Sailing towards Penguin Island

 

Sailing towards Penguin Island

 

We leave the local port in a comfortable catamaran, crossing the bay of Ushuaia and enjoying the mountainous environment. In the course of the navigation, we will visit colonies of Southamerican Furs Seals, Rock Cormorants and Imperial Cormorants. We approach the Les Eclaireurs lighthouse, icon of our city and continue along the Beagle Channel observing different historical ranches along the Fuegian coast. We will see Puerto Williams on the coast of Navarino Island (south of the Beagle Channel) and we will enter the MacKinley Pass bordering the north of Gable Island to arrive at Hammer Island. There we approach the coast to observe a Magellanic penguin rookery and some Gentoo Penguins, along with other seabirds. We head back to the city along the Northern coast of the Beagle channel, enjoying the sunset and the wonderful view of the city.

Sailing the Beagle Channel by yacht

 

 

We depart from the local seaport toward Alicia Island, where we will find a colony of South American sea lions. Then we sail to Bird Island to watch king shags and imperial shags living close to their nests, and from spring through fall we can even find their breeds.

Again, we head east towards another small island that, depending on the season, we can view South American fur seals. Very close to this island is Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse, an authentic symbol of Ushuaia, built in 1919. From there we have a view of the island where rock shags live.

On our way back to Ushuaia, we disembark at Bridges Island to walk along a path for the interpretation of wildlife, while listening to the history of the native inhabitants, the Yamanas. On this island, we can find the largest Yamana's "concheros" (shelly deposits) of the region.

As this is the largest island, we reach the highest panoramic point from which we can enjoy amazing views of the Beagle Channel with the town of Ushuaia in the distance. During the trip, we offer coffee with liquor, different types of tea, a delicious hot chocolate with biscuits and cookies and, of course, the typical Argentine beverage, the mate.

HD Sailing towards H Island by sail boat

 

 

We depart from Ushuaia´s Tourist Wharf, head South through Ushuaia Bay, and then enter the Beagle Channel , destination: "H Island".

A few minutes later, we make our first stop: Alice Island, a small and thickly populated rookery, where we´ll see Southern Sea Lions, mating King Cormorants and many other marine birds, just a few meters from our vessel.

“Roughguide to Argentina” once published: “ H-Island :The southernmost bit of Argentine territory”, we added: “….a Nature Reserve with amazing flora, fauna and thousand years of human presence” A “magic” place from which, since 2003,we have been Environmental Custodians by appointment of Tierra del Fuego State Government-Natural Resources Bureau .

High mountains, and beach type vegetation: lichens, mosses and flowers, give good shelter to different birds species, that chose the “H Island” to mate and breed their chicks just in front of you!

Due to the abundance and variety, this “ H ” shape island, has given thousands of years of food and shelter to the Beagle´s Native people: the Yamana, protecting them from the SW/W prevailing gales!

H Island offered them a great hunting and fishing spot , good enough to build temporary huts, and somewhere to stay warm and dry, in storms . Today, “H” Island is still a great mooring place, and during our walk we’ll visit the “yamana” maddens, where we’ll appreciate some stone tools, shells, ashes, whale and seal bones , all remains from this ancient ethnic group, the world’s southernmost people, for more than 7000 years!

Sailing towards the Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse

 

 

 

We leave the local port in a comfortable catamaran, crossing the bay of Ushuaia and enjoying the mountainous environment. In the course of the navigation, we will visit colonies of Southamerican Furs Seals, Rock Cormorants and Imperial Cormorants. We approach the lighthouse Les Eclaireurs, icon of our city and we return to the city bordering the coast of the Beagle Channel

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