Ushuaia is known as the entrance door to the Antarctica and is generally visited in the summer months, but in the winter months offers a landscape especially attractive and a wide offer of winter activities to enjoy.
Cerro Castor is one of the mandatory visits to enjoy of a day of ski. This austral winter center has got 31 ski tracks and trails with different levels of difficulty and a total of 650 skiable hectares with a-800-meter slope. The complex has got 5 means of elevation which correspond to a four-place chairlift and 6 surface lifts: 3 teleskis and 4 magic carpets. This winter center is chosen by several European ski teams for their training given the quality of the snow, its tracks and because it offers the longest ski season in the country. We had the opportunity of seeing Swiss, Austrian and French ski teams.
Other winter centers along the Valle de Tierra Mayor offer the possibility of cross-country skiing, sled rides drove by Huskies and Greyster dogs, racket trekking, snow motor rides along snowy forest woods of lenga beech and antarctica beech (local trees, “lenga” and “ñire”).
We dedicated part of our stay to experience a self-drive in order to discover at our own pace and interest the virgin corners that Tierra del Fuego has to offer. Heading to the Estancia Harberton we saw the curious “flag trees”, we had the opportunity of tasting an exquisite spider crab casserole in a super exclusive restaurant that with only 4 tables offers a selected fish or seafood menu. From this place it is possible to see Puerto Williams with binoculars on the other side of Beagle Channel.
Finally, I would like to mention the unforgettable days at Arakur Hotel. Arakur Hotel, a great property, seen from every corner of Ushuaia, which offered an personalized service and made us feel as if we were at our own home. It called my attention its design based on sustainable architectural rules for example a roof built with copper, material that helps to keep the hotel heated. Arakur promotes the intelligent use of energy and natural resources, contributing to the climate comfort.
The Arakur Resort & Spa extends along a spectacular natural balcony located at 250 masl, surrounded by impressive panoramic sights, native forests, natural terraces and green areas all harmonically integrated with the surroundings.
The magnificent lobby invites you to enjoy of the impressive views through its large windows, it offers the unbeatable warmth with its fireplaces and decorated with noble materials such as wood, stone and natural weaves.
The rooms are very spacious, with technology details that offer all the necessary comfort for a pleasant stay and the views of the Beagle Channel are without any doubt the protagonists.
From the door of the hotel we could enjoy of a guided trekking tour through the Cerro Alarkén Natural reserve destined to preserve the native forest of the lengas, ñires and coihues, and of several flora and fauna species from the region.
At the end of each intense day, we could enjoy of the Spa, gym and, above all, of the covered and outdoor swimming pools with water coming from rain and thaw, already treated and, of course, heated.