Ushuaia is the capital of Tierra del Fuego, gateway to Antarctica and the world's most southerly city, set in spectacular surroundings: to the North, the Martial Mountains, part of the great Andes range; to the South, the Beagle Channel. This three-day tour is a great introduction to the area for those finishing a Patagonia trip or starting an Antarctic adventure!
On arrival, please make your way through to the Arrivals Hall where our representative will be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel. He/she will be holding a sign with your name on it. Should you not be able to locate them, please refer to the front of your itinerary for emergency contact details of our representative office.
Ushuaia is the most southerly city in the world with a dramatic setting overlooking the Beagle Channel, surrounded by mountains. It is a major port for Antarctic bound vessels and an interesting city to explore. The Museo Marítimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia, (Maritime & the Prison of Ushuaia Museum), located in the former prison of Ushuaia in buildings dating back to 1906, is well worth a visit. Tierra del Fuego National Park, a short bus ride from Ushuaia was the first shoreline National Park to be established in Argentina. It is a rugged, mountainous park with great views of Lapataia Bay and dramatic scenery with waterfalls, mountains, glaciers and lakes including parts of Fagnano and Roca Lakes. There are many hiking trails within the park including the Coastal Path (Senda Costera) that connects Ensenada Bay to Lapataia Bay on Lago Roca and the park is home to many species of birds and animals.
This morning you will be collected from your hotel for an excursion to the only National Park on the island. The park is located 12km to the west of the city, near the international borderline with Chile. Home to a wide range of flora and fauna, glaciers, waterfalls, mountains and stunning scenery. Visit Ensenada Bay, Roca Lake and Lapataia Bay. Take some short walks near the lake, beaver dams and Lapataia Bay and reach the end of the National Park where you will reach the end of the Panamerican Highway. On completion of your tour, you will be taken to your hotel. Please note this is a small group tour and only operates in the morning. Included in your tour cost is the entrance fee to the National Park.
Leaving from the tourist port, sailing along the Ushuaia Bay and the Beagle Channel, you get great views back of the city and the mountains, sea and forests that surround it. You sail towards the Les Eclaireurs lighthouse where there is a small cormorant colony, and on the way back you approach the Sea Lions Island where you can enjoy these attractive sea mammals, and the Despard Island which is the natural habitat of the Imperial Cormorants. During the trip you will be able to see many species of seabirds like southern giant petrels, black-browned albatross, skuas, southern American terns, gulls and kelp gulls. After sailing among the Bridges Archipelago and through the Paso Chico, the boat returns to Ushuaia. Notes: Every day at 09.30hs and 15.30hs (once a day in low season), duration 2.5hs. Hotel transfers not included.
We believe that appropriate accommodation should add to the authentic travel experience, as well as providing utmost enjoyment. For that reason our accommodation is scrutinised by our staff on the ground frequently, ensuring the properties adhere to our high standards. This key will help you understand the levels of accommodation available on this tour.
Comfortable properties with dependable facilities and service.
Upmarket properties with above average facilities and service.
Luxurious properties with impeccable facilities and service.
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Talk to one of our Destination Specialists to plan your South American adventure and turn your dream into a reality. With exceptional knowledge and first hand experience, our consultants will assist in every way possible to make your journey the most memorable it can be, matching not only the itinerary, but the accommodation and activities to suit your style of travel and budget.
Chimu Adventures undertakes a number of sustainability measures within its operations including:
1) Only using local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprints. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting.
2) Where possible, using locally owned and operated boutique hotels to maximise the return to the local community.
3) Chimu’s “Pass it on” programme has provided funding to hundreds of local community projects in Latin America. Our aim is to empower local communities, helping them to develop their own infrastructure for the future. Since 2006, we have been working with Kiva (a well-known Non-Governmental Organisation), providing hundreds of loans to local businesses all over South America.
4) In our pre tour information we provide a range of tips and advice on how to minimise your impact on both local environments and communities.
5) Chimu Adventures’ offices also take a number of sustainability measures including carbon offsets for company vehicles and most staff travel. Chimu Adventure’s internal processes are also structures to create a paperless office and to reduce waste. There are also internal programmes to help staff minimise their carbon footprint such as our staff bike purchase assistance plan which encourages office staff to commute to work via bicycle. Currently almost half of our office based staff commute to work via bicycle.