TOUR INFORMATION AND TIPS

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In addition, we will give you our valuable insider's tips—a collection of our staff and guests' experiences and feedback.

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Tours and Tips for Ushuaia

Ushuaia aerial view of city

Enrich your spirit for adventure exploring Ushuaia, the southernmost city of world.


Engage in overlanding tours in 4x4 vehicles, trekking experiences in exotic and inhabited islands, canoeing expeditions and much more!

 

 

Read below to learn about our suggested Ushuaia tours and our useful insider's tips for having the best time in Ushuaia!

 
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Ushuaia penguins on gable island
Penguin Island

ushuaia tour with canoes
Duckies

Ushuaia bent trees
Road to Harberton

Ushuaia tree eaten by beaver
Beaver Tree

ushuaia tree eaten by beaver
Beaver Tree Close-up

The Odyssey Of Ushuaia’s Discovery: The Gable Expedition

For your adventure spirits we have arranged this ultimate adventure experience that involves paddling in a inflatable rubber canoe on the Beagle Channel, a visit to Harberton Estancia, a motorboat tour to the Penguin Island, and a hiking experience on the awesome virgin Gable Island. If you are not fond of water activities like paddling we will take you by vehicle to Harberton Estancia where you will join the rest of the group.

The largest island on the Beagle Channel, Gable, features the full range of elements that compose the classical Patagonian landscape. Provisional indigenous settlements and an abandoned sheep shearing barn are the only human vestiges in this now uninhabited patchwork of beech wood forests and rolling pastures set in the dramatic backdrop of Andean peaks.

The tour begins early in the morning when you are picked you up at your hotel. We follow highways “3” and “J” for an hour and a half until we reach Bahía Brown (Brown Bay). Once there, we prepare the duckies (modified inflatable kayaks) and server you hot drinks and snacks. Duckies are extremely stable boats that will ensure you enjoy a safe fun ride. Your guide will be a professional paddler who will guide you and be there for your safety.

In this point you can choose between doing the journey to Harberton Estancia in a vehicle or paddling in the duckies.

Following the path of the Yamana canoe-men, the first Indian colony that settled in this region, we’ll start paddling through a narrow passage of a river, pretty close to the Beagle Channel, enjoying the beauty of the changing vistas and the local fauna and flora. You’ll start warming up while our guides teach you the basic paddling techniques.

When we arrive to the Beagle Channel, we leave the river and start heading to the Harberton Estancia (ranch), the first settlement of the founders of Ushuaia. Indeed, the founders of this region did the same paddling path that you are going to do. When you arrive to this picturesque estancia you´ll be able to rest, enjoy the magnificent view and dry yourself. It’s important for you to know that upi will provide all the wet gear you´ll need (boots, water proof rain jacket and trouser, etcétera) so your clothes wont be all wet from the duckie ride. At this "estancia" youwill meet the travelers that chose the vehicle ride.

A motorboat waits for us at the dock. We board it and head to the Penguin’s Island. On this island you will admire a colony of Magellan penguins. Walking on this island is prohibited in order to protect the penguin’s natural environment. Our boat will get close to the island so you can take pictures of these cute little fellows.

We then head to the mystic Gable Island, a natural, cultural and historic icon of the foundation of this region. We disembark on its 15 miles (24 km) of pure magic. We unite at our rural retreat, light up the rustic salamander and indulge in a Yamana-style meal. Near the retreat there´s an old sheep shearing barn no longer in use that you can visit. Once we’ve had some time to rest and digest we´ll begin our cross-island trek, through pastures and haunting woods, towards the rugged southern shore. Steep glacier-ravaged cliffs descending into the channel greet us on the other side, showing us the fiercer face of Tierra del Fuego. We stand on the edge with the wind blowing hard on our faces while down below, wind-swept and immense, the Beagle Channel stretches itself in all its splendor. you´ll be surrounded by the elemental wilderness and curling waves that mark the Ends of the Earth.

Before long we´ll be returning inland and making our way into the heart of the island to a lagoon harboring a beaver lodge. Beavers are considered a plague in these regions because of the damage they do on local flora. In their settlements you will be able to see chunks of wood and fallen trees which are the result of the beaver’s work of constructing dams. Because beavers are excellent swimmers, they need to flood their habitats in order to protect themselves from preying species. The interesting fact is that beavers have no natural predators in this region, so they keep constructing dams and flooding areas without pause and without real necessity. They sleep during the day and work all through the night, therefore if you are lucky we might just encounter one of these magnificent little hydraulic engineers. The surrounding woods yield a unique, eerie beauty.Light-green colored lichens hang long from the bark and branches of the tangled up tree-tops, while the floor is thick with white orchids, violets, ferns and wild strawberries.

