Dozens of sea lions on a rock and a white bird in flight

21 Epic Things to Do in Ushuaia: 2024 Ultimate Guide

Going to The End of the World has been a dream of mine for a long time, but I never knew there were so many things to do in Ushuaia with so many photographic opportunities. It is the perfect destination for nature lovers and outdoor activities enthusiasts. The Beagle Channel, Laguna Esmeralda, Isla Martillo, Tierra del Fuego National Park, and Martial Glacier make Ushuaia Argentina a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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Why You Should Visit Ushuaia Argentina

Beautiful yellow and orange sunset over the Bay of Ushuaia, full of small boats. The sun is rising behind a mountain range.
Sunset at the Bay of Ushuaia

Still wondering what to do in Ushuaia? Ushuaia Argentina is often regarded as the southernmost city in the world, although the small Chilean town of Puerto Williams lies even further south. The city was once a penal colony, but today the southern tip of Argentina is a popular tourist destination and a departure point for Antarctica cruises. Located between the Martial Mountains and the Beagle Channel, the city of Ushuaia is a dream for nature enthusiasts and animal lovers. Ushuaia is the perfect destination for nature lovers. It has it all: mountains, sea, forests, glaciers, diverse wildlife. Ushuaia offers a unique blend of natural beauty, outdoor activities and adventure opportunities that is hard to find anywhere else.

Ushuaia Things To Do

Top 10 Things To Do in Ushuaia

➡️ Ushuaia Boat Trips (Beagle Channel navigation)

➡️Hike in Tierra del Fuego National Park

➡️Trek to Laguna Esmeralda

➡️Lake Fagnano & Escondido

➡️Trek to Glacier Martial

➡️Ushuaia train tour (End of the World Train)

➡️Walk with penguins at Isla Martillo (seasonal)

➡️Cook your crab (centolla) in Ushuaia

➡️Ushuaia helicopter tour

➡️Cruise to Antarctica from Ushuaia

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Embark on a Beagle Channel cruise: my absolute number one among the things to do in Ushuaia

The Beagle Channel boat tour is one of the best things to do in Ushuaia.

You’ll find several types of Beagle Channel tours available. You will sail with wales and dolphins, and will observe seals, cormorants, penguins and other bird species.

Photo tip: Bring your telephoto lens. They are the best photo gear for Ushuaia Beagle Channel tours.

Three dolphins swimming one next to the other in the Beagle Channel with mountains at the background
Dolphins at the Beagle Channel

Longer vs shorter Beagle Channel tour

The shorter Beagle Channel boat tour will take to Faro Les Aclaireurs by catamaran. The tour takes two hours and a half approximately. Different tourist companies offer this type of Beagle Channel boat tour. Some of them will stop at one of the Bridges Islands, where you will have the opportunity for a short hike.

The longer Beagle Channel cruise takes approximately five hours. The catamaran will sail past Faro Les Aclaireurs and Puerto Almanza to Martillo Island where you will see one of the biggest colonies of Magellanic Penguins and many Papua penguins. This type of Beagle Channel tour is only available in summer as penguins migrate north for the winter months. You will admire the penguins from the catamaran as disembarking is not allowed.

Beagle Channel boat tour by catamaran vs by yacht

The Beagle Channel navigation on yacht offers a more intimate experience. Yachts are much smaller than catamarans, so less people on board. The smaller the vessel the closer it can get to the islands and to the animals, so be prepared for better photographic opportunities. The Beagle Channel yacht tour will take approximately four hours and will sail to the Isla de Los Pajaros to Faro Les Eclaireurs. You will disembark at one of the islands for a short hike and to learn about the life of Yamanas, the indigenous people of Tierra del Fuego.

If you get sick at sea, choose a catamaran tour as catamarans are bigger and less affected by rough seas. Regardless of the type of Ushuaia boat trip you choose, the scenery around is breathtaking, and you’ll see abundant wildlife.

Take a picture at Faro Les Aclaireurs

A red-and-white lighthouse on a small island in the Beagle Channel and its reflection in the water
Faro Les Aclaireurs

Faro Les Aclaireurs is the symbol of the city of Ushuaia and a must stop for every Beagle Channel tour. No matter a catamaran, a yacht ot a zodiac, they will all stop and everyone on board will have a chance to take this iconic photo.

