What to do in Ushuaia in summer?

Summer in Ushuaia: Don’t miss the best excursions to visit the end of the world

What are the best excursions to do in Ushuaia during the summer season? If you are asking yourself this question while planning a trip to the end of the world, don’t worry because Ushuaia has a lot to offer during this season.

This southern destination has several options for entertainment and unforgettable natural scenery both in winter and summer. While in winter the traditional snowy excursions are the queen of the season, summer is just as beautiful. The city is filled with cheerful colors and the natural spaces come to life blooming and dressing up in beautiful colors. Fortunately, there are options for all tastes, ages and social groups so that this beautiful southern destination can also be visited during the summer season. There are also some excursions and activities that are exclusive to the summer, such as sailing to the penguin colony and others that are possible all year round but the landscapes will be completely different.

Navigate to ushuaia penguin colony

The summer in Ushuaia also invites you to enjoy the outdoors with a very pleasant climate. Temperatures rise to about 15° and the air becomes warmer. It is an ideal time for long walks or more demanding treks as the day will be much longer. Sunlight will be present for most of the day giving travelers up to 17 hours of daylight. It is very important to be cautious with solar radiation, which can be very high during the summer months, so it is essential to take appropriate clothing and accessories such as a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen on every excursion. Without further ado, we tell you in this article what you can do in Ushuaia during the warmer months of the year to enjoy and get to know this beautiful southern destination.

Emerald Lagoon Trekking Ushuaia

Discover the beauty of the Fuegian lakes

A very nice activity in summer is to take a tour to visit the Escondido Lake and the huge Fagnano Lake. To get there, take the well-known Route 3, immersed in a spectacular Patagonian forest. Then the challenge is to cross the Cordillera to reach the Garibaldi Pass viewpoint. The view from this place will leave you speechless, it is a high viewpoint so that your photos can be seen in a panoramic way. From the viewpoint 7 km further you can reach the shore of Lago Escondido and 45 km further on you reach the beaches of Lake Fagnano, of a beautiful color like most of the southern lakes.

These water mirrors can be visited all year round, but in summer the green and dense forests will give them an incredible natural frame. In each of the lakes you can do different activities, sport fishing, kayaking or a ride to the Fuegian lakes in a 4×4 vehicle to overcome the natural obstacles in a different and entertaining way. On the way to the Lago Fagnano can be passed through the beaver grove and see how this small animal modifies the natural scenery and reach up to the main house of Estancia La CarmenA beautiful and historic place in Ushuaia that became an essential part of the excursion to the lakes. The estancia, which is a great family tradition, has a beautiful dock, public restrooms and cafeteria. It is not possible to visit in the winter months but you can camp, have a hot drink and enjoy the scenery. It has a family museum and a lot of information about the fauna and flora of the area.

The estancia is located next to the great Fagnano Lake, so a walk around the estancia offers an unparalleled landscape. Ideal for a rest while admiring Ushuaia’s nature. To visit the estancia is to learn about the history of a Fuegian family and their traditions through time, a place with fresh air and lots of nature.

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Emerald Lagoon, a summer trekking

Among beautiful mountains and peat forests you will discover the incredible Emerald Lagoon, a greenish water mirror that will take your breath away. The color of the lagoon comes from a place just as impressive as Laguna Esmeralda, Ojo del Albino. It is accessed by a very demanding trek that rewards the traveler by showing him the best of nature. The color of the lagoon can be appreciated mainly in summer since in winter it remains frozen. The distance to reach Laguna Esmeralda is 9 km, on the way there are some slopes that can be overcome without problem while enjoying an incredible landscape: forest, glaciers and towering mountains.

The entire crossing can take 5 or 6 hours depending on the pace of each traveler. The landscape also invites us to stop and contemplate the scenery before our eyes, so there may be some delays to take impressive pictures or rest to recover energy before we return to our next stop. visit the majestic Laguna Esmeralda. The path is also easier to walk in summer than in winter, when the snow can complicate a little the firm step on the ground. Of course you can go with the necessary clothing and have a beautiful time even in winter.

The Emerald Lagoon Ushuaia

Emerald Lagoon in Ushuaia

Beagle Channel navigation and penguin rookery

It is impossible to arrive in Ushuaia in summer and miss the elegant Magellanic and Papua penguins that arrive in these latitudes for the summer season in the Beagle Channel. They are beautiful specimens that interact very close to the boat with which you can see not only the Isla de los Pájaros and Isla de los Lobos, but also one of the icons of Ushuaia: The Lighthouse Les Eclaireurs.

Every traveler who takes this beautiful boat tour stops for a few minutes to take a picture with the lighthouse in the background, as it is an emblem of the city, much sought after by tourists from all over the world. The experience is entertaining and very interesting as you can see the Fuegian avifauna and different species such as sea lions, imperial cormorants, petrels, kelp gulls and southern gulls. Beautiful experience for adults and for the youngest members of the family.

marine litter in ushuaia

Lighthouse in Beagle Channel Navigation

Discovering the nature of Tierra del Fuego National Park

A must-see of the summer in Ushuaia are the trails that can be walked within the Tierra del Fuego National Park, which has 69,000 hectares full of nature to enjoy and get to know. If the idea is to connect with nature during the vacations, this is the right place, which also has everything: lakes, forests and many mountains.

Taking a break near the crystal clear waters of Lake Acigami, is a true relaxation among mountains that give it a dreamlike setting. It is also a very good entertainment to ride the Train at the End of the World and listen to a bit of Fuegian history in the stories told aboard the train, a relic of the end of the world. The tour is interesting, very nice and with an important cultural richness. The National Park is ideal for hiking, fresh air and enjoyment with your group. Not to be missed in summer as the weather is really nice.

Ushuaia National Park

Ushuaia has a lot to offer during the summer season. Due to its geographical location, the landscapes are really impressive, you can admire mountains, glaciers, lakes and a lot of local fauna. Don’t miss the end of the world with nicer temperatures and a more colorful atmosphere. Contact us to enjoy the best summer excursions to do in Ushuaia!


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