Places of interest: Acigami Lake (ex “Roca lake”), Archipielago Cormoranes, Coastal Trail, Ensenada Bay (Ensenada Zaratiegui), Ensenada Zaratiegui, Lago Roca, Laguna Verde, Lapataia Bay, Rio Lapataia, Rio Ovando, Tierra del Fuego National Park,
Tour activities: Bird watching, Canoeing, Photography, Trekking, Wildlife watching,
Season: 1 October to 31 May (from July to September: available in its Winter version)
Group Size: Up to 15 passengers.
Meals: Argentine-style snack, portuguese chicken (sauce of tomatoes, onions and carrots) with rice and vegetables. Drinks Included: bottled water, red wine, soft-drinks. Vegetarians and coeliacs: proper menus available if requested in advance.
Departure place and time: from Canal Fun’s office at Roca 136, at 8:30am
Type of Experience: It is NOT necessary to know how to swim, Medium Difficulty Activity, No experience required, With exposure to weather,
Suggested clothing: Waterproof jacket + fleece jacket. Waterproof walking shoes/trainers with good traction. Hat or cap. Sunglasses. An extra pair of socks, to change after the activity in canoes.
8:30 Departure from Canal Fun’s office at Roca 136.
09:00 Arrival to the National Park
09:30 Trekking along the Coastal path -3 hours-; or differents short paths, according the passenger’s choice.
12:30 Arrival to Lake Roca and lunch.
13:45 Paddling technique briefing and canoe prompting -1 hora y media-
15:15 Lapataia Bay.
15:45 Return to Ushuaia.
16:30 Arrival to Ushuaia.
Approximate times. The timing and the order of the tour activities might change if necessary.
Between October and May the hours vary according to the duration of the days.
*If the Coastal path were not open to the public, the guide will propose an alternative walk, of approximate duration.
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. "
"Abbiamo passato una giornata intera con il team di canal fun per il mini trekking nella foresta della Terra del Fuoco, il pranzo e il giro con il kayak. La nostra guida era preparata, simpatica e gentilissima, hanno cucinato divinamente ed abbiamo condiviso la giornata con un gruppo di persone di tutte le nazionalità ed età. Bellissimi ed interessanti sia il trekking che la navigazione in kayak. Da fare assolutamente! "
"Nous avons fait avec cette agence du kayak sur le canal de Beagles, un trek vers la Laguna Esmeralda et un tour en bateau dans la baie d’Ushuaia. Ce qui caractérise les sorties c’est le sérieux mais aussi l’excellente ambiance que mettent les guides En plus ils viennent vous chercher et vous déposer à votre hôtel. Très bien"
"I took 2 full-day tours with Canal Fun (the 4x4 tour and the Tierra del Fuego NP Tour) and I can say they are the best in Patagonia, in my experience! I was with Sergio on the 4x4 trip and Valentin & Nacho for the Tierra del Fuego hike and canoe trip. They all spoke excellent English, were very knowledgeable, and had a real passion for this environment! And, in addition to great guiding and a fun itinerary, and delicious, hot meal is included! I don’t think that you can go wrong in choosing this company for your tours in Ushuaia! "
"Started with a 3 hour hike on the coastal trek in the Tierra Del Fuego national park. Moderate hike (not difficult but you have to wear comfortable shoes). The weather was unpredictable as per usual so you have to wear layers for sure. The lunch by a teenage master chef was fab! :) followed by an hour of paddling in the Lapataia Bay. Guides Valentin and Nacho were fantastic. We enjoyed our day so much even though we experienced four seasons in a day!"
"We spent 5 days in Ushuaia as we wanted to avail ourselves of some of the activities we read about, and did several trips with Canal, could not recommend them highly enough! We did two quite long trecks, one with Anna around the coast the through the forest, and one with Joaquim across Gable island, we went canoeing both days on the river and Beagle channel with Joaquin and Maori, had a brilliant day both time, visited the penguin island, had a superb cooked lunch, all in all could not have wished for more on what was a really long day trip!! Well done guys, super impressed with your energy and enthusiasm, your doubt of knowledge about the flora and fauna, the birds and wildlife, as well as the history of Ushuaia, all delivered with tremendous sense of humour and fun! Can not recommend you all highly enough!"
