Reasons to go

  • Hike the world's southernmost trek, Dientes de Navarino
  • Catch trout in secluded rivers and lakes, with peaceful views of the snowcapped mountains in the background
  • Step back in time on the streets of Puerto Williams and learn about the original inhabitants of Tierra del Fuego

Things to do

Indigenous Yaghàn people lived on this island for 10,000 years, and there's a small museum dedicated to the island's history in Puerto Williams, Isla Navarino's only town. Puerto Williams markets itself as 'the southernmost town in the world', though this title hasn't yet brought the boom of tourism seen by the southernmost city, Ushuaia. Perhaps this is a good thing, the town retains a rustic charm and its isolation brings a proper sense of being at the end of the earth.

Puerto Williams Bernado O'Higgins Plaza

A short ride out of town you can catch a boat down the Murray Channel to the beautiful Wulaia Bay, where a trail leads up to a stunning lookout. Peaceful and sheltered, this bay provided refuge for the Yaghàn and was also where Darwin came ashore in 1833.

Fly fishing is a huge draw to the island, with abundant supplies of black and brown trout in remote rivers and lakes. Fish in some of the southernmost rivers, with the backdrop of snowcapped mountains.

Wulaia

Dientes de Navarino trek

High above the water tower the island's 'teeth', the Dientes de Navarino mountain range. The trek that snakes around them is one of the main reasons people visit the island, and it's becoming more and more famous for its isolated, difficult terrain. Experienced trekkers will relish the challenge presented here, trails are often unmarked and disappear altogether in places, and you'll need to be comfortable wild camping. There's a consistent chance of snow, whatever time of year you go, and bracing against the fierce elements will be a daily occurrence. Those who dare will be rewarded with impressive views and a huge sense of achievement.

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Ways to experience Isla Navarino

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Getting there

The boat from Ushuaia to Puerto Williams is an experience in itself. Spend a few hours sailing down the Beagle Channel, taking in the mountains on either side and getting a taste of the waves that make these waters infamous. If the weather gets too bad, you'll do a shorter crossing to Puerto Navarino instead, and can take a transfer to the town from there. 

Puerto Williams does have a small airport, you can fly direct from Punta Arenas in Chile in around 1.5 hours.

Puerto Williams Marina

Where to stay

Puerto Williams hasn't seen the huge tourism boom of its neighbour Ushuaia, but there are still a few guesthouses to base yourself from in the town. If you're looking for a little more comfort and the opportunity to do excursions right from your front door, Lakutaia Lodge offers visitors everything from outings to the ethnobotanical gardens to challenging treks in the Dientes range to heli-fishing.

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