USHUAIA - TIERRA DEL FUEGO
OTHER NAVIGATION TOURS
For the ones who love sailing there are further options available. Besides the ones we have already mentioned, like De los Lobos Island, De los Pájaros Island, Martillo Island, Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse, other attractions include De los Estados Island, the "Fueguian Channels" and the famous Cape Horn are waiting for you.
Lapataia, for example, starts heading west toward Puerto Arias. In Lapataia Bay you can join the tour coming by land from the National Park thus combining coming or going by land. The duration of this trip is four hours.
Penguin Rookery and Harberton
From "Don Eduardo Arturo Brisighelli" pier, sailing southeast along Ushuaia Bay and the Beagle Channel you visit the Bridges Archipelago, especially Alicia Island, where it is possible to observe a great variety of birds typical of the region, like the Blue-Eyed Cormorant, the Sooty Albatross, the Skuas, the Steamer Duck, the alakush, etc.
After that follows the Les Eclaireurs Archipelago where you can visit the sea lions colony (two different species) and Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse.
You continue up to "Estancia Remolino", where the remains of the wreck of "Monte Sarmiento" ship are found, sunken on its coast. Always heading east, with Puerto Almanza on the left (Argentina) and Puerto Williams on the right (Chile), you arrive at Mackinlay Pass and you navigate up to Martillo Island to visit the Magellanic Penguins rookery.
The journey continues up to "Estancia Harberton" where you enjoy a short walk and guided visit to the ranch buildings and work areas. From Harberton you start the journey back to Ushuaia, along the meandering Guaraní Pass, until you arrive in the small town of Puerto Almanza, whose few inhabitants are devoted to spider crab fishing and salmon breeding. The excursion lasts a whole day.
The maritime journey is the same as the one of the maritime excursion "Penguin Rookery and Estancia Harberton", except for the visit to the ranch, which is not included in this excursion. The journey back to Ushuaia starts at the penguin rookery on Martillo Island, without entering Harberton Bay. "Estancia Remolino" is visited instead.
Estancia Remolino and Port
This Fueguian ranch, situated on the north coast of the Beagle Channel), is the second old. In the year 1898, during the presidency of General Roca, Remolino was given to the family of John Lawrence in gratitude for the cultural activities developed by that family among the indian population since 1873.
Remolino used to be shelter, source of work and cultural adaptation for the Yámanas, Shekl'nam, Haush and their descendants, from the end of 19th Century up to the 30's in the last century, when John Lawrence passed away.
You may enter Remolino through its port, on whose north coast ran aground the cargo and passenger boat "Comandante Sarmiento" in 1912, where it got trapped and became definitely incorporated to the landscape. The old hulk was recovered by the people in "Estancia Remolino" and one of the rooms currently exhibits the history and the objects recovered from the wreck.
It is also possible to see models of the huts, harpoons and other instruments used by the Yámanas, found by archaeologists who investigate their past. There, everything looks exactly the way it was, in its actual size.
The visitor can freely go through an interpretation tour which, over a short distance, allows him to observe the flora of various Fueguian environments. This interpretation tour, conveniently signaled, provides scientific information about the different aborigine species in the area.
Depending on the time of the year, the tourist can observe different types of natural flowers, from daisies to impressive extensions of sub-Antarctic orchids.
During the journey you get a magnificent view of the Beagle Channel to the east and to the west. You can also see the Darwin range, the highest mountains in the archipelago, as a natural background to a panoramic view of Ushuaia, the city of the two bays.
Having endured many vicissitudes, and in a serious state of dereliction, "Estancia Remolino" was finally taken over by the "Instituto Fueguino de Investigaciones Científicas" (Fueguian Institute of Scientific Research) and it became a research center. Its visit is a contribution to the development of research in the area.
This is a unique opportunity to sail and let yourself be taken by the magic of the labyrinth of fiords, bays and channels of the region. Away from the hectic city life, silence, nature and an expert captain will accompany you in this experience of spiritual renewal.
Sail + Hiking
14-day sailing, also includes hiking along paths in the area of the Beagle Channel glaciers.
Starting from Ushuaia, this tour takes you to the Bridges Archipelago, De los Pajaros Island, Les Eclaireurs Archipelago, De los Lobos Island and Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse. Meals with hot and/or cold drinks are included. Duration: 6/7 hours.
Puerto Williams (Chile)
Departing from Ushuaia toward the east, passing by the Bridges Archipelago and Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse, until you arrive in Puerto Williams (Chile). Mooring alongside the pier. Night on board. Return the following day. Includes meals and drinks. Duration: 2 days and 1 night.
Departure from Ushuaia toward the east, passing by the Bridges Archipelago, the Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse, until you arrive in Harberton Bay. Anchoring. Optional visit to the ranch. Night on board. Return the following day. Includes meals and drinks. Duration: 2 days and 1 night.
8-day sailing. All inclusive. Leaves from Ushuaia and heads toward Puerto Williams, Navarino Island, where you go through Customs in order to enter Chile. Turning south, skirts Lennox Island, crosses then to Nassau bay to reach Wollaston Archipelago, where Horn Island is. It is there where one has to wait for the best weather conditions to cross to Cape Horn. Eventually, and depending on the meteorological conditions, it is possible to disembark on Horn Island, where the lighthouse and the Chilean Army control post can be visited.
Glaciers on Darwin Range
8-day sailing. All inclusive. Starting from Ushuaia, one heads toward Puerto Williams, Navarino Island, where you go through Customs in order to enter Chile. Turning west until you reach the northwest branch of the Beagle Channel. There, enormous glacier spits coming from the tops of the immense continental glacier which covers the Darwin range, flow their icebergs into the sea. The boat sails into these fiords, makes way through the ice that covers the surface of the water and gets up to a prudential distance from which one can observe the grandiose spectacle of the rumbling fall of massive blocks of ice into the ocean.