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Explore Tierra del Fuego on this Patagonian eco-adventure, departing from Ushuaia. You'll visit a Magellanic penguin rookery on Martillo Island, accessible by boat. Paddle an inflatable canoe down the Lasiphashaj River and through the Beagle Channel in the company of experienced adventure guides. Enjoy a picnic lunch and a scenic hike on remote Gable Island. Choose an optional side trip to Estancia Harberton, tour the 19th-century homestead and visit its unusual museum. This full-day adventure includes round-trip hotel transportation, all equipment, lunch, snacks, beverages and wine.

Highlights

  • Tierra del Fuego eco-adventure from Ushuaia
  • Paddle a canoe along the Lasiphashaj River and the Beagle Channel with an experienced guide
  • Opt for an easy drive to the 19th-century Estancia Harberton and view sea mammal bones on display (entry at own expense)
  • Watch a Magellanic penguin rookery on Isla Martillo from the boat and hike through a forest on Gable Island
  • Enjoy provided snacks and lunch with wine, soft drinks and coffee
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from Ushuaia included

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What You Can Expect

Tierra del Fuego Eco-Adventure: Beagle Channel Canoeing, Penguin Colony and Gable Island

Walk around Magellanic penguins at Isla Martillo!

Board a minibus at your Ushuaia hotel and head toward the Lasiphashaj River to begin your full-day Patagonian excursion. Opt to take a guided boat trip down the river and along the Beagle Channel. Listen to a safety briefing and don the provided equipment (including a life jacket, waterproof pants and rubber boots) before launching your inflatable two-person canoe, keeping an eye out for seabirds and sea lions basking on the rocks and small islands. 
The boat trip is suitable even for novices; learn paddling techniques or choose to ride in a boat with a guide. Or, if you prefer not to adventure out in the boat, you're driven straight to historic Estancia Harberton, one of the first settlements in Tierra del Fuego. While touring the homestead and perusing the on-site museum, learn about the English missionary turned sheep farmer who settled there in 1886.
After paddling for 2 hours, the canoeing group reaches Estancia Harberton to explore the homestead for a half hour before meeting up with the rest of the group and departing for Isla Martillo (Martillo Island). 
This island is famous for its penguin rookery, where Magellanic penguins breed and raise their chicks. View form the boat the thousands of breeding pairs of penguins just a few meters away from you. 
Then continue your boat ride and head for Gable Island, where a lunch of baked fish, potatoes and traditional Argentine picada — a sampler tray of cured meats (salami, pepperoni, ham), cheeses and olives — is served. Relax on the scenic shore of the island and enjoy wine, water, soft drinks and coffee. 
After lunch, take off on a guided 90-minute hike around the island. Along the way, encounter beaver dams, a lush forest and quiet coastal pathways. You'll meet your boat back at the Beagle Channel, then travel back to Harberton and board your bus for the trip back to Ushuaia. Your day trip ends with drop-off at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Ho T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Fantastic trip with great fun.....wonderful guides, good food, adorable penguins and beautiful scenery.... a must-do if you are in Ushuaia. Highly recommended.

m-ksander

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This was a terrific tour! We saw many penguins up close and experienced the beautiful scenery of Tierra del Fuego. The guides were a lot of fun, very friendly and knowledgeable. After paddling in the Beagle Channel in chilly and gusty winds the guides prepared a delicious lunch while we warmed up and sipped wine in the hut! Thanks for making our short stay in Ushuaia a wonderful experience.

Mike

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

This was a really well-organized tour with two great guides. Spanish was their primary language, with the lead guide also speaking English. The entire tour was in English as all 6 tourists spoke English.

To start, the tour company went out of their way to ensure we knew our pickup time--to the point they drove over to our rented flat and left a letter under the door the evening before.

The tour started about 8AM with just 6 people. This made for a small group and only one canoe. We started by driving about an hour in the van to our launch point. We canoed for about 2 hours before landing at a small island on Harberton Ranch. This alternate stop from the regular tour was well worth the extra paddling effort. We spent about 30-45 minutes on the bay and watched two penguins goofing off in the water.

Then motorboat ferried us to Gable Island where the company had a small hut. While we warmed up around the stove, the guides were out back grilling lunch (fish or beef). They provided plenty of water, wine, Coca cola, and snacks while we waited.

After about an hour-long lunch, we hiked across Gable Island for a little more than 2 hours. The hiking was easy with little changes in elevation and a well marked trail. There weren't many animals to see, but we passed beaver dams and heard plenty of birds.

Afterwards, the motor boat ferried us to another island Magellanic penguins have colonized. While this tour company was not authorized to land, the boat made shore, and we were as close as10 feet to some of the penguins. According to the guide, Harberton ranch allows certain companies exclusive access to various parts of the ranch, and while walking on the penguin island was not allowed we were still close enough for some great photos and videos.

We spent about 30 minutes with the penguins before taking the boat to the ranch homestead and catching our van for the 90-minute ride home. The van dropped everyone off at their respective hotel/accommodations.

Marcus C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

This was a fun tour, great scenery, great food and the guides were incredible! This one day made our entire 18 day trip to Argentina worthwhile.

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