OPENING THE GATES
Visit the oldest stay in Tierra del Fuego, experiencing rural life in an imposing country house. Contemplate the gracious Magellanic and Gentoo penguins, closing the day with a scenic hike along a river’s coast, reaching to exclusive isolated spots.
Imagine a journey to the past: it is 1890 and you are at the oldest estancia of Tierra del Fuego, 60km east from Ushuaia. You observe its simple buildings of wood covered with corrugated iron, gardens, stone piers and terraces.
You can appreciate this almost intact gorgeous scene in our visit to Harberton. We depart in the morning taking National Route 3 to its intersection with “J” Route, where we turn into the coastal zone, bordering Lasifashaj´s river valley, almost to the mouth of the Beagle Channel in Brown Bay.
When we get to the estancia, its manager, one of the founder´s great-grandsons (fourth generation), will open the gates and receive us warmly, making us feel at home. We will walk around the establishment, learning about its history of wool activity. Through the windows of this rustic tea room, the sight is lost in a wild scenery that mingles with the sky.
Later, we take a Zodiac boat to visit a huge colony of Magellanic and Gentoo penguins. Rambling around these gracious seabirds respectfully, we learn about their life and the ways of conservation. Exceptional photographs of this moment will be one of the greatest memories of your trip.
Back on the ranch, we go to Cambaceres Bay and hike from there along the coast of the river Lasifashaj up to a rough waterfall, a product of the narrowing river valley. You will adore a unique sensation of solitude in an unforgettable landscape. Finally, we visit Puerto Almanza, the most southern fishing port in Argentina.
|8:00||Pickup from hotel|
|9:30||Arrival at Estancia Harberton and exploration|
|10:00||Crossing to Penguin spot|
|10:15||Arrival at Hammer Island/Walk with penguins|
|11:30||Back to the Estancia|
|12:30||Arrival at Cambaceres Bay /Lunch|
|14:00||Trekking to Lasifashaj River Cascade|
|15:00||Arrival at the Cascade/Snack|
|16:15||Departure to Puerto Almanza|
|18:00||Back to the city|
This excursion may suffer variants, due to Penguins spot availability. Gourmet Lunch box included (three steps), crossing to penguins spot and Harberton entrance tickets.
JUST PRIVATE TOURS
We recommend taking:
Water – comfortable shoes – rain coat – camera – sun glasses.