Cruise ships dock in the port, and the dock itself has a number of glass booths and kiosks, however, as with most port based shopping, the prices here are much inflated than the shops further into the town. These can be found just a short walk along the pier to Maipu, the coastal avenue and it is not much further from here to the main shopping street called San Martin.
The dock has a visitor centre, with access to maps and information about the town and port area, however reports state that much of this is solely in Spanish and not much information is in English. Near the information centre are the small booking points for the small boat and coach trips that can be purchased. There are also chances to book small flights to sightsee from the air. Care should be taken when arrnaging any of these private tours, as some take much longer, and you can be at risk at missing your ship.
Close to the dock, you will also find a small market of handmade goods such as pipes, hats and baskets plus other local items. You may notice some stranger items. The Argentinian's drink a form of green tea, in a cup that they share around called Mate. The cups come in many forms but traditional ones are made from a hollowed out gourd, and sometimes capped with metal. This tea is drunk through a metal straw with an in built strainer to protect against the loose leaves of the tea. These make terrific gifts, albeit with a little explanation. This area opens around 11am, but will sometimes change if there is an early docking of a ship. It is also here that you will be able to find a taxi. There are plenty of local Taxi's, also buses, but the shopping area and the restuarants are located close to the port, so you should only really need these if you are planning to go further afield.
Visitors will need to be wary of the sun, the ozone in this area is thin. Even small amounts of sun, even on overcast days can burn. Visitors should wear protection. This should also be remembered on board the ship as well.
Unfortunate events have seen some cruise ships refused entry from entering the port of Ushuaia, due to Argentina's continual claim on the Falkland Islands, and a virtual economic blockade in a way to try and force the Falklands to surrender their righrs of Self Determination. Some cruise ships that have visited the Falkland Islands or who plan to visit them, have had to dock in Chile instead.
This will also become apparent by the spray painted walls and fences, where many local people have vented their feelings in paint. Visitors are advised not to mention either the Falklands or comment on the conflict of 1982 as this often offends
If you are choosing a cruise, your agent may offer a choice, of either Argentina or the Falkland Islands. You should take a look at the Falkland Islands.