As a convenient gateway to wilderness and wildlife, the city is a magnet for adventurous travelers. Check out our 3-day itinerary to help you make the most of your time in Ushuaia.
Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse
Whether taking a day cruise along the Beagle Channel from Ushuaia or heading out on a multi-day cruise to Antarctica, you’ll likely pass Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse. Standing watch over the mouth of Ushuaia Bay, along the Beagle Channel, it’s the southernmost structure in Argentina and one of Patagonia’s most photographed landmarks. The diminutive red and white-striped tower is a striking sight, rising up from a rocky isle and often surrounded by sea birds and sea lions. Although it’s not possible to visit the lighthouse, most cruises pass close enough to take photos.
Things to know before you go
- A cruise along the Beagle Channel is a must-do for travelers visiting Patagonia, affording incredible photo opportunities and wildlife sightings.
- The climate in Patagonia can be harsh and the sea winds can be strong even in the summer—wrap up warm and bring a hat and gloves.
- Consider bringing medication if you suffer from sea sickness.
- Some cruise ships are accessible for wheelchairs but check with your tour provider in advance.
How to get there
The only way to see the Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse is from the water and Beagle Channel cruises set sail from Ushuaia port. The closest airport is in Ushuaia, served by daily flights from Buenos Aires and Santiago de Chile.
When to get there
Cruises set sail year-round but the mildest weather is typically during the summer (December to February.) Crowds flock to Ushuaia at this time of year so book cruises in advance to avoid disappointment. Spring and fall offer the best compromise, with fewer crowds and decent weather.
Cruising the Beagle Channel
Stretching for 150 miles (240 kilometers) along the southern shore of Tierra del Fuego Island, a cruise along the Beagle Channel is one of Patagonia’s most spectacular journeys. Sail beneath steep snow-capped mountains and towering glaciers; stop at Seal Island to look for fur seals and sea lions; or visit Martillo Island, famous for its colonies of Magellanic and Gentoo penguins.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are the nearest attractions to Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse?
Attractions near Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse:
What else should I know about attractions in Ushuaia?
- Ushuaia Maritime Museum (Museo Marítimo y del Presidio)
- End of the World Museum (Museo del Fin del Mundo)
- Maritime Museum (Old Ushuaia Prison)
- Ushuaia Cruise Port
- Tierra del Fuego National Park
- Lago Roca
- End of the World Train (Tren del Fin del Mundo)
- Martial Glacier
- Beagle Channel
- Esmeralda Lagoon (Laguna Esmeralda)
- Lapataia Bay
- Lake Escondido
- Fuegian Andes
- Lake Fagnano
- Akatushun Museum (Museo Akatushun)