After a three-hour hike, we´ll return to our retreat, where we´ll stop for hot drinks and some snacks, and then prepare for our motorboat ride back to the mainland. We´ll return to the city as the twilight descends over the Beagle Channel.

Difficulty: moderate

Length: full day

Guide: shared English/Spanish speaking guide

Transfer: shared vehicle - approximate maximum capacity: 16 people

Includes: breakfast + lunch with beverages + snack

 

 

 

 

 

Insider's Tip 1: This is a great tour and we strongly suggest you to take the paddling option to Haberton Estancia even if you have never paddled before (you can also do it in the tour vehicle if you don't like water sports). Duckies are very stable rowing boat which guarantee that they won't turn over unless you stand up and start dancing on them! So, although you will a bit wet (depending on the wind conditions on the tour day), the boat won't turn over.

 

Insider's Tip 2: When booking this or any other paddling tour on the Beagle Channel, make sure you ask the tour company if the will provide you with rubber boots and waterproof pants. You definitely want to keep your clothes dry just in case it gets cold and windy and as you will be seated while rowing, you will get your trousers, socks and trekking/sport shoes completely wet if the tour company does not provide you with rubber boots and waterproof pants.

 

Insider's Tip 3 : Try to get a seat next to the window on the tour vehicle. This way you will be able to take photos of the fantastic mountains, lakes and landscapes you will see along the way.

 

Insider's Tip 4: You can take your camera also for this tour. If you are careful you can even take it on the duckies (we did!)or if not you can give it to the vehicle chauffeur who will take it to the place where the paddling ends. The landscapes you see on the while paddling are magnificent. Plus, it is great to have any of the other travelers to take you a photo while rowing in the Beagle Channel! You will also find great photo opportunities while trekking on the Gable Island and also while returning to your hotel during late afternoon you might see beavers (they are active during late afternoon and night and sleep during the day).

 

Insider's Tip 5: In any adventure activity how you dress can make a big difference on whether you have a great time or not. If you feel uncomfortable, too cold or too hot most probably your tour experience won't be as good. We suggest for this tour:

 

1. Take an extra pair of socks and t-shirt to change clothes after the paddling in the Beagle Channel.

 

2. A windbreaker jacket and comfortable trekking pants and shoes are a must for this tour.

 

3. If you have them, bring a pair of comfortable and neoprene gloves with you. The water of the Beagle Channel is quite cold and your hands might get wet while paddling.

 

4. Bring and wear sunscreen during spring and summer. Your body will be exposed to the sun during the entire day.

 

5. It has proved very useful to dress in many layers of clothes to be better prepared for sudden changes of temperature. Although usually temperature is stable, the strong Patagonian winds can instantly start and end within a 60 minutes period, making you very cold if you don’t have your windbreaker jacket or any proper clothing with you. Moreover, while your body temperature will rapidly increase while having fun in our outdoor activities, it will go down as fast when you are relaxing afterwards. We call this dressing technique the “onion technique” because it is based on wearing several different layers of clothing that you can take off and comfortably carry with you, and then put on again.

 

Insider's Tip 6: These full day tours should include lunch, and if you are vegetarian you can request a veggie lunch. You must request this a couple of day in advance before taking the tour.

 

Insider's Tip 7: Most often, transfers are done in air conditioned vehicles that tend to be a bit too cold. Therefore, a sweater or pullover always comes in handy. We suggest always carrying one with you, hence avoiding the risk of catching a cold because of these sudden changes in temperatures.

 

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Ushuaia landrover tour

Ushuaia landrover passing in lake

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ushuaia landrover tour submerged in water

Landrover in Ushuaia

Landrover passing by lake in ushuaia

4x4 Off Road Adventure at the Ends of the Eart

Our 4x4 Land Rover Defender will take us to a thrilling journey where excitement, natural beauty and driving skills will nourish your spirit of adventure.

We will pick you up at the hotel in the morning. Our journey starts on the National Road Nº 3 heading northwards. Our guide will tell us about how hard was to populate this city located on an island. The harsh weather conditions of this region made it quite difficult for convincing people to move to Ushuaia. The argentine government found a fast and “easy” way to begin populating this region: They set up a maximum security prision!

As we leave the city behind and begin to climb the mountains, you will enjoy the magnificent views of the valleys around us. We reach Garibaldi Pass and stop to enjoy a panoramic view. From this spot you will have an overwhelming view of the Escondido Lake.

