- 10 hours (Approx.)
- Hotel pickup offered
- Mobile ticket
Get outdoors and soak up the gorgeous scenery and natural beauty of Tierra del Fuego on this full-day eco-adventure from Ushuaia. Professional guides take you canoeing for 2 hours down the Lasiphashaj River and the Beagle Channel, or you can opt to drive straight to Estancia Harberton to tour the historic homestead and unique museum. Then ride a Zodiac boat to Isla Martillo and walk among Magellanic penguins before lunch and a 1.5-mile hike over beautiful Gable Island. Includes round-trip hotel transport by minibus, plus food and wine.
- All necessary equipment included
- Close encounter with wildlife
- Free drinks included
- Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
- Free snacks included
- Fully narrated tour
- Informative, friendly and professional guide
- Vegetarian meal option available
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Transport by minivan
- Professional guide
- All necessary equipment
- Canoe ride (optional)
- Lunch and snacks
- Entry/Admission - Estancia Harberton
Tour departs from most Ushuaia hotels
Returns to original departure point
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays
Start your full-day excursion with pickup from your hotel by minibus. Depart Ushuaia for the Lasiphashaj River, where you have the option to take a guided trip by inflatable canoe down the river and along the Beagle Channel. If you choose to go, you’ll hear a safety briefing and learn paddling techniques, then slip on provided rubber boots, overpants and a life jacket before setting out on an exciting aquatic adventure leading to the sea.
Once you’re paddling on the Beagle Channel in your two-passenger canoe, set your course for the Harberton port. Experienced guides help you spot wildlife, including many different species of seabirds as well as sea lions basking in the sun on small islands along the way. (Note: There is one guide per two canoes, and less experienced paddlers will have a guide in their boat with them.)
Alternatively, enjoy a scenic drive straight to Estancia Harberton (Harberton Ranch) and tour the surroundings of one of the first settlements in Tierra del Fuego, established in 1886 by an English missionary turned sheep farmer. His descendants have created a fascinating museum that exhibits the bones of whales and other marine animals — it has about 4,000 specimens in all.
After 2 hours on the rafts, the canoeing group reaches the shore and has about 30 minutes to explore the homestead. Then everyone gathers together at the pier in Harberton to board a Zodiac for Isla Martillo (Martillo Island), also known by its native name, Isla Yécapasela.
Upon arrival you will see a penguin rookery, where you can observe, from the boat, penguins in their breeding lair. With abundant food and few predators, the Magellanic penguin colony has reached around 3,000 pairs and is growing each year.
Then continue your boat ride to Gable Island, where lunch is served in the afternoon with provided wine, mineral water and soft drinks. Sate your hunger with baked fish and potatoes along with picada — a sampler tray of cured meats (salami, pepperoni, ham), cheeses and olives.
After an hour of relaxation, including coffee, embark on an easy, guided 1.5-hour hike around the gorgeous island, crossing over beaver dams, passing the coast and walking through a forest. When you reach the shore of the Beagle Channel, a boat takes you back to Harberton to start your return by minibus to Ushuaia, with drop-off at your hotel.
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- Minimum age is 4 years
- A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
- Children under 5 years old are cannot take part in the canoe portion of the tour
- It is recommended that you wear comfortable clothes and hiking shoes
- Not recommended for participants with back problems, heart complaints or other serious medical conditions
- Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Fantastic trip with great fun.....wonderful guides, good food, adorable penguins and beautiful scenery.... a must-do if you are in Ushuaia. Highly recommended.
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.
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.