Tierra del Fuego
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Ushuaia: Beagle Channel & Sea Wolves Island Catamaran Cruise

1. Ushuaia: Beagle Channel & Sea Wolves Island Catamaran Cruise

Start the tour in the local tourist dock and board a modern and comfortable boat. Set sail and cross the wide Ushuaia Bay until you reach the Beagle Channel through Paso Chico. Then, navigate around the Bird's Island where you can appreciate species of the Tierra del Fuego's seabirds such as skuas, black-browed albatross, steam ducks, cauquenes, cook seagulls, and gray seagulls. After that, reach Sea Lion Island which also belongs to the Bridges Archipelago and is inhabited by 2 different species of sea lion. Arrive at the Les Eclaireurs (The Illuminators) Lighthouse where you will find imperial and rocky cormorants colonies. Hear the story of the collapse of the SS Monte Cervantes in 1930. Next, descend into Puerto Karelo to see the authentic shelly deposits (conchero's) of Yamana peoples. Enjoy a guided hike here which lasts takes approximately 20 minutes, finishing at a panoramic viewpoint where you can capture excellent photographs. On the return journey, marvel at the incredible views of the surrounding mountain ranges and sumptuous vegetation which surround the city of Ushuaia.

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Ushuaia: Walking with Penguins Experience and Marine Museum

2. Ushuaia: Walking with Penguins Experience and Marine Museum

Meet your guide in the port of Ushuaia, then admire scenic views as you travel by bus and boat to Martillo Island on the mystical Beagle Channel. Visit the famous Harberton Ranch, which was founded in 1886 by the Anglican missionary Thomas Bridges, and learn about the unique history of the location. Then it’s time to explore the island, home to a colony of Papúa (Gentoo) and Magellanic penguins. Wander along the island’s many nature trails as you get up close and personal to these friendly and charismatic penguins. Take photos and admire the penguins in their natural habitat, which they also share with other birds including cormorants, petrels, vultures and skúas. After a 1-hour walk across the island, head back to the ranch and enjoy some free time to explore the historical buildings as well as visit the Marine Mammals and Sea Birds Museum. At the end of the experience, return to the city and relax whilst marvelling at the beautiful landscape that unfolds along the way.

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Ushuaia: Tierra del Fuego National Park Tour with Lunch

3. Ushuaia: Tierra del Fuego National Park Tour with Lunch

Start the day with a pickup from your hotel around 8 AM and head for the Tierra del Fuego National Park where you’ll visit the most relevant sites with priority given to the natural attractions away from the tourist-dense locations. Walk some short, low-difficulty trails and make the most of your time with some expert information from your guide with lots of attention to detail. See all of the most popular panoramic points of interest within the national park, and visit Ensenada Bay, Cormorant Archipelago and, of course, Lapataia Bay, the end of all roads in South America. You’ll also see the rivers and lagoons within the national park, including Acigami Lake where lunch will be served in a quiet environment accompanied by drinks. Savor the food, company, and surroundings before returning back to the city around 2:30 PM.

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Ushuaia: Penguin Watching Tour by Catamaran

4. Ushuaia: Penguin Watching Tour by Catamaran

Start the tour in the local tourist dock and board a modern and comfortable boat. Set sail and cross the wide Ushuaia Bay until you reach the Beagle Channel through Paso Chico. Then, navigate around the Bird's Island where you can appreciate species of the Tierra del Fuego's seabirds such as skuas, black-browed albatross, steam ducks, cauquenes, cook seagulls, and gray seagulls. After that, reach Sea Lion Island which also belongs to the Bridges Archipelago and is inhabited by 2 different species of sea lion. Arrive at the Les Eclaireurs (The Illuminators) Lighthouse where you will find imperial and rocky cormorants colonies. Hear the story of the collapse of the SS Monte Cervantes in 1930. Next, continue sailing East into the wonderful landscapes of the Beagle Channel surrounded by stunning mountain ranges. Admire both Puerto Almanza on the Argentina coast and the Puerto Williams Naval Base on the Chilean coast. After that, head onwards to Martillo Island, also known as Penguin Island where you will have the opportunity to observe a colony of Magellanic and Papua penguins in their natural habitat. Make the return journey back to the dock, where your tour will end. 

