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The Best of Tierra del Fuego

Combining our top Tierra del Fuego day excursions, this privately guided tour has been crafted for those who want to leave the city behind. It includes two nights in a charming and remote lakeside hotel and there’s plenty of opportunity to really immerse yourself in the highlights and wonders of The Land of Fire, Tierra del Fuego.

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Trip type

Private

Trip length

5 Days

From

$1,425

Location

Tierra del Fuego

The Best of Tierra del Fuego - 5 Days - $1,425

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

Day 1: Transfer to Ushuaia; Visit National Park

Day 2: Depart Ushuaia; 4x4 trip through the Andes

Day 3: Drive to the Atlantic coast

Day 4: Beagle Foodie Experience; Return to Ushuaia

Day 5: Half-day Beagle boat trip; Transfer from Ushuaia

Start from Ushuaia and end at Ushuaia

Landmarks visited on The Best of Tierra del Fuego

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer to Ushuaia; Visit National Park

Today you will arrive at Ushuaia Airport from where you’ll take a private transfer to Hotel Alto Andino.

In the afternoon you’ll enjoy a guided trip to the Tierra del Fuego National Park before returning to the Hotel Alto Andino to spend your first night.

Accommodation: Hotel Alto Andino, or similar, in Ushuaia


Day 2: Depart Ushuaia; 4x4 trip through the Andes

Begin your travels early in the morning as you go off-road into the wild and immense landscapes of Tierra del Fuego; views which have brought travellers to this captivating and remote spot of the globe for centuries.

Head eastwards out of Ushuaia on the Panamerican Ruta 3 Highway before immersing yourself in the magical forest, via muddy trails that these tough vehicles love to tackle. Stopping at exposed mountain passes, and different scenic vantages your guide will explain what makes this area, at the end of the world so special. Keep your eye out for local birdlife, such as Andean condors, woodpeckers and the impressive caracara hawk.

After crossing the Andes during the morning, you'll then rest for lunch in your rustic, yet charming, refugio where your guide will cook and serve a traditional Argentine asado BBQ meal for you, with local wines to accompany.

In the afternoon, take to the water in Canadian-style canoes, for a short adventure on the nearby lake, weather conditions permitting. Or, if you prefer, stretch your legs through the forest in this isolated, beautiful part of the world.

Today’s final stretch is by road to the tiny frontier village of Tolhuin, in the heart of the island of Tierra del Fuego. Check into your home for the next two nights, a typical Patagonian inn, stunningly located by the shores of Lake Fagnano. Staff will certainly make you feel welcome and dinner at the hotel will be one of the locally sourced specialties.

Meals: Breakfast, BBQ lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Kaiken


Day 3: Drive to the Atlantic coast

After a typical breakfast, with locally-produced bread and jams in a beautiful setting, you’ll take to your 4x4 passing back through Tolhuin where there will be time to stop for photos.

The varied topography and history of the area are captivating and your guide will tell tales of explorers and pioneers as each turn in the road reveals a different perspective of South America’s largest island. Your stops today might be to observe the various species of local flora or the quirky guanaco (a relative of the llama) that has roamed these plains for thousands of years.

Arriving at the Cape of San Pablo you will be in awe of the vastness and beauty of this stunning location as you take a short panoramic walk. This wild and inaccessible part of the Atlantic coast has a famous sentinel: the atmospheric shipwreck of the Desdemona - a sailors’ nemesis and a photographers’ paradise.

Lunch today is with our hosts, in their small home located in front of the sea. The menu is unsurprisingly ‘catch-of-the-day’ and will depend on what our hosts have been able to harvest that morning from their artisanal fishing nets. The ambience is welcoming, rustic and 100% authentic as you get the chance to interact with these truly fascinating settlers at the end of the world. Don’t expect silver cutlery, but do expect food that simply tastes wonderful, and is served with a huge Patagonian smile. Please note: other meals can be prepared, but please let us know your requirements.

In the afternoon, you'll head back towards Tolhuin, and continue the true Patagonian experience. This time you will be in the company of a pioneering family, usually sustaining themselves through tourism and sheep farming. Dinner is held on the ranch and it's a chance to savour the most typical Patagonian dish: asado de cordero (BBQ lamb). This is not just a meal, but a whole ceremony and nobody will go hungry!

In the evening, return to your hosteria, to relax from an epic day’s exploring and prepare for what tomorrow will bring.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, BBQ dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Kaiken


Day 4: Beagle Foodie Experience; Return to Ushuaia

After breakfast you'll depart the hosteria, saying goodbye to the mighty Lake Fagnano and starting to head back west across the mountains by the Ruta 3 highway. You'll then turn south, via a dirt track through the dense forest to reach the Beagle channel. En route you'll stop at Laguna Victoria for a snack and a short walk.

Around 11:30am you'll pass through Puerto Almanza, the main port for crab fishing on the Beagle Channel, and continue a little further down the coast to reach the house of one of the most well-known fisherwomen in the area.

She'll be waiting to guide you, step by step, through a true gastronomic experience. The incredible five-course lunch could include trout, sea bass and crab, all cooked by her and her partner in their kitchen.

From here you can see Puerto Williams from afar and, if you're lucky, see whales in the bay.

You'll leave the house at 2:30pm and arrive back in Ushuaia around 4pm, having made friends with your guide and clocked up around 400km (250 miles) travel in four memorable days of exploring.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch (wine and water included), dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Alto Andino, or similar, in Ushuaia


Day 5: Half-day Beagle boat trip; Transfer from Ushuaia

This morning your boat will be waiting for you and a small group of other travellers at the local port, ready to explore the Beagle Channel. Capacity is usually 18 passengers for this photogenic outing. You'll begin in the direction of Alice Island to see the colony of sea lions, continuing on to the Birds Island which the king and imperial cormorants inhabit. Observe the rock cormorants on the cliffs nearby, then see both sea lions and fur seals at the Sea Lions Island.

During the voyage, enjoy tea, hot chocolate, coffee, biscuits and, of course, typical Argentinian maté. Finally, you'll reach Les Eclaireurs lighthouse, which was established in 1919 and is an iconic sight of Ushuaia. Going back, you will disembark on Bridges Island for a short hike which promises discovery of abundant flora and the fauna. On this island you can also see archaeological remains of the Yamanas, the aborigines who lived here many years ago.

After the boat trip you'll be driven back to Hotel Alto Adino and in the afternoon you’ll take a private transfer to the airport for your onward flight. Your flight should depart no earlier than 5pm.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

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Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Prices for the 2023/24 season are:

6 people: USD $1,075 per person

4 people: USD $1,425 per person

2 people: USD $2,080 per person

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Additional Notes

Excursions – Excursions are run on a private basis.
Itinerary – The Itinerary is subject to change based on weather conditions.

Includes

  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Accommodation: 2 nights at Hotel Alto Andino, 2 nights at Hotel Kaiken
  • English and Spanish speaking guide during excursions
  • Private transfer to/from Ushuaia Airport

Excludes

  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Any extra/optional excursions
  • Personal equipment (see our recommended kit list)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gratuities/tips
  • International and domestic/in-country flights
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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