Beagle Channel Tours

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The narrow Beagle Channel, separating Argentina's island chain of Tierra del Fuego to the north from remote Chilean islands to the south, serves as a waterway for the world's southernmost city, Ushuaia. It’s also one of the most important bodies of water in South America.

The Basics
Most travelers experience this part of the world on multi-day cruises from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas in Chile, and it’s also a fantastic location for whale watching and spotting glaciers (the area is nicknamed Glacier Alley). Those based in Ushuaia can experience the channel in multiple ways; paddle a canoe from Lapataia Bay, sail through on a sightseeing cruise by yacht or catamaran, or explore some of the islands, including rocky islets known for their nesting seabirds or Seal Island.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Beagle Channel is a must-see for adventure travelers, wildlife enthusiasts, and photographers in Patagonia.
  • Day trips to the Beagle Channel can last anywhere from three to 10 hours, while multi-day tours last up to five days.
  • Don’t forget to dress in warm layers, as temperatures rarely go above 70 degrees, even during the South American summer.
  • Bring along a good pair of binoculars for better wildlife-spotting opportunities. 

How to Get There
The nearest airport to the Beagle Channel is in Ushuaia, served by daily flights from Buenos Aires and Santiago de Chile. Once in town, the easiest way to experience the channel is by booking a sightseeing cruise or other guided tour.

When to Get There
For the best balance of good weather and fewer crowds, plan to visit during the spring or fall. The best weather falls between December and February, but winds can be strong, creating rougher waters in the Beagle Channel.

The Lighthouse (Not Quite) at the End of the World
Many tours through the Beagle Channel include a visit to Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse, sometimes called the Lighthouse at the End of the World. While the photogenic lighthouse certainly feels far enough from civilization to warrant the nickname, the title actually applies to a lighthouse on Isla de los Estados.
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Beagle Channel and Sea Wolves Island Catamaran Cruise

Follow Charles Darwin's sailing route through the Beagle Channel on this 2.5-hour catamaran trip out of Ushuaia. Check out Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse and some shipwreck ruins before experiencing the deafening din of large colonies of sea lions barking on Sea Wolves Island. Visit the End of the World Museum, view Ushuaia's defunct prison and see Olivia and Cinco Hermanos (Five Brothers) mountains. Visit Bird Island to view the varied avian population of this region and hear knowledgable commentary from your guide.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Beagle Channel Sailing Tour from Ushuaia

The narrow Beagle Channel  — the body of water that separates Tierra del Fuego from remote Chilean islands  — begs to be explored by boat. Tick off several Beagle Channel highlights during a 4-hour sailing tour from Ushuaia, ideal for first-time visitors short on time. On a small vessel limited to 25 people, you’ll cruise past Lighthouse Les Eclaireurs, observe colonies of cormorants and sea lions, and disembark at Bridges Island for a short trek. Morning or afternoon departure times are available.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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3-Day Adventure Tour of Ushuaia: Hiking, Canoeing and Sailing at the End of the World

Explore the spectacular scenery at ‘the end of the world’ with an inclusive 3-day tour of Ushuaia and surrounding natural attractions. Spend a full day at Tierra del Fuego National Park, where you’ll trek among the famous landscape and paddle in a canoe through Lapataia Bay. Sail through the Beagle Channel on a sightseeing cruise, and soak up views of Chilean and Argentinian Patagonia from the Bridges Isles. Two nights of accommodation, breakfast each morning and round-trip airport transfers are included.
  • Duration: 3 days
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  • Duration: 3 days
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Half-Day Small-Group Tierra del Fuego National Park Tour

Explore Tierra del Fuego National Park with a guide and small-group of 15 people or fewer on this tour from Ushuaia. Enjoy the personalized attention and an intimate atmosphere that comes with small-group travel and stop for a hearty lunch amidst the scenic landscape. Explore locations such as Lapataia Bay, the Ovando River, Laguna Verde, Acigami Lake, and Ensenada Bay. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Beagle Channel and Seal Island Catamaran Tour from Ushuaia

