Antarctica from Argentina: How to Get There
Many people visiting Antarctica opt to take a cruise from Ushuaia in Argentina. Travelling to South America for the trip of a lifetime in the White Continent couldn't be easier. Read on to find out more about the best way to reach Antarctica from Argentina.See all Antarctica cruises from Argentina
Buenos Aires to Antarctica
How to get to Buenos Aires:
There are plenty of frequent international connections to Buenos Aires from the USA, Canada, Australia, the UK and other countries around the world. To see what flights are available, you can check here.
Look for an itinerary that connects you from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, which then goes onto the Antarctic Peninsula, The Falklands, South Georgia or the Weddell Sea.
Pro tip: Look for a tour that lets you begin your adventure in Buenos Aires so you can experience the culture and beauty of South America before setting off for Antarctica.
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When should I arrive in Ushuaia?
We advise arriving at least one day before, in case your connecting flight to Ushuaia is delayed or luggage goes missing. This will give you enough time to sort things out and buy what you might need in case your gear doesn't arrive in time. We also recommend booking departure flights a couple of days after the cruise finishes, in case there are any delays.
Is the accommodation in Ushuaia included?
Tours usually include one night in Ushuaia prior to the cruise, but you will need to check your tour to make sure it's included. If your tour starts in Buenos Aires then you'll get accommodation in Ushuaia.
Can I fly from Argentina to Antarctica?
No. It's only possible to fly to Antarctica from Punta Arenas in Chile.
How long does it take to cruise from Ushuaia to Antarctica?
The time it takes can vary (expect to be cruising for 2-3 days) but if the cruise includes the Falklands and South Georgia then the journey will take longer.
Is crossing the Drake Passage difficult?
To get to Antarctica you will need to cross the infamous Drake Passage. Stretching from Cape Horn to the South Shetland Islands, it is the meeting point for the Atlantic, Pacific and Southern Oceans, and is known to have rough waters. Sailing can be smooth or rough depending on conditions, and it’s a means to an end for those that want to explore the remote and unspoilt beauty of Antarctica. Pack some anti-nausea medicines!
What happens if the cruise is delayed?
If the weather isn't favourable, your cruise may be delayed. In this instance, accommodation will be provided to you, but the tour cannot be extended, which means you won't get an extra day in Antarctica. It's best to be flexible with flights in case your delay happens on the way back.
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