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Beagle Channel Tours

The narrow Beagle Channel, separating Argentina's island chain of Tierra del Fuego to the north from remote Chilean islands to the south, serves as a waterway for the world's southernmost city, Ushuaia. It’s also one of the most important bodies of water in South America.

The Basics
Most travelers experience this part of the world on multi-day cruises from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas in Chile, and it’s also a fantastic location for whale watching and spotting glaciers (the area is nicknamed Glacier Alley). Those based in Ushuaia can experience the channel in multiple ways; paddle a canoe from Lapataia Bay, sail through on a sightseeing cruise by yacht or catamaran, or explore some of the islands, including rocky islets known for their nesting seabirds or Seal Island.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Beagle Channel is a must-see for adventure travelers, wildlife enthusiasts, and photographers in Patagonia.
  • Day trips to the Beagle Channel can last anywhere from three to 10 hours, while multi-day tours last up to five days.
  • Don’t forget to dress in warm layers, as temperatures rarely go above 70 degrees, even during the South American summer.
  • Bring along a good pair of binoculars for better wildlife-spotting opportunities. 

How to Get There
The nearest airport to the Beagle Channel is in Ushuaia, served by daily flights from Buenos Aires and Santiago de Chile. Once in town, the easiest way to experience the channel is by booking a sightseeing cruise or other guided tour.

When to Get There
For the best balance of good weather and fewer crowds, plan to visit during the spring or fall. The best weather falls between December and February, but winds can be strong, creating rougher waters in the Beagle Channel.

The Lighthouse (Not Quite) at the End of the World
Many tours through the Beagle Channel include a visit to Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse, sometimes called the Lighthouse at the End of the World. While the photogenic lighthouse certainly feels far enough from civilization to warrant the nickname, the title actually applies to a lighthouse on Isla de los Estados.

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Beagle Channel Sailing Tour from Ushuaia, Ushuaia, null
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Beagle Channel Sailing Tour from Ushuaia

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

This is a 4-hour sailing cruise including the highlights in the Beagle Channel, such as the Lighthouse Les Eclaireurs, the Island of Sea Wolves and Birdes ...  Read more

Location: Ushuaia, Argentina
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.00
Patagonian Explorer, Punta Arenas, Sailing Trips
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Patagonian Explorer

Starting in January 2018, explore Patagonia on an adventurous five-day, four-night journeys between Ushuaia (Argentina) to Punta Arenas (Chile) through some of ...  Read more

Location: Punta Arenas, Chile
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $1,440.00
6 hours Navigation on Beagle Chanel to Harberton Ranch from Ushuaia, Ushuaia, Cultural Tours
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6 hours Navigation on Beagle Chanel to Harberton Ranch from Ushuaia

Navigate on Beagle Chanel and discover Ushuaia's surroundings from a unique point a view. Pass by Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse, Ushuaia's emblem, small islands ...  Read more

Location: Ushuaia, Argentina
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $185.00
Beagle Channel and Sea Wolves Island Catamaran Cruise, Ushuaia, Half-day Tours
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Beagle Channel and Sea Wolves Island Catamaran Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

In 1833, Charles Darwin set sail along the Beagle Channel. You can follow his course on a 2.5-hour catamaran cruise from Ushuaia. You'll capture sights of ...  Read more

Location: Ushuaia, Argentina
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $106.00
3-Day Adventure Tour of Ushuaia: Hiking, Canoeing and Sailing at the End of the World, Ushuaia, ... 
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3-Day Adventure Tour of Ushuaia: Hiking, Canoeing and Sailing at the End of the World

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Spend three days exploring Ushuaia and its surrounding natural wonders on this all-inclusive multi-day adventure tour. Enjoy the majestic landscape that ...  Read more

Location: Ushuaia, Argentina
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $395.20
Beagle Channel and Seal Island Catamaran Tour from Ushuaia, Ushuaia, Multi-day Tours
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Beagle Channel and Seal Island Catamaran Tour from Ushuaia

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 6 Reviews

Get out on the water on this catamaran tour from Ushuaia through the Beagle Channel. Experience the natural beauty of the southernmost part of South America as ...  Read more

Location: Ushuaia, Argentina
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $94.20
5-Day Trip in Ushuaia and Calafate, Ushuaia, Catamaran Cruises
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5-Day Trip in Ushuaia and Calafate

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Travel to the end of the world! Join us in this adventure and get to know the most southern capital city in the world, Ushuaia. Be astonished by its landscape ...  Read more

Location: Ushuaia, Argentina
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $1,375.00
Half-Day Boat Trip to the Penguins Colony from Ushuaia, Ushuaia, Multi-day Tours
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Half-Day Boat Trip to the Penguins Colony from Ushuaia

4 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Visit one of the biggest penguin colonies in the world and learn more about this incredibly social animal during a 4 hour tour. Take a boat trip to the ...  Read more

Location: Ushuaia, Argentina
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $106.00
Tierra del Fuego and Beagle Channel Combo Tour by Train and Boat, Ushuaia, Day Trips
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Tierra del Fuego and Beagle Channel Combo Tour by Train and Boat

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

This tour includes two separate activities. The first activity at Tierra del Feugo National Park begins at 8:30am and lasts five hours until 1:30pm. The ...  Read more

Location: Ushuaia, Argentina
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $230.00
Tierra del Fuego and Beagle Channel Full-Day Tour from Ushuaia, Ushuaia, Day Trips
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Tierra del Fuego and Beagle Channel Full-Day Tour from Ushuaia

3 star rating: Worth doing 1 Review

Enjoy a full-day guided tour that will take you from Ushuaia city to the impressive landscapes of the famous Tierra del Fuego National Park and to the Beagle ...  Read more

Location: Ushuaia, Argentina
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $149.00

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