Get as close as possible to sea lions

The Beagle Channel tours sail to the Isla de los Lobos where you will see a huge colony of sea lions of one and two hairs. You will observe them sleeping, yawning, resting or fighting. And the yongsters are sooo cute!

Doens of sea lions, young and older, lying and resting over a cliff with a snow-covered mountain at the background
Sea Lions at the Beagle Channel

Know why one of the islands in the Beagle Channel is called The Bird Island

Another island the Beagle Channel tours sail by is Isla de los Parajos or The Bird Island, in English. I have never seen so many birds in one place. It’s amazing. Even if you are not an ornitologist, you will be amazed.

Dozens of birds on a rock island in the Beagle Channel with mountains and the town of Ushuaia at the background
Isla de los Parajos

Walk with penguins at Martillo Island

Isla Martillo is the only penguin colony in Tierra del Fuego. The penguins in Ushuaia Argentina are Magellanic penguins and Gentoo penguins. If you are lucky, you can even spot a King penguin. Tours to Martillo Island are only available in summer as penguins migrate in winter.

Three Magellanic penguins standing at the rim of the water at Martillo Island and many more of them in the background
Magellanic penguins at Isla Martillo

Walking with penguins tour is the most memorable experience of all things to do in Ushuaia. You will travel by bus to Estancia Harberton and then sail to Isla Martillo or vice versa. Walking among penguins is a once in a lifetime experience and you should not miss it if already had made all the way to The End of the World. Be sure to book your tour well in advance as Isla Martillo tours are the day trips from Ushuaia with the most limited availability.

Hike in the southernmost national park

National Park Tierra del Fuego, apart from being the southernmost national park, is the only national park in Argentina combining sea, mountain, and forest. You will find there lakes, bogs, sea coast, valleys, forests. Activities in the park include hiking, kayaking, cycling, camping, sports fishing, bird-watching. Or you can just walk the trails admiring the scenery, listening to the birds and meeting animals along the way.

A lake between slopes and snowy mountain peaks at the background
Tierra del Fuego National Park

Ride The End of the World Train – the most child-friendly of the things to do in Ushuaia

The main attraction of the park is The End of the World Train. Once the train was used to transport the prisoners from the prison in the center of Ushuaia to the slopes of Susana Mountain. The prisoners obtained stones and wood for construction industry. You will learn their story onboard the train. It is narrated in several languages.

The End of the World Train experience

The End of the World Train recreates part of the old route with the first stop located 8 km from Ushuaia. The train is a steam train, consisting of couple of panoramic carriages and a steam engine. The starting point of the train journey is the End of the World station. When buying tickets for the train don’t forget to pay the entrance fee for the park or you’ll be denied boarding.

The second stop is at Macarena Waterfall station and the final destination is the National Park station. If you book a tour, a coach will be waiting for you there to continue with the tour through the Tierra del Fuego National Park. If you have come to the train by yourselves (by taxi or remis), you have two options. One is to return back with the same train or you can join a later train back, just advise the staff. You will have some time to hike around the park.

A couple of guys dressed like prisoners entertain the tourists while they wait to board the train at The End of the World station. You will be photographed with them on the platform with the train in the background.

Couple pf panoramic carriages with a steam engine at a train station
The End of the World Train

At the End of the World station you will find also: a gift shop (very overpriced, better buy your souvenirs in any gift shop in Ushuaia), a café with some food and drinks and toilets.

End of the World Train tours

If you don’t have enough time or have just a couple of days to spend in Ushuaia, opting for a half-day guided tour can be a fantastic way to get to know the best places in Tierra del Fuego National Park. This will leave you the other half of the day to engage with other activities. This is one of the best tours en Ushuaia Argentina. The tour company will pick you up from your accommodation and the first stop will be The End of the World Station, which is also the first stop on the Fin del Mundo Train route.

If you have taken a tour but are not boarding the train, you will have some time to buy a drink or some food. Afterwards, you will board a coach or a mini-van and continue your journey to the National Park Station. There, you will meet with your fellow travelers who have taken the train.

