USHUAIA - TIERRA DEL FUEGO
In Ushuaia, Navigation tours are excellent for enjoying the transparency of the waters of the Beagle Channel and the birds and marine mammals colonies.
From Ushuaia, one of the most symbolic excursions which is available all year round is the one known as De los Lobos Island (Sea Lions Island). On this journey you also get to visit Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse, which is located at the entrance of Ushuaia Bay.
The tour starts from "Don Eduardo Arturo Brisighelli" pier; during the trip, the most important buildings in the city can be seen: the "Maritime Museum" (formerly a prison), the "End-of-the-World Museum", the industrial area setup in 1980, among others.
From this point the landscape is a combination of sea and mountains and you can admire mounts Olivia, Cinco Hermanos, the "Estancia Fique" and "Estancia Túnel", the Escarpados range and the Encajonado River.
From there the tour heads to the center of the Beagle Channel, to the southwest, arriving at Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse and the archipelago with the same name.
(There are several options in order to appreciate the Beagle Channel specifically. It is a must when you visit Ushuaia, and you can choose to travel on catamarans or sailboats. The journey varies according to the time of the year and according to the places visited during the trip).
On one of these islands it is possible to see parts of the "Monte Cervantes", a ship which wrecked in the year 1930.
On De Los Lobos Island you can enjoy the view of these curious and friendly marine mammals as you silently sail around the island for about 20 minutes, time during which their permanent habitat can be observed.
Then, your boat will head toward De los Pájaros Island (Bird Island) where you will be able to observe over 20 different species of sea birds, including Rock Cormorants, the majestic Blue-eyed Cormorants, albatrosses, Southern Fulmars, Southern Giant-petrels and Skuas.
On the way back, through Paso Chico, there is a view of the beautiful frame given to the city by Mt Martial and its glacier with the same name.
A variation of this excursion, available only in the summer, departs from Ushuaia to Lapataia Bay, within Tierra del Fuego National Park, from which you can return to take the classic visit to De los Lobos Island. Some excursions include trekking in the area of the National Park.
From mid-October to the beginning of April, the tour to De los Lobos Island includes a visit to the penguin rookery.
After visiting De los Lobos Island and Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse, the trip continues up to Martillo Island, where a rookery of Magellanic Penguins can be found in the summer. If you take the complete excursion, navigation continues up to "Estancia Harberton", the earliest establishment in the province. Here you can start a guided trekking trip.
DEPARTURE FROM ENSENADA BAY
It is a beautiful place in the Beagle Channel. Ideal for weekend picnics. From here, and if the weather conditions allow it, the tourist can take an excursion to Redonda Island, from where there is a fascinating view of the Channel.
DEPARTURE FROM "ESTANCIA HARBERTON"
During the summer there are regular outings which start at "Estancia Harberton", visiting the penguin rookery on Martillo Island. Between October and April a bus service takes you from Ushuaia to "Estancia Harberton".
"MARE AUSTRALIS" CRUISE: USHUAIA TO PUNTA ARENAS
From Ushuaia, between October and April, the traveler can explore the southernmost and most virgin region in the world aboard a cruise liner which will offer an unforgettable expedition. With an alternative program of 3 or 7 nights you can choose the one that suits you best and, in this way, navigate across the Strait of Magellan and the Beagle Channel.
The eternal ice, the silence only broken by the cackle of birds that follow the boat, the imposing nature which defies gravity are some of the sensations the visitor will take with him forever.
You will have the opportunity to visit fiords, bays, glaciers and islands, between the Chilean city of Punta Arenas and Ushuaia, in Tierra del Fuego.
In this unforgettable trip you will also disembark on the mythical Cape Horn, last promontory before crossing up to Antarctica, and in Wulaia Bay, where there used to be an ancient indian settlement.
From the comfortable rooms in the cruise liner, you will watch the impressive glaciers and then you will disembark on the beach near Garibaldi Glacier from where you will have the opportunity to walk into virgin forests.
Before arriving in the Chilean city of Punta Arenas you cannot miss seeing the colony of 120,000 Magellan penguins which live on Magdalena Island and taking a walk to the lighthouse.
On the way from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia you will navigate along Seno del Almirantazgo until disembarking in Ainsworth Bay, from where you can see Marinelli Glacier with its strange colors and unique glare.
You will visit a colony of sea lions and from there you will navigate along Seno D'Agostini to watch the D'Agostini and Serrano glaciers, to later disembark on the spectacular Condor Glacier Bay.
In the last section, and already in the Beagle Channel, you can appreciate the "Glaciers Avenue" which takes you to Yendegaia Bay, where the first ranch in Tierra del Fuego is, and from there to the southernmost town in the world: Puerto Williams.
Finally, after this exciting excursion, you return to the starting point, the city of Ushuaia, where the expedition ends.