Boutique del Libro Antártida & Patagonia (25 de Mayo 62, tel. 2901/43-2117, www.antartidaypatagonia.com.ar) carries a wide choice of Argentine and imported books in Spanish, English, and other languages on the “uttermost part of the earth” and its surroundings, including current Moon handbooks at moderate markups; there are also novels for that long voyage across the Drake Passage to Antarctica.
elocated to more spacious quarters, its other Boutique del Libro (San Martín 1120, tel. 02901/42-4750) offers an excellent selection of Spanish-language books and a smaller choice of English-language titles.
Along with many similar venues along Ushuaia’s main shopping street, Fin del Mundo (San Martín 505, tel. 02901/42-2971) has many kitschy souvenirs but also maps and books. Nearby Laguna Negra (San Martín 513, tel. 02901/43-1144) specializes in locally produced chocolates.
Tierra de Humos (San Martín 861, tel. 02901/43-3050, www.tierradehumos.com.ar) stocks locally produced leather, fleeces, handicrafts, and silverwork. For purchases directly from the artisans, there’s the Paseo de los Artesanos (Maipú and Lasserre), at the entrance to the Muelle Comercial port.
Quelhué (San Martín 214, tel. 02901/43-5882, www.quelhue.com.ar) carries a fine selection of Argentine wines and imported duty-free liquors.
© Wayne Bernhardson from Moon Argentina, 3rd edition