GABLE ISLAND & PENGUINS WITH ESTANCIA HARBERTON – FULL DAY
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Vacation Style Holiday TypeAdventure, Bird Watching, Boutique, Charming, Drinks, Ecofriendly, Family-friendly, Farm, Food - Wine, Forest, GROUP DEPARTURES, Hiking, Historical, Lake, Mid-range, Mountain, Navigation, Penguin, Photograph, Quiet, Rural, Seaside, Trekking, Walking Tour, Wild Life
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Large Group
Gable Island is the excursion for those who arrive in Tierra del Fuego in search of the end of the world. This active, full-day excursion takes us on a walk by land and water, to navigate the Beagle Channel and to walk and discover one of the wildest and most beautiful places in the area. In a context that summarizes the history and natural variety of Tierra del Fuego, we can see traces of the first inhabitants, the Yámana, and the first white settlers.
Away from tourist crowds and in the middle of the Beagle Channel, Gable Island is a place recommended worldwide by word of mouth that offers intact nature and history in the present tense. This area shows an infinite and primordial landscape, magical and extreme. Surrounded by sea and silence, where only the wind and the birds are heard, you can experience the sensation of being alone in the world and in contact with nature.
From our office on 136 Roca Street, we leave Ushuaia to the East. First on National Route No. 3 and then on Route “J”, which takes us to Brown Bay, a panoramic point surrounded by mountain ranges of the Fuegian portion of the Andes Mountains. From here you can see how trees grow in the constant wind. We will arrive at the Estancia Harberton, of enormous historical importance for the region since it was the first stay of Tierra del Fuego (founded in 1886) where settlers of British origin lived together with the original peoples. There are 20,000 hectares of mountains, forests, lakes and islands. We will know the area of the main house of the stay and some of its facilities, then take a motor boat in the direction of Isla Martillo. From the boat we can see penguins at their breeding site. The island has 3,000 pairs of Magellanic penguins, Papuan penguin couples and more than 100 pairs of rocky cormorants that nest on the cliffs to the south. Depending on the time of the year and the climatic conditions, it is possible to see the different species.
Sailing in the motor boat then continues to the main attraction of the day: the huge Gable Island, where lunch awaits us with a good Patagonian red wine, soda and mineral water.
After a coffee, we go on a hike to explore this wonderful island and find beaver dams and the Magellanic forest. Along the way we will be able to appreciate vestiges of the Yámanas families that lived with the Anglican missionaries centuries ago. And then we will arrive at the beach that has a panoramic view of virgin coasts and transparent waters, there we will be filled by the surroundings until we find the boat that will take us back to Harberton Port to take the bus to Ushuaia
This tour can also be done in a more exclusive way: the “Tailor made trip” allows you to design your own experience based on this excursion. Groups of friends or families (with children under 5 years of age also) can have a guide and a van available, as well as the canoes they need, to be able to assemble the ideal crossing, defining the different activities they want to do and times that want to be taken in the different options.
Suggested clothing: Waterproof jacket + fleece jacket. Waterproof walking shoes/trainers with good traction. Hat or cap. Sunglasses. An extra pair of socks, to change after the activity in canoes.
Duration: approx. 10 hours.
-Regular tour departs Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, from October to April, at 08.00 am.
-Private tour route, spots to visit and departure schedule is coordinated previously with the passenger depending on their availability.
- Pick Up and Drop Off at your hotel;
- Drinks (bottled water, soft-drinks, Patagonian red wine);
- Lunch. Vegetarians and coeliacs: menus available by reservation;
- English speaking guide.
- Entrence fee to Estancia Harberton;