A dream come true for many people: sailing the Beagle Channel undoubtedly is one of the greatest attractions in the City of Ushuaia.
There is no doubt that navigating the famous Beagle Channel is a lifetime dream for many people. Fulfilling it means getting to see an extraordinary geographic scene made up by islands where the Fuegian wildlife is appreciated in a natural way on board modern water crafts that go around what is known as "the world´s end".
Groups rarely surpass twenty-five passengers. Several tours are available for passengers to choose. They all set out at the Port of Ushuaia and promise intense half-a-day voyages.
Alicia Island, whose circuit shows all kinds of fauna but a sea lion colony in particular, appears in the tours itinerary.
Navigating the famous Beagle Channel
Cormorants and sea lions
Disembarkation in Island Bridges
Les Eclaireurs lighthouse sea
The landscape is fascinating
A sea lion colony
Isla de los Pájaros (Birds´ Island), so called due to the large amount of birds dwelling on it, is ideal to appreciate king cormorants, whereas the famed Isla de los Lobos (Sea Lions´ Island) -populated by both South American sea lions and South American fur seals- is perfect to spot these large mammals that lure visitors from all over the world.
On the way back, when the tour is about to come to an end, it may get past Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse and passengers may land on Bridges Island to go on an interpretation hike and learn about local flora and bird species.
To call it a day, this island where some important vestiges of the Yamanas, a community that inhabited the area in the early days, are found
The invitation to enjoy a cup of coffee or the traditional Argentinian mate is part of the courtesy provided by the guides and helps mitigate the changing regional weather. These two beverages contribute to tone up the body and integrate the members of the group.
Local travel agencies make it possible for visitors to explore the waters of the Beagle. There are several routes available, always depending on the weather. It is essential to get information by official entities.
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