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The Beagle Channel was named after the famous ship HMS Beagle on which Darwin first sailed as an amateur naturalist from 1826 to 1830. The ship's mission was to survey the coasts of the southern part of South America. When the ship reached the channel on 29 January 1833, Darwin first saw the region's glaciers and wrote in his field notebook "many glaciers beryl blue most beautiful contrasted with snow."
When Charles Darwin first saw the majestic glaciers of Beagle Channel, he wrote: “many glaciers beryl blue most beautiful contrasted in snow.” Sounds sublime, let’s see if you agree when you sail through these amazing natural vistas for yourself. Archaeology sites reveal that human settlers inhabited the channels as early as 10,000 ago. Bring a camera, and maybe even your own field notebook to record observations of this truly fascinating area of the world.
A great expedition and a novel way of connecting Ushuaia to Punta Arenas and vice versa while exploring Patagonia.
The Beagle Channel is surrounded by the peaks of the Darwin Mountain Range and the breathtaking view of the D`Aggostini National Park. Named after HMS Beagle, the British ship that first surveyed it during its circumnavigation of the world (1831 to 1836), the Beagle Channel is a strait in Tierra del Fuego, near the southern tip of South America.
The strait separates the main island of Tierra del Fuego from the southernmost islands in the archipelago and provides a sheltered passage from Pacific to Atlantic Oceans. The western part of the channel is in Chile, but the eastern part of the channel forms a boundary between Argentina to the north and Chile to the south. On the north shore of the channel is the port of Ushuaia, the capital of the Argentinian part of Tierra del Fuego.
The channel is about 240 km (150 miles) long and between 5 and 13 km (3 and 8 miles) wide and as you sail through the north-western branch, known as “Glacier Avenue” you will see glaciers such as Italia, Holanda, Alemania, Francia and Romanche among others.
Sail the legendary Beagle Channel and explore myriad fiords and bays, where ice-blue glaciers, dramatic snowcapped mountains, and numerous waterfalls create constantly changing panoramas of stunning beauty. Against this spectacular scenery, you will enjoy memorable wildlife observations, including a cacophonous colony of 60,000 pairs of Magellanic penguins, enormous southern elephant seals hauled out on shore, and Andean condors and several species of albatrosses winging overhead.
The Beagle Channel is a place of legend rich in history, scenic grandeur, exotic wildlife, and adventure. For centuries, this alluring destination has captured the imagination of travelers around the world, there are more than 30 cruises calling at this port.

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