"Lors de notre circuit, nous avions réservé une visite du parc de la Terre de Feu. Joaquin nous a accompagné pour une balade de 3 heures dans ce parc qui était merveilleuse. Avec le soleil en plus pour admirer tous ces magnifiques paysages. Superbe organisation"
"I had a great day with canal fun everything was organised really well was picked up felt safe while canoing. Had a get a hike in the national park guides very knolagable. I booked direct with canal fun and it was much smoother than when I booked some other trios through agency. They also organised horse riding for me with another company which was also excellent"
"L'escursione è stata interessante, la guida simpatica, il trekking ha permesso di avere un'idea del parco, anche se purtroppo il tempo era poco. Il giro in canoa è stato piuttosto breve e non particolarmente bello."
"Thanks to the awesome guides: Joaquin, Frasco and Pato (master chef). Since we did the tour in the "winter" (October), some of the trekking trails were closed but Joaquin picked great few trails for us to walk around the park and see everything. Unfortunately due to strong wind we didn't do canoeing in Lapataia Bay but we did it instead in the lake. Super safe and fun with great views and almost no wind. Frasco did a good job navigating us. Lunch was delicious with good wine, thanks to Pato. Canal Fun is a great company and i would highly recommend using them! Special thanks to our guides, one of the best experiences in Argentina during my travel."
"Cette visite est vraiment exceptionnelle. Pratiquer le canoë avec un très bon équipement, bien au sec; sans grande difficulté physique, cela permet de quitter la berge et de goûter le calme et la quiétude du site.Le guide Joaquin très cultivé, intéressant, nous a accompagné dès notre retour sur la terre ferme pour nous faire découvrir le parcours sur la carte du site (avec une boisson chaude et un en-cas !). Les paysages , les oiseaux, la faune, la flore et l'histoire du lieux n'ont plus de secret pour nous. Alors laisser tomber le mini bus et faites cette super visite éco-responsable!"
"All the trips were excellent. People: So cute, kindl and ready to be helpful The guides are very smart and a lot of fun"
"The tour is very nice, with a real trekking, a nice canoeing and an expert and funny guide! Also the chef and the lunch was good! Bravi!!"
"We were collected from our hotel by our guide, Hernan and picked up another 6 guests in Ushuaia After a short Landrover drive into the park we set off on a walk which was relatively easy through the woods around Zaratiegal Bay and into Lapatia Bay. Progress was fairly slow due to frequent stops for our excellent guide to pass on information about the geology, flora and fauna of Tierra del Fuego. He also gave us fascinating information about the Yamana Indians who used to live their nomadic life along the shores we were exploring. After a stop for coffee and snacks we pressed on to a lunch stop in a geodome near the shore of the Lapatia River. The chicken and rice were excellent and we were even given wine. After lunch the canoeing back down the Lapatia River and into Lapatia Bay was relatively gentle and our transport was waiting for us at the end. We would certainly recommend the trip for anyone with an interest in the nature of TdF and you don't have to be particularly fit although a certain amount of fitness would help."
"Le cinque stelle sono dedicate innanzitutto alla simpatia e competenza della guida Joaquin, ma anche al meraviglioso contesto in cui si effettua l'escursione. Il trekking non è impegnativo ma molto interessante, dura circa una mattinata ed è seguito da un pranzo abbondante in una struttura adeguata vicino al canale (si tratta di cibo vero cucinato al momento, sono anche disponibili per eventuali intolleranze o variazioni vegetariane al menù, ovviamente segnalandole prima). La parte in canoa è molto divertente ed emozionante in quanto si è a diretto contatto con la sponda del fiume e tutta la vegetazione circostante. Al termine si arriva a Baia Lapataia, ovvero il punto in cui finisce la Ruta Panamericana, la strada che collega l'Alaska con la Terra del Fuoco, lunga ben 17.800 km circa. Inoltre, il trekking comincia proprio nel punto della baia in cui c'è l'ufficio postale più a sud del mondo, in cui potete farvi mettere il timbro sul passaporto (da un simpatico signore con i baffi) che certificherà il vostro passaggio li. Consigliamo vivamente il tutto!!"
