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Hikes around Ushuaia - Hiking Ushuaia - Argentina

Aside from the hikes in Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego and to Glaciar Martial, there are several other trails you can explore while in Ushuaia:

Old Prisoners’ Trail (Distance: 5.1 km / 3.2 mi, Difficulty: low, Duration: 2.25 hours one way). This was the trail used by inmates at the local prison to quarry stone and for logging. It follows the original Decauville 60 centimeter (23.6 in) gauge rail line. The first track starts in front of the hospital (Maipú and 12 de Octubre), crosses Buena Esperanza stream and Calle Aónikenk to Avenida Alem (1.9 km / 1.2 mi). The second leg then follows the embankment of the old railroad (3.2 km / 2 mi). Some of the original lenga wood ties are still in place. At kilometer 3.5, take the right fork. The forest ends at kilometer 3.7, and the trail passes a waterfall (km 4.4) before ending at a viewpoint.


Cerro del Medio Trail (Distance: 6.4 km / 4 mi, Difficulty: intermediate-high, Duration: 3 hours one way). Originally a path used for logging, the Cerro del Medio trail begins at Plaza 25 de Mayo near the waterfront, up Calle Lasserre to Magallanes, then left passing Parque Yatana to Avenida Alem and left to Calle Rodríguez (1.3 km / 0.8 mi). The second leg begins at the wooden bridge on Calle Rodríguez (3.3 km / 2 mi). It wends through treeless slopes that present a good view of Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel. At kilometer 2.9, you find the old woodcutters’ trail; turn right and at kilometer 3.4, turn left. At Chorrillo del Este stream (km 3.8) the trail becomes steep to the treeline (km 4.6). The third part of this trail follows the stream to Laguna Margot (km 5.7) and Cerro del Medio ridge (km 6.4, steep) where the views of Tierra del Fuego are incredible.

Ushuaia, Argentina


Getting There
City bus Línea B passes by the trailhead of the second leg of The Old Prisoners’ Trail ($0.50).

Travel Tips: The tourism office has a self-guiding pamphlet of these and Glaciar Martial trails.


Longer treks in Tierra del Fuego are arranged by many travel agents in town. Compañía de Guías de Patagonia does a seven-day trek across the island, from Lago Yehuin to Ushuaia (Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-noon. San Martín 628, Tel.: 43-7753, URL:

Price Description: ENTRY: Free

Relative price: Budget

Open Hours from:Dawn

Open Hours to:Dusk

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 the Glaciar Martial trail. 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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