Since we weren’t boarding the ship until early afternoon, we had to decide on something to do for our last half-day in Ushuaia. One of our wonderful Adventure Life colleagues, Franny, had traveled to Argentina the year before and recommended a hike up to Martial Glacier, a hanging glacier just a short cab ride from downtown Ushuaia. There’s an adorable tea house at the base of the hike, with a gift shop, bathrooms, lunch and beverages, which was a welcome break after we finished hiking.
The “trail” to the glacier is just a large open path, as it used to be a ski run. Karen and I were cursing Franny a bit as we huffed it up the hill, but as soon as we got about halfway there, we realized why she had suggested it. You get amazing views any way you look — Martial Glacier ahead of you, Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel below you, and lush healthy foliage to both sides. The hike is perfect for any amount of time you have, as you can hike up as far as you want, then turn around and head down.