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Beagle Channel Sailing Tour: Islands, Penguins and Estancia Harberton

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Ushuaia, Argentina
Beagle Channel Sailing Tour: Islands, Penguins and Estancia Harberton

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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Overview

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, and spend 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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Catamaran trip
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Port taxes
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Harberton ranch fee

Departure Point

Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego Province, Argentina

Departure Point: Tour departs from Ushuaia cruise port. Exact address will be printed on your voucher. Address: Ushuaia Muelle Turistico: Maipú, Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. Directions: Once you get to the port, please head to the Rumbo Sur stand. It is advised that you arrive there at least 30 minutes prior to the departure time. Dates: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday Return point: Returns to original departure point at approximately 6pm

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Estancia Harberton
The navigation begins leaving the Tourist Port, in the direction of the Beagle Channel, enjoying the panoramic view of the Ushuaia coast. You sail to the southwest, approaching the island of Los Lobos, where, from the boat, you can enjoy the view of specimens of sea lions, observing their permanent habitat. Continuing navigation, you will reach the island of Los Pájaros, habitat of Magellanic Cormorants and Imperial Cormorants and a privileged sector to spot specimens of the seabird. Continuing the tour, you will reach the Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse, in the archipelago of the same name, where the ship Monte Cervantes was shipwrecked in 1930. And then continue to the Big Island of Tierra del Fuego where you can see the Swirling Stay, being stranded the ship Monte Sarmiento. 16 Continue crossing the Beagle Channel, you can see Gable Island and the Puerto Williams Naval Base (located in Navarino Island, Republic of Chile).
Stop At:  
Isla Martillo
Upon arriving at Martillo Island, the boat will stop to observe the Magellanic Penguin colony that nest during the summer season. (the observation will be held from deck of the ship, this option of the tour not include disembark at the island)
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 3 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line Argentina
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Beagle Channel Sailing Tour: Islands, Penguins and Estancia Harberton?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Beagle Channel Sailing Tour: Islands, Penguins and Estancia Harberton.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Beagle Channel Sailing Tour: Islands, Penguins and Estancia Harberton?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Beagle Channel Sailing Tour: Islands, Penguins and Estancia Harberton.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Beagle Channel Sailing Tour: Islands, Penguins and Estancia Harberton?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Beagle Channel Sailing Tour: Islands, Penguins and Estancia Harberton.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Beagle Channel Sailing Tour: Islands, Penguins and Estancia Harberton?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Beagle Channel Sailing Tour: Islands, Penguins and Estancia Harberton.

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star-4
Nice Day Trip
MCW
, Feb 2020
Nice trip down the Beagle Channel with good insights delivered in both English and Spanish. The trip to the Estancia is more interesting than I expected and gave lots of good information on the plants and animals I would see over the following days in and around Ushuaia.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Horrible operation tour
OnAir740376
, Dec 2019
It was the worst tour ever. We took a boat for 3 hours to take a tour. But we missed to get off the boat. Because their English was horrible. All instructions were in Spanish. They spoke English as well, but it was horrible and we couldn't understand. So we couldn't take a tour, we waste time and money. That's all.
star-5
A great experience! Even if you are...
Belal M
, Apr 2018
A great experience! Even if you are going to Antartica, this tour adds another dimension to your experience. And if you are not going to Antartica, this tour is a must.
star-4
Saw cormorants, penguins and seals...
dbly14
, Mar 2018
Saw cormorants, penguins and seals during the Channel cruise. Wish we could have spent more time with the penguins and actually set foot on the island with them. I'm sure they don't allow this since people would tend to touch and feed them, but being up close to them would be incredible. Other than that, the Beagle Channel cruise was very easy. The boat is a large motor-driven catamaran with plenty of indoor seating or deck access if you prefer.
star-3
Estancia Harberton was only ok. Wish...
Regina B
, Mar 2018
Estancia Harberton was only ok. Wish had there had been signs in English for the trees, etc.
star-4
Good information, nice vieuws...
Rob L
, Feb 2018
Good information, nice vieuws. Harberton was realy nice, bus drive back with nice vieuws. Sea lions, only about 20, penguins were cuit.
star-3
Not as fascinating as one would...
Thomas W
, Jan 2018
Not as fascinating as one would expect. Once you get to the estancia, there's not much to do. Still worth checking out.
star-5
I highly recommend the whole day...
jwsbro
, Dec 2017
I highly recommend the whole day tour including the Beagle Canal boat ride then disembarking in Hamerton Hatbor. The Estancia estate tour included all sorts of historical and nature related facts. The tea house offered tasty confections and the marine museum tour was enjoyable and very interesting!
star-5
Excellent way to spend your day...
Oswaldo
, Dec 2017
Excellent way to spend your day. Watching the penguins was very entertaining. The Estancia Harberton harbours a museum worth visiting. The guides were also very knowledgeable. As a bonus we got to see the snow at the end of the tour upon arriving into Ushuaia.
star-3
Good for seeing lots of sea bird...
David G
, Mar 2017
Good for seeing lots of sea bird life, but a long, uneventful boat ride. Est Harberton is interesting, particularly the marine mammal museum, which is very impressive.

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