If you’re interested in taking the train, you’ll need to purchase tickets separately since they’re not included in the tour price. The tickets come in various categories and classes with different prices. Some of them offer food and beverages. It’s up to you to decide whether it’s worth it. Keep in mind that the train ride lasts for only 30 minutes over a distance of 7 km. It’s important to purchase the entrance ticket to the National Park, or else you may not be permitted to board the train. Once you board the train and enter the Tierra del Fuego National Park, you won’t have another chance to buy the entrance ticket.

Is the End of the World train worth it?

Based on my personal experience, I don’t think the train ride is worth it. However, it ultimately depends on your preferences. If you’re traveling with children, they will enjoy it. The train comprises a few panoramic cars and a steam engine.

Take a picture at the End of the Pan-American Highway poster

A wooden sign reading: "Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego. Bahia Lapataia. Republica Argentina. Aqui finaliza la Ruta Nac. No3. Buenos Aires 3.079 km. Alaska 17.848 km."
End of the Route No3 at Bahia Lapataia

At Bahia Lapataia, you will find the renowned poster of the “End of Rute No3”. It is a symbol of the connection between Ushuaia and Alaska, the two ends of the American continent, which are linked by the Pan-American Highway. At Lapataia Bay you can take the most iconic photo that everyone desires: The End of Rute No3 poster, representing the end of the Pan-American Highway.

Send a postcard from The End of the World Post Office

If you take a Tierra del Fuego Nationa Park tour, the tour will take you to the Zaratiegui Cove, where you’ll find the southernmost post office, or the End of the World Post Office.

If you are lucky, you might find the End of the World Post Office open. In that case, don’t miss the opportunity to stamp your passport with the El Fin del Mundo stamp or send a postcard to your loved ones. And if it happens to be closed, don’t be sad. There is another place where you can get your passport stamped, and I’ll share it with you shortly. Out of all the things to do in Ushuaia I had planned, I was most exited about visiting the End of the World Post Office. Unfortunately, luck wasn’t on my side, and it was closed when I got there. Anyway, I have my End of the World stamp.

A gray wagon over the water with many colorful stickers and two signs, a yellow one reading: "Correo Argentino" and a green one reading" Unidad Postal Fin del Mundo".
End of the World Post Office

Visit the Tourist Information Office

The Tourist Information Office is located in the center of Ushuaia, just across the passenger pier at the port of Ushuaia Argentina. If you need any information, this is the place to go. The ladies working there are very helpful and will provide you with the best advice. And you can also find several stamps with the “End of the World” text in the Tourist Information office. However, if you plan to stamp your passport with a souvenir stamp, be aware that depending on the country that issued your passport, it may become invalid. To avoid any issues, it’s best to put the souvenir stamp on a postcard, a brochure, or a notebook instead.

Take a photo with the Ushuaia End of the World sign

An wooden sign with text Ushuaia Fin del mundo (Ushuaia end of the world in English) between two trees at Ushuaia passenger pier and a few catamarans in the background to the right
Ushuaia End of the World sign

You will find the Ushuaia Fin del Mundo sign at the passenger pier of Ushuaia port. The inscriprtion on the sign reads: “Los pobladores de Ushuaia te damos la bienvenida”. In English it means “The people of Ushuaia welcome you”.

Stop at the Antiguos Pobladores de Ushuaia monument

At the water’s edge is an intriguing sculpture in the shape of a wave. Inside are carvings of figures that pay tribute to the pioneers and early settlers of the area. It’s a great place to take pictures.

A sculpture in the form of a bird with human figures carved under its wings
Antiguos Pobladores de Ushuaia monument

Visit the Maritime Museum

The prison at theEnd of the World stopped functioning as a penal institution in 1947. It has since been declared a National Historic Monument and today it houses four fascinating museums that showcase the history of the region.

The Ushuaia Maritime Museum displays an extensive collection of models that narrate the maritime history of Tierra del Fuego from the time of the first explorers.

The Museum of the Presidio highlights the criminal history of the prison, the lives of the inmates in each of the old cells, the local history, and the development of the city of Ushuaia.

The Antarctic Museum features exhibits on the expeditions of the most famous explorers such as Amundsen, Scott, Shackleton, Nordenskjold.

