Historic Estancia, Puerto Almanza Crab Feast, & Penguins

Feast on a Traditional Lunch

Historic Locations & Insights

Explore a colony of Magellanic & Gentoo Penguins

Step Back in Time & Immerse Yourself in Local Fishing Culture

We’ll pick you up from your hotel and take you to the historic estancia, or estate, Harberton Ranch. There, we will be welcomed by the fourth-generation manager of the land and learn about the natural and cultural history of the area. Moving along, we’ll head down the road to Puerto Almanza, a charming fishing village. Local hosts will prepare a lunch of traditional Argentinian dishes including king crab. After lunch, enjoy a peaceful walk along the coast before you hop in a small boat to visit a penguin colony!

Highlights

Visit a fourth-generation wool ranch in southern Patagonia and learn about the natural and cultural history of the area.

Experience life in a small, southerly fishing village, where local hosts welcome you and show you the ropes.

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

Experience includes transfer to and from your hotel in Ushuaia and a crab feast.

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Trip Details

Trip Details

Price

US$150 per person


Departure time

08:00


Meeting point

Your hotel or accommodation


Availability

On request, mid-October through late-March


Duration

Full-day (approximately 8 hours)


Group size

Min 2, max 12


Difficulty level

Easy


Included

  • Transfers to and from your hotel
  • Entrance to Harberton Ranch
  • Lunch & snacks
  • Local boat excursion to see the penguins

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Raincoat
  • Water bottle 
  • Camera
  • Sunglasses

Staff

Local guide


Dietary requirements

If you have special dietary requirements, please contact us prior to your tour so that arrangements can be made. All meals may be made vegetarian and we are almost always able to accommodate vegan and gluten-free visitors.


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

We’ll pick you up at your hotel bright and early and travel east in our comfortable van or small bus towards Harberton Ranch. On our way to this day trip from Ushuaia, we’ll pass rugged coastlines, ancient forests, and impressive vistas. Arriving at the ranch, we’ll be warmly welcomed by the fourth-generation manager. This manager’s great-grandparents founded this historic estancia or estate and we’ll be given the opportunity to tour the grounds and learn about its history of wool production. Through the rustic tea-room windows, glimpse the wild scenery of Patagonia mountains. We’ll wrap up our time at the historic estate with a visit to the Acatushún Museum. In this natural history museum, you’ll learn about Patagonia’s animals both past and present.

Back in our comfortable tour vehicle, we’ll head on down the road to Puerto Almanza. This is a charming fishing village on the coast and nearly everyone who lives in the village is dedicated to specialized and sustainable fishing. They catch crab, centollones (Kind crab), mussels, and other typical mollusks. You can expect a warm welcome from the local fishing community who enjoy showing off their beautiful home and distinct way of life. Our hosts will prepare a crab feast in a time-honored way for our lunch, as the standard of southern Argentina’s traditional food involves boiling the crab in salty seawater. When lunch is ready, the locals will instruct us on how to best enjoy this local delicacy. Wash down your lunch with a sampling of locally brewed beer or a glass of Malbec.

After lunch, we will take a light walk along the seaside. Enjoy the sights and sounds of this tiny village and the spectacular views across the Beagle Channel. Then, we’ll hop in a Zodiac boat to visit a huge colony of Magellanic and Gentoo penguins. Rambling respectfully around these gracious seabirds, we learn about their lives and conservation. Exceptional photographs of this moment will be one of the greatest memories of your trip. At the end of the day, your Drake guide will bring you back to your hotel in Ushuaia.

The order of this experience might change, depending on the best time of day to see the Penguins.

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