Glaciar Martial is one of the most popular outings in Ushuaia. Located just seven kilometers (4.2 mi) from town, this glacier flows down the side of the mountain of the same name. An aerosilla takes you halfway up Cerro Martial to a trail leading to the edge of the glacier (Distance: 5.9 km / 3.5 mi, Difficulty: intermediate-difficult, Duration: 3 hours round trip). From the entrance, there's another trail that bypasses the aerosilla and connecting with the main trail. Off this is an unnamed path going into the pure lenga forest (20 min). Other paths wind eastward off the main trail. Sendero del Filo goes to a viewpoint with a panoramic view of the city and Beagle Channel (15 min). Connecting this trail with the aerosilla is Sendero del Bosque (15 min).
Glaciar Martial is seven kilometers (4.2 mi) from Ushuaia. The trail can be started at Paseo de las Rosas in front of the old cemetery
Travel Tips: In spring and fall the aerosilla is closed for a month or so for maintenance. The tourism office has a map of the Glaciar Martial trails. Only part of the main trail is marked. The mountain part of the trail is best done with a guide, as the trail is unmarked. In winter, check with the tourism office about conditions.
Snow and ice can make going to the glacier itself very tough, or even impossible. Do not walk on the glacier itself without a guide, as it is crevassed. In winter you can snowboard and ski on the run at the Centro de MontaÃ±a Glaciar Martial.
Price Description: ENTRY: To Glacier: Free. Aerosilla (lift): Foreigners $10, Argentines $5.70, residents $5, children to 9 years old free.
Relative price: Budget
Open Hours from:9:30 a.m.
Open Hours to:6:30 p.m.
Travel Skills: None
You Need to Bring: Bring warm and wet-proof clothing, food and drink. Use sunglasses and sun block.
Hike in Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego or on other trails closer to the city. Take the Tren al Fin del Mundo to the national park. Visit the museums or catch an event at one of the many cultural centers. Go out to Estancia Harberton or cruise the Beagle Channel. In winter, hit the slopes for a variety of snow sports.
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