Around the Island Activities
The mountains, lakes, valleys and rivers around Tierra del Fuego are some of the most spectacular in the world. With experienced guides, explore outside of the city of Ushuaia and challenge your boundaries and prepare to be awed by the scenery.
4×4 Lake Adventure
Depart your hotel early in the morning bound for the lakes. Route 3 takes you northeast into the Tierra del Fuego Mountains and up to Garibaldi Pass, a lookout point where we will see the impressive Escondido and Fagnano Lakes. The route then take us down the other side as we turn off the route to follow the old paths of the woodcutters. The Land Rover takes us down a rugged path, only accessible with 4×4, through forests, mud and rocks.
The adventurous wanderings along the coast of Fagnano lake, the largest lake on the island, end with a delicious Argentinean asado right on the shores. While the food is grilling, you can take a walk and explore the area.
After lunch, the adventure continues at Escondido Lake, which is smaller than Fagnano but stunningly beautiful.
Then it’s time to get the canoes ready and start paddling. The view from the water is truly outstanding.
Duration: Full Day
Canoeing: 1 ½ hours
This was the first sheep ranch in the province, founded in 1886 by the Anglican missionary Thomas Bridges.
Harberton, the first estancia in Tierra del Fuego, is located about 1.5 hours (85 km.) east of Ushuaia. It can be reached by taking Route 3 and the “J” Road (40 km of paved road and 45 km of gravel) or by sea. It is a protected historic area, and the current owners are the descendants of Thomas Bridges, who lived in peace alongside the indigenous residents at the turn of the 20th century. After visiting the farm house and surrounding workshops and field, you can also visit a number of other sights, depending on your interest.
Acatushún Museum, on the grounds of the ranch, displays skeletons of birds and sea mammals of South America. Out in the Beagle Channel, Martillo Island is home to a penguin colony, where you can walk with the penguins and go on guided walks. There is also a national historic monument of an old British cabin that you can visit.
There is another excursion option that allows you to kayak the Lasifayak River and down the Beagle Channel to arrive at Estancia Harberton. From the ranch, you will take a zodiac out to Gable Island, where the Bridges family once grazed thousands of sheep, and hike around the island to learn about history and plant life.
Duration: varies according to the type of transport and the state of the roads. The excursion lasts at least 7 hours and can be longer if it includes lunch and/or other activities.
Can be visited from October-April
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An excursion the combines driving, sailing and walking to visit the historic Harberton Estate. You cross the channel on semi-rigid boats and disembark on Martillo Island. During your walk across the island, you will encounter many of the island’s singular residents: Gentoo penguins, albatrosses, petrels, skuas, cormorants, vultures, South American terns and other birdlife.
Duration: Half Day
This excursion is available from October through April.
Horseback Riding to Monte Susana
This trip will take you down the paths taken by the inmates of the Ushuaia prison in the years when they worked as lumberjack in the forests around Ushuaia.
On horseback, you will ride up along the sediments of a glacier moraine, where you will begin to enjoy exceptional views of the city of Ushuaia and its peninsula, Beagle Channel and Bridges Islands.
The vegetation of the sub-Antarctic forest is truly impressive, and you will spot many different species along the path: the lenga beech tree, the sour cherry tree, winter’s bark, Chilean fire brush and the Magellan berry, in addition to varied flora and fauna. Later you will reach the coast of Beagle Channel, where two Chilean islands, Navarino and Hoste, come into view.
A bit further along the coastal path, will ride to Concheros, an area once inhabited by the Yamanas, an ancient culture of nomads who lived in Tierra del Fuego.
Before returning to the point of departure, you will cross the Pipo River atop your horse, an exciting end to this unforgettable adventure.
Duration: 2 hours.
Level of difficulty: Low (just a good attitude and desire to learn)
Horses: tame local horses, raised on Tierra del Fuego
Clothing: wear comfortable, warm clothes and appropriate footwear.
Includes: cost of the trip. (message us for prices)
Option 1: 4 hour horseback ride.
Option 2: Day-long horseback ride (approx. 7 hours). Includes a country lunch and beverages.
Experience Tierra del Fuego’s stunning scenery from a bird’s eye view with a helicopter flight over the island. Join experienced pilots aboard the Robinson R44 helicopter and get a different perspective on the mountains, lakes, rivers and wildlife of the island. There are a variety of tour options available, from 15 minutes to day-long excursions. Choose from an a flight to Esmeralda Lake or Estancia Harberton, a landing atop one of the mountains surrounding Ushuaia, and many more adventure-filled trips. Contact us for detailed itineraries and rates, as trips vary depending on season and weather conditions.
Fishing in Tierra del Fuego
Tierra del Fuego is world-renowned fishing areas, as well as breathtakingly scenic places to fish. Ushuaia offers magical places to enjoy fly fishing or spinning, while Rio Grande is one of the most famous sea trout fishing ground in the world. Choose to fish with a guide and solo, or in small groups.
People from all over the world know that Tierra del Fuego is the top destiny for fishing trout. We are visited by fishermen from every single part of the world. They all hope to catch the “sea trout”, which are famous for their great size. These rare wild salmonids, born inland, are those who have gained access to saltwater and to their delicious variety of foods in the wide mouth of rivers, where waterways go in and out of the Atlantic.
We can arrange private fishing excursions, or find you a group fishing trip to join.
Excursions range from half day to one week.