Penguin Rookeries & Estancia Harberton
Price: From $95 USD
Time: Full day (9am – 5pm)
Season: Summer (Oct-April)
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.