"The end of the world can seem a forbidding place but with Norbie and Marine it's anything but. Both are experts in their craft and this ensures that you can experience the majesty of this beautiful place to its fullest extent. Stories of the Yamana people and Darwin's expedition intertwine with flora and fauna, especially the Magellan woodpecker to captive you and wish you could never leave. If you want to experience this place as natives and settlers did by walking through and canoeing along, in perfect peace and harmony then this is the trip for you. Oh and Norbie wants me to tell you that there's wine for lunch. Or rather wine WITH lunch."
"My husband and I had a fabulous time in our Tierra del Fuego National Park Trekking and Canoeing in Lapataia Bay activity with Canal Fun. This is clearly a very professional company with excellent guides and a focus on safety. The bus picked us up from our hotel right on time, and the hike tour guide was very helpful and informative. I think his name is Joaquín? I don't know if all the guides are as enthusiastic as he is, but we loved the knowledge he shared about wild foods and the plants and animals in general. His enthusiasm was contagious! We had a lovely day for canoeing, too, so that was also wonderful. We had a very hearty lunch as well, and I appreciated they had a nice quiche for me, since I'm vegetarian. All in all, I would highly recommend this company."
"We had a day of beautiful weather for our full day trek and canoe in Tierra del Fuego National Park. It was an easy pick-up at our hotel and a quick drive to the park. The hiking was good - nothing you couldn't do on your own, but it was nice to have someone to point out the flora and fauna. The afternoon canoe trip was enjoyable too...I imagine it would have been less enjoyable/more challenging if it were windy. They give you all the gear you need - no matter. No complaints with our guide Joaquin - he was friendly enough. Only downsides, we were unaware that we couldn't pay the park entrance fee with a credit card - so we had to chase down a functioning ATM to get through (the company told me there was an entrance fee - but no mention of the actual cost or lack of credit card facilities) and the bus driver definitively smoked in the bus (despite the no smoking sign) so it was always a lousy smell when returning for the ride."
"The guides and crew communicate well and share there knowledge and history of area. Lunch was delicious after a morning of canoeing. Gopro works well for this section. The canoe guide full of energy and loves a good joke. The trekking guide was great to have, high spirits, good knowledge and new all good spots around lake to take photos. Tips : gloves and a beanie is handy as it can get windy and cold at times"
"Abbiamo partecipato al trekking nella Foresta di Magellano con Joaquin come guida. Bravo, esperto, simpatico!!! 3 ore di piacevole marcia con vista mozzafiato . Poi pranzo e canoaaaa. Tutto molto ben organizzato!!! Consigliatissimo."
"After two weeks of holidays moving all around Peru and Argentina, I can say this is the best we met, starting from the booking in Italy (and Info provided) ending with the service in Ushuaia. Great team! Great job! Thanks a lot, Emiliano"
"Abbiamo fatto il trekking e la canoa nel parco naturale della terra del fuoco. Sono stati puntuali, precisi, molto disponibili. La guida era molto preparata e simpatica (ha aiutato a fare gruppo). Il pranzo cucinato da loro, incluso nel prezzo, era molto buono e abbondante. Organizzazione top. Bel giro e nell'esperienza anche per chi non è tanto allenato nel trekking come me."
"Given the fact that I had limited time in Ushuaia, this was a great way to see some stunning scenery without having to worry about finding it all myself. I think these guys are a great company, very organised. Joaquin, Mauri and Martin, good guys who clearly love what they do. One thing that I do think is important to point out is that these are clearly tours used by older travellers. As such, and as a younger traveller, it didn’t really have the “intensity” I was looking for, and I felt that most people thought the main event was the lunch and drinking wine. However, that is hardly the company’s fault and I can’t knock a star off for that."
"We booked to do a canoe and hiking day in the Tierra del Fuego National Park with Canal Fun and we really enjoyed our day. Our guide was full of knowledge of the park and when the weather wasn't right to continue our canoe part of the trip he changed things around so we did some different hiking. We only had a small group of six which was also really great. Lunch was provided and was chicken cooked with tomatoes and rice, it was delicious! I would definitely recommend this tour to anybody wanting to see the park."
