Penguins, shipwrecks & lakes
In this voyage you will explore the most powerfull landscapes of Tierra del Fuego Island, discovering the wild nature and the actual and primitive culture of the region. You will visit historic ranches, a familiar farm, a shipwreck and an abandon lighthouse. You will be able to walk with Gentoo and Magellanic Penguins and see a wide range of seabirds, guanacos and Andean Condors.
From October to May
Low/mid (depends on the clients)
3 days / 2 nights
• Trekking / Hiking
• Visit to ranches
• Overnight in cabin
• Overnight in tent
• Walk with penguins
• Harberton Ranch
• Martillo Island (Penguin Rookery)
• Puerto Almanza
• Escondido and Fagnano Lakes
• Cape San Pablo
• Heart of the Island Reserve
Departing from Ushuaia we´ll head east towards Harberton Ranch, located by the coast of the Beagle Channel. Once there, we´ll take a boat (with a small group) and go to Martillo Island for a walk of one hour among Gentoo and Magellanic Penguins. On the way back, take a tour with a marine biologist to the private museum of the ranch, focus on sea mammals and sea birds.
Leaving the ranch, we´ll go for lunch to a picturesque familiar restaurant in Puerto Almanza, a small fisherman’s town. An appetizer of natural King-crab, and a seafood stew as main course will make you experience first-hand the richness of the Beagle Channel.
Afterlunch, we´ll cross the Andes to the north, thru the Garibaldi Pass, and we´ll have the chance to take a walk to the edge of the mountain for magnificent views over the Escondido and Fagnano Lakes.
Ending the day, we´ll arrive to Tolhuin, a small town home of rural workers and woodcutters. There we´ll visit the typical bakery “La Union” to buy fresh bread and some local pastry.
A few miles from there, and very close to the Fagnano Lake, we´ll find a little familiar farm call “Las Tres Marias”, we´ll have dinner and spend the night there in a comfortable cabin.
After breakfast we´ll continue our way north, leaving the Andes to find the transition área between the forest and the Patagonian Step. Leaving the main road we´ll head east towards the atlantic ocean, and we´ll stop on a typical sheep farm, to learn about their work and also to have asado (barbecue) for lunch.
In the afternoon we´ll continue east, to reach the sea. And once there, we´ll go for a walk to the abandon lighthouse of Cape San Pablo. From up there, discover fantastic views of a vast landscape. Afterwards, when the tied is low we will go down all the way to coast to have a closer look to the symbol of this region, the shipwreck of the Desdemona.
Finally, we´ll set the camping site, start the fire, and prepare dinner. We´ll rest with the sound of the sea wishing us sweet dreams.
Early wake up this morning, we´ll have breakfast, pick up camp and start driving west this time. There we´ll get into rural roads, to reach the Corazon de la Isla Reserve. Once there, we will ascend the Atunuyak Hill (quite exigent) or otherwise Cabra Hill, both options will give us stunning views over this area of lakes and forest. We may have the chance to see Andean Condors here. The plan is to have lunch on the Summit, and be back on the car before the evening, to start the return to Ushuaia, that will take us about 2.5 hours.
• Professional Guide
• All meals and drinks
• Overnights in a cabin and in a tent
• Bed sheets and sleeping bags
• Flashlight / Lantern
• Hot beverages and water
• Land transportation
• Navigation to Martillo Island (Penguin rockery)
• Personal Insurance
• Personal bottle of wáter (recomended)
• Trekking/hiking shoes (if waterproff much better)
• Footwear for relaxation (sandals, crocs, or other)
• Waterproof jacket
• Warm clothes, gloves and hat
• Medium or small backpack
• 1 or 2 change of clothes (underwear, t-shirts, pants)
• Medical Form complete
• This is a private tour, so we can customize it to adapt match your interests.
• Ask us about the extensión of the tour to go to Inutil Bay (Chile) to see the only King Penguin colony in Tierra del Fuego Island.