Sailing to the penguin colony

About 90 kilometers from Ushuaia is Martillo Island, or better known as "the penguin colony", the only penguin colony in Tierra del Fuego.

Between October and April it is possible to see two species of penguins that come to spend their reproductive period on this island in the channel: the Magellanic penguin and the Gentoo penguin in smaller numbers. Occasionally, you can be surprised with King Penguins.

There are different excursions that take you to see this incredible place.

Some providers start the tour from the commercial pier, passing by some islands until reaching the penguin colony.

Others include the transfer to Puerto Almanza and from there the navigation begins; this tour, depending on the company you hire, can be done by sailboat or motorboat.

The last option includes the transfer to Estancia Harberton, from where the navigation starts, and a walk through the penguin colony.

Here are the companies that offer these excursions. Choose the one that best suits your needs.

Get to know the providers that offer this navigation.

You can find them in the little houses in front of the port.

Canoero

+54 9 2901 502777

www.catamaranescanoero.com.ar

Catamaran sailing in the Beagle Channel to Martillo Island for penguin watching.

Daily departures at 3 p.m. - Duration: 5 hours.

Adult rate: $75.000


Tolkeyen

+54 9 2901 619594

www.tolkeyenpatagonia.com

Catamaran sailing in the Beagle Channel to Martillo Island for penguin watching.

Daily departures at 3 p.m. - Duration: 5 hours.

Adult rate: $75.000


Piratour

+54 9 2901 604646

piratour.net

There are two types of excursions to the penguin colony:

Departing by catamaran from the port, this excursion goes along the islands of the Beagle Channel until reaching Martillo Island where penguin watching takes place.

The other excursion lasts approximately 7 hours. It departs from the pier and travels by vehicle along the route until arriving at Estancia Harberton. From there you cross to Martillo Island in small boats, and go down to watch the penguins. The return trip is also by land. There is the possibility of hiring only the crossing, for that it is necessary to book in advance.

Rates and timetables

Excursion Price Departures
Pingüinera (catamaran) $75.000 9a.m and 3p.m
Pingüinera and hikking + Estancia Harberton $140.000+ Estancia entrance fee 2:30p.m

Ushuaia Boating

+54 9 2901 569122

www.ushboating.com

It offers navigation to the penguin colony, departing by bus from the pier to Puerto Almanza. From there, a boat departs along the channel to Martillo Island. The return trip is also by land. There is the possibility of hiring only the crossing, for that it is necessary to book in advance.

Daily departures at 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. - Duration: 4 hours and 30 minutes approximately.

Rates

From the dock From Almanza (with reservation)
Alduts $80.000 $70.000
Children between 4 and 11 years old $60.000 $60.000
Children under 4 years old No charge