Board a catamaran for a relaxing tour along Patagonia’s Beagle Channel. Keep an eye out for sea lions and birds as you sail the waters from Ushuaia, and bask in the beauty of the coastals islands like Seal Island, where wildlife runs amok. Both the expertise of a knowedgable guide and round-trip hotel transport are included with your trip.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Beagle Channel Sailing Tour: Islands, Penguins and Estancia Harberton

Sail the Beagle Channel aboard a comfortable catamaran on this full-day exploration of the waters of Tierra del Fuego. Leaving from Ushaia, visit several islands in the channel to view the native plant and animal life, including sea lions and penguins, before spending time at the oldest ranch in the region, Estancia Haberton.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Half-Day Boat Trip to the Penguins Colony from Ushuaia

Learn about penguins on this 4-hour visit to one of the world's largest penguin colonies from Ushuaia. Travel by boat to the colony, navigating the Beagle Channel and listening to narration from your guide. Morning and afternoon departure times available.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Beagle Channel Boat Navigation with Penguin Colony of Martillo Island

If you’re in Ushuaia between October and April, sailing to Martillo Island to see colonies of wild penguins is a must. This half-day tour is a great option for getting out, seeing the sights, and then heading back to town without investing a whole day. Plus, it includes stops at other islands known for wildlife and a historical lighthouse, all while passing by incredible coastline views.
  • Duration: 4 to 5 hours
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  • Duration: 4 to 5 hours
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Full Day - National Park plus Train of the End of the World & Beagle Navigation

If you have only one day in Ushuaia and want to experience as much as possible, this combination tour will make sure you see all the top sights. Head for Tierra del Fuego National Park and ride the End of the World train. Visit the world's southernmost post office and the Eclaireurs lighthouse, and admire seabirds as you navigate the Beagle Channel.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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Tierra del Fuego National Park Hike and Canoe Tour

Discover Tierra del Fuego National Park through hiking and canoeing during this full-day excursion that includes a picnic lunch. With a a specialized guide and a small group limited to 12 people, experience Patagonia's stunning scenery, including mountains, lakes and rivers that are easily accessible from the coast. You'll take a 3-hour forest hike and a 1.5-hour paddle across Lapataia Bay during this day trip, with hotel transport from Ushuaia.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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US$119,00
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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5-Day Trip in Ushuaia and Calafate

Set out on an action-packed adventure to the ‘end of the world’ on this 5-day tour from Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city. Discover a land of gigantic glaciers, startling blue lakes and wild forests, as you explore the Los Glaciares National Park and the Tierra del Fuego National Park. Enjoy a sightseeing cruise on Lake Brazo Rico, a boat tour of the remote Beagle Channel and a ride on the ‘Train to the End of the World’. Accommodation, airport transfers and national park entrance fees are included.
  • Duration: 5 days
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6 hours Navigation on Beagle Chanel to Harberton Ranch from Ushuaia

Spend a day on the Beagle Channel while leaving the travel-planning to the experts on this guided tour. After getting picked up from your hotel, head out onto the water for a unique view of Ushuaia's surroundings. Pass by Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse and small islands dotted with sea lions, then visit a penguin colony and the historic Harberton Ranch.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Tierra del Fuego National Park Private Half-Day Trip

Travel to the ‘end of the world’ during this private 6-hour day trip to Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego National Park from Ushuaia. Admire the stunning scenery of this wild region as you drive past park landmarks like the Beagle Channel, take a hike alongside Roca Lake, and visit Lapataia Bay, plus much more. A private guide and vehicle, plus round-trip hotel transport are included.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Tierra del Fuego and Beagle Channel Full-Day Tour from Ushuaia

Combine visits to the historic Beagle Channel and the otherworldly landscape of Tierra del Fuego National Park on this full-day tour from Ushuaia. While traveling through the scenic terrain of forests and lakes, get epic views of the landscape and see local wildlife. Learn about the history and natural environment of this protected area through a guide's engaging commentary.
  • Duration: 1 day
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  • Duration: 1 day
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Tierra del Fuego National Park Tour by Bus or End of the World Train

