Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- Visit the highlights of Ushuaia as well as getting truly off the beaten track, uncovering the region's culture, history and natural environment
- Trek through the dense forests that cloak one of the world's largest mountain ranges in Tierra del Fuego
- Observe the sea lions, fur seals, and king and imperial cormorants that inhabit the surrounding islands, and walk amongst a huge colony of Gentoo and Magellanic penguins on Hammer Island
- Experience life as a local by catching and preparing your own crabs at Argentina's southernmost fishing port, and exploring the oldest sheep shearing farm (Estancia) in Tierra del Fuego
- Stay at Hotel Alto Andino in Ushuaia, a modern, centrally-located hotel which offers some stunning views across the water
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, your boat will be waiting for you at the local port, ready to explore the Beagle Channel. You will 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. 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 a real symbol 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.
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 the coast is neared, you will stop off for a short walk to a hidden waterfall in which you'll learn about the local fauna, flora and history of the area.
Back in the vehicle the journey continues to Puerto Almanza, the southernmost fishing port in Argentina. Nearly everyone in this village is dedicated to specialized fishing, catching crab, centollones, mussels, cholgas and other mollusks typical of the area. A local family will receive you and invite you to board their boat, sailing onto the Beagle Channel. You'll then catch cast your net and wait to catch crabs!
When you return to shore, the owners of the house teach you how to prepare a crab in the Patagonian style, boiled in salty sea water. Spices are gathered directly from the garden and a delicious gourmet meal is cooked together, and then enjoyed with some craft beer.
You return to Ushuaia at around 5pm.
Start the excursion heading to the north of the island through National Route 3 where you'll see the most popular ski resort in the area, Cerro Castor. Cross the Andes and then start the real 4x4 adventure! Huge paths of mud and water will be passed reaching the imposing coast of Lake Fagnano. At this point, you can simply soak in the breathtaking scenery and relax by the lake.
Following the brief stop, you will begin to forge your trail into the wilderness, taking the vehicles well and truly off trail. As you enter the forest, the 4x4’s will be left behind 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, the group will be divided into pairs in which you will 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, you will paddle along the shores of Lago Escondido.
You return to Ushuaia at around 5pm.
San Pablo Cape
Leaving the hotel, you will 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 the drive continues, 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 you will reach the Provincial Route "A", where you'll take a gravel road heading toward the Atlantic Ocean and the San Pablo Cape. At this point, you hike up the solitary mountain, glimpsing the abandoned lighthouse at the end. From the top of the beacon you can appreciate The Desdemona, a ship abandoned 40 years ago, which invites you to sail through time.
After exploring this mysterious giant, a visit to the family-run Estancia Rolito is planned to reenergise with some warming tea and home-made cakes, biscuits and spreads. 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.
Meals: Breakfast & those as indicated during each activity
Accommodation: Hotel Alto Andino
Day 4: Hike in Tierra del Fuego, Depart Ushuaia
You will set off through National Route 3 from Ushuaia and stop at a Panoramic Point in the Beagle Channel. You'll arrive at Tierra del Fuego National Park and begin the trek to Acigami Lake, Pipo River and Ensenada Bay. The walk will be around 4.5km and will take you through mystic forests and to various viewpoints of the Beagle Channel, Lapataia Bay (woody bay); giving you 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 $750 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.
- Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches
- Accommodation: 3 nights in Hotel Alto Andino (mid-range)
- Transfers to and from the airport
- All National Park entrance fees
- 2 full day and 2 half day excursions
- Meals not indicated in itinerary
- Optional additional excursions
- Travel insurance
- Personal Equipment (request our recommended kit list for more details)
- Gratuities/Tips International flights
- Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses