Many prefer to visit the farm by sea, sailing the 40 nautical miles (60 kms) on the Beagle Channel to the east of Ushuaia, enjoying the exquisite scenery of this former glacier valley and the extraordinary marine fauna and birdlife of the area.
Although many catamarans ply the Beagle Channel, three companies bring their passengers to the Harberton homestead. All make visits to the Bridges Islands off Ushuaia (named for the six Bridges children) to view South American fur seals, S.A. sea lions and huge colonies of cormorants and other birds. They also touch on Harberton's penguin island (Yecapasela or Martillo) (see below), before reaching the homestead. This is an excursion you will always remember: a beautiful glacial valley bordered by the mountains of the Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego (Argentina) to the north and Isla Navarino (Chile) to the south. To the far west rise the snowy peaks of the Darwin Range, and to the east the channel merges into the southernmost South Atlantic and the Drake Passage.
Two of the catamaran companies (Rumbo Sur and Tolkeyén) stop at Harberton for an hour and a half, enough time for the passengers to take the Homestead Tour (included in the fare), and then return with them to Ushuaia, a full day's trip.
One company (Catamaranes Canoero) gives its passengers the option of disembarking at Harberton for 3 ½ hrs and returning to Ushuaia by bus, or returning by sea without disembarking. The cost of the Homestead Tour is included.
* See map.
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