Ushuaia Safaris & wildlife activities

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Ushuaia: Penguin Watching Tour by Catamaran

1. 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. 

Ushuaia: Beagle Channel & Sea Wolves Island Catamaran Cruise

2. 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.

Ushuaia: Walking with Penguins Experience and Marine Museum

3. 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 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 and the Marine Mammals and SeaBirds Museum. At the end of the experience, return to the city and relax whilst marveling at the beautiful landscape that unfolds along the way.

From Ushuaia: Emerald Lagoon Trekking Day Trip with Dinner

4. From Ushuaia: Emerald Lagoon Trekking Day Trip with Dinner

You will start this tour from the meeting point located in Ushuaia city and then depart towards Tierra Mayor Valley. Once at the beginning of the path, you will start your 3-hour hike towards Emerald Lagoon. Most of the year the ground is humid, which gives a medium difficulty to the trek. Enjoy a path covered with dense native forests and streams (over 5 miles with a cumulative elevation gain of 580 ft.). Emerald Lagoon is hidden and located at the foot of the Ojo de Albino glacier, between Cerro Bonete and Cordón Toribio. It is an excellent place for spotting foxes, condors, and beavers. Once arrive to the shore, marvel at the turquoise water while you take a break. The colors that mix between the emerald green of its waters and the coppery red of the peat bogs, added to the other, greens, and browns of the mountains that enclose it and the albino white of the glacier achieve a visual charm and a wonderful chromatic amplitude. At the end of the tour, enjoy a quiet dinner in a charming cabin overlooking the Tierra Mayor valley while the sun slowly goes down. Return to Ushuaia is estimated at around 10 PM.

Ushuaia: Beagle Channel by Boat, Hiking, and Seafood

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

After meeting with your guide, you will head towards Brown Bay passing through a glacial valley. From here, you will start your navigation across the landscapes of Beagle Channel. Enjoy the views while crossing Mackinlay pass, then be amazed by the wildlife while sailing along islands with colonies of sea lions, rock shags and magellanic penguins (about 50 minute sail). After reaching the shore, you will find a fresh seafood lunch waiting for you at a local restaurant. Learn more about the way of life of the fishermen and inhabitants from the small village of Almanza. Afterwards, begin your hiking adventure to El Duende Waterfall. As we hike, immerse yourself in nature and listen to the sound of the waterfall. As the ice on the cake, you will visit the most famous flag tree of Tierra del Fuego before heading back to your hotel in Ushuaia.

Ushuaia: Full-Day Off-Roading and Horseback Riding Lake Tour

6. Ushuaia: Full-Day Off-Roading and Horseback Riding Lake Tour

Head off on a full-day excursion in the wilderness of southern Argentina with a 4WD tour, followed by horseback riding, and a walk around marvelous lakes with the majestic Andes Mountains surrounding you. Start your day bright and early with a pickup at your hotel, and head straight to the lake region by driving on the national route N°3, where you will cross peat valleys and the Andes Mountains through the Garibaldi Pass. Continue along the road through old trails used for logging, marveling at the deep valleys around you as your expert local guide tells you the history of the route and the mountains. Once you cross the iconic Andes Mountains, catch a glimpse of the glorious Lago Escondido, before descending to its borders, where you'll begin your off-roading adventure. Once there, stop for a rest to meet your horses, and enjoy a delicious snack. Then, hop on your horse, specially chosen according to each person's riding experience, and enjoy a leisurely ride for about 30 minutes. Next, tuck into a local lunch on the side of one of the largest lakes in Argentina, the Lago Fagnano, including an Argentine platter of cheeses and charcuterie as a starter, followed by the main dish, and tea or coffee. After lunch, take a walk to enjoy the immensity of the Lake Fagnano up close, before returning to Ushuaia.

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. Day 1: On day one, meet your driver from the comfort of your accommodation at 8:00 am and a start scenic drive through Tierra del Fuego National Park. Upon arrival, you will enjoy the views from Ensenada Bay; try to spot some wildlife! Then start a hike through the green forest & coast accompained by a professional guide. Enjoy the amazing landscapes! Walk along Lapataia Bay and get to know Acigami Lake. After some walks, enjoy a hearty lunch with a glass of red wine surounded by nature. At the end of the outing, be driven back to your hotel. Day 2: On day two, sail the Beagle Channel and be amazed by the views of Ushuaia Bay from the water. The Channel is full of marine wildlife; you will spot sea lions, and, If you are lucky, you may spot killer whales. Stand between Argentina and Chile at Les Eclaireurs lighthouse, and stop at Bridges Island for a wildlife excursion. Plus, enjoy a delicious hot chocolate or mate tea.

From Ushuaia: Beagle Channel Jeep Tour with Hike and Meal

8. From Ushuaia: Beagle Channel Jeep Tour with Hike and Meal

Experience the stunning nature that surrounds Ushuaia and local cuisine on this guided day trip. Tour the Beagle Channel on a 4X4 Jeep and hike along Lasifashaj River to enjoy a 3-course meal with a glass of wine. Hop into your Jeep and depart from Ushuaia to head north on a provincial route towards Brown Bay. From here, hike to the Lasifashaj River waterfall. Be mesmerized by the cascading water before returning to your Jeep. Drive in the direction of Puerto Almanza, the main port of artisanal fishermen who specialize in catching crabs. Arrive in Puerto Almanza and reach the home of a locally-famous fisherman and the only captain of the Beagle Channel. Then, sit down for a 3-course meal consisting of traditional seafood dishes. Wash it down with a glass of Argentinian wine and learn about Patagonian culinary secrets. After your meal, relax with a full stomach on your ride back to Ushuaia.

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What people are saying about Ushuaia

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4.8 / 5

based on 42 reviews

Magnificent tour of the hinterland of Ushuaia in the company of Jorge on the immense family lands by the lakes, where they raise horses. Break and lunch in the comfortable cabins of their family. Adorable people who share the characteristics and history of the region, impressive 4x4 trips, well-trained and quiet horses, good local meals and superb landscapes.

Exotic visit just a stone's throw from Ushuaïa. Have seen the marine animals on the rocks and even condors close enough. We even had a whale nearby. Modern and comfortable boat with cafeteria on board.

Our guide Anita was amazing. Spending an hour on the island with the penguins is an amazing experience that you must do in Ushuaia!

It was a wonderful experience!! We got to see many of them and other animals too. Totally worth doing it!!

Very nice excursion. Comfortable and well heated catamaran. Circuit as described.