How to get there
This Wildlife, Glaciers & Cape Horn Cruise is a wonderful way to explore the fjords, wildlife and glaciers of Tierra del Fuego, and to visit Cape Horn on your journey between Ushuaia and Punta Arenas.
If you’re keen on wildlife it’s a particularly great trip as you’ll witness some of Patagonia’s best (from Magellanic Penguins, to Cormorants, Elephant Seals and even Beavers), whilst also seeing some of it’s most beautiful Glaciers (Marinelli & Pia), and landing on the famous Cape Horn.
It lasts four days and gives you one of the most full and varied experiences of all the cruises on offer in the region.
2. Bus + Flight
Flights to Ushuaia leave only from Argentinian airports, so you first need to travel to El Calafate by bus, and then get a flight down to Ushuaia.
To get to El Calafate you can take a three hour bus trip north to Puerto Natales, and then a five hour bus across the border to El Calafate.
The journey from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas takes 11-12 hours by bus, including a ferry trip across the Magellan Straits at its narrowest point. It’s the simplest and cheapest option and actually much more enjoyable than it sounds!
The first part of the journey takes you through the Patagonian steppe and along the Magellan Straits, and then once you head towards the mountains around Ushuaia you suddenly enter a very different landscape.
There is a 30 hour ferry between Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams, which was designed for the local people of Puerto Williams. It is not a great tourist experience in our opinion, as you may not get to see that much, and you don’t stop off anywhere en route. You also have to get a taxi from Puerto Williams to Puerto Navarino on arrival, followed by a crossing over to Ushuaia.
5. Via Chilean Tierra del Fuego
This four day Cape Horn Adventure can start in Punta Arenas (flight to Puerto Williams), and end in Ushuaia (boat trip across the Beagle Channel), and there is also a shorter version if you have less time and/or a smaller budget. You’ll be staying in a lovely lodge, which is a great base from which to explore Chilean Tierra del Fuego and Cape Horn.
Alternatively, you can fly from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams, from where you’d need to organise a taxi to Puerto Navarino and a boat trip from there to Ushuaia. The flights from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams depart at set times once a day from Monday to Saturday, but are very weather dependent so please be aware that they can often be cancelled.
6. Flight (local airline)
There is a local airline flight that does the route between Punta Arenas and Ushuaia on a Friday and a Sunday in the Summer months - November to March. The flight does the Punta Arenas to Ushuaia route at 14:00 and Ushuaia to Punta Arenas as 15:30. This is on a small 9 seater plane and it is quite weather dependent so if you take this flight it is advisable to allow a few contingency days.
Trips that take you between Punta Arenas to Ushuaia
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