Full day nature and photo journey to the famed Beagle Channel, in southern Tierra del Fuego. On this trip we will follow the wake of Charles Darwin and Captain Robert Fitz Roy’s Beagle and its survey of the area in the 1830s. We will visit sea lion and seabird breeding colonies, including cormorants and penguins. The highlight of the trip will be Estancia Harberton, a historic location that will tell us about the origins of the ill-fated early inhabitants of the island and the first ‘white’ pioneers that colonized this remote part of the world.
Day Trip from Ushuaia, Argentina
Full day tour (8-10 hours) from Ushuaia, Argentina • Available from October until March.
Detailed Itinerary and Activities
We have a full day of adventures ahead! We will start our trip in the morning from the port of Ushuaia, world’s southernmost city, by boarding a spacious vessel to travel along a considerable part of the Argentinian sector of the famed Beagle Channel. The boat has a large cabin with a warm seating area; this will give us protection as we will spend a fair amount of time watching wildlife from the viewing decks; we strongly recommend to bring cold-weather gear including a coat/parka, hat and gloves. A short distance from Ushuaia, we will reach the productive Les Eclerairs islets; these rocks hold a fairly large colony of Sea Lions and Fur Seals as well as rookeries of several seabirds such as Imperial Cormorant, Chilean Skua, Kelp Gull and South American Tern. We will circumnavigate this rocks teeming with wildlife to appreciate the imposing and colorful lighthouse.
As we travel eastwards, there are great chances o spotting Peale’s Dolphin and pelagic seabirds including Back-browed Albatross, Southern Giant Petrel and Magellanic Diving-Petrel. Later, we will get to Martillo Island and its penguin breeding colonies. Here we will have the unique chance of seeing Magellanic and Gentoo Penguins breeding together; Occasionally King Penguins can be seen resting among its smaller cousins.
By noontime, we will reach the sheltered bay of Estancia Harberton. This fascinating site holds an amazing part of the history (and pre-history) of southern Tierra del Fuego. The history of missionary Thomas Bridges and his family and the connection with the last Fuegians, the natives of Tierra del Fuego, is certainly moving and you can learn more by reading before-hand one of the most inspiring account written by his son Lucas on the classic “Uttermost Part of the Earth”. We will have plenty of time to explore the facilities of this farm, the cemetery and the visitor center, which contains a interesting museum with a large collection of marine mammal skulls and skeletons. We will head back to Ushuaia by bus, enjoying the mountains, the sea views and the tall beech forests which cover this part of the island.
Dates & Rates
Day Tour: This trip is available on a daily basis from October until April
Meet/Depart: Daily departures from Ushuaia, Argentina.
Duration: 8-10 hours | Pick-up time at the hotel / Punta Arenas port at 8am.
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What the trip includes/excludes
The above prices are per person in US Dollars. All payments are in US Dollars.
The trip price includes: Private transportation and guide services during the tour, park entry fees, packed lunch and mineral water. VAT of the tour is also included.
The trip price excludes: Tipping, travel insurance, a la carte dishes, alcoholic drinks, and anything else of a purely personal nature.
To book this tour, please complete the online registration form and pay a deposit of US$ 100 per person. Full payment of the tour fee is due 30 days prior to tour departure.
Notice of cancellation can only be accepted IN WRITING from the person who signed the booking form and takes effect on the day such noticed is received by us.
Refunds are made according to the following schedule:
– If cancellation is made 120 days or more before departure date, the deposit less US$ 50 is refundable.
– If cancellation is made between 120 and 60 days before departure, the deposit is not refundable, but any payments covering the balance of the fee will be refunded.
– If cancellation is made fewer than 60 days before departure date, no refund is available.
This policy and fee schedule also applies to pre-trip and post trip extensions, as well as any transfers from one tour to another. We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation insurance to protect yourself.
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What our Guest Say!