The Marine Art Museum displays works by the most important Argentine marine artists and an art gallery with temporary exhibitions.

Each museum occupies one of the wings of the old prison. The ticket is valid for two consecutive days. Audio guides are available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, and German.

MUSEO MARÍTIMO DE USHUAIA is open every day from 10 AM till 8 PM.

Hike Laguna Esmeralda

For hikers, Laguna Esmeralda is a must. It is located less than 20 km from Ushuaia. You can reach the beginning of the trail by car (rental car or taxi). There is also a shuttle service from Ushuaia. It leaves from the parking lot near the gas station, which is located near the Tourist Information Center. Check the departure and pick-up times. Once you arrive at the beginning of the trail, just follow the signs. The total distance is less than 10 km and will take you 3 to 4 hours.

Although it’s not a difficult hike, it’s best not to hike alone. You could consider joining a small group tour. You will be picked up from your accommodation and taken to the start of the trail and an experienced guide will accompany you throughout the trek. You’ll then be dropped off at your accommodation.

Take a picture at Saint Christopher Ship

The shipwrecked vessel located on the shore of the Beagle Channel in Ushuaia bay is hard to miss. Built in 1943 in the United States, it served the British Royal Navy during World War II and was named the HMS Justice at the time. Nowadays, it is known as the St. Christopher.

A shipwreck connected by a rocky path with the shore
Saint Christopher Ship in Ushuaia Bay

Visit the End of the World Museum

Museo del Fin del Mundo is a small historical and natural history museum split into two buildings. The one is the Foundational House, the former Banco Nación at Av. Maipú 173. The other one is the Antigua Casa de Gobierno at Av. Maipú 465. The ticket is valid for both buildings for three consecutive days. The End of the World Museum is open Mon – Fri from 10 AM to 9 PM, Saturday from 1 PM till 7 PM. Closed at Sundays.

Experience the breathtaking view of Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel by hiking the Glacier Martial

For a panoramic view of the Beagle Channel, take a half-day hike up to the Martial Glacier. You’ll also be able to see the city of Ushuaia and the Chilean islands of Navarino and Hoste from above. There is a marked trail in the center of town that leads to the glacier. The wide path to the base of the glacier is wet and rocky in places, but even from a few hundred meters up the trail, the view down over Ushuaia and the bay is stunning. It’s not safe to walk up the road from Ushuaia due to the nature of the road and lack of sidewalks for pedestrians. Instead, take a taxi to a place near the glacier. There is a real taxi stand so you can easily get a taxi back.

The trail is a 3.5-4 mile out and back hike that takes about 3-4 hours to complete. It offers breathtaking views of the mountains and the Beagle Channel below. Be sure to take the trail up and not the ski run as the trail is steep. Along the way you’ll enjoy fantastic views of the surrounding mountains, the town and the sea below. There’s a teahouse and a small restaurant for a snack before or after the hike. You can also take a side trail halfway up for more great views, but be sure to return on the same trail. Avoid the yellow trail leading down from this trail as it is very steep and slippery.

A boat at the shore, over the grass, advertising a restaurant with a wooden sign "Puerto Almanza" behind it and a green flag beside.
Puerto Almanza

Go skiing at Cerro Castor

You will find around twenty ski slopes of varying difficulty levels, all with stunning views. The facilities are modern and well-maintained. Be assured that you will have a day to remember.

Go to church

You can’t miss the bright yellow Iglesia de la Merced while walking along Ushuaia’s main street. The church is simple yet pretty.

Catch your own crab and cook it in a local family house

You will travel by van to Puerto Almanza, a small fishing village on the coast of the Beagle Channel. The trip will take about an hour and a half, and it is important to note that almost half of the trip will be on unpaved roads. If you suffer from back pain, you may want to reconsider. Once you arrive in the village, you will have the unique opportunity to catch your own king crab, also known as centolla in Spanish, and cook it in the home of your hosts. Even if you don’t catch any, they will feed you.

Eat centolla

Several king crabs in an aquarium

Centolla is the king crab. You may not want to catch it, but you can’t miss trying it while in Ushuaia. Almost all restaurants in Ushuaia have centolla on their menu, the most famous being El Viejo Marino. Ordering a whole king crab is quite expensive. There are many dishes with centolla as one of the ingredients. This is the affordable way to try Centolla. And it is definitely worth it.

