Destination guide: Ushuaia, Argentina

Argentine Ushuaia is the most southern town in the world and the main tourist hub for the province of Tierra del Fuego. In the Yagan language, Ushuaia means “bay that faces the west” and it is here where, due to its exceptional landscape, including majestic forests, lakes, rivers and mountains, cruise ships full of tourists from all over the world arrive every year.

Ushuaia is also an ideal destination to go skiing and on expeditions through Argentine Patagonia.

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  • Ushuaia - Practical Information

    Currency

    Argentine Peso

    Language

    Spanish

    Timezone

    UTC/GMT -4

    Weights & Measures

    Metric; Rural areas may use the legua (league, about 5km)

    Visas

    Nationals of the USA, Canada, most Western European countries, Australia and New Zealand do not need visas to visit Argentina. upon arrival all non-visa visitors must obtain a free tourist card, good for 90 days and renewable for 90 more.

    Dependent children traveling without both parents theoretically need a notarized document certifying that both parents agree to the child’s travel. Parents may also wish to bring a copy of the custody form.

    Customs

    Argentine officials are courteous toward tourists. Electronic items, including laptops, cameras and cell (mobile) phones, can be brought into the country duty free, provided they are not intended for resale. If you’re over 18 you may also bring in up to 2L of alcohol, 400 cigarettes and 50 cigars. If you’re entering with expensive computer, photographic and/or other electronic equipment, you should play it safe and declare it.

    Business Hour

    Traditionally, business hours in Argentina start at 8am and break at midday siesta (rest) for three or even four hours, during which people return home for lunch and a brief nap. After siesta, shops reopen until 8pm or 9pm. This schedule is still common in the provinces, but government offices and many businesses in Buenos Aires have adopted a more conventional 8am to 5pm schedule.

    Electricity overview

    European plug with two circular metal pins

     

    Electricity overview (european)