixture of Intrepid-booked passengers and other travellers during activities.

  • Information may be delivered in English and Spanish, or just English depending on the requirements of the group.

  • This trip includes trekking and canoeing. Please ensure you bring sturdy walking shoes and comfortable clothes.It’s best to wear layers at all times of the year in case conditions change during the day.

  • To make the most of the trip, it's best if you have at least a moderate level of fitness.


Bienvenidos! Welcome to Ushuaia, Argentina, the world’s southernmost city. While it’s a jumping off point for Antarctic voyages, Ushuaia is a fabulous destination in its own right. With no activities planned for today, you’re free to arrive at any time. If you’d like to arrange an airport pickup, please get in touch ahead of time. If time allows today, you may like to pay a visit to the Museo del Fin del Mundo (End of the World Museum), where you can learn about the region’s history as a hub for explorers and browse historical wildlife exhibits and indigenous artefacts. If you’re after any last-minute essentials before departing, take a stroll down Avenida San Martin. Feeling hungry? There’s no shortage of delicious dishes on offer in Ushuaia, most centred around fresh local ingredients such as king crab, cod, mussels and Patagonian lamb.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
If you’re travelling to Antarctica on the Ocean Endeavour following your Ushuaia short break, a welcome email will be sent to you with information on your upcoming expedition and tips on things to do in Ushuaia.
Rise early this morning and fuel up for the day’s activities over breakfast. Check out of your hotel (you can leave your luggage behind, it will be transported to your Ocean Endeavour hotel for you) before being collected between 8 and 8.30am. Drive on to Tierra del Fuego National Park, where you’ll start by stretching your legs and getting to know your beautiful surroundings with a moderate 8km walk along a coastal path. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, stop for a truly special lunch on the banks of the Lapataia River, served in a heated dome tent. Soak up the seriously scenic views and tuck into a hearty lunch made with local ingredients (accompanied by Malbec wine, of course!). After lunch, gear up with rubber boots, waterproof overpants and lifejackets, then hop aboard inflatable canoes and paddle from Lake Acigami along the Lapataia and Ovando rivers until reaching the sea in Lapataia Bay. After an exciting day exploring the national park, you’ll return to Ushuaia in the early evening and be dropped off at your new hotel in plenty of time to join the briefing for your Antarctic expedition on the Ocean Endeavour.
Included Activities
  • Tierra del Fuego National Park Trekking and Canoeing
Optional Activities
  • Soft Trekk - Free
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
Today’s walk has a total elevation gain of 560ft/170m. If you would like to opt out of the 8km walk or canoeing please get in touch ahead of time to arrange alternatives. For today’s activities we recommend packing trekking boots, a waterproof jacket, warm clothing and an extra pair of socks.


1 breakfast, 1 lunch


Private vehicle

Included activities

  • Tierra del Fuego National Park Trekking and Canoeing

Dates & availability

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Important notes

Travellers on Intrepid trips are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Read details here.

01.The single supplement is bookable, if you’d prefer not to share a room on this and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information. Please provide passport details are required in advance no later than 3 days before departure.

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