Flying to Ushuaia

After yesterday’s city tour of Buenos Aires, we woke up at 5am on January 6, 2014 and had a delicious buffet breakfast at Sofitel Buenos Aires. Fresh fruits, yogurt, juices, milk, coffee, tea, sausage, eggs, pancake, and a variety of bakery. I ate a lot!!! I didn’t have any dinner last night. :-( This breakfast was a great catch-up for my empty stomach. Felt very satisfied. :D

At 6am, we were picked up at the hotel and transferred to the regional airport to board a flight to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world.

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January 6, 2014: On our way to the airport, we passed by the Buenos Aires Planetarium in Palermo neighborhood.

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January 6, 2014: Then we passed by Fisherman's Club (Club de Pescadores).

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January 6, 2014: Buenos Aires city airport was within reach.

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January 6, 2014: After passing through the airport security, we waited to board our airplane at 8am. There were only 4 gates for domestic flights. It was very hot in the waiting area, and it didn't seem to have any air conditioning!!! It was summer here. OMG!

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January 6, 2014: Still waiting! Our flight was delayed. The original departure time was 8am. There was only one café store at the far corner in the waiting area.

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January 6, 2014: Gate 4 said Ushuaia. Most of us didn't understand the Spanish announcement, so we just crowded the Gate 4 entrance even though it wasn't ready for boarding yet. :-)

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January 6, 2014: Shortly after 8:30am, we took this bus to board the flight. The bus didn't have any air conditioning, either. It's so bloody hot! I wondered how the bus driver survived the heat. Skyscrapers in Downtown Buenos Aires could be seen in the background.

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January 6, 2014: One of the many planes in the airport.

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January 6, 2014: Boarding our plane from LAN Airlines.

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January 6, 2014: Aerial view of Buenos Aires Greater Metropolitan and its city port Puerto Madero.

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January 6, 2014: Aerial view of Downtown Buenos Aires

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January 6, 2014: After flying past the outskirts of Buenos Aires, the scenery is essentially dull prairie. Nothing worth mentioning. I always imagine there will be lots of green grasslands in such a soccer nation, but there wasn't anything green. Just sandy-color prairie farmland. Nothing green to see!!! In fact, over 40% of the total Argentine population lives in Buenos Aires, because most people want to live in the city instead of remote, dry, poor farmlands.

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January 6, 2014: The flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia took about 3.5 hours and we were served brunch on the flight! The meal wasn't really fancy, compared to the earlier breakfast we had at Sofitel hotel. At least LAN Airlines provided free meals on this flight, including free beers!! If this was the Air Canada or United Airlines, there wouldn't be any meal on such a short 3.5-hour flight, just saying...

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January 6, 2014: The mountains and rivers were in view, as we flew in vicinity of Ushuaia.

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January 6, 2014: Ushuaia city view during the flight landing. It was a rainy day in Ushuaia, but it was snowing on the mountain top!

Read the next stop of this trip…Ushuaia Argentina.

2 thoughts on “Flying to Ushuaia

  1. Thank you so much for the detailed information on your A&K trip! I’m so looking forward to our trip this December :) I’m wondering if there was any limitation on checked luggage for the A&K charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia? We have an allowance of 32kg (70lbs) x 2 per person on the international flights to Argentina, but would like to know what the limit is on the A&K charter. Thank you so much!

    • For each passenger:
      1x 22kg checked luggage (not 23kg or 32kg)
      1x 8kg carry-on item (not 10kg)

      You’re allowed only one checked luggage. The checked luggage will be checked-in by the A&K crew on your behalf, the night prior to departure to Ushuaia, which means you cannot access to your checked luggage for one night until you board Le Boreal in Ushuaia. Because the A&K checks the bags for you, I don’t know if they actually weigh your bags to adhere to 22kg limit.

      For the carry-on item, I’ve seen many passengers with two carry-ons, especially the ladies….one carry-on luggage and one handbag/purse. While traveling from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, the airport didn’t weigh the carry-on item(s) at all. On the way back from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires, the LAN airline did weigh the carry-on. If the carry-on luggage is over 10kg (ie, way over 8kg limit), they will ask you to check in the bag and it will be FREE of charge. :-) Surprised?!?! So why do they even bother to set the 8kg limit? Furthermore, some passengers have two carry-ons and they’re fine. So, definitely one checked bag. One (or two) carry-on.

      I think the airline is more lenient on a charter flight, which means A&K has bought all the seats on the entire aircraft.

      Try to stick to the rules, and then you can enjoy the trip and don’t have to worry. :D

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