Argentina, Destinations, South America

Photo essay: Beagle Channel, the strait teeming with live from the End of the World

January 11, 2016
Lighthouse, beagle channel

When in Ushuaia, the most southern city in the world and here, taking a boat trip to Beagle Channel is your number one priority.

To give you a bit of a background, the English founded Ushuaia at the end of 19th century when the British ship HMS Beagle was exploring Tierra del Fuego. They reached the channel in 1833, which is actually a navigable strait between the Pacific and Atlantic, together with two other famous passages: Magellan to the north, and Drake to the south.

So they decided to name the channel after the ship. Onboard the ship there was a young and promising amateur naturalist named Charles Darwin, who was of course so thrilled to find such a wide variety of birds, penguins and sea lions.

A channel tour will include a multitude of spectacular views of the Andes Mountains on both Chilean and Argentinean sides, as well as stops at the Bird Island, Island of Lobos and El Faro del fin del mundo (the lighthouse from the end of the world). We also took a short walk on Bridges Island and saw the remnants of the indigenous Yamana people, consisting of some sheltered holes that used to be their homes.

The whole scenery in Beagle Channel is spectacular and is offering plenty of opportunities to take lovely pictures such as these:

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The lighthouse from the "End of the World"

The lighthouse from the “End of the World”

Bird flying away with a fish on Beagle Channel, Patagonia

Catch of the day

The catamaran taking cruises on Beagle Channel

The catamaran taking cruises on Beagle Channel

Sea lions and cormorants sharing the same rock on Beagle Channel, Patagonia

Sea lions and cormorants sharing the same rock

Sea lions resting on the rocks on Beagle Channel

Sea lions resting on the rocks

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Male displaying authoroty on Beagle Channel Patagonia

Male displaying authoroty

The cormorant island, Beagle Channel Patagonia

The cormorant island

bird with a fish, Beagle Channel, Patagonia

Good catch

 

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