Imagine traveling all the way to the end of the world, or as the locals call it: Fin del Mundo. Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world and from there, you can’t get that much further down south, at least not by car. The weather here can be impetuous. When it’s a good day, you are in one of the most inspiring places of South America. When it’s not a good day, well, it’s pretty depressing to be honest. Welcome to the end of the world, welcome to Ushuaia!
You have to be lucky to get good weather in Ushuaia. It rains about 146 days a year and it’s always windy. Well, almost always. It’s a long journey from home for the most of us so when you get all the way down there and it’s poor weather, you’ll still want to do something. To help you out a bit and still encourage you to go to this special place, we made a list of things to do in Ushuaia on a rainy day.
1. Visit a museum
There’s a couple of museums in Ushuaia, the Museo del Fin del Mundo is the most well known one. The one we chose to visit however was the Museo Marítimo, located in the former prison that housed the most dangerous criminals of Argentina. Nowadays it’s located on Ushuaia’s naval base just off the main street. You can wander through the cell blocks and learn all about the navigational history of Patagonia and Antarctica. During our visit, there even was a contemporary exhibition of penguins and penguin art. Even though we are not that much into museums, we thought this one was well worth visiting.
2. Take a boat tour of the Beagle Channel
Be honest, you didn’t come here to just stay inside town. Although we can imagine Tierra del Fuego is not very impressive when it’s foggy and wet (the reason we didn’t go there this time) you can’t leave without having sailed on the famous Beagle Channel. There is a (short) boat tour so you can still see albatrosses and sea lions, as well as the famous Les Eclaireurs lighthouse.
3. Go shopping for stupid souvenirs
Everything in and around Ushuaia is called “Fin del Mundo.” They make good use of the fact that they are the southernmost city in the world. You can buy Fin del Mundo t-shirts, hats, postcards, lighters, toys, books, mugs, chocolates, beer, jackets, magnets and more. There are plenty of souvenir stores that sell the most useless stuff. We bought a penguin teapot and carried it all the way home. And no, it didn’t break during the flights…
4. Have cake and tea at Tante Sara
We were here already in 2009 and had some lunch. Recently we were back and happy to find out Tante Sara is still there. They make awesome cakes and the atmosphere is great. We hung out here for quite a while, sipping from our tea and reading our books. Not without a huge piece of cake, ofcourse…
5. Take silly Fin del Mundo pictures
As I said before, Ushuaia makes good use of being at the end of the world. Not only can you buy and endless chain of (useless) Fin del Mundo goods but it’s also indicated pretty much everywhere. Even the penguins at the end of the world seem to go to the gym. Ushuaia just breathes the words Fin del Mundo, they must be really proud of it…
Do we ever want to come back to Ushuaia? Yes, but only if the weather is good. One day full of rain was enough (we were there for 24 hours only) and we did not do any of the things we had planned (going back to Tierra del Fuego and hike up to Glaciar Martial). We went to Tierra del Fuego in 2009 so we can’t complain but still it was a little disappointing. We know how pretty the town and surroundings can be.
We hope we still inspired you to go all the way down south with our list of things to do in Ushuaia on a rainy day. If your journey brings you all the way down here, we will keep our fingers crossed you will have nothing but good weather!
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