The Beagle Channel is located in the wild and seemingly inhospitable land of Tierra del Fuego. At it's eastern end, the Beagle Channel forms part of the Chilean-Argentinian border, which was set some hundred years ago. The ownership of the Beagle's three small islands has long been in dispute, but the issue was resolved when the islands were awarded to Chile in 1985.
It's also a challenging but fun place for kayaking. Kayaking trips tend to focus around Gable Island, where you can paddle to come face to face with sea lion colonies, see penguin rookeries and, if you're lucky, spot whales. Nearby natural landmarks include Mount Darwin, Tierra del Fuego's greatest peak that many climbers attempt to ascend, and Cape Horn. The Beagle Channel's nearest entry point on the Argentinian side is the small port town of Ushuaia, near to where Darwin would have stayed when he visited Tierra del Fuego on board the HMS Beagle in 1831.
Photos of Beagle Channel
Map of Beagle Channel
Trips that visit Beagle Channel
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
An undoubtedly tough but incredible 7 days of trekking, carrying full camping gear as expert guides lead you through this wild region on unmarked paths. After a transfer to the trailhead, you cross the enormous Lago Fagnano by boat, then…
- 9 Days
Experience everything Patagonia has to offer with this 3 week itinerary: the majestic Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National parks, the Lake District and Tierra del Fuego. By day, take in the stunning scenery through boat trips and moderate…
- 18 Days
Within two days you'll visit the Tierra del Fuego National Park completing some short hikes, cruise along the historic Beagle Channel visiting a bustling penguin colony, and enjoy exploring the fascinating museums of Ushuaia. You'll be based from a town…
- 4 Days
Combine the iconic peaks and, glaciers of Patagonia’s most famous National Parks: Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares, with the contrasting scenery of the Chilean Fjords, and the vibrant capitals of Buenos Aires and Santiago. Get up close to pottering…
- 18 Days