USHUAIA - TIERRA DEL FUEGO
WHEN TO GO
Depending on their particular interests, tourists can visit Tierra del Fuego any time of the year.
If you decide to travel in summer, you will enjoy all kind of walks, trekking, horse-riding, mountain biking, sport fishing and the most incredible trips along the Beagle Channel, or even to the Antarctic.
As regards walks, an excellent place is Martial Glacier. These are short outings, one afternoon or one day long, with the possibility of walking on the ice and enjoying the view of Andorra Valley, to the north of the city, parallel to the Beagle Channel, behind the surrounding mountain range.
It is at this time of the year that cruisers arrive in Ushuaia port carrying a large number of tourists who are eager to visit all these attractive places.
Martial Glacier, on the other hand, changes its physiognomy in winter since it becomes the main tourist resort in the area for both cross-country and alpine skiing.
Winter is also an excellent season to become familiar with the submarine world in the company of a professional diver, either during the day or at night, or if you prefer canoeing, you can row these calm waters during one or two hours, also with the help of a specialized guide.
Winter is the best season of the year to visit Tierra del Fuego for those people who love fishing.
Apart from all this, tourists as well as local residents may engage in various sport and cultural events which also take place in the winter, the most popular being the traditional "Torches Descent". This event takes place on the glacier to welcome the winter season.
USHUAIA - TIERRA DEL FUEGO
WEATHER & CLIMATE
The weather in Tierra del Fuego is extremely unstable at any season of the year, changing completely from one day to another or even during the same day. It is not as severe as people think, since mountains and the sea attenuate winds and the temperature.
In summer, particularly in January, the average temperature is 9.6 C° at night and it may rise to 18 C° during the day. The lowest temperatures are registered in winter (end of July / beginning of August) with an average of 1 C°. Autumn and spring are considerably unstable as regards the weather.
Due to its proximity to the south pole and the variations of the January solstice, a peculiar characteristic of the island is that in the summer sunlight may last seventeen hours and a half hours (January) whereas in winter (July), it may last only seven or eight hours, even when days are clear and bright.
Tierra del Fuego, alike the rest of Patagonia, is an area of strong winds from western quadrant. Between August and September they become stronger, generally weakening during the rest of the year.
In summer, you can carry out exciting activities such as trekking, horse-riding, mountain biking, sport fishing and the most fascinating trips along the Beagle Channel, or even to the Antarctic.
In winter, the snow-covered landscape changes its appearance. Days are usually clear and bright. There are several winter sport centers where you can go cross-country skiing or you can practice Alpine skiing at Mt Castor tracks.
In order to find out the weather forecast for your stay in Tierra del Fuego, you can visit this web page and click here a few days before your trip.
Due to because the unstable weather conditions, it is advisable to pack both warm and water-proof clothes. Also rubber-sole shoes, trainers and/or boots in as much as you may need them. Sunscreen is also advisable in the summer.
You could also consider an umbrella although residents do not need it regularly. Once in Tierra del Fuego, you can get the weather forecast at 421245.