Gable Island and Penguin Colony with Harberton Ranch



Difficulty: Medium

Places of interest: Beagle Channel, Brown Bay, Flag Tree, Gable Island, Guaraní Pass (Beagle Canal), Harberton Ranch, Lasifashaj River, Martillo Island, Penguin rookery, Tierra Mayor Valley,

Tour activities: Bird watching, Navigations, Photography, Short, easy strolls, Trekking,

Season: October to April

Group Size: Up to 20 passengers.

Meals: Snacks + hake in papillote with roasted potatoes or beef tenderloin with mushroom sauce and roasted potatoes + dessert. Drinks included: Patagonian red wine, soft-drinks, bottled water. Vegetarians and coeliacs: proper menus available if requested in advance.

Departure place and time: from Canal Fun’s office at Roca 136, 8am

Type of Experience: Medium Difficulty Activity, With exposure to weather,

Suggested clothing: Waterproof jacket + fleece jacket. Waterproof walking shoes/trainers with good traction. Hat or cap. Sunglasses.


  • Harberton Ranch entrance fee ($650)

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A full day tour, with lunch and drinks included, away from the noise of the large tourist contingents and close to the spirit of this "Uttermost part of the Earth".


Gable Island is the tour for those who arrive in Ushuaia in search of the end of the world. This active, full-day excursion takes us on a trip by land, to navigate the Beagle Channel and to walk and discover one of the wildest and most beautiful places in Tierra del Fuego. In a context that summarizes the history and natural variety of Tierra del Fuego, we can see traces that the first inhabitants, the Yamana, and the first white settlers left here.

Far from the tourist crowds and right in the middle of the Beagle Channel, Gable Island is a place recommended worldwide by word of mouth, as it offers intact nature, while history speaks to us here in the present tense. This area shows an infinite and primordial landscape, magical and extreme. Surrounded by sea and silence, where only the wind and birds are heard, you can experience the sensation of being alone in the world, and in touch with Nature.

Families with children under 4 years of age can request a "Tailor Made Trip" based on this tour.

From Canal Fun's office at Roca 136, we leave Ushuaia to the East. First along National Route Nº3 through mountains and valleys, then the "J" route takes us into the forest. As we leave the forest we will be in Brown Bay, one of the panoramic points where we will see how the trees grow in the constant wind. We will then arrive at Estancia Harberton, a historical landmark of the utmost importance for the whole region. We will visit the main house area, and a few of its buildings before embarking on a motor boat to reach Isla Martillo. From the boat we can see penguins in their breeding site. The navigation in the motor boat continues then to the main attraction of the day: the huge Gable Island, where lunch awaits us with a good Patagonian red wine, soda and bottled water.

After a coffee, we hike to explore the wonderful landscape of this island, its beautiful views, and to find beaver dams in the forest, and also the beach, where we will meet the boat that will take us back to Puerto Harberton, and to our bus that will leave us back to Ushuaia past 6 PM.
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An opportunity to live in a respectful and close to nature, on a trip that offers much more than just seeing penguins.


8:00 Departure from Canal Fun’s office at Roca 136.
08:45 Trip through glacial valleys, forest, Routes 3 and “J”
10:30 Visit of the natural environment of the Harberton ranch.
11:30 Navigation bound towards the penguin rookery at Martillo Island and Gable Island.
12:15 Penguin watching.
12:35 Departure towards Gable Island
13:00 Arrival to Gable Island, disembarkation and lunch.
14:15 Hike around Gable Island. Medium difficulty. Distance: 4.5 km. Elevation 90 meters.
16:15 Boarding to return to Harberton Ranch.
17:00 Arrival to the Harberton Ranch
17:30 Stop at the “flag trees”.
18:30 Arrival to Ushuaia.

Approximate timing. The definitive timing and the order of the tour activities might change if necessary.


