Ushuaia excursions

Welcome to Cruise Critic! If you'd like to participate on our forums by joining in the conversation, please Register Now! Be sure to visit our FAMOUS Roll Call forums, where you can meet other cruisers sailing with you and share a tour or shore excursion and SAVE MONEY!

** Please post your recommendations ONLY in response to request...do not start a new thread. Thanks!
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
All times are GMT -4.
The time now is 12:09 PM.
#1
Toronto,Ont.Canada
493 Posts
Joined Sep 2001
Has anybody taken the "Train to the end of the world " tou in Ushuaia?

What did you think of it and is it worthwhile?

Any other suggestions for Ushuaia excursions?

Thanks for your help.
#2
695 Posts
Joined Feb 2006
jayjaycan, here is what I in my review of the excursion we took January 2, 2012.

Ushuaia is a beautiful city. We got on a bus and travelled about an hour to a train station to board the Southern Fuegian Railway or End of the World Train. Along the way we passed the worlds most southern most golf course (were told it was $90 for 9 holes). We got to the train station and boarded the train. We were seated in bench seats facing those across from us. It was a pleasant train ride with nice views and a there is a narration of the history of the train which was originally built to transport prisoners out to the forest to cut down trees. After the train ride, we rode for a short while to Ensenada Bay which was picturesque. Then back to Ushuaia for some shopping. This tour was OK but not our favorite and kind of overpriced. We wondered if we should have taken the Beagle Channel tour by boat instead.

If you are a railroad enthusiast would probably be an interesting tour. If you are interested, you can see pictures of the excursion using the following link as it may give you a better idea of what it was like. Ushuaia begins around picture 236.

http://smengelt.shutterfly.com/1665
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Crown Princess 5/18 (MED) , Oceania Insignia 12/17 (CRB) , Ruby Princess 4/17 (Pacific Wine Country), Viking Tialfi 8/16 (Rhine), Grand Princess 2/15 (Hawaii), Caribbean Princess 11/14 (W. CRB), Viking Freya 12/13 (Heart of Germany), Sapphire Princess 4/13 (Coastal), Ruby Princess 12/12 (CRB), Viking Pride (Paris/Normandy) 10/12, Star Princess 12/11 (S. America), Caribbean Princess 5/11 (CRB), Sapphire Princess 2/11 (MEX), Emerald Princess 12/10 (CRB), Viking Sky 11/10 (Danube), Golden Princes 5/10 (Coastal), Vision of the Seas 2/09 (CRB), Crown Princess 12/08 (CRB) ,Crown Princess 8/08 (Scandinavia and Russia), Golden Princess 3/08 (MEX), Island Princess 12/07 (PAN CANAL), Emerald Princess 5/07(MED) , Grand Princess 2/07 (W. CRB), Viking Surkov 8/06 (RUSSIA), Sapphire Princess 3/06 (MEX), Golden Princess 12/05 (S. CRB), Viking Century Star 5/05 (CHINA), Sea Voyager 12/04 (PAN CANAL), Splendour of the Seas 10/04 (MED), Golden Princess 3/04 (E. CRB), Polaris 5/03 (GALAPAGOS), Sovereign of the Seas 3/03 (BAHAMAS), Norwegian Sun 12/02 (W. CRB), Legend of the Seas 5/02 (ALASKA), Norway 12/01 (E. CRB), Miriam 5/01 (EGYPT), Sunbird 3/00 (S. CRB), Song of America 3/98(MEX)
#3
UK BOURNEMOUTH
128 Posts
Joined Apr 2008
Originally posted by WarEagle76
jayjaycan, here is what I in my review of the excursion we took January 2, 2012.

Ushuaia is a beautiful city. We got on a bus and travelled about an hour to a train station to board the Southern Fuegian Railway or End of the World Train. Along the way we passed the worlds most southern most golf course (were told it was $90 for 9 holes). We got to the train station and boarded the train. We were seated in bench seats facing those across from us. It was a pleasant train ride with nice views and a there is a narration of the history of the train which was originally built to transport prisoners out to the forest to cut down trees. After the train ride, we rode for a short while to Ensenada Bay which was picturesque. Then back to Ushuaia for some shopping. This tour was OK but not our favorite and kind of overpriced. We wondered if we should have taken the Beagle Channel tour by boat instead.

