Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- Trek through the dense forests that cloak one of the world's largest mountain ranges in Tierra del Fuego
- Sail to the nearby islands colonised by noisy sea lions, fur seals, king and imperial cormorants
- Walk amongst a huge colony of Gentoo and Magellanic penguins on Hammer Island
- Catch and prepare your own crabs at Argentina's southernmost fishing port
- Forge your way through the wilderness by 4x4 to Lago Escondido (Hidden Lake)
- Explore the oldest sheep shearing farm (Estancia) in Tierra del Fuego
Day 1: Arrive into Ushuaia, Sail to Islands Packed with Wildlife
On arrival into Ushuaia to be met by driver and taken to your hotel.
In the afternoon, we take a boat from the local port to explore the Beagle Channel. We begin in the direction of Alice Island to see the colony of sea lions, continuing on to the Birds Island where the king and imperial cormorants inhabit. Nearby, we enjoy the view of the Rock Cormorants on the cliffs. Then, we 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, we find Les Eclaireurs lighthouse, which was established in 1919 and is a real symbol of Ushuaia. Going back, we disembark on Bridges Island for a short hike. During the walk, we follow a road discovering the flora and the fauna. On this island we can see archaeological remains of the Yamanas, the aborigines who lived here many years ago.
Accommodation: Hotel Alto Andino
Days 2 and 3: Choose Your Own Adventures:
Choose one of the following adventures per day (two in total):
Haberton, Penguins, and Trek
After breakfast at your hotel you will be picked up and head northeast towards Haberton. Following National Route 3, the minibus journey will border Lasifashaj's river valley; increasing the sense of excitement for the afternoon's hike. But first, a visit to the oldest estancia in Tierra del Fuego is in store. Estancia Harberton was founded in 1886 by the Anglican missionary Thomas Bridges. It is a family-run sheep shearing farm, where the manager, one of the founder's great-grandsons, is eager to share the fascinating history of the estancia's wool activity with you.
Your next visit of the day will involve several more new friends, as you make your way to Hammer Island by boat and meet with the huge colony of Magellanic and Gentoo penguins here. Walking alongside these gracious seabirds, you will learn about their life and the ways of conservation, as the expert local guide walks with you.
Returning to the estancia, you make your way to Cambaceres Bay, fuelling with lunch before the trek to Lasifashaj River. This coastal trek will take you up to a gushing waterfall which falls from the narrowing of the Lasifashaj River's Valley.
You'll then close the day by visiting the quaint Puerto Almanza. Enjoy a tranquil walk along the shore of the most southern fishing port in Argentina before your return ride to Ushuaia, arriving back to the city around 6pm.
Begin the day driving along the National Route 3 through sweeping valleys and dense forest. As we reach the coast, we stop off for a short walk to a hidden waterfall learning about the local fauna, flora and history of the area.
Back in our vehicle we continue to Puerto Almanza, the southernmost fishing port in Argentina. Here nearly everyone in this village is dedicated to specialized fishing, catching crab, centollones, mussels, cholgas and other typical mollusks of this area. A local family receives and invites us to board on their boat and we sail onto the Beagle Channel. We stop, cast the nests and wait until we catch our crabs!
When we return to shore, the owners of the house teach us how to prepare a crab in the Patagonian style, boiled in salty sea water. We gather the spices directly from the garden and together we cook a delicious gourmet meal and enjoy some complimentary craft beer.
We return to Ushuaia around 5pm.
We start our excursion heading to the north of the island through National Route 3 where we see the most popular ski resort in the area, Cerro Castor. We cross the Andes and then start the real 4x4 adventure! We pass huge paths of mud and water reaching the imposing coast of Lake Fagnano. At this point we take a moment to absorb the breathtaking scenery and relax by the lake.
Following the brief stop, we start forging our own trail into the wilderness, taking the vehicles well and truly off trail. As we enter the forest, we leave the 4x4’s to hike through a secluded area, reaching the Lago Escondido (Hidden Lake) where there’s a small shelter. Ahead of our arrival, the lodge staff will have a cooked a delicious Argentinean style asado (barbecue), accompanied with Malbec wine.
After a filling lunch, we divide our group in pairs and venture out in canoes to explore the lake. The order of the activities may vary due to the weather conditions but as long as the conditions allow it, we will paddle along the shores of Lago Escondido.
We return to Ushuaia around 5pm.
San Pablo Cape
Leaving our hotel, we follow National Route 3 and cross the Andes through the Garibaldi Pass. After about 60 kilometres, Lake Escondido surprises us in the centre of the high rocky walls.
As we continue to drive, we observe the ecosystem gradually transforming from the woods to the steppe at the northern part of the island, a region known for breeding the best lambs in the world. We stop by the little town of Tolhuin, at the heart of the island, to visit La Union Bakery. This is a traditional meeting point for both locals and visitors and it is part of the charm of this village, providing delicious pastries, coffee and hot chocolate.
By midday we reach the Provincial Route "A", where we take a gravel road heading toward the Atlantic Ocean and the San Pablo Cape. At this point, we hike up the solitary mountain, glimpsing the abandoned lighthouse at the end. From the top of the beacon we can appreciate The Desdemona, a ship abandoned 40 years ago, which invites us to sail through time.
After exploring this mysterious giant, we visit the family-run Estancia Rolito to pause for a warming tea with home-made cakes, cookies and marmalades. Here, you can also visit the shearing shed, or take some time to walk around part of the gorgeous 500-hectare ancient lenga forest, thick with green pathways and the smell of wild mint, and abundant with chirping birds.We return to Ushuaia around 5pm.
Accommodation: Hotel Alto Andino
Meals: Breakfast & those as indicated during each activity
Day 4: Hike in Tierra del Fuego, Depart Ushuaia
We take National Route 3 from Ushuaia and stop at a Panoramic Point in the Beagle Channel. Then we get to Tierra del Fuego National Park and begin our trek to Acigami Lake, Pipo River and Ensenada Bay. We will walk for around 4.5km through forests and to various viewpoints of the Beagle Channel, Lapataia Bay (woody bay) and get a real feel for the surrounding mountain ranges.
After you are dropped back at your hotel, enjoy the last few sights and sounds of Ushuaia before catching your transfer back to the airport or bus station at a time of your choice.
Notes: Entrance fee to the National Park included
A day can be added to this trip or the itinerary order adjusted. This can be discussed with a member of our team.
Prices, Departures and Inclusions
This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $0 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.
- Departures can be set up on the date of your choice with a minimum of 2 people, from October-April.
- 3 nights accommodation in Ushuaia hotel (potential to upgrade)
- Transfers to and from the airport
- Experienced Western tour leader and local guides
- All National Park entrance fees
- Boat trips to see wildlife of the Beagle Channel and to Martillo Island
- Guided hike of Tierra del Fuego National Park
- Meals not mentioned in inclusions
- Additional optional activities
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance
- Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses