Ushuaia, Argentina - Panama Canal, Central America and Mexico Cruises

The southernmost town on earth, surrounded by spectacular snow-capped mountains, waterways and the Tierra del Fuego National Park, this small town in Argentina is the gateway to some stunning locations.

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Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • End of the World Train

    Experience the magical End of the World Train and visit part of the stunning Tierra del Fuego National Park.

    End of the World Train

    Travel by coach to the railway station to board your train for a 50-minute ride through part of the stunning Tierra del Fuego National Park.The narrow-gauge, diesel locomotive retraces the route used by the inmates of the island's penal colonies (the last one closed in 1947). During the ride, discover about local history, including the old prison and how it became the catalyst for a minor settlement that later grew into the city.

    After crossing the picturesque Pipo River and valley, you’ll approach the National Park, where a brief stop will be made to allow you to capture photographs and enjoy the wonderful scenic views.

    After your train ride, board a coach for the short drive to Ensenada Bay, located inside Tierra del Fuego National Park.This area offers stunning views of the Beagle Channel, Redonda Island, where the southernmost post office is placed and the Chilean islands of Navarino and Hoste.The surrounding views and photo opportunities include snow tipped mountains and forests, the Beagle Channel coasts and islands, as well as the stunning Tierra del Fuego National Park.

    After a photograph stop at Ensenada Bay, you’ll return to the pier via coach.


    This excursion will operate by coach and train. The train journey lasts approximately 50 minutes, this includes a 10 minute photograph stop. There is minimal walking on this tour, however uneven surfaces and gravel paths can be found at each of the stops and there are several steps to board the train. Layered clothing, comfortable shoes and a wind/waterproof jacket are recommended.

    Tour code

    USH_003

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Family

      Especially suitable for families

    Duration

    2½ hours

  • The Lumberjack Trail by 4x4

    Embark on an off-road safari in the Tierra Mayor Valley and enjoy a guided nature walk.

    The Lumberjack Trail by 4x4

    Board your 4x4 vehicle for the scenic drive to the Tierra Mayor Natural Reserve. Upon arrival, leave the road behind and begin your action packed off-road safari.

    The route follows an old lumberjack trail, which was once used for transporting wood for building and heating. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty lining the narrow trail as you travel under a leafy canopy of lenga trees. A stop will be made, where your guide will lead you on a guided walk to a pretty panoramic viewpoint.

    Afterwards, your tour takes you to Tierra Mayor Winter Sports Centre, for a brief stop to view the husky dogs, used during the winter to pull the sledges. Your 4x4 adventure then continues until you reach the end of the trail, where after a short walk you’ll find a small, old Woodcutter’s Cabin.

    At the cabin enjoy a hearty lumberjack snack. Tuck into refreshments of delicious meats and cheeses accompanied by wine and soft drinks whilst soaking up the wonderful scenery.

    Afterwards, your 4x4 vehicle will take you back to the ship.


    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by 4x4 and on foot. This tour is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by the bumpy ride. Pregnant women and children under the age of ten may not participate. There is a maximum weight limited of 120kg. You are advised to wear warm, layered clothing and comfortable shoes, and to bring a waterproof jacket. Guests must be able to board the 4x4 vehicles unassisted.

    Tour code

    USH_007

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4¼ hours

  • Drive to the End of the World

    Travel to the ‘End of the World’, taking in some stunning sights along the way.

    Drive to the End of the World

    Cross some of Ushuaia´s suburbs and the Pipo River Valley, before reaching the stunning Tierra del Fuego National Park. Created in order to protect the southern area of the sub- Antarctic forest, the Park is home to a large number of birds, due to the different environments. Formerly shaped by glaciers, it holds deep valleys, rivers, lakes, mountains and peat bogs. All along the footpaths it is possible to see the varied species of fauna and flora, plants and flowers such as ferns, bushes and orchids. Wildlife represented includes rabbits, red foxes and different species of birds.

    The main highlights inside the Park include Ensenada Bay, offering great views of Redonda Island, with the impressive Chilean islands of Navarino and Hoste as a backdrop. After travelling along a narrow and picturesque route, visit Roca Lake before continuing onto Lapataia Bay.

    Before you know it, you will find yourself at the very end of the world, the southernmost place that can be reached by road, the Pan-American Highway, which begins in Alaska and runs approximately 12,000 miles up to Tierra del Fuego.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is some intermittent walking at the stops, with several steps and some uneven surfaces and gravel paths. Layered clothing, comfortable shoes and a wind/waterproof jacket are strongly recommended.

    Tour code

    USH_004

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Tierra Mayor Nature Reserve Trek

    Become at one with nature on this trek through the breathtaking Tierra Mayor Nature Reserve.

    Tierra Mayor Nature Reserve Trek

    Leave the city of Ushuaia behind, as you journey northeast through the Olivia River Valley, where stunning valleys and vistas are waiting to be discovered. After a short drive, you will arrive at a ‘nunatak’, a warm cabin where rubber boots and instructions will be provided before your trek starts.

