Ushuaia
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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: Penguin Watching Tour by Catamaran

3. 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

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

5. 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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From Ushuaia: King Crab Fishing Day Trip with Lunch

6. From Ushuaia: King Crab Fishing Day Trip with Lunch

Feel like a local as you catch your own crab in the Beagle Channel and learn the culinary secrets of Patagonian-style crab. Explore a native forest and a traditional fishing village on a guided trip. After pick-up from your hotel, head to your first stop, a dense native forest by the coast. Walk through the woods to visit an impressive waterfall before returning to the vehicle. Next, see Puerto Almanza, the southernmost fishing port in Argentina. From there, drive to a small fishing village, where nearly everyone fishes, catching crab, mussels, and other typical mollusks. Meet your local host family and board their boat. Sail to where they lay their traps and pull them up. Hopefully, they’ll be full of crabs.  On the return to shore, your hosts will prepare a crab in the Patagonian style, boiled in salty seawater, and teach you how to eat it. After lunch, you will head back to your hotel.

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Ushuaia: Beagle Channel by Boat, Hiking, and Seafood

7. 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 Ushuaia

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 32 reviews

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.

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.

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 !

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.

Beautiful trip over Beagle channel. Seen many animals.