Navigation on the Beagle
Channel to Harberton Ranch

Navigation on the Beagle Channel to Harberton Ranch

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Navigation to the first fueguinian ranch
The navigation sets off from Ushuaia Tourist Port. While we drift away from the city coast to get deep on the Beagle Channel we’ll find out more of the amazing view points at the End of the World.

You’ll see the city crowned with the impressive Mount Olivia and Cinco Hermanos mountains. We’ll also be able to see the most emblematic buildings of the city such as Ushuaia Maritime and Prison Museum, Museum of the End of the World and the industrial area.

The navigation goes southeast towards Bridges archipelago. Our first stop will be at Sea Lions Island. We’ll be able to watch both samples of South American sea lions and South American fur seals in their permanent habitant. Doubtlessly, this is marvelous scenery.

We keep navigating along the Beagle Channel, this time towards Birds Island. This is the natural environment for magellanic cormorants and imperial shags, a privileged place to see authentic marine birds in incredible scenery.

The furthest point during the navigation will be Les Éclaireurs lighthouse on an archipelago that carries the same name. This is also the place for Mt. Cervantes’ shipwreck in 1930.

Finally, crossing the channel from north to south we’ll come across Gable Island and Puerto Williams base (located on Navarino Island, in the Republic of Chile).

When we reach Martillo Island, we get closer to the beach and stay there for a certain time. A surprise awaits us: you’ll observe a colony of magellanic penguins. This is a colony that sets their nests during summer season. Penguins will get closer to the vessel by curiosity swimming towards it and emerging again, a celebration that invites us to take as many pictures as possible.

We keep sailing to Harberton Ranch. This is a visit to the first fuegian ranch with its building brought from England. The ranch belonged to the Bridge’s family that settled down there after the Anglican Mission’s shut down. The ranch tour includes access to the natural reserve, Bridges family cemetery, the shearing house and the houses roundabouts.
We’ll return to the local port by land.

Useful Information

  • Length: 9 hs.
  • Departure: Ushuaia’s Tourist Pier
  • Type of experience: Maritime
  • Additional charges: Port Fee + Lunch: Lunch can be taken at the ranch’s restaurant or pre-arranged in Ushuaia.
  • Frequency: Daily at 15.30. Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 9 am (between November and April
  • Suggestions: Waterproof clothes and comfortable shoes.
  • Cancellations free of charge
  • Passengers must be on the Tourist Pier 30 minutes before departure.

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