Ushuaia


4 Days – 3 Nights

Starts and ends in Ushuaia


What our clients say!

On her 2011 private Iguazú and Salta birding tour

…”Just a quick mail to thank you so much for arranging our itineraries to Salta and Iguazu. We had a wonderful time and both Mario and Paula were absolutely great guides. Of course we spent much more time with Mario and the pace and focus of the trip was perfect… my daughters both enjoyed the birding that we did do and one has taken some amazing photos with her new camera in the humming bird garden.

Thank you for putting this trip together for us.”

Yvonne Pennington – South Africa

Yvonne Pennington






Tierra del Fuego, the southernmost tip of America, is a large archipelago spread out in the southern boundaries of the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Its main island, called Isla Grande, is shared by Argentina and Chile. On the northern shore of the Beagle Channel, Ushuaia -the southernmost city on Earth and the capital of the Argentine province of Tierra del Fuego- is the gate to the most spectacular sceneries of them all. Luxuriant Southern Beech and Winter’s Bark forests are home to outstanding birds, like the Magellanic Woodpecker, and the shores and small islets of the channel hold dozens of nesting colonies of seabirds.



Tour runs on request – Prices based on group size.

Tierra del Fuego, the southernmost tip of America, is a large archipelago spread out in the southern boundaries of the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Its main island, called Isla Grande, is shared by Argentina and Chile. On the northern shore of the Beagle Channel, Ushuaia -the southernmost city on Earth and the capital of the Argentine province of Tierra del Fuego- is the gate to the most spectacular sceneries of them all. Luxuriant Southern Beech and Winter’s Bark forests are home to outstanding birds, like the Magellanic Woodpecker, and the shores and small islets of the channel hold dozens of nesting colonies of seabirds.

Back in 1520, Magellan and his crew members were sailing along the Atlantic coast of the southernmost tip of America, searching for a pass to cross westwards, and on to the Indies. They finally found it in the very far south of what is today southern Patagonia. When they were crossing the passage -known nowadays as Straights of Magellan- they saw huge fires on the shores. These were lighted by the natives, as a way to let the other members of their community know that there was something unusual going on in their lands. It was for these fires that Magellan called the area “Tierra del Fuego” – the Land of Fire. But the most famous explorers of the “Fuegian Archipelago” did not get there until the 19th century, and these were of course Charles Darwin and Captain Fitz Roy, aboard the HMS Beagle.

Present day Tierra del Fuego still preserves the spirit of the early explorers and adventurers, with Ushuaia as the main departure and arrival port for the Antarctic cruises. This city sits on the shores of the Beagle Channel, with Tierra del Fuego National Park located only 8 kilometers to the east of it. Above the city, the winter sports resort of Le Martial Glacier provides the most spectacular views of the Beagle Channel, and in the summer time, it is a perfect birding spot for watching birds from the high Austral Andes, including specialties such as White-bellied Seedsnipe and Yellow-bridled Finch among others.

Tierra del Fuego National Park was created to protect a vast relict of Southern Beech forests, and its particular fauna. Among the mammal species, it is worth mentioning Fuegian or Culpeo Fox, Southern Sea-Otter, and Southern River Otter. Most of the local birds are restricted to the Patagonian region, and perhaps the most wanted to see by birders the world over is the Magellanic Woodpecker, a bird commonly found in good numbers here. Other birds in this national park include Flying and Flightless Steamer-Ducks, Kelp Goose, Spectacled Duck, White-throated Treerunner, Austral Pygmy-Owl, Black-faced Ibis, Thorn-tailed Rayadito, Magellanic Tapaculo and many others.

Along the seashores and on the small islets of the Beagle Channel, there are several colonies of Southern Sea-Lions and Southern Fur-Seals. Seabirds are abundant. Imperial and Rock Cormorants, Magellanic and Gentoo Penguins, South American Tern, Dolphin Gull, Southern Giant-Petrel, Magellanic and Common Diving-Petrels, Black-browed Albatross, Southern Fulmar and many others turn this place into a birders paradise.

Our Itinerary in a Nutshell

We will gather in Ushuaia on day 1 and go visiting Le Martial Glacier, where we will have the chance to enjoy watching birds of the Patagonian Andes above the timberline, and seeing one of the most spectacular views of the Beagle Channel. On day 2 we will go visiting Tierra del Fuego National Park, a plce know worldwide as one of the strogholds of the magnifiscent Magellanic Woodpecker. Besides watching birds and other fauna, we will have the opportunity to explore the lakes, forests and peat bogs of the southernmost land in the American Continent. The local flora is also spectacular, and we will take time to watch and photograph the local flowers too. On day 3 we will take a motor catamaran excursion along the Beagle Channel, all the way to Estancia Harberton. Marine wildlife is very rich and diverse here, and during the spring and summer it is possible to see a nesting colony of Gentoo Penguins on one of the islands. Birding and photo opportunities here are incredible, so make sure to bring your cameras and binoculars! On day 4 we will drive to the local airport where the tour ends.


Some of the highlights

The Andes of Tierra del Fuego. The Beagle Channel. Magellanic Woodpecker. Gentoo Penguin. Southern Sea Lion and Fur Seal colonies.


Best time to go

This tour is possible between October and April. If you are looking for specific flora or fauna species, please send us an e-mail with your preferences to get advise on best possible time of the year for you to go.


What is included?

Private transportation for all transfers and excursions. Accommodations on a twin/double basis. Single supplements on request. Full time Trogon Tours’ local guide. All breakfasts, lunches or box-lunches and dinners. No drinks included. Admission fees to all national parks and nature reserves.


What is not included?

International and domestic airfares and airport taxes. Tips to guides, drivers, hotel & restaurants personnel, etc. Drinks with your meals. Personal travel and medical insurance. Anything not specified in “What is included?”


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