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The frigid Beagle Channel provides a watery highway for the world’s southernmost city, Ushuaia, en route to the icy Antarctic.

The strait separates Argentina’s Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego, to the north, from remote Chilean islands like Nueva, Picton and Navarino to the south of the channel.

Boat cruises cast off from Ushuaia to visit the lighthouse and islands that are home to penguin and sea lion colonies in the strait.

In summer, boats sail across the Channel to Puerto Williams in Chile. Intrepid visitors take to the waters in canoes, and cruises sail off for nature walks on the Bridges Islands to spot fur seals and sea lions.

Practical Info

The Beagle Channel runs for 240km (130 miles) from Isla Nueva in the east to the Darwin Sound in the west. At its widest point, the Channel measures 5km (3 miles) across.

The Beagle Channel’s eastern section is shared with Chile, while the western section is totally within Chile’s borders.

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Beagle Channel Sailing Tour: Islands, Penguins and Estancia Harberton

4 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Spend a day outside of Ushuaia, discovering the natural wonders of the Tierra del Fuego province and learning about the culture and history of the region. On a ...  Read more

Location: Ushuaia, Argentina
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $226.99

Tierra del Fuego National Park Half-Day Tour with Optional End of the World Train Ride

4.5 star rating: Recommended 21 Reviews

Escape from Ushuaia and discover Tierra del Fuego, the world's southernmost national park. Prepare to be mesmerized by breathtaking natural wonders, ...  Read more

Location: Ushuaia, Argentina
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $41.99

20-Day Cruise from Ushuaia to Antarctica, the Falklands and South Georgia

Experience the adventure of a lifetime as you journey by cruise ship to the unrivaled continent of Antarctica! On this 20-day tour, round-trip from Ushuaia, ...  Read more

Location: Ushuaia, Argentina
Duration: 20 days (approx.)

From USD $12,994.99

15-Day Antarctica Cruise from Ushuaia: Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Circle

Discover the vast white continent of Antarctica – largely unchanged since early explorers and whalers first landed – on a spectacular 15-day voyage, round-trip ...  Read more

Location: Ushuaia, Argentina
Duration: 15 days (approx.)

From USD $9,994.99

Beagle Channel and Seal Island Catamaran Tour from Ushuaia

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

Get out on the water on this catamaran tour from Ushuaia through the Beagle Channel. Experience the natural beauty of the southernmost part of South America as ...  Read more

Location: Ushuaia, Argentina
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $114.99

9-Day Antarctica Tour from Punta Arenas: Drake Passage, South Shetland and Antarctic Peninsula

Embark on a voyage of a lifetime with a nine-day expedition to Antarctica – the most remote wilderness on earth! Starting from Punta Arenas, enjoy a one-way ...  Read more

Location: Punta Arenas, Chile
Duration: 9 days (approx.)

From USD $7,994.99

Ushuaia Double Decker Bus Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

See top attractions in Ushuaia on a 1-hour sightseeing tour aboard a London-style double-decker bus. Become acquainted with this charming Patagonian town, ...  Read more

Location: Ushuaia, Argentina
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $26.99

3-Day Adventure Tour of Ushuaia: Hiking, Canoeing and Sailing at the End of the World

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Spend three days exploring Ushuaia and its surrounding natural wonders on this all-inclusive multi-day adventure tour. Enjoy the majestic landscape that ...  Read more

Location: Ushuaia, Argentina
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $411.99

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