    Hike through the thick forest of Lengas trees, a typical tree of the region, to reach the Alvear Mountains, where the Five Cascades will appear. During your trek, the guides will explain all about the local flora and fauna as Tierra del Fuego is well-known for its birdlife. Discover how beavers make their dams, and take advantage of the excellent photograph opportunities at every turn.

    Be rewarded with the unique opportunity of being immersed in the beauty of nature, surrounded by silence and peacefulness and providing a refreshing break for both mind and soul.

    Return to the cabin for well-earned refreshments of tea, coffee or mate cocido, a national drink served with sandwiches and apple pie.


    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Guests must be in good physical condition as there is approximately two hours of walking over uneven terrain. You are advised to bring a bottle of water with you. It is essential that you wear comfortable walking shoes, wind and rainproof layered clothing in order to fully enjoy and participate in this excursion. Knee-high rubber boots will be provided in different sizes if the weather dictates. Long sleeves, long trousers, warm socks, sunscreen and gloves are recommended. Minimum age for participation is 15 years.

    Tour code

    USH_006

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Penguins & Beagle Channel

    A unique opportunity to become acquainted with the wildlife of the Beagle Channel including penguins, seals and sea lions.

    Penguins & Beagle Channel

    Board your catamaran at the pier side and travel along the Beagle Channel, heading out of Ushuaia Bay. The first island to be visited is Birds Island where the incessant comings and goings of Imperial Cormorants welcome you into this magical realm of islands, landscapes and wildlife of the Beagle Channel.

    Many sea birds may be spotted at any time during the cruise so keeping your eyes peeled and awareness sharp is important. Continue onto an island full of lazy South American Sea Lions sunbathing on the rocky outcrops mixed with the very active and hysterical Southern Fur Seals.

    Leaving those lively colonies, visit Les Eclaireurs Archipelago, where the famous Lighthouse of the area is located. The catamaran will precede eastwards reaching Martillo Island, where the penguin colony is situated. Magellan Penguins are a delight to watch from the comfort of your boat as they waddle along the beach and swim around. A naturalist guide narrates during the trip and on the way back, Puerto Williams, Puerto Almanza and Remolino Ranch can be seen.


    This excursion will operate by catamaran. Sightings of all wildlife mentioned cannot be guaranteed. Early booking is recommended as space is limited on this popular tour. There is minimal walking on this tour but comfortable shoes, layered clothing, and a wind/waterproof jacket are strongly recommended. Depending on the availability of a berth, a 400 to 600 metre walk might be necessary from the gangway to the catamaran.

    Tour code

    USH_002

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    6 hours

  • Beagle Channel Wildlife Cruise

    Explore the islands, wildlife and sights of the Beagle Channel from the comfort of a catamaran.

    Beagle Channel Wildlife Cruise

    Relax onboard your catamaran which offers enclosed cabins with large windows giving excellent views, as well as outside deck space. Departing from Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, sail through the Beagle Channel which is dotted with islands and islets, and lined with mountain peaks.

    Mount Olivia, Estancias Fique and Mount Escapado are all seen during the tour, but the highlights are the historic Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse and surrounding islands, which are home to sea lions and many species of sea birds. Enjoy these sights from the comfort of the catamaran whilst a naturalist guide provides narration on the channel's wildlife and Ushuaia's history.


    This excursion will operate by catamaran. There is minimal walking on this tour. Layered clothing, comfortable shoes and a wind/waterproof jacket are strongly recommended. Sightings of wildlife cannot be guaranteed. Depending on the availability of a berth, a 400 to 600 metre walk may be necessary from the ship to the catamaran. Guests must be able to negotiate the gangway to board the catamaran.

    Tour code

    USH_005

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Family

      Especially suitable for families

    Duration

    2½ hours

  • Scenic Ushuaia & Mountain Drive

    Take a scenic drive into the Tierra del Fuego mountain range and discover the views of the beautiful Escondido Lake.

    Scenic Ushuaia & Mountain Drive

    A scenic drive takes you through the sleepy neighbourhoods of Ushuaia. During the drive your knowledgeable guide will provide you with interesting information on the area and the local history. Leaving Ushuaia behind you, your journey will traverse through the stunning Olivia River Valley to discover the awaiting valleys and vistas.

    As your route climbs the Andes mountain range up to Garibaldi Pass, you’ll be treated to stunning scenary and breathtaking valleys, which are also popular winter sport venues.The Garibaldi Pass is the highest point of the road and provides a picturesque overlook of the Escondido Lake. A stop will be made for photographs and to enjoy the fresh clean air. The rugged mountains, peat bogs, beaver dams, forests, saw mills and the stunning lake showcase the natural beauty of this island.

    During the return journey, a stop will be made at a lodge for refreshments and a light snack before returning to the ship.

    A relaxed and easy way to take in the wonders and landscapes at the ‘end of the world’!


    This excursion will operate by coach. It involves minimal walking, however the photograph stops have uneven ground and gravel paths. Layered clothing, comfortable shoes and a wind/waterproof jacket are recommended.

    Tour code

    USH_001

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4 hours

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