USHUAIA, Argentina, on the south coast of Tierra del Fuego, is about as far south as a tourist can comfortably go in the Americas. It faces the Beagle Channel where penguins, sea lions and rare sea birds still abound. The city has several attractive hotels and inviting restaurants that offer local seafood specialties like centolla, an Antarctic variety of king crab.
Between November and March, the climate turns mild. Daytime temperatures reach the 60’s and beyond. The sub arctic summer sunset comes after 10 P.M. But be prepared for rapid cooling once the sun goes down.
The main commercial street is the Avenida San Martin, It has shops selling local crafts and duty free imports, as well as such basics as restaurants, pharmacies and the post office. Most nonfood businesses close for the midafternoon break from 1 to 4, and then reopen until late evening. As elsewhere in Argentina, the dinner hour runs from 9 until late. There are several land tours to Tierra del Fuego National Park, Lakes Fagnano and Escondido and the Harberton Ranch. The park, with camping facilities, offers close-up views of Fuegian flora and fauna.