If you are a railroad enthusiast would probably be an interesting tour. If you are interested, you can see pictures of the excursion using the following link as it may give you a better idea of what it was like. Ushuaia begins around picture 236.

http://smengelt.shutterfly.com/1665
Is there anyway to do this tour independently as our ship does not do the train excursion?
Kathy
#4
Edinburgh UK
8,117 Posts
Joined Aug 2007
Just seen on the BBC that the Argentaian Authorities have refused a ship entrance tonthis port because it had previously called at the Falkland Islands. Don't know which ship but they had to move on to a port in Chile instead.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature


MSC Orchestra - Eastern Med - Jun 16
MSC Orchestra - Barbados to Genoa - Apr 16
Costa Serena -Arabian Gulf - Mar 15
MSC Armonia - Las palmas to Venice - Mar 14
Costa Fortuna - Arabian Gulf - Jan 14
MSC Musica - Eastern Med & Black Sea - Oct 13
MSC Orchestra - Western Med - Aug 13
MSC Sinfonia - Western Med - May 13
Costa Atlantica - Arabian Gulf - Mar 13
MSC Musica - Greek Isles - Sept 12
MSC Opera - Buenos Aires to Southampton Apr 12
Costa Favolosa - Arabian Gulf - Jan 12
MSC Orchestra - Western Med - Oct 11
Costa Romantica - Indian Ocean - Jan 11
MSC Musica - Venice to Rio - Nov 10
MSC Melody - Med & Black Sea - Jul 10
MSC Sinfonia - Livorno to Durban - Oct-Nov 09
MSC Fantasia - Western Med - Apr 09
MSC Lirica - Dover to Genoa - Sept 08
MSC Lirica - Transatlantic (Fort Lauderdale - Dover) - Mar-Apr 08
MSC Opera - Eastern Med - Sep 07
MSC Opera - - Jul 07
MSC Opera - Eastern & Southern Caribbean - Jan 07
MSC Opera - Western Med - May 06
MSC Opera - Transatlantic (Genoa - Fort Lauderdale) Dec 05-Jan 06
MSC Opera - Eastern Med - Jun 05
#5
695 Posts
Joined Feb 2006
Kathy, I'm sure there is but since we did the tour via the ship not able to offer you any personal experience with a private tour. We did see taxis at the train station and again at the park, but not sure how expensive that would be. I did a google search on "Southernmost railway tours Ushuaia" and a lot of information popped up. Here is one example:

