Beagle Channel Wildlife Cruise

USH-200 | Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego), Argentina | See Special Notes

from $89.95*

*Price displayed in US Dollars unless otherwise noted; excursions priced in other currencies may be available on select voyages only. Prices are based on the amount Princess typically charges for each excursion, but your price may vary by voyage date and departure time.

Tour at a Glance

You will visit:

  • Beagle Channel Beagle Channel

You will see:

Easy

Excursion Length:
Approx. 2.5 hours

Max. Group Size: 180

Tour Overview

Welcome to one of the most spectacular and interesting parts of the world! This storied waterway was named after the HMS Beagle, the ship that carried the English naturalist, Charles Darwin, on a five-year voyage around the tip of Southern America.

Darwin´s voyage established him as an eminent geologist and his journal of the voyage made him a famous and popular author. It was his 1859 book, On the Origin of Species, however, that rocked the world with his theory of evolution and natural selection. Sail in Darwin´s wake as you sightsee aboard a specially designed catamaran. The views from the spacious indoor cabin are excellent and you can soak up the scenery and the fresh sea air from your vantage point on the outer decks.

You´ll be immersed in the beauty of an ever-changing mountain and island panorama. Watch for Mount Olivia and Mount Escarpado, to name just a few of the surrounding peaks. And cruise in close to one pristine wildlife habitat after another.

Sea Lions Island is the perfect place to photograph the South American sea lion. Found along the coast and offshore islands of Chile and Argentina, it generally breeds in the southern part of its range including here in the Beagle Channel. With its large head, well-developed mane, and orange color, the male of the species is truly "lionesque." The female is much smaller and pups are born black.

You´ll also get to cruise in close to a bustling rookery of Imperial Cormorant. This large black and white bird is an impressive sight as it wheels high in the sky, fishes for its supper and then lands on rocky islands to dry its wings in the sun.

Be sure to also have your camera ready when your tour brings you to the Beagle Channel´s famed "Les Éclaireurs" lighthouse. Inaugurated in December 23, 1920, it is still in operation today and is probably the most photographed lighthouse in South America. Set amidst a cluster of islands, this picturesque red-and-white sentinel emits a flash of light every 10 seconds that can be seen from 7 nautical miles out at sea. Automated, remotely controlled and uninhabited, it is known to the Argentines as the Lighthouse at the End of the World.

You´ll return home with memories of a wild, untamed land filled with picture-postcard scenery and amazing wildlife on this easy, half-day excursion.

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Detailed itinerary

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Special Notes

 

A walk of approximately 500 yards may be required to board the vessel.

The catamaran can accommodate a wheelchair up to a maximum of 25 inches wide.

Wind or waterproof jacket and comfortable shoes are always advisable.

Tour order may vary due to weather conditions.

Child Price:

12 years & under only

Number of Steps/Walking Distance:

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Wheelchair Accessibility:

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Camera/Video Restrictions:

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