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Ushuaia: Gable Island and Penguin Colony with Canoeing

5. Ushuaia: Gable Island and Penguin Colony with Canoeing

Join this active excursion to take part in the most comprehensive day tour of Tierra del Fuego. In addition to Gable Island, visit the Harberton Ranch and the penguin colony on Martillo Island. Leave Ushuaia toward the east until you arrive at Lasifashaj River. There, preparations will begin to paddle inflatable canoes along the river and the Beagle Channel. You will be provided with rubber boots, trousers, and life jackets to paddle downstream and to the sea in the Beagle Channel. At the sea, you will see wildlife, including a variety of seabirds and maybe even some sea lions. Then, arrive at the Harberton Ranch and take a motorboat towards the Isla Martillo. From the boat, you can see penguins at their breeding site. Continue on your motorboat to the main attraction of the day, the huge Gable Island, where a hot lunch awaits you with Patagonian wine, soft drinks, and mineral water. Next, hike to explore this wonderful island along beaver dams, through the forest, and along the marine coast until you reach the boat that will take you back to Puerto Harberton. Then, take the bus to Ushuaia.

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Tierra del Fuego Park with Optional End of the World Train

6. Tierra del Fuego Park with Optional End of the World Train

Lose yourself in pristine nature, silence, the sounds of flying birds, the clarity of water, native trees, local stories, and much more on a visit to the impressive and historical Tierra del Fuego National Park. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up at your hotel in Ushuaia and choose whether to take an optional ride on the End of the World train. After pickup, start your journey to the End of the World National Park. Along the way, stop to admire the panoramic views over the Beagle Channel before crossing the river and arriving at the End of the World Station. If you choose the option with the train, take a 40-minute ride on this iconic route; if not, spend some free time exploring the national park. Once inside the park, walk along different interpretive trails, getting to know the place and local history. Visit Lake Roca (also known as Lake Errazuriz) to appreciate its waters, the surrounding forest formed by trees over 300-years-old, and the borders with Chile. In the vicinity, stop off at the Alakush Visitor Center to explore the fauna, flora, and zoology, as well as the human occupation, of the park. Continue along the connecting trails until you reach the end of National Route #3 in Lapataia Bay. Only in summer, when it's open, stop at Ensenada Zaratiegui where you'll find the most southerly post office. After about 4-5 hours, finish your adventure with the feeling of having been part of the history and nature of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago as you return to Ushuaia.

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Ushuaia: Two-Day Trip to Tierra del Fuego & Beagle Channel

7. Ushuaia: Two-Day Trip to Tierra del Fuego & Beagle Channel

Enjoy the natural wonders of the Beagle Channel and the impressive landscapes of the Tierra del Fuego National Park in this two-day trip from Ushuaia. Meet your driver from the comfort of your accommodation in Ushuaia at 8:00 am to a start scenic drive through the national park to the Lighthouse at the End of the World with a stop for photos at a Panoramic Point. Hike in Tierra del Fuego through the dense green forest with professional guide. See the forest along the shore at Lapataia Bay and enjoy a hearty lunch with a glass of red wine next to Acigami Lake. At the end of the outing, you be taken back to your hotel. On day 2, sail the Beagle Channel and view panoramas of Ushuaia Bay, and take in the rich marine life like fur seals. Stand between Argentina and Chile at Les Eclaireurs lighthouse, and stop at Bridges Island for a wildlife excursion with a delicious hot chocolate or mate tea with cookies.

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Ushuaia: Beagle Channel by Boat, Hiking, and Seafood

8. Ushuaia: Beagle Channel by Boat, Hiking, and Seafood

Experience the incredible landscapes of Beagle Channel as you journey to from Brown Bay by boat. Enjoy a hearty lunch of fresh local seafood. Stroll across meadows as you hike to Lasifashaj waterfall. Travel from your accommodation through a glacial valley to Brown Bay. Hop on board to begin your voyage through the Beagle Channel. Cross Guarani pass, sail along islands with colonies of sea lions, rock shags and magellanic penguins. Head back to shore where you will find a fresh seafood lunch waiting for you. Learn more about the way of life of the fishermen and inhabitants from the small village of Almanza while you eat. Afterwards, begin your hiking adventure to Lasifashaj waterfall. As we hike, immerse yourself in nature and listen to the sound of the waterfall. Watch the sun start to slowly set as you visit the most famous flag tree of Tierra del Fuego before heading back to your hotel in Ushuaia.

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What people are saying about Tierra del Fuego

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 12 reviews

Really enjoyable half day tour. Pick up on time. Very friendly guides. Nice easy walks in the park, all at a gentle pace. Guide was informative. Lovely scenery. I thought the lunchtime food was ok, husband really enjoyed it. The wine flowed. It was a great trip in the Tierra del Fuego.

The guide was next level really, the tour itself is one you don't want to miss for sure. Many tours can't get you on the island but on this trip you can see the dolphins from 20cm away.

Very nice tour and everything was good organised ! The boat is comfortable, guides speaks spanish and english. We saw a lot of birds and sea lions !

Coco did a great job getting us to the train and showing us the amazing sights in the national park. Very worthwhile experience!

Absolutely fabulous time! Our guide was very knowledgeable and got us to all the important sites. The train ride is a must!