http://www.viator.com/tours/Ushuaia/...933-5239USHTDF

So you might want to check with some of the companies you find and then determine if doable, or maybe someone else who did this excursion independently will chime in. If you book something, you should get something in writing that if ship does not make it into port (per Princess board, Star missed Ushaia today to do political differences between Falkland Islands and Argentina) you will get a refund if you are asked to make a deposit or pay in advance.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Crown Princess 5/18 (MED) , Oceania Insignia 12/17 (CRB) , Ruby Princess 4/17 (Pacific Wine Country), Viking Tialfi 8/16 (Rhine), Grand Princess 2/15 (Hawaii), Caribbean Princess 11/14 (W. CRB), Viking Freya 12/13 (Heart of Germany), Sapphire Princess 4/13 (Coastal), Ruby Princess 12/12 (CRB), Viking Pride (Paris/Normandy) 10/12, Star Princess 12/11 (S. America), Caribbean Princess 5/11 (CRB), Sapphire Princess 2/11 (MEX), Emerald Princess 12/10 (CRB), Viking Sky 11/10 (Danube), Golden Princes 5/10 (Coastal), Vision of the Seas 2/09 (CRB), Crown Princess 12/08 (CRB) ,Crown Princess 8/08 (Scandinavia and Russia), Golden Princess 3/08 (MEX), Island Princess 12/07 (PAN CANAL), Emerald Princess 5/07(MED) , Grand Princess 2/07 (W. CRB), Viking Surkov 8/06 (RUSSIA), Sapphire Princess 3/06 (MEX), Golden Princess 12/05 (S. CRB), Viking Century Star 5/05 (CHINA), Sea Voyager 12/04 (PAN CANAL), Splendour of the Seas 10/04 (MED), Golden Princess 3/04 (E. CRB), Polaris 5/03 (GALAPAGOS), Sovereign of the Seas 3/03 (BAHAMAS), Norwegian Sun 12/02 (W. CRB), Legend of the Seas 5/02 (ALASKA), Norway 12/01 (E. CRB), Miriam 5/01 (EGYPT), Sunbird 3/00 (S. CRB), Song of America 3/98(MEX)
#6
west coast of Canada
2,951 Posts
Joined May 2004
Originally posted by AmoMondo
Just seen on the BBC that the Argentaian Authorities have refused a ship entrance tonthis port because it had previously called at the Falkland Islands. Don't know which ship but they had to move on to a port in Chile instead.
It's the Star Princess and also a P&O ship. Have a friend on board and the Captain is cruising the glaciers instead. I'm flying to Santiago, Chile tomorrow to get on the Star on Saturday for a 16 day cruise up the coast to San Fran
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Karen
#7
Hamilton, Ont. Canada
102 Posts
Joined Jan 2007
We were in Ushuaia last week and booked a tour through Pira Tours. http://www.piratour.com.ar/indexEnglish.php It was a highlight of our trip.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Dec. 13 Carnival Valor South Caribbean
Feb. 13 Norwegian POA Hawaii
Feb. 12 HAL Veendam South America
Oct. 11 Star Princess Greek Isles
Aug. 09 Azamara Journey Great Britian
Mar 09 Ruby Princess Western Carribbean
Sept 08 RCI Radiance Alaska
Feb 08 Emerald Princess South Carribbean
Feb 07 Dawn Princess Mexican Riviera
Feb 06 Coral Princess Panama Canal
Feb 05 Sun Princess Southern Carribbean
Feb 03 Golden Princess Western Carribean
Sept 02 Carousel Western Mediterranean
Feb 01 Sea Princess Eastern Carribbean
Mar 99 Carousel Southern Carribbean
#8
Fortaleza, Brazil
1,560 Posts
Joined Jul 2008
I saw the train but did not take it. Looked pretty small-- IMHO more of an amusement park size than a regular historic train. End of the world is a term used for Tierra del Fuego. The train goes into the national park. Not sure how far. As noted, if you're a big train enthusiast, it may be worlthwhile. I had more than one day in Ushuaia (long story). I took a local bus into the park (2-3 different stops available) and walked around, and then book a bus back to town.

There are lots of boat tours which you can book at kiosks at the harbor, just a short walk from where you'll dock. Some go to see sea lions, some to see a penguin island (though these boats dock offshore and you view the penguins from there; the only tour that takes you onto the island is, or at least was, a longer tour involving transport by bus and zodiac, and could take more time than you'll have). Walking around the picturesque town, with its scenic locastion and steep streets, is enjoyable. Lots of restaurants, shops and a small number of museums (best was a former prison). I thought Ushaia was more picturesque than Punta Arenas. BTW, it calls itself the southernmost city in the world, though there is a town across the Beagel Channel, in Chile, that is further south (but, our guide told us, the Argentinians consider it a town, not a city).
#9
Australia
539 Posts
Joined Mar 2008
Cintact Mario Maglia. He has a website. Well recommended in prevoius posts and we used his tour last month,
#10
Vancouver
2,050 Posts
Joined May 2008
We used a company by the name of Latitud Ushuaia. The tour was excellent. The driver was the tour guide as well. He had a mike so that everyone in the van heard what he was telling us. We actually saw more than what the cruise ship tours did and it was definitely more reasonable than the ships tours. If you go on the train ride it costs you an additional $40 per person. It is a very short train ride and they stop part way up so that you can take pictures. Yes, it was touristy and would I do it again. No.
#11
5 Posts
Joined Feb 2007
My husband and I also toured with Mario and recommend his services. His english is very good, the car we were in can hold up to 4 though he did mention having a van also, and he is very knowledgable about his home. We were fortunate to just accidentally aquire his taxi at the pier, but found out he does have a website and can be prebooked.
#12
NY
187 Posts
Joined Jul 2010
Originally posted by HDS
Cintact Mario Maglia. He has a website. Well recommended in prevoius posts and we used his tour last month,
Originally posted by jfbc
My husband and I also toured with Mario and recommend his services. His english is very good, the car we were in can hold up to 4 though he did mention having a van also, and he is very knowledgable about his home. We were fortunate to just accidentally aquire his taxi at the pier, but found out he does have a website and can be prebooked.
Does anyone have his website? Thanks in advance.
#15
kentucky
934 Posts
Joined Oct 2007
Originally posted by sharmca
We were in Ushuaia last week and booked a tour through Pira Tours. http://www.piratour.com.ar/indexEnglish.php It was a highlight of our trip.
How did you prepay for their tour? I am trying to book for 2013 and they want me to send a credit card # plus a photo copy of both sides of the card. I am uncomfortable emailing this.

