Top 5 ways to see Tierra del Fuego
- Let Ushuaia be your base for days of hiking, kayaking, and even four wheel drive adventures
- Go trekking in the wild and remote mountains
- Go bird-watching in the beautiful Tierra del Fuego national park
- Explore the Magellan Straits and Beagle Channel on an adventure cruise
- Venture into Chilean Tierra del Fuego and go to Cape Horn
Things to do in Tierra del Fuego
Australis cruises sail between the southern Patagonian port cities of Punta Arenas and Ushuaia, connecting Torres del Paine national park and Tierra del Fuego, These …
Hiking in Tierra del Fuego
Tierra del Fuego is perhaps the most remote and wild place in Patagonia and is the last piece of land before Antarctica. Tierra del Fuego has a national park and is home to a …
Cape Horn marks the very end of the world as we know it - the next stop is the alien, polar world of the Antarctic. The Cape is the most rugged part of the windswept lands of …
The great sadness is that a lot of people only see Ushuaia. You can get up high and see the incredible light on the Beagle Channel and the force of the waves. Then it really feels like the end of the world.
Luke Errington Founder, Swoop Patagonia
Places to Go
Chilean Tierra del Fuego (Isla Navarino)
On the southern side of the Beagle Channel, in Chilean Tierra del Fuego, is a large island, Isla Navarino.
This lodge is in a great location on Isla Navarino and offers a fantastic range of excursions, which include sailing on the Beagle Channel and even flying over Cape Horn! Find out more about Lakutaia.
Dientes de Navarino
Translated as the 'Teeth of Navarino', this is an impressive mountain range on Navarino Island. Find out more about trekking here.
Cape Horn is the most rugged part of the windswept lands of Tierra del Fuego and marks the very end of the world as we know it - the next stop is the alien, polar world of the Antarctic. There are five ways to visit Cape Horn.
From the outskirts of Ushuaia, there are several day-hikes, which aren't too strenuous, that will take you to spectacular vistas of the surrounding wild landscapes, including glaciers.
If you're into birding (or are looking for a new relaxing activity), going out into Tierra del Fuego National Park with a specialist bird-watching guide gives you the opportunity to spot some of the incredible range of native birds.
Four Wheel Drive Adventures
Jump in a four wheel drive car with a guide to explore Tierra del Fuego and see a large part of the region without undertaking long demanding treks.
Beagle Channel Boat Trips
Ushuaia lies on the shore of the Beagle Channel, named after Darwin's ship which sailed up here almost 200 years ago. Taking a boat trip from Ushuaia allows you to explore this vast stretch of water and see Tierra del Fuego from another dramatic perspective.
What Our Customers Think
The remoteness of Tierra del Fuego was incredible, we didn't see another boat for 3 days. We saw a lot of wildlife - penguins, dolphins, seals, albatross, condors.
Peter January 2017
Many thanks for making my unforgettable experience in Tierra del Fuego possible. The land is one of a kind; the only regret I have that I was not able to go for more days!
Christian December 2015
How do I get to Tierra del Fuego...
Tierra del Fuego is the southernmost region of Patagonia. Lying partly in Chile and partly in Argentina, this region is formed of a collection of islands off the southern tip of South America.
Ushuaia is the largest city in Tierra del Fuego and lies on the Argentinian side of the border. This is where you'll come into the region.
As Ushuaia is in Argentina, you'll need to fly via Buenos Aires, the Argentine capital, to get here from abroad.
There are 4 or 5 flights per day from Buenos Aires (AEP) to Ushuaia (USH), and the flight time is approximately 3 hours 40 minutes. Contact us for more details.
There are daily flights from El Calafate (FTE) (the nearest city to Glaciar Perito Moreno & Mount Fitz Roy) to Ushuaia, which take around 1 hour 15 minutes. If you're coming from Peninsula Valdes, there are flights from Trelew. From elsewhere in Argentina, flights go via Buenos Aires. Please get in touch for more details.
The only flights from Chile to Argentina go between their two capitals (Santiago and Buenos Aires), so if you're coming from Torres del Paine or anywhere else in Chilean Patagonia, you need a different way to get to Ushuaia. From Torres del Paine, this is usually via the nearest city, Punta Arenas.
Punta Arenas is the nearest large town to Torres del Paine, so it's most likely you'll come via here.
1. Bus from Punta Arenas - There is a public bus which departs Punta Arenas in Chile nearly every day, taking you across the border and down to Ushuaia. The journey time is approximately 11 hours - it's better than it sounds!
2. Ferry from Punta Arenas - Taking the ferry between Punta Arenas and Ushuaia allows you to see some of the fjords, glaciers, and wildlife of Tierra del Fuego along the way. The ferry takes approximately 24 hours.
3. Cruise from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia - By far the most enjoyable way to travel from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia is to take an adventure cruise. By day you'll experience thrilling excursions on small zodiac boats, exploring the Magellan Straits and getting up close to penguin colonies and hanging glaciers, and by night you'll return to a comfortable cabin aboard an ice-strengthened vessel.
4. Cross the border overland and fly from Calafate - El Calafate lies in Argentina, but it is possible to travel overland from some parts of Chile, such as Torres del Paine and Punta Arenas, by either public bus or private transfer. From El Calafate, there are regular flights down to Ushuaia.
Please get in touch for more details on any of the above options.
Group tours which visit Tierra del Fuego
A spectacular itinerary that takes you the length of Patagonia in a specially-adapted expedition vehicle, exploring glaciers on foot and by boat, breaking Torres del Paine's W Trek into a series of day hikes, visiting a penguin colony, crossing the…
A tour of Patagonia's best trekking, from the Osorno Volcano to El Chalten and Torres del Paine's famous W Trek, combined with visits to Perito Moreno glacier, a penguin colony and sailing on the Beagle Channel, made simple by expert…
Experience Patagonia in every way possible, travelling by plane, bus and, most importantly, with an unforgettable 4-night luxury adventure cruise amid the glaciers and islands of Tierra del Fuego - the southernmost tip of the world. You'll also hike…
An epic, in-depth tour of Patagonia, combining trips to Huerquehue National Park, the Quelat glacier, an isolated fishing village, a working estancia in Argentina and a King penguin colony in Tierra del Fuego, with landmarks like Torres del Paine, El…
Tierra del Fuego Map
Our interactive map shows the main landmarks in Tierra del Fuego, including glaciers and peaks, as well as the best spots to see wildlife.
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