Tierra del Fuego
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Our most recommended Tierra del Fuego Ecotourism

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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Tierra del Fuego National Park & The End of the World Train

3. Tierra del Fuego National Park & The End of the World Train

After pickup in Ushuaia, travel towards Tierra del Fuego National Park. Along the way, stop to admire the panoramic views over the Beagle Channel. Cross the river and arrive at the End of the World Station. Choose to ride along the embankment used by the old convict train. Passengers who do not wish to ride the train will wait at the end of the train line.  Continue to the national park, an area reserved to protect the native subantarctic flora and fauna. Follow the path through the forest to Lake Roca, a glacial lake framed by mountains and forest. Look out for different native bird species, and spend 30 minutes in this beautiful place. Cross Cormorants Island and visit a beaver dam on the way to Lapataia Bay. See the beautiful coast, and traces of the ancient native settlers that used to live in the region. Walk along the footbridge, take photographs, and enjoy the feeling of being at the end of the world. Return to Ushuaia, where your tour will end.

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Ushuaia: Private Tour Tierra del Fuego National Park

4. Ushuaia: Private Tour Tierra del Fuego National Park

Start the day with the pick-up from your hotel in Ushuaia. Once in the car, you´ll head west in the direction of the National Park. While you leave Ushuaia city, you´ll start to have nice views of the Beagle Channel and the Andes Mountain Range. After 20 minutes, you´ll be driving along the historical and beautiful Pipo River Valley, where the prisoners from the Old Penal Colony of Ushuaia were harvesting wood for over 50 years with the aid of a narrow gauge train. At only 10 kilometers (6 miles) from Ushuaia, you´ll find the famous train "The End of the World", which is a reconstruction of the old train of the prison and were you´ll spend some time discovering this wonderful attraction. Then it will be time to go inside the park either by car or by train (one hour ride). Once in the national park, you´ll continue west for about 25 minutes to reach its end at the coast of Lapataia Bay. This gorgeous bay of the Beagle Channel has a big symbolic value because the end of the route 3 is also the southern end of the Pan-American Highway. After spending some time walking and discovering the coast of the bay and taking pictures, there´s no other choice but to start driving in the other direction. Departing from the end of the Pan-American Highway, you´ll go to visit the stunning Roca Lake, which was carved and formed by the action of glaciers for over 10,000 years. After enjoying a cup of tea or coffee with the great scenario this lake offers, you´ll start heading east on the route 3, getting closer to the city. But before leaving the park, you´ll reach the coast of the Beagle Channel again to visit Zaratiegui Bay this time. This gorgeous bay with a magnificent landscape holds a special sub Antarctic evergreen forest as well as the typical "End of the World" post office. In this cozy and traditional post office you will be able to stamp your passport with special stamps and also send postcards from the furthermost point of America to anywhere in the world. From here, you´ll return to Ushuaia which lays 20 minutes driving from this bay. 

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Ushuaia: Tierra del Fuego Trekking and Canoeing

5. Ushuaia: Tierra del Fuego Trekking and Canoeing

Enjoy being immersed in nature at Tierra del Fuego National Park. Enjoy an intense walk a ride in inflatable canoes, across an incredible landscape with rivers, sea, mountains, and forests.  Inside the Tierra del Fuego National Park walk a 7-kilometer path, considered of medium difficulty, to discover a recovered paradise where the mountains can be reached from near the sea, and freshwater rivers and lakes coexist with the marine coast. Near the Acigami Lake, enjoy lunch in a dining tent out of the wind or rain. Afterwards, grab your provided rubber boots, pants, and life jackets and get aboard very safe and stable inflatable canoes. Reach Lapataia Bay following the slow flow of the Lapataia and Ovando rivers. For about an hour, you will see the transition from the freshwater environment to the sea at Lapataia Bay.

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Ushuaia: Penguin Watching Tour by Catamaran

6. 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

7. 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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Full Day Trekking to Emerald Lagoon with Lunch

8. Full Day Trekking to Emerald Lagoon with Lunch

Be collected at your accommodation in a minivan and start your adventure with up to 18 other people. Spend 1-hour on a scenic drive through Lengas and Cohiues, the ancient trees of Fueguian forests, then reach the welcoming refuge.  Once inside Tierra del Fuego National Park begin your 2.5-hour trek to the Emerald Lagoon. This is a moderately difficult trek over 7 miles with 700 feet of uneven terrain, which leads you across streams and through dense forests until reaching the lagoon. This beautiful spot is hidden between immense snow-capped mountains. It is an excellent place for spotting foxes, condors, and beavers. Marvel at the turquoise water while you take a 45-minute break to enjoy a delicious packed lunch. After lunch, enjoy the 1.5-hour trek to return to the refuge where you will be picked up and driven back to Ushuaia.

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Ushuaia: Guided Vinciguerra Glacier and Tempanos Lagoon Trek

9. Ushuaia: Guided Vinciguerra Glacier and Tempanos Lagoon Trek

Pickup begins in the morning from your hotel, from where you will drive you to the beginning of the path (which is 7 kilometers away the city). Your tour will begin with your discovery of the Andorra Valley, as you get to walk along a peat moss area until reaching the Rio Grande. This is an area which needs to be crossed in order to access the trail to the forest. From there you will begin your first uphill section of the trek. At some point in this beautiful endeavor, you will find yourself in a high valley full of peat moss. The forest will then begin to get smaller and smaller beneath you as you climb higher and higher into the mountain. This will continue until you reach a point where the trees will eventually begin to look like small bushes below. It is at this point that a big change occurs, as you find yourself in a high mountain landscape on which you will make the final ascent to the Tempanos Lagoon. Once there you will be able to see the Vinciguerra Glacier, which sits majestically behind the lagoon.

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Tierra del Fuego Park with Optional End of the World Train

10. 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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What people are saying about Tierra del Fuego

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 18 reviews

A must do!! We had the chance to take this tour with my wife and we absolutely loved it. The guides were funny and whitty. Knowledgable and with a genuine love and interest for their work. The places we visited were great. It was a trully lovely visit and a great experience at the end of the world!!

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 !

Very nice relaxing pace tour. Luciano the tour guide was well spoken and provided great commentary. , Everything was well organized and informative.

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