Canal Beagle

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ShifraToronto
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The Beagle Channel is a strait in Tierra del Fuego Archipelago on the extreme southern tip of South America between Chile and Argentina.
It was named after the ship HMS Beagle during its first hydrographic survey of the coasts of the southern part of South America, which lasted from 1826 to 1830.
During that expedition, under the overall command of Commander Phillip Parker King, the Beagle's captain, Pringle Stokes, committed suicide and was replaced by captain Robert FitzRoy, who continued the survey on a second voyage.
One can see the Beagle Channel from many viewpoints.
A hike in Tierra del Fuego Park, along the channel, will give you some wonderful glimpses of the channel.
One can visit the post office 'at the end of the world', buy a postcard and mail it there. The post office is on the Beagle Channel and the view is magnificent.
I stayed at the Los Cauquenes Resort & Spa, which is right on the channel (see my review) and features wonderful views.
Or, one can take a catamaran ride or cruise and see the channel by boat.
The catamaran we took to Estancia Haberton, from which we tendered out to an island to walk with penguins, was very, very crowded.
The seats are about six across on each side of a narrow table. In order to get in or out, if you are not in the aisle seat, everyone has to stand up and make room for you to leave. There is barely room to stash a backpack--it has to sit on your feet beneath the table.
The ride is two to three hours so you are going to be a sardine for quite a while.
Most of us got up when the cormorants came into view and stayed standing for the rest of the trip because it was too much trouble to sit down.
You can stand inside the cabin, where it is relatively warm, or outside on the deck where it is horribly windy and freezing.
So, if you are going to take a cruise on a catamaran, here is how to make the journey much easier...BE THE FIRST ONES THERE and grab the aisle seats.
Take several winter layers, a hat, gloves and sunglasses.

The scenery is quite magnificent.
You will see the lighthouse at the end of the world, a colony of cormorants, a colony of sea lions and an island of penguins.
The catamaran will pivot at each of these places, so everyone on deck will get to take a picture.
You need a camera with quite a good zoom to get a recognizable shot, though.
We got off the catamaran at the Estancia Haberton, which provides another view of the channel, took a tender to the penguin island to walk among the penguins, and then bussed back to our hotel..
It was a relief not to have to take the crowded boat back to Ushuaia. The boat did not depart until every seat had been filled.
Written February 11, 2020
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WorldTravelers34
Chicago, IL2,399 contributions
We cruised through the Beagle Channel on a recent NCL cruise. One of the port stops was Ushuaia where we spent the day exploring the city. The narrow Beagle Channel, separating Argentina's island chain of Tierra del Fuego to the north from remote Chilean islands to the south, serves as a waterway for the world's southernmost city, Ushuaia. It’s also one of the most important bodies of water in South America. It is one of three navigable routes linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans at the southern tip of the South American continent. The main center of population is Ushuaia which is the capital city of Tierra del Fuego. It is generally considered to be the most southerly city on Earth and is commonly referred to as The End of the World a point often disputed by the people of Puerto Williams which lies even further south.
Written February 5, 2020
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MartinJLaws
Gillingham, UK352 contributions
Couples
We had booked the tour through Celebrity Cruises and it was excellent. Our commentator, views and experience were awesome.

The way the boat would stop and slowly spin to allow everyone great views was very good.

The boat more than comfortable and an excellent experience
Written February 2, 2020
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1962globetrotter
Lutterworth, UK283 contributions
Couples
This is a pretty touristy trip. Good to say you've done it and followed in the footsteps of the great explorers and the scenery is stunning. But it's billed as taking you to a seal colony, cormorants etc and in your mind you are envisaging seeing raw nature and the wild so it's a bit of a disappointment. You go past a little craggy outcrop with a few seals on, but it almost feels staged and like they have been plonked in there with some fish and trained to wave at the tourists! Not the case I'm sure, just slightly underwhelming vs my expectations and what it was billed as. Kids would probably enjoy it though.
Written January 25, 2020
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jonahNJ
Pennington, NJ10,858 contributions
The Beagle Channel is a gorgeous peaceful body of water that is the perfect place to begin and end an Antarctica expedition. My wife and I boarded our expedition ship while our ship was docked in Beagle Channel on a beautiful February day. Before we set sail, we had great views of this beautiful channel. The waters were calm and the horizon towards Antarctica seemed to be endless. Once we set sail the waters remained calm and formed a gorgeous vision with Ushuaia in the background. We really appreciated the calmness once we were sailing in the notorious Drake Passage!

As we returned to Ushuaia after an amazing expedition, the calm waters of the Beagle Channel welcomed us and let us know that this part of our journey was nearing its end.
Written July 12, 2020
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fizzy1991
Nashville, TN5,701 contributions
A peaceful cruise out to sea through this lovely channel. The mountains were topped with just a few snow caps, as it is the end of summer there, but still awe inspiring peaks and valleys. The seals and dolphins joined us, jumping through the waters in a playful race with the ship. I was glad for the clear day, albeit windy.
Written February 24, 2020
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ajgomez@hotmail.com
Buenos Aires, Argentina45 contributions
We had contracted Patagonia Explorer. They have small ships for around 20 people, providing guide in Spanish and English. The tour was about 4 hours including a small trekking on Bridges island and views of different islands plenty of birds and seals.
Written January 6, 2020
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Dale R
Stateline, NV320 contributions
We were on a small cruise ship on our way to and from the Antarctic Peninsula when we were in the Beagle Channel. The wildlife in the channel was just spectacular. Dolphins, whales and lots of birds. Even though I was on a cruise, I would still recommend it to all who visit Ushuaia for any reason other than embarking on a cruise.
Written January 8, 2020
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PaulAK2011
Anchorage, AK517 contributions
Friends
This is a must do !! Our catamaran seated about 44 passengers and was a delight . Our young lady tour guide was so informative! We got to see both the Chilean and Argentine sides of the Beagle channel. We stopped just off islands with many sea lions, another island with countless Imperial cormorants and other varieties,
and then finally a stop at the Harberton Estancia. There we were able to tour the historic ranch and have lunch. Finally we were able to go out in groups of about 20 by high speed boat to enjoy a stunning hour long walk among the huge penguin colony. The mountains along the channel are lovely, like parts of coastal Alaska. A boat tour is the best way to enjoy viewing the Beagel canal.
Written February 2, 2020
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Lidia E
Rockville Centre, New York, United States118 contributions
We took a boat on the Beagle Canal from the Port in Ushuaia It was very windy & bitterly cold. Needed to review geography!! Half of the Canal is Argentinian the other half is Chilean. some islands are Argentinian some Chilean It's a good think that there are good neighbors. We limited our outings because of the cold. Still we got to see the seals & penguins
Written January 23, 2020
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