Isla de Los Estados & Peninsula Mitre
A remote Southern Ocean island still pristine
Isla de los Estados is both a nature reserve and the setting for Jules Verne’s novel “Lighthouse at the End of the World”. The title is apt, as it’s a remote island that sits at the Eastern entrance to the Beagle Channel. It is a photographer’s paradise. The island has served as a prison, remote navy base, and wildlife nature preserve. Until very recently it’s been closed to all except scientists.
Peninsula Mitre is the far eastern tip of Tierra del Fuego, kept wild due to its remote and wild nature. Few venture into this remote terrain. We explore old estancias and places of key historical significance in the settling of Tierra Del Fuego
Why is Isla de los Estados so amazing – it is the only place in Argentina with fjords. Steep walls tumble into the sea. To visit the island is a privilege. A small colony of King penguins calls it home and seabirds are at home here. While sailing you might see dolphins, orcas, or seals. Visit a replica of Jules’ Verne’s famous light house. See the remains of the ill-fated prison. Hike untouched terrain for an unforgettable experience.
Isla de los Estados - with Ocean Tramp
Day 1 – Depart Ushuaia
Days 2-3 – Puerto Hoppner
Once inside we will anchor and spend the night. We will explore by kayak and zodiac.
Day – 4 Puerto Parry
We will also explore a nearby waterfall.
Day 5 – Puerto Cook
Once we arrive in Puerto Cook we will embark on an exciting hike – we will cross the island to the southern Shores of Isla de los Estados. While ashore we will also visit a cemetery circa 1900 and the remains of a refuge.
Day 6 – The Lighthouse at the End of the World!
Once there we can imagine we are in the pages of Jules Verne’s novel (or hope not – it was filled with wild prisoners). We are able to enter the lighthouse, which was reconstructed about 20 years ago to honor its place in history.
Before leaving we will all sign the log book before heading back to Ocean Tramp. Along there way we will see nesting birds, but we will make sure we keep a safe distance from them.
Tonight we enjoy a celebratory dinner back on Ocean Tramp to commemorate our travel to this lighthouse!
Days 7-8 Start the Journey Home
Day 9 – Harberton
If the weather is good, the boat will also pass close to Isla Martillo, better known as penguin island, where we will see many Magellanic penguins, a few gentoo penguins, and if we are lucky a king penguin.
Day 10 – Ushuaia
We highly recommend adding a day or two in Ushuaia at the end or your journey in order to explore town and visit the national park. We can assist with organizing.
I can not begin to say how much I enjoyed my time on Ocean Tramp! Your confidence and competence made for such a wonderful adventure. Thank you for getting around a spectacular part of the world in such comfort.
FAQ's, Dates, and More
A New York times article from nearly 20 years ago sums up the mystic: Isla de los Estados Journal; Dream Fulfilled at End of the World
That being said, this is not a cruise. Each person onboard must also use good judgement. If you follow what the Captain says you will be in good hands.
What is not included – flights, airport transfers, and REQUIRED evacuation insurance. Accommodation before and after the trip is not included. (we’re sorry, but you can not stay onboard the night before your trip starts)
Inebriation will not be tolerated onboard and the Captain has the right to cancel a trip should guests not adhere to this policy.