We then take a secondary road which will take us to the shores of Fagnano Lake. Our “adventure engines” start to roar as we prepare to enjoy a thrilling 4x4 off-road experience at the lake’s shore. After the train along the lake, an enchanted wood welcomes us. In this wonderful natural scenario you will enjoy breakfast (coffee, tea and sweet cookies). Our off-road trail varies between lake and wood paths depending on how high the lake´s water is.

We reach our rustic refuge by the lake and our guide starts preparing lunch. You have about 40 minutes to walk towards the lake´s shore or the woods, or both. Lunch is ready! We start with a snack (cheese, salami and chips) and then enjoy a delicious steak barbecue with salad. Drinks included are red and white wine, beer, soft drinks and water. You’ll have lunch while enjoying very nice views of the woods and the lake.

You can spend some time after lunch chatting with the other travelers or walk around to enjoy the landscape views.

At 3:30 PM we will follow another off-road path till we reach the old road Nº 3 that borders Lake Escondido. We head to the end tip of the Lake where we will find and stop by Hostería Petrel. Depending on the climatic conditions, we will venture on a boat trip on the lake or have some free time to walk while enjoying the beauty of this place. The hosteria offers us the possibility of buying hot chocolate, coffee, tea and cookies.

At 5:00 PM we will start our journey back to the city of Ushuaia, arriving around 6:00 PM.

At late afternoon you return to our hotel.

Difficulty: low

Duration: full day

Transfer: shared 4x4 Land Rover Defender - approximate maximum capacity: 8 people per vehicle

Guide: shared English/Spanish speaking guide

Includes: breakfast + lunch with beverages + snack

 

 

 

 

 

Insider's Tip 1: This is a great sightseeing adventure tour and a great opportunity to experience some adventure 4x4 driving in the wild! This tours can be done all year round. Try to get a seat next to the window on the 4x4 vehicle (not in the center of the seat). This way you will be able to take photos of the fantastic mountains, lakes and landscapes you will see along the way. .

 

Insider's Tip 2: These full day tours should include lunch, and if you are vegetarian you can request a veggie lunch. You must request this a couple of day in advance before taking the tour.

 

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Trekking in ushuaia
Trek on the coastal path

ushuaia navigating on beagle chanel
Our navigation

ushuaia dinghi on shore
On the shore

Hiking and Navigating at the Ends of the Earth

Great tour for those who want to walk along easy and undemanding paths and sail on a Zodiac along the Beagle Channel. Between 9 and 9:30 AM we pick you up at the hotel and take National Road Nº 3 westwards. We arrive to the National Park, and after we pay the entrance fee (included), we go to the coastal path. This 4 and a half mile path (7 kilometer) 3 hours trek is doubtlessly the most beautiful in the Park with lots of vegetation (High Deciduous Beech, Low Deciduous Beech, Evergreen Beech, Winters bark, Fire bush, etc.).

We then board an 18 people Zodiac boat and head to a beautiful bay called Ensenada. We navigate along the Beagle Channel to the Redonda Island and have a view of Rocky Cormorants that nest in a rocky wall of the island. We disembark on the island and have lunch in a refuge, enjoying one of the best views of this landscape. Lunch is usually home-made pasta and drinks; included are red wine, sodas and mineral water.

After lunch you have some free time to walk around the island. This island is a natural reserve and it has only been opened for tourists a couple of years ago.There are two paths to walk, 20 minutes each.

We will then head to Lapataia Bay and along this trip we will see some of the most beautiful seabirds of the Argentinean South (Albatrosses, Petrels, Snowy Sheath Bills and maybe also Penguins). We arrive to Lapataia Bay, the end of the famous Panamerican Road at the Ends of the Earth, pure beauty. Here we will take our van to go back to Ushuaia, where we´ll arrive at around 4:30 PM.

Difficulty: low

Length: full day

Transfer: shared Vehicle - approximate maximum capacity: 18 people

Guide: shared English/Spanish speaking guide

 

 

 

 

 

Insider's Tip : This tour can also be booked with an exciting canoe rowing trip experience in the beautiful rivers inside the National Park instead of the sailing to Redonda Island.

 

Insider's Tip 2: Try to get a seat next to the window on the tour vehicle. This way you will be able to take photos of the fantastic mountains, lakes and landscapes you will see along the way.