Thanks,

Jan
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Jan
#16
Australia
539 Posts
Joined Mar 2008
Payment in advance seems unusual. We booked several private tours with local guides in South America earlier this year. We confirmed a few days before and paid after the tour in local or US currency or a mixture of both.
#17
Canberra, Australia
2,953 Posts
Joined Jun 2008
Originally posted by sharmca
We were in Ushuaia last week and booked a tour through Pira Tours. http://www.piratour.com.ar/indexEnglish.php It was a highlight of our trip.
We did the Pira Tours trip to walk with the penguins - it was fantastic as they only let 20 people onto the island at a time. The penguins were everywhere and would walk right up to you. We had to be careful where we trod. We purposely did not visit penguins at the earlier port, choosing instead a private trip to Peninsula Valdes (where there were a few penguins) and many seals.
Ushuaia was great - we got back in the early afternoon and then had a bite to eat and a look round before reboarding.
#18
Canberra, Australia
2,953 Posts
Joined Jun 2008
We prepaid the Pira Tours trip - paid by credit card but don't think I had to send a scan of front and back.From memory, there was a booking form which I filled out,scanned and emailed. I then had to show the original credit card to the office when we were ready to go on the tour.
Most of our other tours either had a deposit (20%) or were paid in full at the end of the tour.
#19
340 Posts
Joined Feb 2007
Originally posted by Aussieflyer
We did the Pira Tours trip to walk with the penguins - it was fantastic as they only let 20 people onto the island at a time. The penguins were everywhere and would walk right up to you. We had to be careful where we trod. We purposely did not visit penguins at the earlier port, choosing instead a private trip to Peninsula Valdes (where there were a few penguins) and many seals.
Ushuaia was great - we got back in the early afternoon and then had a bite to eat and a look round before reboarding.

Can you provide any insight or advice on which area to visit? We are cruising next year and I can't decide which way to go from Puerto Madryn, the penguins or the peninsula? We will be there the end of February 2013. Appreciate anything you can contribute to making this decision.

Thanks.
#20
Bowie, Maryland (suburb of Washington, DC)
5,874 Posts
Joined Jun 2006
Originally posted by jmfdr
How did you prepay for their tour? I am trying to book for 2013 and they want me to send a credit card # plus a photo copy of both sides of the card. I am uncomfortable emailing this.

Thanks,

Jan
We did not prepay the whole fee in Chile or Brazil but we did a hefty deposit. We used paypal and it worked perfectly. Just paid for tours in China and Thailand by paypal last month and all worked almost instantly. Easy to set up but do have to arrange it before hand by giving your bank information.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature






Barbara and Walter
Bowie, Md.

2017 Oceania Insignia Singapore to Abu Dhabi Navigator of the Seas Miami & Nassau 2016 Rotterdam Viking Passage Rotterdam to Boston 2015 Independence of the Seas Eastern Caribbean Azamara Quest Bali to Osaka 2014 Insignia Mayan Mystic Oceanic Discoverer New Zealand South Island 2013 Disney Dream 2012 Diamond Princess The Orient route Star Princess Cape Horn Route SA 2011M/V Evolution Galapagos Islands 2011 Uniworld River Duchess Tulips/windmills;2010 Crown Princess Canada/New England;2010 Coral Princess Panama Canal;2009 Oceania Nautica Greece and Turkey;2008 Cunard QM2 Southern Caribbean;2008 Celebrity Constellation Iberia & TA;2007 Majestic American Queen of West Columbia River 2006 Princess Star Princess Baltic;2004 Princess Tahitian Princess South Pacific;2003 Viking River Cruises Clara Schumann Elbe R;2002 Coral Princess (Aust) Coral Princess2 Reef;2001 Princess Royal Princess Norwegian Fjords;2000 Jungle Expeditions La Turmalina Amazon R;1999 Disney Magic Bahamas;1998 RCCL Enchantment of Seas Western Carib.;1996 Princess Star Princess (old) Alaska;1994 RCCL Monarch of the Seas Southern Carib;1990 RCCL Nordic Prince Bermuda;1987 RCCL Sun Viking Eastern Carib.