Ushuaia: Sailing Beagle Channel to the Penguin Colony

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Seabird watching at the Isla de los Pájaros. Visit Isla de los Lobos and Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse. Unique opportunity to observe Magellanic penguins in their natural habitat.


  • Beagle Channel Navigation
  • Sighting of a variety of seabirds on Bird Island
  • Visit to the Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse
  • At Martillo Island you will observe Magellanic penguins in their natural habitat


The tour starts at the local tourist pier in Ushuaia, from where we will set sail towards the wide Ushuaia Bay. During the crossing, you will have the opportunity to see a variety of seabirds at Isla de los Pájaros. We will also visit the Isla de los Lobos (Sea Lions Island). One of the highlights of the tour is a visit to Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse. Continuing our journey, we will sail east. During this part of the tour, you will have the opportunity to see Puerto Almanza on the Argentinean coast and Puerto Williams on the Chilean coast, two of the highlights of the region. The highlight of the tour is the arrival at Isla Martillo, where you will have the unique opportunity to observe Magellanic penguins in their natural habitat. With approximately 1000 nests, this colony is one of the three main penguin colonies. In addition, you will be able to admire a smaller colony of Gentoo penguins, a unique species in South America.


Beagle Channel Navigation Sailing to Los Lobos Island, where, from the boat, you can see the sea lions Sailing to Los Pajaros island Navigation to Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse You will see Gable Island and the Puerto Williams Naval Base When you arrive at Martillo Island you will be able to observe closely the Magellanic penguins from the boat

Important Information

  • *Passengers must be at the Tourist Pier half an hour before the departure of the service - Address: Muelle turistico Av prefectura Naval Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, V9410 Ushuaia. *This tour is a 6-hour navigation through the Beagle Channel in a Flat Catamaran that will approach the coast of the most important islands. *Passengers will not disembark from the catamaran during the tour as Penguins are very sensitive to environmental pollution and we cannot endanger their natural habitat. But we will dock at La Isla Martillo where the Penguins approach the catamaran and even play with the catamaran's lines a few meters away from us. We will be able to observe them as close as if we were on land. *This tour does not include hotel pick up, however we need the name of the hotel where you will be staying in Ushuaia so we can contact you in case of a last minute schedule change.

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