 

Insider's Tip 3: In any adventure activity how you dress can make a big difference on whether you have a great time or not. If you feel uncomfortable, too cold or too hot most probably your tour experience won't be as good. We suggest for this tour:

 

1. Take an extra pair of socks and t-shirt to change clothes after the canoeing experience.

 

2. A windbreaker jacket and comfortable trekking pants and shoes are a must for this tour.

 

3. Bring and wear sunscreen during spring and summer. Your body will be exposed to the sun during the entire day.

 

4. It has proved very useful to dress in many layers of clothes to be better prepared for sudden changes of temperature. Although usually temperature is stable, the strong Patagonian winds can instantly start and end within a 60 minutes period, making you very cold if you don’t have your windbreaker jacket or any proper clothing with you. Moreover, while your body temperature will rapidly increase while having fun in our outdoor activities, it will go down as fast when you are relaxing afterwards. We call this dressing technique the “onion technique” because it is based on wearing several different layers of clothing that you can take off and comfortably carry with you, and then put on again.

 

Insider's Tip 4: These full day tours should include lunch, and if you are vegetarian you can request a veggie lunch. You must request this a couple of day in advance before taking the tour.

 

Insider's Tip 5: Most often, tour transfers are done in air conditioned vehicles which tend to be a bit too cold. Therefore, a sweater or pullover always comes in handy. We suggest always carrying one with you, hence avoiding the risk of catching a cold because of these sudden changes in temperatures.

 

Insider's Tip 6: When booking any tour in Tierra del Fuego's National Park ask the tour company if the entrance ticket to the National Park is included in the tour price so to avoid any unexpected extra fee.

 

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Hiking in ushuaia
Trek on the coastal path

Ushuaia hiking and canoeing
Informative talk

Canoeing in ushuaia
Getting ready

Hiking and Canoeing at the Ends of the Earth

Great tour for those who want to walk along easy and undemanding paths and navigate on inflatable canoes along the rivers and lagoons of the National Park and the Beagle Channel. Between 9 and 9:30 am we'll pick you up at the hotel and take National Road Nº 3 westwards. We'll arrive to the National Park, and after we pay the entrance fee (included), we'll go to the coastal path. This 4 and a half mile path (7 kilometer) 3 hours hiking is doubtlessly the most beautiful in the Park with lots of vegetation (High Deciduous Beech, Low Deciduous Beech, Evergreen Beech, Winters bark, Fire bush, etc).

We finish our walk at Lake Roca where we have lunch. Then we lay down the canoes and put on our life vests and waterproof clothes. We will receive a short informative talk to then begin canoeing down the waters of Lake Roca, to the Ovando River. The river has crystal clear waters and this part of the trip is really easy since the river rides quietly. The Ovando River runs into Laguna Verde, one of the most beautiful panoramic spots in the National Park. We keep drifting downstream, watching some of the most astonishing landscapes in Tierra del Fuego. When close to Lapataia Bay, you will be able to see petrels, albatrosses, steamer ducks and sometimes penguins. Lapataia Bay is our target, the end of the famous Panamerican Road at the Ends of the Earth, pure beauty.

We disembark, and after we have a snack we sit and contemplate the sunset on the Beagle Channel.

Difficulty: low

Length: full day

Transfer: shared Vehicle - approximate maximum capacity: 12 people

Guide: shared English/Spanish speaking guide

Includes: breakfast + lunch with beverages + snack

 

 

 

 

 

Insider's Tip 1: This tour can also be booked with an exciting boat ride trip to Redonda Island instead of the canoeing experience (if you prefer a more relaxed and less demanding tour).

 

Insider's Tip 2: Try to get a seat next to the window on the tour vehicle. This way you will be able to take photos of the fantastic mountains, lakes and lanscapes you will see along the way.

 

Insider's Tip 3: In any adventure activity how you dress can make a big difference on whether you have a great time or not. If you feel uncomfortable, too cold or too hot most probably your tour experience won't be as good. We suggest for this tour:

 

1. A windbreaker jacket and comfortable trekking pants and shoes are a must for this tour.

 

2. Bring and wear sunscreen during spring and summer. Your body will be exposed to the sun during the entire day.

 

3. It has proved very useful to dress in many layers of clothes to be better prepared for sudden changes of temperature. Although usually temperature is stable, the strong Patagonian winds can instantly start and end within a 60 minutes period, making you very cold if you don’t have your windbreaker jacket or any proper clothing with you. Moreover, while your body temperature will rapidly increase while having fun in our outdoor activities, it will go down as fast when you are relaxing afterwards. We call this dressing technique the “onion technique” because it is based on wearing several different layers of clothing that you can take off and comfortably carry with you, and then put on again.

 

Insider's Tip 4: These full day tours should include lunch, and if you are vegetarian you can request a veggie lunch. You must request this a couple of day in advance before taking the tour.

 

Insider's Tip 5: Most often, tour transfers are done in air conditioned vehicles which tend to be a bit too cold. Therefore, a sweater or pullover always comes in handy. We suggest always carrying one with you, hence avoiding the risk of catching a cold because of these sudden changes in temperatures.

