WHY THIS TRIP
Tierra del Fuego truly feels like El Fin del Mundo – the end of the world – remote, isolated, and beautiful. Ushuaia is the perfect base for exploring the stunning mountains, islands, ocean channels, and wildlife.
Explore the end of the world: Tierra del Fuego. You’ll arrive into Ushuaia, a charming port town on the Beagle Channel. On your first full day, you canoe down the Lasiphashaj River to Harberton Ranch, spotting sea birds and sea lions. Then you continue onto Gable Island to explore this lovely and wild island on foot. You pass the Ushuaia Lighthouse and huge colonies of penguins on your way back to town.
Next you explore Tierra del Fuego National Park by foot and by water. You trek several hours along either the Pampa Alta Path or the Coastal Path, passing by one of the Park’s most beautiful stretches of shore, which is simply blooming with native vegetation and has stunning mountain vistas. Then you take to the water, traveling along the eagle Channel to Redonda Island, a reserve for Magellan Cormorants. From here, you paddle along calm rivers and through lagoons to Lapataia Bay, before heading back to Ushuaia.
No trip in Tierra del Fuego would be complete without exploring the Beagle Channel and viewing the iconic Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse. The Beagle Channel also provides prime whale and dolphin watching.
LOCAL TRIP OPERATORS: Cascada Expediciones
Since 1991 Cascada Expediciones has been offering eco-friendly opportunities for travelers to let go of normal life and refresh with energizing connections to nature. With a strong focus on providing innovative, high-quality experiences — trips in which each traveler enjoys every moment of a trip — Cascada has refreshed nearly 30,000 people. Headquartered in Santiago, a trip of a lifetime with Cascada can include activities ranging from trekking, mountaineering, horseback riding, biking, rafting, fly fishing, kayaking, skiing, wildlife safari and photography, multisport itineraries to winery tours. In engaging the outdoors Cascada-style, every traveler is made to feel relaxed and energized by each activity; nourished rather than weary.
More good feeling comes in knowing the money spent on a Cascada trip stays in the Chilean economy. Moreover, the money stays with a company and people who have a deep respect for the environment. The staff and guides live an eco-friendly life, sharing the environmentally sustainable philosophy put into practice over the life of the company. So firm in its understanding of nature’s importance, Cascada became a carbon neutral company in 2008 and, between June 2009 and 2010, offset more than 183 tons of CO2 emissions. With a goal of becoming entirely CO2-free, Cascada encourages its travelers, suppliers and shareholders to help by standing by its philosophy.