Professional, fun indeed and serious organization


"We relied on them for three different activities Not a false note in the way they handle things Recommended"

Excursions au parc national et île de Gable


"Superbe expérience, journées très bien organisées dans une ambiance géniale avec des repas faits maison et des guides au top (Mauri et Joaquin). S’il ne faut en choisir qu’une, prendre celle de l’île de Gable. A recommander, ils méritent leur place. Juliana et Carlos"

Days I will never forget


"This company is great! They were always on time, the guides were knowledgable, spoke good English, and were very personalbe, the vehicles were great, the food was great, and the view was breathtaking. Anna was our guide at Harberton. She and the company together with my tour operator planned a special surprise for me at Harberton. It was a dream come true of everything I ever wanted to experience on this trip. I'd been thinking of this vacation for over 20 years. It could not have been any better."

Avventure ed esperienze diversificate

Sara Valla

"Avventure ed esperienze diversificate, organizzazione puntuale, gentilezza. Staff preparato, gentile, disponibile e molta attenzione alla natura."

Godt tur company



Kan varmt anbefale at få turer arrangeret gennem Canal Fun. Super service og rigtigt gode guider med humor og meget viden

Thanks for two great days in Tierra Del Fuego.

Cathy and Gordon

"The tour guides were very knowledgeable and accommodating and the hot lunch was a real surprise. Small groups of like-minded travelers was a boon for us and we were impressed with how well everything was coordinated given the breadth and diversity of the two days activities. It was a very informative and fun introduction to Tierra Del Fuego. "

Gable Island!!!

Alejandro S

"The best excursion!!!! Was an amazing tour, and Ana the guide was very professional and informative, a different way to explore The End of the world!!!"

Great agency!

liza marsh

"All tours were amazing. Very organized, good ponctuality and experienced guides. If you do the 4x4 tour, ask for Eduardo. He’s entertaining and knows A LOT about the region."

Terrific Guides


"We were guided by two different guides on two different trips. Both guides were outstanding and the trips were well organized, safe, informative and a ton of fun. This is a very professional well-run out fit. I would highly recommend them if you would like guided hiking in Ushuaia."

Great day with the penguins

Bill B

"We had a wonderful experience visiting Gable Island and seeing the penguins up close. Our boat captain and guide, Franco, aka Frasco, were terrific. He took us on a very nice hike after the penguins that included a really fine lunch in a rustic shack prepared on-site. It was one of our favorite days in Ushuaia."

Once in a Lifetime Experience

Daniel B

"Canal Fun & Nature has masterfully curated this trip. The trip to Gable Island was a once in a lifetime experience. We got to see penguins, sea lions and an assortment of birds. We also had an amazing lunch located in a old ranch building in the Beagle Channel. Although we were in an amazing place, the experience was further enhanced by the knowledge and personality of our guide Frasco. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone considering a trip to Gable Island."

Organisation très serviable et 100% honnête


"D'abord nous voulions réserver un tour qui n'était plus disponible. Ils se sont pliés en 4 pour nous trouver une alternative avec une autre organisation. Ensuite, nous avons été obligés d'annuler ce tour qu'on avait réservé et payé. Ils nous ont remboursés la totalité. Je leur avais suggéré de payer des frais pour l'annulation mais ils ont tout remboursé. Nous n'avons donc pas fait de tour avec eux, mais quelle rapidité de réponse (par e-mail) et quelle honnêteté! Ce qui est sûr, c'est qu'on peut leur faire confiance (et ce qui est sûr aussi c'est que si un jour j'y retourne, je fonce chez eux dès que j'ai réservé mes vols)."

If you visit Ushuaia...

Nagesh Mahanthappa

"If you visit Ushuaia, I highly recommend booking your outdoor activities with Canal Fun. The treks were amazing (Turquoise Lagoon/Cerro Cabrajal, and Glaciar Vinciguerra), and the visit to Harberton Ranch & Gable Island is highly recommended (not just the penguins! amazing sea birds, interesting hike across multiple ecosystems, and a very fun lunch grilled by your guides!)."

The treks were amazing

Nagesh Mahanthappa

"If you visit Ushuaia, I highly recommend booking your outdoor activities with Canal Fun. The treks were amazing (Turquoise Lagoon/Cerro Cabrajal, and Glaciar Vinciguerra), and the visit to Harberton Ranch & Gable Island is highly recommended (not just the penguins! amazing sea birds, interesting hike across multiple ecosystems, and a very fun lunch grilled by your guides!)."