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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.


  • Catamaran sail through the Beagle Channel from Ushuaia
  • See unique species of animals including sea lions and penguins
  • Take a tour of Estancia Harberton, a historic ranch from the 1880s
  • Learn about the history of Patagonia

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What You Can Expect

Beagle Channel Sailing Tour: Islands, Penguins and Estancia Harberton

Penguin Island and Harberton Ranch Day Trip from Ushuaia

Once you board your sturdy, comfortable sailing vessel, leave the urban bustle of Ushaia behind and head through the Beagle Channel, which boasts another kind of din: the barking of sea lions and the squawking of penguins. On this full-day sailing trip led by expert guides, meander through the islands of the Alicia Archipelago and come face to face with the area's prolific bird life, including steamer ducks, scua gulls, cormorants and black browed albatross.

Visit Seal Island in the Les Eclaireurs Archipelago, home to two species of vocal, playful sea lions, before taking a peek at the Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse. Cruise between Chile and Argentina, visiting Williams Port and Port Almanza. Entering McKinley Pass, you'll head straight for Martillo Island and a large colony of native Magellanic penguins.

The last stretch of your sailing adventure takes you to Estancia Haberton, a historical settlement that has been functioning since the 1800s. After a short walking tour, board the bus that will take you back to Ushaia.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Who goes to Ushuaia and passes up the opportunity of seeing penguins? If you are going to Antarctica you can pass on this but for those of us who didn't its worth just seeing the penguins. The optional part is the second part with the estancia. You get to tour an estancia from that was founded by a local. You also tour the facilities of fossils from local sea mammals and have time for lunch. Feel free to bring your own lunch. Or they should consider changing tour to include lunch.

Grace M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Great little trip. You see seals, penguins, bunch of birds, great views. The guide is very knowledgeable. The tour of the homestead is interesting. They have a restaurant there which serves a nice lunch. Not included in the tour price. Generally a good day.

Toby B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

great lunch, smooth pick up and very informed guide pointing out the varied and beautiful landscape of Tierra del Fuego

Alfredo A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016


Michael K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Beautiful tour


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Excellent day. It is a l,ong day, so value for money. The boat trip is long so plenty of time to appreciate the amazing views. The highlight was seeing the penguins in their natural habitat.

Lorraine B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Wonderful tour: comfortable boat, great sightings of penguins and southern sea lions. Estancia Harberton was wonderful: awesome museum, great history tour of the ranch. Don't believe guide books that say the lunch is US$30. It was approximately US $10.

Olga R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

I really enjoyed sailing the Beagle channel and seeing the penguins and sea lions. After we had an excursion around the Haberton Ranch, and we got to see a very interesting museum and marine fauna research facility.
However, I would like to get closer to the penguins. We did not get to go on the island where they were, so we had to watch from the boat. Bring your lens with a big focal length if you want pictures.

David H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This tour was amazing!

Wilma S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

After completing the booking we received our vouchers by email. Reconfirming the tour by email was easy. The following morning we had an answer back with the confirmation of the tour. The catamaran was big enough and we were lucky that there were only a few people on the ship, plenty of space outside to make pictures and enjoy the different sceneries. Bird Island and Pinguïn Island were amazing! Harberton Ranch was okay, the story behind it was more interesting than the ranch itselve. I would highly recommend this tour!

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