Explore the stunning scenery and wildlife of Tierra del Fuego National Park from Ushuaia, traveling by your choice of bus or the Southern Fuegian Railway, also known as the 'End of the World Train.' Trace the coastline of the Beagle Channel, passing by sparkling bays, rivers, snow-capped peaks, alpine lakes, and the emerald forests of the Fuegian Andes. Disembark to walk along nature paths and explore these unique southern ecosystems, and learn about the history of an old prison settlement and the inmates who helped build the railway.
  • Duration: 4 to 5 hrs
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  • Duration: 4 to 5 hrs
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Tierra del Fuego and Beagle Channel Combo Tour by Train and Boat

Explore the world's southernmost point by land and by sea on this combo tour from Ushuaia. Journey inside Tierra del Feugo National Park, where you'll ride the historic Southern Fuegian Railway, also known as the 'Train of the End of the World.' Hop off at Verde Lake, Lapataia Bay, and other stations to appreciate the stunning alpine scenery, and enjoy a few hours of leisure time back in Ushuaia. In the afternoon, navigate the famous Beagle Channel, cruising past snow-capped peaks to different islands where you can observe wildlife like sea lions, cormorants, and an array of other birdlife.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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4-Day Ushuaia and Tierra del Fuego Tour with End of the World Train Ride

Explore the southernmost tourist destination in the Americas on a 3-night tour of Tierra del Fuego highlights from Ushuaia. Spot penguins, sea lions, and sea birds on a sailing tour of the Beagle Channel, venture into the Andes and past alpine lakes on a 4x4 excursion, and ride the historic 'End of the World' steam train to Tierra del Fuego National Park. With all the details arranged, it's a fantastic and convenient way to experience the grandeur of this remote corner of the world in just a few days.
  • Duration: 4 days
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Beagle Channel Yacht Sailing Tour from Ushuaia

Sail around the ends of the earth on this half-day yacht tour of the Beagle Channel from Ushuaia. Take in the unspoiled sight of isles and peaks on this strait that runs through the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago, stopping to disembark on several islands where you can observe native wildlife like penguins, sea lions, and cormorants. Learn about their unique habitats nestled from a guide, and recharge with a snack and hot tea or coffee onboard while gliding past the magnificent scenery of the southernmost point in the world.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Beagle Channel Boat Navigation from Ushuaia

The Beagle Channel runs through the Tierra del Fuego archipelago at the southernmost tip of Patagonia. On this tour, set sail on a scenic cruise along the remote strait and visit the sea lion colonies at Los Lobos island, see Les Eclareir´s Lighthouse, and look out for skuas, albatross, and gaviotas on Los Pajaros island.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Private Walking Tour in Ushuaia City

Enjoy walking the southernmost city in the world, different views of Beagle Channel, the Olivia Mount, the pier, and different museums
  • Duration: 2 hours
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Gable Island and Penguin Rookery with Canoeing (Ushuaia)

Enjoy a full day tour to Gagle Island and discover the penguins of Ushuaia, with also a adventure excursion in canoas.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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2-Day Ushuaia Trekking and Rowing Small-Group Tour

Spend two days immersed in the natural scenery around Ushuaia on this outdoor excursion. Go kayaking, trekking, and sailing while learning about the region's flora and fauna from your guide. Travel with a small group of seven people or fewer, which ensures a personalized experience and an intimate atmosphere. All meals and accommodations included, as well as round-trip hotel transportation and all equipment.
  • Duration: 2 days
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US$797,00
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  • Duration: 2 days
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4-Days Luxury Trip in Ushuaia

Discover and feel the adventure at the end of the world with our exclusive package! Tour the Tierra del Fuego National Park with our specialized guides to get to know in detail this recovered paradise. Sail the world famous Beagle Channel and come across some incredible local fauna and flora. We work with small groups tours to ensure you personalized and top quality service.
  • Duration: 4 days
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Cruise through the Glaciers from Ushuaia to Punta Arena

Sail through Patagonia's glaciers to the 'end of the earth' on this 4-day cruise from Ushuaia. Travel through Argentina to Chile's Punta Arena, taking in the scenery in the Beagle Channel and the Strait of Magellan on the way to Cape Horn. Keep watch for penguins, sea lions, and other local wildlife. Three nights of accommodation, all meals, open bar, and shore excursions included.
  • Duration: 4 days
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  • Duration: 4 days
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