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
5 Nights: Wildlife, Glaciers & Cape Horn
Explore remote fjords by small expedition ship from Punta Arenas to Cape Horn and back, without leaving Chile. Follow in Charles Darwin's footsteps as you sail the Beagle Channel and the Tierra del Fuego archipelago to the end of the…
- 6 Days
Humpback Whale Watching Adventure
Sail on a small boat to isolated fjords in the Strait of Magellan in search of humpback whales. You'll be accompanied by marine biologists who can identify these majestic creatures by their tail and dorsal fins and will be almost…
- 3 Days
Pumas, Penguins & Whales; Wildlife Tour
Meet three of Patagonia's most incredible creatures on 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 humpback whales in remote corners of the fjords,…
- 11 Days
Adventure Cruise: Cape Horn & Glaciers
Journey north from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas on an adventure cruise that showcases the wildlife and wild landscapes of Tierra del Fuego. Set foot on Cape Horn, visit Wulaia Bay and Pia Glacier and land on Magdalena Island, home to…
- 5 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, land at the Pia Glacier, visit the fabled Cape Horn and…
- 5 Days