Ushuaia is the international capital of Antarctic tourism. Only 1000 km away and with an adequate infrastructure for the attention of large expedition ships, it is the Gateway City to Antarctica: 95% of Antarctic tourism makes a stop in Ushuaia before starting its journey south.
Between November and April, thousands of tourists depart from the port of Ushuaia on expeditions to the white continent. Antarctica is shrouded in mystery, stories and adventures that stimulate the fantasies of many; its remote landscapes attract more and more tourists looking for different experiences.
Of course, you have to be prepared. The average summer temperature is 0.4°C and it is considered one of the windiest places in the world: winds of 270 km per hour have been recorded, exceptionally. The Drake Passage, with its turbulent waters, is the anteroom to a world inhospitable to humans and at the same time a refuge for biodiversity.
Few plant species manage to survive in these latitudes. The sea, rich in phytoplankton, and the coast are environments where marine fauna abound. Seals, whales, orcas, sperm whales, penguins, petrels take advantage of these waters to feed and form amazing scenarios.
Antarctica, besides being a territory that awakens interest in the unknown in many people, represents a key place for scientific research and due to its large amount of ice, it is the largest reservoir of fresh water on the planet. Among the outstanding personalities who recognized the importance of Antarctica and marked its history are Adrien de Gerlache de Gomery, Hernan Pujatom José María Sobral, Julian Irizar Echeverría, Mario Luis Olezza, Gustavo Giro Tapper and Hugo Acuña, among others.
Definitely, this continent presents unique characteristics in the world. In the immensity, with a color palette limited to the white of the ice, the black of the rocks and the blue of the sea, it is easy to feel like a small dot.