Cycling to Parque Tierra del Fuego from Ushuaia
Replies: 2 - Last Post: Jul 30, 2013 3:09 PM Last Post By: nahuel
Jul 29, 2013 7:17 PM
Cycling to Parque Tierra del Fuego from UshuaiaWe will be in Ushuaia for a relatively short day (8:00 - 2:00) in early February. I've seen that you can cycle to the national park. We often bring our bikes on cruises, but were not planning to do that on this Argentina - Antarctica - Chile cruise. Is it easy to rent bikes in Ushuaia? What is the road like from the town to the park? I've thought of the mini-buses, but the timeline doesn't really fit the ships and tours seem pricey for a 12 km distance. Anyway - we like to ride in port when it's a good option. Any advice would be helpful.
Jul 29, 2013 11:29 PM
1The road is rideable on a decent mountain bike. You're spot on about the cost - it is one of the many examples of overcharging which I found particularly egregious in Ushuaia.
Incidentally, the park is worth a visit, although your time is very short! The network of tracks is quite limited, but it's still a very beautiful park!
Jul 30, 2013 3:09 PM
2I wouldn´t waste your short time with cycling into the park.The road from Ushuaia until the park is gravelled and can be very dusty and dangerous and in high season there is a lot of traffic and the road itself isn´t a great deal either. As said above the park itself is overpriced and last not least you get exactly the same scenery at other places close to Ushuaia along the ocast. It is possible to rent bycicles in ushuaia but the shops open around 10 am. If you insist with riding a bycicle, take the paved road along the coast east from Ushuaia along the fabrics and past a lot of containers for around 4 kms from the port until a gravelled side road takes you left crossing a bridge over the Rio Olivia. From there you have a gravelled road always along the coast for 3 kms till a lighthouse. From there you have a path, ok for mountainbikes, along estancia Tunel till Rio Encajonado. Around 7 kms. That´s a much better deal than the Park and you pay nothing and will have less deal with traffic and all that stuff. There is aposibility to do another vesrion of this trip but rather complicated to explain. Another option would be just to take a taxi from the port till Bahia Cauquen, which is a Hotel at the end of the road along the west coast from Ushuaia and walk for ahile along the Monte Susana along a footpath along the coast until after around 2 or 3 jours you would reach Bahia Ensenada in teh park without paying any entrance fee as there are no park rangers along this route
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