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Doing the Martial Glacier Chairlift in Ushuaia, Argentina.

When you’re at the bottom of South America, there are actually many things to do, but you will absolutely need to rent a car, else you’re going to be priced out of many activities. For instance, I’ve written about the End of the World Train ride … which is a complete tourist trap, but still mandatory for anyone coming to this part of the world.
Hiking up the Martial Glacier is also another one of those activities that aren’t necessarily super high on the list, but comes as one of those “you might as well, since you’re here” activities. Regular readers of my blog will also remember that I love any type of aerial tide, as documented by my love of cable cars and funiculars.  Here’s a list of some my favorites :

  • Singapore … post
  • Matterhorn, Switzerland … post
  • Monserrat, Spain  … post
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil … post
  • Masada, Israel … post
  • Barcelona, Spain … post

As for the Aerosilla or Martial Glacier Chairlift …

I’m all for charging tourists extra … and in Latin American style … you’ll have to pay double the price. If you get a great exchange rate on the Argentine Blue Market, then you’re paying about $7.50USD

Here’s the route map that they offer you when you get your ticket. I didn’t have the greatest hiking shoes on this trip, so the Russian and the Thai made the hike up all the way to the top, I made it to the beginning of the Canadon Negro trails.

Once you get your ticket, then it’s a short walk outside and you head over to the boarding area. The actual chair lift ride is quite picturesque. Getting into the chair lift is a pretty standard procedure, but in North American, we’re conditioned to have completely safe rides, hence just having the safety bar could take getting used to.

The ride up the chair lift definitely offers some great vantage points of the mountain and the glacier. The pine trees along the way contribute to a refreshingly crisp ride with some great air. It’s funny how we can all notice great air now … it says something about the air quality in our cities. As for the chair ride … it’s about 9-10 minutes till you get to the end.

Wear your winter gear, as it gets windier and colder as you climb the elevation. You definitely don’t want to be trekking through snow in your regular shoes. I saw many people slip on the ice because they didn’t have the right shoes!

Did you know that you don’t actually have to use the chair lift. You can actually hike the entire trail up. It’s free to hike all the way up. We had two military friends who hiked the trail. They only complained about not having enough water. I would be complaining about heart attacks!

Now you’re at the top … what do you do?

Take in all the views of the Beagle Channel from the Panoramic Point and the glacial river views as you hike up.



Once you reach the first view point, there are tons of marked trails and maps that will help guide you along further … if you’re so inclined.

You can follow the peak map, with the view and figure out where you want to go.
I didn’t take this way …
If there is great weather, then you have some pretty decent shots.
Your views of the Beagle Channel will also get better as you climb higher!


Did you take any crappy video of the place?

Obviously … there is always a crappy video or two that I’ll take …

About Rishiray

Rishi Sankar is a Cloud HRMS Project Manager/ Solution Architect. Over the past 15+ years, he has managed to combine his overwhelming wanderlust with a desire to stay employed, resulting in continuing stints with 3 major consulting firms (IBM, Deloitte, Accenture). He documents his adventures around the world on “Ah Trini Travelogue” with pictures and stories from the road/tuk-tuk/camel/rickshaw. You can follow him on Twitter at @rishiray and on Facebook at “Ah Trini Travelogue . He doesn’t like Chicken Curry but loves Curry Chicken and is always trying to find the perfect Trinidadian roti on the road. He also doesn’t like cheese and kittens … and definitely not together. E-mail from his blog is appreciated like a 35 yr old Balvenie at [email protected]

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