Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- As an island, there is a wealth of not only coastal but also inland forest birds. Spend 3 days with the remarkable birds of these areas, exploring by land and sea, the landscapes of scenic grandeur that they call home.
- Surrounded by the Andes, see the mountain range from various perspectives as you travel both to and through the Beagle Channel, the Garibaldi Pass, and the Tierra del Fuego National Park.
- The opportunity to see a colony of Magellanic and Gentoo penguin on day one, followed by sightings of the magnificent Black-browed Albatross and the White-bellied Seedsnipe.
- Expert birding guide with a wealth of experience in Tierra del Fuego.
- Return each evening to Ushuaia to enjoy delicious seafood dishes and craft beer.
- Option to upgrade your accommodation to sleep right on the shores of the Beagle Channel.
Day 1: Arrival and birds of Beagle Channel
Arrival to Ushuaia airport. A transfer will pick you up and take you to your hotel. In the afternoon, the tour will launch with a crossing of the Bay of Ushuaia. Starting from the tourist port of Ushuaia and gliding past the inlets and bays across Paso Chico, you’ll navigate through the dramatic Beagle Channel. Sail around Isla de Los Pajaros (Bird Island) and Isla de los Lobos (Sea Lions Island), both part of the Bridges Archipelago, observing the unique plant life on these shores which feature the Andes as their backdrop.
Upon reaching the Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse, you’ll be able to see the colonies of imperial Shag and Rock Shag. From there you’ll head east, enjoying the wonderful landscapes of the channel and the mountains that surround it. You’ll pass the Argentine coast, Puerto Almanza, on the Chilean coast, the Naval Base of Puerto Williams, and then arrive at Martillo Island, where you’ll have the opportunity to see a colony of Magellanic and Gentoo penguin. Change direction for the return trip back to Ushuaia, where you’ll spend the night in a hotel.
Day 2: Birds of Lago Escondido
Setting out from the hotel in Ushuaia, you’ll drive east through National Route 3. Witness the landscape completely change as you leave the capital city behind you, and ranges, valleys, peat bogs, beaver’s dams, and beech forests increasingly make up the surroundings with every turn of the road.
The day’s hike will see you walk across the Fuegian Andes through the Garibaldi Pass, the only paved route across the mountain range. Behold the Lake Escondido as you reach the foot of the Pass, expansive in size and extraordinary in beauty and stillness. Then, ascent from there, towards the 450 meter summit, which presents dazzling viewpoints of both the Lake Escondido and the Lake Fagnano. The latter is one of the world’s largest lakes and distinct in occupying an active tectonic depression, giving rise to the Magellan Fault at the centre of the lake.
The tour is focussed on celebrating the diversity of flora and fauna home to the area, particularly the abundance of unique bird species. Sights range from the black-browed albatross, to white-bellied seedsnipe, and Chilean swallow, to Fuegian steamer-duck, and various more. Experience the change in geography once more as you return to Ushuaia for another night at a hotel in the city. The tour takes around 8 hours in total.
Day 3: Birds of Tierra del Fuego National Park
After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll spend a whole day exploring the birdlife of the Tierra del Fuego National Park (approx. 8 hours). Observe the giant (Magellanic) woodpeckers which inhabit the silent beech forest, and seabirds such as kelp geese, ringed kingfishers and flying steamer-ducks skimming the surface of rivers and lakes. Search for the king of the Andes; the Condor, and also come across the fire-eyed diucon and Patagonian sierra-finch. A hotel in Ushuaia awaits your return that evening as you relive the sightings of the day.
Meals: Breakfast and picnic lunch
Day 4: End of the trip
Transfer to Ushuaia local airport from the hotel, and connect to your next destination.
Prices, Departures and Inclusions
This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $1,013 per person for a complete group. If you are looking to join a group or you are a solo traveller we will help to form likeminded groups of travellers. Please let us know your travel plans.
The trip can also run on a private basis to fit around your plans. Departures may be tailored and can be set up on a date of your choice. Please note that there is a higher price for smaller groups. Please enquire for further details.
Prices are per person and are based on a group of 4 people.
Other pricing options are available:
2 people: $1496 per person
3 people: $1151 per person
5 people: $933 per person
6 people: $855 per person