Best Time to Visit Ushuaia

The best time to go to Ushuaia, Argentina is between December and March. Although the weather in Patagonia can be unpredictable throughout the year, these months are considered to be the warmest. If you plan on visiting between September and November or in April, some outdoor activities may not be available and certain trails in Tierra del Fuego National Park may be closed. When to visit Ushuaia to see the penguins on Martillo Island? You’d better plan your visit before the beginning of March, as they migrate north in early to mid-March.

I visited Ushuaia at the beginning of March and was able to see the penguins as they were still there. Additionally, since it was the end of the season, the prices were lower and there were fewer tourists. Therefore, based on my experience, I would suggest visiting Ushuaia at the beginning of March if you are wondering when is the best time to visit.

How Many Days To Spend in Ushuaia

How many days to stay in Ushuaia depends entirely on your interests. Plan to spend at least three full days in Ushuaia. After all, you are going to the End of the World. Is it worth it to make the trip in less time? If you can spare 5 or 7 days it would be great. You should have already seen how many things to do in Ushuaia are there.

A wale and the tail of anoter one with a forest at the backgroung
Wales in the Beagle Channel

From Buenos Aires To Ushuaia: How To Travel To Ushuaia Argentina

Bus or car to Ushuaia

If you are planning to travel to Ushuaia Argentina, any Argentina travel guide will tell you that the best way to get there is by taking a flight to Ushuaia. Though it is possible to travel by car or bus, the journey is long, covering a distance of over 3000 km, which takes two days to complete.

Ushuaia is connected to the mainland by Route 3, which is the southernmost part of the Pan-American Highway and ends in Tierra del Fuego National Park. However, since Ushuaia is located on an island, you will need to cross the Argentinean-Chilean border, take a ferry, and then cross the Chilean-Argentinean border.

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Flights to Ushuaia Argentina from Buenos Aires

The flights to Ushuaia Argentina are the most convenient and time-saving option. You can choose from several daily flights operated by Aerolineas Argentinas, FlyBondi, and JetSmart. While Aerolineas Argentinas tickets are relatively expensive, they include checked baggage and seat selection. On the other hand, low-cost carriers like FlyBondi and JetSmart often offer good deals on their websites, but you will have to pay extra for checked baggage and seat selection.

➡️Find cheap flights with cashback by clicking HERE.

Both FlyBondi and JetSmart offer a subscription to their respective club programs. For a small fee, you will receive a year’s worth of discounts on airline tickets. The JetSmart Discount Club discount applies to the club member and one companion. With Club Fly Bondi, the discount is available to the member + one companion + two children.

It is worth joining the club if you plan to buy at least three or four tickets. For example: two flights and two people flying together. Argentina is a huge country, so if you plan to visit another part of it and fly there, it is totally worth it.

If you plan to visit both Tierra del Fuego National Park and Los Glaciares National Park, it’s convenient to fly directly between El Calafate and Ushuaia with Aerolineas Argentinas.

TIP: Since domestic flights in Argentina are often subject to changes, it’s best not to plan anything important for the days of arrival and departure.

A gentoo penguin walking at the Martillo Island with his wings stretched backwards
Gentoo penguin at Isla Martillo

Taxi From Ushuaia Airport To Town

When you arrive at Ushuaia airport, you should be aware that there’s no public transportation available from the airport to the town. Your best option would be to take a taxi or book a transfer.

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Even though the airport is located quite close to the city, walking could be an option if you’re not carrying too much luggage. However, I personally recommend taking a taxi. I don’t remember the exact cost of my ride, but it was quite affordable.

Where To Stay In Ushuaia


Best luxury hotel in Ushuaia ➡️Los Cauquenes Resort + Spa + Experiences

Best mid-range hotel in Ushuaia ➡️Cilene del Faro Suites & Spa

Best family-friendly hotel in Ushuaia ➡️Las Hayas Ushuaia Resort

Best budget hotel in Ushuaia ➡️Hotel Mustapic

Best hostel in Ushuaia ➡️Hostería Hostal Malvinas

If you’re planning a trip to the End of the World, you’ll find plenty of hotels in Ushuaia Argentina to choose from. Whether you prefer a hostel or a luxurious spa resort, there is something for everyone to suit your needs and budget.

