Beagle Channel

Beagle Channel: Our most recommended tours and activities

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.

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.

Ushuaia: Helicopter Scenic Flight

5. Ushuaia: Helicopter Scenic Flight

Enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the mountains, islands, glaciers, city, and harbor. You will be able to choose from 3 different tours: Ushuaia Scenic Tour (7 min): This flight will give you an excellent view of the city, Golondrina Bay, Susana Mount, Martial Glacier, Presidio and Ushuaia Port harbor and bay. Emerald Lagoon (15 min): Fly over Ushuaia city, and get a clear view of Olivia Mountain. From there, continue on to Cinco Hermanos Mount, the peatlands of Carbajal Valley, Tierra Mayor Valley, Emerald Lagoon, and finishes off over Ushuaia Bay. Landing at the Andes (30 min): Fly over Ushuaia and then be taken east to see Olivia Mountain’s summit of almost 4,350 feet. You'll be driven through the Carbajal Valley with its imposing peatlands until you'll reach the Esmeralda Lagoon, a high mountain lagoon. After flying around the mountains you'll get to a stop area, where you'll get the most dramatic views from Ushuaia and the Andes Range. Get ready to toast with champagne at the top of a mountain.

Ushuaia: Beagle Channel by Boat, Hiking, and Seafood

6. 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: 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 Beagle Channel

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 257 reviews

The trip was an unforgettable experience by far the best of my life and the helicopter company and the pilot were wonderful. Of course, know that they promote it in pesos but they spend it in dollars and the payment in pesos plus taxes for purchases abroad will arrive in your summary, even if the trip is in Argentina.

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.

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.

Really well balanced day. Great fun, interesting and never a dull moment!