"Beagle Channel Tour" Puerto Harberton by kyoub

Puerto Harberton Travel Guide: 32 reviews and 139 photos

Nature and History

Our boat departed at 9:30 am from the tourist pier in Ushuaia, to sail the Beagle Channel, going as far as the Estancia Harberton. First we stopped at Martillo Island, where we saw a small Penguin colony. Then it was on to Estancia Harberton, there we got a guided tour of the area, learning about the ranch history and farm activities. We then had a warming drink in the small restaurant. It was rather chilly walking around Harberton and misting rain. We embarked again and in our way back, we stopped by more islets. Elephant seals were seen on one of them, whereas a variety of birds can be seen on the others.

Estancia Harberton

Estancia Harberton was built in 1886 on a narrow peninsula overlooking the Beagle Channel. Its founder, was missionary Thomas Bridges.
Harberton is named after the Devonshire village where his wife Mary was born. It is still a family ran ranch being handed down from one family member to another.

Penguin Island

On the way to the Estancia Harberton, we stopped to have a look at the penguins on Penguin Island. It was raining and the wind was very chilly but we still managed to get a few pictures. No one could get off the boat.
Interesting that there were a few Gentoo species there, they had just started migrating there from Antarctica.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Interesting tour
  • Cons:Rain
  • In a nutshell:A great way to spend a day
  • Last visit to Puerto Harberton: Dec 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    May 17, 2010 at 8:32 AM

    The island looks so lush and green! The penguins are adorable. Its amazing how they survive during such harsh times. Excellent page Kay!

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    Sep 9, 2009 at 6:18 AM

    Reminds me of the south of New Zealand - more sheep than people there too - and penguins also.

  • VeronicaG's Profile Photo
    Jul 21, 2008 at 7:24 PM

    Aww, I always feel that in a home (or place) where cats are welcome, there's a good heart within. I love them, too....

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Jul 21, 2008 at 6:24 AM

    Looks like an interesting place to visit. Would definately enjoy the penguins, cats and boatride in addition to visiting the estancia!

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Jul 18, 2008 at 4:27 AM

    Looks like an excellent day out. I would like to see a condor that close (even a dead one) to get an idea of the size. And penguins are always worth a visit, whatever the weather ;)

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Jul 8, 2008 at 1:18 PM

    Nice place to take a boat ride to. the native hut looks interesting & it would be novel for me to see flowers & leafy trees in December!

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Jun 24, 2008 at 6:43 PM

    Too bad the weather was not a bit better for your trip, but I always love a good boat ride anyway! It was interesting to see the hut construction used by the native Yagan people.

  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    Jun 24, 2008 at 8:07 AM

    looks like a real find.


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