 

Insider's Tip 6: When booking any tour in Tierra del Fuego's National Park ask the tour company if the entrance ticket to the National Park is included in the tour price so to avoid any unexpected extra fee.

 

Need more travel tips and advice? Contact us

 
 
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ushuaia beaver

ushuaia beaver in water

ushuaia landrover on beaver tour
4x4 off road adventure

ushuaia watching the beaver dams
They build dams and inundate the area creating lakes

Ushuaia tree eaten by beaver

Beavers use their powerful teeth to knock down trees.

Ushuaia sunset

Enjoy a magnificent sunset at the Ends of the Earth

Engineers of Nature: The Beaver 4x4 Expedition

During the 20th century, various pairs of beavers were brought from Canada to try to develop the local fur industry in Ushuaia. The results were unexpected and our furry friends did nothing but get along with each other extremely well and reproduce on a large scale. Naturally, beavers built their dams in the middle of the lakes that they themselves had created, thus changing the landscape beyond all recognition.

This tour takes place in the evening because beavers sleep during the day. We will access the natural habitat of beavers through challenging mud tracks and beautiful Ends of the Earth landscapes on our 4x4 off road vehicles. In this exciting experience you will learn about these fascinating "engineers of nature" which skillfully build dams, lakes, shelters, knocking out trees with their powerful teeth. Then, you will enjoy a delicious stew beneath an impressive sunset.

We disembark, and after we have a snack we sit and contemplate the sunset on the Beagle Channel.

Difficulty: low

Length: 4 to 5 hours

Transfer: 4x4 vehicle- approximate maximum capacity: 8 people

Guide: shared English/Spanish speaking guide

Includes: Appetizer, Lentels stood, desert. Water, sof drinks and red wine also included.

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Insider's Tip 1: This is a great tour for wildlife lovers who want to access the natural habitat of beavers through challenging mud tracks and beautiful Ends of the Earth landscapes on 4x4 off road vehicles. It can only be done from November to February.

 

Insider's Tip 2: Bringing a waterproof windbreaker jacket to protect you from wind and any possible rain.

 

Insider's Tip 3: Try to get a seat next to the window on the tour vehicle. This way you will be able to take photos on the transfer for the tour.

 

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Ushuaia beagle chanel navigation boat
Ushuaia Harbor

ushuaia red crab
Centolla

Ushuaia beagle chanel birds
Bird's Island

Ushuaia Sea Lion
Sea Lion's Island

Navigation on the Beagle Channel

You will be picked up at the hotel and head for the tourist wharf of Ushuaia, from where we set sail to navigate the Beagle Channel. This navigation will take approximately two and a half hours to complete. You will have to pay a fee of approximately US$ 1 per passenger when departing. This fee can only be paid at Ushuaia Port. We navigate around the Islands of the Birds and the Sea Lions and "Les Eclaireurs lighthouse" ("The Explorers" in French), known as the false “Ends of the Earth” lighthouse since quite far to the south there is yet another one. There are some impressive rocky outcroppings in the middle of the channel which are a continuation of the mountain chains which surround it.

You´ll also see a large variety of wild species since over the Birds Island and the Island of the Sea Lion. Throughout the trip you will see colonies of Imperial and Magellan cormorants, South American terns and other birds worth observing, be it because of their size, their flight paterns or their colors: albatrosses, petrels, skuas, geese, etc.

Tour catamaran description:

Boat Length: approximately 100 feet (30 meters)

Capacity: approximately 150 passengers

Difficulty: low

Guide: shared English/Spanish speaking guide

Transfer: shared boat and private transfer to port

 

 

 

 

 

Insider's Tip 1: This navigation on the Beagle Channel can also be done in a more smaller and exclusive boat with capacity of 18 travelers (instead of the 150 passengers capacity of the catamaran tour)- The difference between the trip in the smaller boat and the ones in bigger vessels is that the smaller you can get closer to the different attractions, therefore letting you watch these beautiful southern species in more detail. Also in the smaller boats, depending on the weather conditions, you will be able to enjoy a trekking and birdwatching experience on an inhabited island. However, catamarans are a lot more stable (specially if it is windy), so it's your best choice if you suffer from sea-sickness.

 

Insider's Tip 2: Bring a waterproof windbreaker jacket. Not only will you be protected from water, but you will also be able to stand on the outer deck of the boats, take better photos, and enjoy better views of the attractions without freezing or getting completely soaked. If it rains during your tour, you will definitely be happy to have your waterproof jacket.

 

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