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.
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
Trips that visit Beagle Channel
Flexibility is the key to success in Antarctica. All voyage routes take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by nature, crafting a unique and extraordinary experience each time.
The ultimate Antarctic adventure, this trip is specifically for the active traveller. Spend 6 days kayaking, hiking, camping, mountaineering and snowshoeing, all included in the price. A medium-sized expedition ship acts as your floating ‘basecamp’. Great value for money backed…
- 12-13 Days
By including optional kayaking and diving, these late season voyages offer the chance to maximise your polar crossing experience by exploring Antarctica both on and under the water. Travelling at that time provides excellent photographic and whale watching conditions, alongside…
- 12, 13 or 14 Days
Travelling aboard a state-of-the-art small ship and accompanied by unparalleled onboard expertise, expeditionary cruising doesn’t get much better. Regular departures throughout the season and a choice of three outstanding ships renowned for their comfort, enhanced safety features and spirit of…
- 14 Days
Spend 6 full days exploring Antarctica with the Polar Circle at 66 degrees south as your most southerly objective, on board one of the most exciting new vessels. Limited to only 132 passengers with spacious cabins, state-of-the-art technology and optional…
- 12-15 Days
This classic Peninsula trip stands out for its generously proportioned cabins, value for money and stylish 114-passenger ship. Spend 4-5 days experiencing Antarctica’s highlights, with optional camping and kayaking. Complimentary hotel stay in Ushuaia and a parka jacket are nice…
- 11-12 Days
For those travellers prioritising real comfort and ease of travel logistics, this is a great option. Travel in style aboard a state-of-the-art expedition ship, with heli-sightseeing available on select departures for a unique bird's-eye view of Antarctica. Plus the comprehensive…
- 11-12 Days