Cruise Beagle Channel & Walk With Penguins

Walk in a Colony of Gentoo and Magellanic Penguins

Explore a Historic Estancia

Relax in the calm waters of the Beagle Channel

Get an Up-Close View of Patagonia’s Wildlife

From the comfort of our leisurely yacht, sit back and relax as the Beagle Channel and its impressive views pass by. This tour offers an unparalleled opportunity for birdwatching in Argentina. Take in mountains, islands, and sea while observing some of Patagonia’s most iconic marine animals. After taking in the sights around the Beagle Channel, get out of the boat and tour a Gentoo and Magellanic penguin colony with your naturalist guide. Wrap up the day in the Acatashún Natural History Museum before boarding our van transfer back to Ushuaia.

Highlights

View the iconic Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse and the largest conchero, shelly deposit, of the Yamana Indians in the region.

Search for an extensive list of bird species and sea mammals with the help of a local guide.

Fantastic photographic opportunities are guaranteed as you enjoy the natural beauty of southern Patagonia.

Boat out to a penguin colony, where you’ll see hundreds of penguins, learn about their lives, and understand the conservation efforts as you walk among them.

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Trip Details

Trip Details

Price

US$250 per person


Departure time

09:00


Meeting point

Your hotel or accommodation


Availability

Daily, mid-October through late-March


Duration

Full-day (9 hours)


Group size

20 passenger yacht


Difficulty level

Easy


Included

  • Hotel pick up & bus transfer to Ushuaia
  • Local guide
  • Yacht cruise on the Beagle Channel
  • Walking with the penguins
  • Land transportation back to Ushuaia

Not included

  • Entrance to Harberton Ranch ($750 ARS)
  • Port fee (AR$ 40)
  • Lunch

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Raincoat
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Sun protection

About the weather

The weather in Ushuaia can change by the minute! Please be ready for all types of weather and note that our itinerary may change due to the conditions.

Trip Overview

This day trip from Ushuaia offers a full tour of the Beagle Channel from the comfort of a leisurely yacht. Sit back and relax, either on the spacious deck or inside the heated cabin, and enjoy unparalleled views of this remote location. This tour also offers an unrivaled opportunity for birdwatching in Argentina including a walk with the penguins on Martillo Island and transportation back to Ushuaia.

We’ll set sail from a local seaport and head towards Alicia island, where we will find a colony of South American sea lions. From there, we’ll sail east to the aptly named Bird Island. There we can spot king shags, imperial shags, Magellanic cormorants, imperial cormorants, giant albatrosses, fullman, petrels, skuas, and around 20 different species of seabird. Continuing east, we might just be lucky enough to spot a colony of South American fur seals. On our way across the Channel, our view will be all sea and mountains and, if the weather allows, you might spot Mount Olivia, the Five Brothers, and the Encajonado river.

Next, we’ll see the Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse, on an archipelago of the same name. This lighthouse, built in 1919, is an authentic symbol of Ushuaia. Disembark at Harberton harbor and take the 15 minute trip to Martillo Island on a semi-rigid boat. On Martillo Island, we’ll spend an hour walking among a colony of Gentoo and Magellanic penguins. While on the island you’ll always stay with your guide and on authorized trails, so as not to disturb the habitat of these cute seabirds. The penguins have little to no fear of people and will pay attention as they waddle around right next to you.

We’ll wrap up our tour with a visit to the Acatushún Museum. In this natural history museum, you’ll learn about Patagonia’s animals both past and present. After the museum, we’ll then take our comfortable bus transfer back to Ushuaia.

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