Beagle Channel
Beagle Channel

Beagle Channel

Tierra del Fuego

The Basics

Most travelers experience this part of the world on multi-day cruises from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas in Chile, and it’s also a fantastic location for whale watching and spotting glaciers (the area is nicknamed Glacier Alley). Those based in Ushuaia can experience the channel in multiple ways; paddle a canoe from Lapataia Bay, sail through on a sightseeing cruise by yacht or catamaran, or explore some of the islands, including rocky islets known for their nesting seabirds or Seal Island.

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Beagle Channel Navigation with Minitrekking
Beagle Channel Navigation with Minitrekking
$64.26 per adult
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Seal Lions, Whales, and more. Great tour
Seal Lions, Whales, and more. Great tour. Highly recommend the tour. Our guide was energetic and very friendly.
Benoit_C, Apr 2024

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Beagle Channel is a must-see for adventure travelers, wildlife enthusiasts, and photographers in Patagonia.

  • Day trips to the Beagle Channel can last anywhere from three to 10 hours, while multi-day tours last up to five days.

  • Don’t forget to dress in warm layers, as temperatures rarely go above 70 degrees, even during the South American summer.

  • Bring along a good pair of binoculars for better wildlife-spotting opportunities.

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How to Get There

The nearest airport to the Beagle Channel is in Ushuaia, served by daily flights from Buenos Aires and Santiago de Chile. Once in town, the easiest way to experience the channel is by booking a sightseeing cruise or other guided tour.

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When to Get There

For the best balance of good weather and fewer crowds, plan to visit during the spring or fall. The best weather falls between December and February, but winds can be strong, creating rougher waters in the Beagle Channel.

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The Lighthouse (Not Quite) at the End of the World

Many tours through the Beagle Channel include a visit to Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse, sometimes called the Lighthouse at the End of the World. While the photogenic lighthouse certainly feels far enough from civilization to warrant the nickname, the title actually applies to a lighthouse on Isla de los Estados.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are the nearest attractions to Beagle Channel?