Beagle Channel

The Beagle Channel is located in the wild and seemingly inhospitable land of Tierra del Fuego. At its Eastern end, the Beagle Channel forms part of the Chilean-Argentinian border which was set some hundred years ago. The ownership of the Beagle's three small islands was long in dispute until the issue was resolved when the islands were awarded to Chile in 1985.

The Beagle Channel is where many Antarctic cruises set sail for Antarctica on their way from the port of Ushuaia all the way down to the South Shetland Islands.

It's also a challenging but fun spot for kayaking, with routes usually focussing around Gable Island, where you could come face-to-face with sea lion colonies, penguin rookeries and if you're lucky, whales. Nearby natural landmarks include Mount Darwin, Tierra del Fuego's greatest peak that many climbers attempt to ascend, as well as Cape Horn. The Beagle Channel's nearest entry point on the Argentinian side is the small wintery town of Ushuaia, near to which Darwin would have stayed when he visited Tierra del Fuego on board the HMS Beagle in 1831.

Map of Beagle Channel

Nearby landmarks

Trips that visit Beagle Channel