“Dallas and I have just got back to New Zealand after a most enjoyable holiday and a wonderful introduction to the wildlife of Chile. Many thanks for all your help in arranging this trip. All the transport arrangements worked well and we were most appreciative of your prompt and helpful replies to our emails. Ana Maria and Rodrigo were both great hosts as well as having an in depth knowledge of Chilean birds. We must not forget the drivers Rodolfo and Christian – they were much more than just drivers. They certainly added to the enjoyment of our time in Chile. We would not hesitate in recommending Far South Expeditions to those wanting to see Chilean wildlife”. Geoff & Dallas B. (NZ), October 2017
“Custom photographic tour to Patagonia. My husband and I & our friend traveled with photographer and guide Claudio, exploring and photographing Patagonia. It was a wonderful trip. Claudio and Ruben were amiable and accommodating companions and guides, even in the dark of early morning as we rose before sunrise to position ourselves for the best light. We would love to travel with them again!” – M. Tartar, USA
“Among all my trips to South America the travel to Patagonia was undoubtedly the most exciting one. The staff is exceptional but most of all, we were impressed by the intellect and human qualities of our guide Jaime who accompanied us during our specially designed trip to Tierra del Fuego. Since that time I harbor hopes that I can make another trip to Patagonia with Far South Expeditions!” – A. Fedorchenko, Russia
“We just finished the 8-day tour of Patagonia, and it was an amazing experience. Far South Expeditions handled everything smoothly and efficiently, we literally just showed up and they took care of the rest. The lodging provided with the tour was great for the whole trip, and our guide, Rodrigo Tapia is a true expert. He was able to spot wildlife that we could not see – including a Puma, and was great at accomodating the needs of our group. Far South Expeditions was great in handling all the details. I would definitely use them again.” – B. Funai, USA
“Many thank’s to Far South Expeditions for my recent birding tour of Punta Arenas, especially to Cecilia Faundez and excellent birder/naturalist Sebastian Saiter for helping me find Magellanic Plover.” – B. Nixon, UK
“Just a note of thanks to say that we enjoyed our trip to Torres del Paine on the botanical tour. We appreciated his friendly company. The accommodation and food was excellent, and we learnt a great deal about Patagonian natural history from Sebastian. The locations and walks selected for the tour were all interesting and different. We appreciated the flexibility of the schedule.” – D. & B. Keith, Australia
“Just a quick note to say that we thoroughly enjoyed our Patagonian adventure. Sebastian was an excellent guide and found us so many things; he was a great companion and always pleasant.” – D. & D. Stannard, UK
“We enjoyed the trip very much and have many beautiful photos of the scenery and wildlife in this region.” – D. James, UK
“David was an excellent guide for our King Penguin Day Trip. As a whole, Far South is running a very efficient tour company.” – P. Leslie, USA
“The highlight of our whole cruise around the Cape from Buenos Aires to Valparaiso was the half day excursion to see the incredible condors of Patagonia. The condors were most amazing. About 100 gather on the ranch at a cliff and we were privileged to see them roosting, stretching and flying en mass. This was a really authentic wildlife encounter.” – D. King, USA
“I asked Far South Expeditions to put a trip together to Patagonia for our small group of six, four of us being serious amateur photographers. Once I contacted Far South I knew that we were in good hands. Cecilia (who answered my endless questions) and Claudio put together the perfect trip. I can not recommend Far South Expeditions highly enough. It is a first rate, professional organization with vast personal knowledge of Patagonia.” – R. Badger, USA
“Far South Expeditions organised and booked a three-week tour with an outstanding expert guide, driver and minibus for two couples with interests in bird-watching, wildlife, history and culture. The tour was fantastic. Our guide, Rodrigo, was excellent. His English was flawless and as a Chilean Spanish speaker his help was essential. He is at the very forefront of southern South American ornithologists, with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the local and world-wide avian fauna, and also of other animals, plants and natural and cultural attractions of Chile and Argentina. He is an interesting, friendly, amiable and amazing person and an outstanding photographer. The places Far South Expeditions booked for us were all good quality, with some of them being outstanding, and Rodrigo’s local knowledge meant that we saw many fascinating animals and places that we would not have known about or found for ourselves. We loved this tour with its wildlife (penguins, flamingos, guanacos, vicunas, llamas) and contrasts from the Punta Arenas area, to Ushuaia on the southern end of Tierra del Fuego, to the Andean peaks, glacial lakes and old growth southern beech forests and glaciers of El Chalten, El Calafate, Torres del Paine and finally to the starkly beautiful, high altitude, desperately dry altiplano, active volcanoes, salt lakes and peaks of the Atacama desert. Throughout, our guide and drivers were terrific: patient, helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. It was an unforgettable trip and we highly recommend this tour company and its staff.” Don Gartside, Australia