This is a highly tidal waterway separating Tierra del Fuego from the mainland.
It's possible to cross the straits by ferry, from Punta Arenas to Tierra del Fuego. It's then a 12 hour bus journey down to Ushuaia.
Adventure cruises on the Magellan Straits and Beagle Channel afford visitors to this region the chance to get up close to glaciers, waterfalls, penguin colonies and more. The southern tip of Patagonia is home to some incredible spectacles, many of which can only be accessed from the water. Several cruises here also allow you to see Cape Horn.
Map of Magellan Straits
Trips that visit Magellan Straits
Pumas, Penguins & Whales; Wildlife Tour
Meet three of Patagonia's most special creatures in this fantastic 11 day tour, led by hand picked specialist wildlife guides and trackers. Spot the elusive puma in Torres del Paine, marvel at jumping humpbacks in remote corners of the fjords,…
- 11 Days
Wildlife, Glaciers & Cape Horn
Voyage south from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia on an adventure cruise packed with incredible wildlife, fascinating history, and breathtaking wild scenery. Sail through the famous Magellan Straits and Beagle Channel, with landings at glaciers, the fabled Cape Horn and a…
- 5 Days
Humpback Whale Watching Adventure
A small vessel voyage into an isolated corner of the fjords, accompanied by marine biologists who can identify the humpbacks by their tail and dorsal fins. You'll be almost alone among large groups of whales feeding and breaching and at…
- 3 Days
Cape Horn & Penguins
A spectacular voyage north from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas, through remote channels of the Patagonian fjords. Walk among Magellanic penguins, land at glistening glaciers, sail through the famous Magellan Straits, Beagle Channel and Wulaia Bay, and have the chance to…
- 4 Days