Beagle Channel Cruise

Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse in the Beagle Channel
After the Amazon River, the Beagle Channel might be the most iconic waterway in all of South America. After all, this is the channel named after the HMS Beagle, the ship that carried Charles Darwin around the continent in the early 1800s. Today's excursion involves a local cruise that sails from the city of Ushuaia along the Beagle Channel, taking in some incredible sights and wildlife sightings that would make any naturalist proud. 

Just departing from the docks in Ushuaia is an incredible experience, because from the water there are breathtaking panoramic views of the bay, the waterfront of the city, and Martial Glacier behind it. Also, be on the lookout for diverse marine life such as cormorants and sea lions, especially near the Lobo and De Los Pajaros islands. If the winds are calm, you can even hop ashore, collect giant shells, and look out to the opposite coast, which stretches across both Chile and Argentina. Before the boat returns to port, it passes the famous Les Eclaireurs, the so-called "Lighthouse at the End of the World."

Tours that Include Beagle Channel Cruise

Tierra del Fuego—one of three national parks on this itinerary
Map of Hiking in Patagonia - 15 Days
Hiking in Patagonia - 15 Days

This self-guided and incredibly scenic trip highlights Patagonia's best trails on both sides of the border. Kick off in Argentina's Los Glaciares National Park, home of 13 glaciers and the iconic Mt. Fitz Roy. Next is Chile's Torres del Paine National Park for more jaw-dropping peaks, turquoise lakes, and rare wildlife. Finish back in Argentina for coastal trails and a taste of the world's 'southernmost city'.

Discover Ushuaia - 6 Days
Discover Ushuaia - 6 Days

The city of Ushuaia, located in Tierra del Fuego, has the distinction of being the southernmost city of the world. You can imagine, then, the unspoiled nature and rugged landscapes that abound in this region of Patagonia. In just under a week you'll be able to experience the natural highlights in and around Ushuaia on trekking excursions, canoe trips, boat rides on the Beagle Channel, and even an outing to do some penguin spotting. It's the most fun you can have at the "end of the world."

A whale breaching near Puerto Madryn
Map of Wildlife & Nature in Argentine Patagonia - 15 Days
Wildlife & Nature in Argentine Patagonia - 15 Days

This 15-day tour in Argentine Patagonia hits the highlights between Puerto Madryn in the north to Ushuaia in the south for a range of outdoor activities and wildlife. On the itinerary are two national parks: Tierra del Fuego (rivers and ancient settlements) and Los Glaciares (glaciers and iconic hikes). There's also whale watching, snorkeling with sea lions, and a visit to South America's largest Magellanic Penguin colony.

Entering the town of El Chaltén and the Fitz Roy Massif
Map of Best of Argentine Patagonia - 14 Days
Best of Argentine Patagonia - 14 Days

Two weeks is a fantastic length of time to experience Southern Argentina. After kicking off in Buenos Aires, fly to Patagonia for glaciers and treks around Los Glaciares National Park (and iconic Mt. Fitz Roy). Then head to Ushuaia—the southernmost city in the world—for canoeing, channel cruising, and frolicking with penguins. Each night is another opportunity to taste the region's best food, wine, and local culture.