Beagle Channel

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.

The Beagle Channel is where many Antarctic cruises set sail on their way from the port of Ushuaia all the way down to the South Shetland Islands.

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.

Map of Beagle Channel

Nearby landmarks

Trips that visit Beagle Channel

The Best of Tierra del Fuego

Combining our top Tierra del Fuego day excursions, this privately guided tour has been crafted for those who want to leave the city behind. It includes two nights in a charming and remote lakeside hotel and there’s plenty of opportunity…

  • 5 Days
  • $1,425
Highlights of Tierra del Fuego

Get under the skin of Ushuaia and Tierra del Fuego, whilst basing yourself in a comfy hotel in town. Choose from a variety of bespoke, privately guided day trips to get to know the unique wildlife, amazing scenery, warm people,…

  • 4 Days
  • $1,680
Patagonian Peaks and Plains

Travel in a small group with an expert tour leader from Santiago all the way down through central Chile to Tierra del Fuego and back up to Buenos Aires. Experience some of Patagonia's best trekking in Torres del Paine National…

  • 20 Days
  • $6,306
Wildlife, Glaciers & Cape Horn Cruise

Voyage south from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia on a small-ship expedition cruise and experience the incredible wildlife, fascinating history and breathtaking scenery of Tierra del Fuego. Sail the famous Strait of Magellan and Glacier Alley in the Beagle Channel. On…

  • 5 Days
  • $2,387
3-Day Mountains to Sea Trek

Combine Tierra del Fuego's iconic Mount Olivia, Glacier Ojo del Albino and glistening emerald Lake Esmeralda, in a wild trek that starts deep in the Andes mountains and ends at the shores of the famous Beagle Channel. Trek remote trails,…

  • 3 Days
  • $1,125
Iconic Sights of Southern Patagonia Tour

This action-packed group tour takes in the very best of Patagonia. Trek in Los Glaciares National Park for views of the Fitz Roy massif before heading south to the stunning Perito Moreno Glacier. Continue on to Torres del Paine National…

  • 14 Days
  • $5,299
Patagonian Odyssey

An upmarket cultural and scenic group tour adventure from Santiago to Buenos Aires. Along the way visit the stunning landscapes of Torres del Paine, the dynamic Perito Moreno Glacier and Ushuaia in the Tierra del Fuego National Park. Always accompanied…

  • 14 Days
  • $6,352
Day Hikes in Tierra del Fuego

Hike the best trails in Tierra del Fuego whilst basing yourself in Ushuaia. Experience dramatic landscapes, where the Andes meet the Southern Ocean; explore glacial valleys, gaze across vast mountain vistas, and discover the beauty of the southernmost forests on…

  • 4 Days
  • $1,095
South America - Wild Patagonia

An epic, in-depth small group tour travelling the length of Patagonia in a kitted-out truck which will take you to places other tourist don't get to experience. Stay in comfortable hotels, visit wineries, volcanic lake districts, estancias, vast plains and…

  • 27 Days
  • $11,106