➡️Click on the map and book your preferred accommodation in advance, especially if you’re traveling during the high season (October to March).

Ushuaia Best Restaurants

The centolla is a must in Ushuaia. In many restaurants, these ugly, hairy crabs live in an aquarium. When you order, the crab is caught and cooked. This treat can be a serious drain on your wallet, especially if you’re traveling on a budget. An affordable option is to order a dish that contains crab instead of a whole crab. Much cheaper and just as tasty.

One of the best restaurants in Ushuaia and recommended for eating centolla is El Viejo Marino (Av. Maipú 227). Unfortunately, I can’t confirm that it lives up to its reputation. On all the days I was in Ushuaia, there was a long line of people waiting outside about an hour before the restaurant opened. Reservations were not accepted. Slightly disappointed, I went to Tia Elvira (Av. Maipú 349), almost next door. I can say that the centolla and wine were excellent and the service was perfect.

Another place I would recommend is Chiko (25 de Mayo 64). A local guy in Ushuaia told me, “Chileans understand seafood. We Argentines are more into meat.” The owners of Chiko are Chileans and definitely know how to cook seafood. Chilean wines are excellent and don’t need any recommendations.

A tasty-looking dish with prawns, mussles, other seafood, rice, vegetables and lemon wedges
Seafood dish at Chiko

What to Pack for a Trip to Ushuaia Argentina?

Clothing is crucial in Patagonia, regardless of the season. The weather can change rapidly, and it’s not uncommon to experience all four seasons in a single day. The wind is almost always blowing, the sun is shining, and the rain is falling simultaneously. Sometimes, fog may also appear. During winter, snowfall is common. It’s recommended to dress in layers, like a greenie. Thermal underwear, waterproof and windproof jackets, and waterproof pants are ideal. Avoid wearing jeans. In the summer, bring sunscreen and sunglasses. Lastly, don’t forget to bring a camera with a spare battery and memory card.

Ushuaia Travel: Useful Tips

Is there a Blue Dollar rate in Ushuaia Argentina?

If you are worried about being able to exchange money at the Blue Dollar rate in Ushuaia, worry no more. Many shops and cafes will exchange money at a rate close to the Blue Dollar rate. Next to the cash register, you will see a sign with the exchange rate. Some of them may expect you to buy something to exchange money. Withdrawing money from ATMs in Argentina is not recommended. The commissions are high and the limit is very low.

Where to buy souvenirs in Ushuaia Argentina?

The best place to buy souvenirs in Ushuaia is La Ultima Bita (Av. San Martín 130). There is a wide variety and the prices are good. You can also buy stamps and send postcards to your loved ones from the souvenir shop.

How to choose accommodation in Ushuaia Argentina?

The streets in Ushuaia get steeper the further you get from the water. If you don’t want to walk up to your hotel, stay in the area between Avenida Maipú and Gdor. Deloqui. You can read about some of the peculiarities of hotel accommodation in Argentina regarding VAT exemption and paying by credit card here.

One of the main streets of Ushuaia with the Martial Maountains at the background and the Beagle Channel to the right
Ushuaia is between the Martial Mountains and the Beagle Channel

Is Ushuaia Worth It?

Absolutely, Ushuaia is a destination worth traveling to and offers an adventure of a lifetime.


Is Ushuaia in Patagonia?

Yes, Ushuaia is in Patagonia.

Is Ushuaia Safe?

Yes. Ushuaia is completely safe.

Is Ushuaia worth visiting?

Yes. For nature and outdoor enthusiasts, Ushuaia offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience that is definitely worth a visit.

Which is Ushuaia Airport code?

The code for Ushuaia – Malvinas Argentinas International is USH.

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To wrap it up: With its unique geographic location at the southern tip of Argentina, Ushuaia is a gateway to both the stunning landscapes of Patagonia and Antarctica. The town itself has a fascinating history, friendly locals, and a quaint atmosphere. You’ll find so many things to do in Ushuaia: hiking in Tierra del Fuego National Park, walking with the Ushuaia penguins, and cruising the Beagle Channel are just a few.



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