"We had a wonderful experience with our tour guide Joaquin who led us around the coastline inside Tierra del Fuego's national park. His knowledge of the native, the park and the surrounding areas was extremely impressive - and so was his English language. This tour is great for anyone looking for a nice adventure and some beautiful scenery. Floating out on the lake was the perfect way to end the day. A group lunch also give you a great opportunity to connect and swap stories about past travel. Would definitely recommend this tour to our friends. "
"La journée s'annonçait bien. Le ciel sans nuage et à peine une petite brise. Mais elle est inoubliable par son organisation sans faille. Un petit groupe de 12. Nous avions une rando de 3h prévue et un temps de canoë. Nos accompagnateurs ont du improviser (par talkie-walkie avec le chauffeur resté au point de départ) puisqu'un accident empêchait la réalisation du circuit habituel. Et nous n'avons été privé de rien y compris d'un vrai déjeuner improvisé dans une belle maison en cours d'aménagement. La marche dans le parc naturel de la terre de feu et la navigation canoë sur le canal de beagle nous ont tous ravis. L'ambiance était excellente. Les accompagnateurs très vigilants sur nos capacités à effectuer la marche (ils doutaient car notre âge était largement au dessus de celui des autres participants) avaient même prévu un accompagnement de retour si nous interrompions la balade prématurément afin que le reste du groupe continue. Mais l'énergie dégagée par ces lieux uniques nous a permis de profiter de tout. En prime des commentaires tout au long du chemin pour nous faire connaitre un peu d'histoire et de géographie. Bref des conditions d'organisation et d'accompagnement efficaces et sympathique. À recommander si vous y allez."
"I just finished a day tour to Tierra del Fuego National Park includinh trekking and some relaxed canoeying. I was picked up at my hotel and after collecting the rest of the group we entered the park and did the trekking along the coast. The trekking is easy and the views of the Beagle canal and surrounding mountains were simply beautiful. Our guide was Norbi and he was fun and provided very useful information all day long about plants, animals, scenery, etc. Pato prepared a tasty lunch for us and we descended the river with the canoes in the afternoon ending in Lapataia bay. The tour was well organized and very enjoyable."
"Did 3 tours with Canal Fun: Lakes Off-Road, Esmeralda Lagoon & Meet the Beavers and National Park Trekking and Canoeing. All of them were great - everything was well-organised and the guides were excellent."
"Io ho organizzato tutto il viaggio su internet. Loro sono molto collaborativi nel capire le tue esigenze e proporti le migliori escursioni. Prima di partire ho dovuto cancellare una escursione perché il volo aveva cambiato orario di partenza. Mi hanno riaccreditato immediatamente i soldi che io avevo già versato. Ho fatto con loro una splendida escursione ai laghi Fandango ed Escondido su 4x4. La nostra guida era Franco, molto simpatico! Ci ha preparato un simpatico barbecue in una capanna nel bosco, con vino e dolci. Il giorno dopo, avevo solo mezza giornata a disposizione, ho visitato il Parco della Terra del Fuoco insieme alla guida Ferrari, da vero bravo e preparato, ve lo consiglio. "
"My girlfriend Doris and I really enjoyed our full day canoe-hike Tierra del Fuego NP. Our guide, Valentin, was superb! He ensured the busload of strangers from different countries with different languages that we saw when we boarded the bus at our hotel (the last one slated for pickup) became a group of friends by the end of a really fun day of canoeing, sight-seeing, and hiking. He also made sure we made it back to our hotel in time for our briefing for the cruise to Antarctica we were embarking on the following day. Also, when he first started taking photos of the group during the canoeing, I totally expected to be told we could later find the photos for purchase on a website. Imagine my unexpected delight when he collected everyone's personal e-mail addresses to mail the photos to, free of charge. What a truly thoughtful touch. My only regret was that we had only one day in Ushuaia, so I couldn't sign up for another tour. "
"Notre premier souhait était d'aller voir les castors mais du fait de l'état des routes cela n'a pas été possible. Du coup, Canal Fun a proposé de nous rembourser ou de nous faire réaliser d'autres activités. L'équipe a été super professionnelle et finalement nous avons fait du canoë et du cheval. C'était merveilleux et les 2 guides (canoë et cheval) ont été au top du top. Nous recommandons vivement Canal Fun et les 2 activités que nous avons testé. À noter que nous avons réalisé ces activités avec 2 enfants de 7 et 10 ans. Le cheval était difficile mais au final on s'est régalé !!"