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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. 

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Ushuaia: Gable Island and Penguin Colony with Canoeing

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

3. 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 Isla Martillo

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 119 reviews

Very good in every way. There is a flaw, professionals who take photographs and then sell them to visitors, become almost rude to those who did not want photos. Little less that they took us from the places where the penguins were seen.

It was an amazing experience. We got up close to the Penguins and Sea Lions. The scenery was breathtaking. I highly recommend this tour. You see so much.

Were lucky enough to spot whales out of season. Furthermore 3 nice stops made for different sea life. You get very close to the animals.

Great, versatile tour with very good care - was worth it.

Beautiful trip over Beagle channel. Seen many animals.