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We will be visiting Ushuaia on Celebrity Eclipse in March 2020. Any suggestions for good excursions would be very much appreciated.

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When we were there we took a tour to the Harberton Estancia and onto Martillo Island to see the penguins. It was excellent, we walked among Gentoo and Magellanic penguins. https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g312855-d7746157-r460098962-Isla_Martillo-Ushuaia_Province_of_Tierra_del_Fuego_Patagonia.html

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4 hours ago, Host Grandma Cruising said:

When we were there we took a tour to the Harberton Estancia and onto Martillo Island to see the penguins. It was excellent, we walked among Gentoo and Magellanic penguins. https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g312855-d7746157-r460098962-Isla_Martillo-Ushuaia_Province_of_Tierra_del_Fuego_Patagonia.html

 

What what theme & website of the tour company you used?  Cost?  Duration?

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I can’t remember the company, it was a few years ago. The tour was quite a long one as it’s quite a long drive from Ushuaia to the Harberton Estancia. 

What we loved was that we could walk among the penguins - the ship offered a tour where you went by boat to the island, but couldn't go ashore, you just watched the penguins from the boat.

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18 hours ago, Host Grandma Cruising said:

I can’t remember the company, it was a few years ago. The tour was quite a long one as it’s quite a long drive from Ushuaia to the Harberton Estancia. 

What we loved was that we could walk among the penguins - the ship offered a tour where you went by boat to the island, but couldn't go ashore, you just watched the penguins from the boat.

Thank you so much.  This tour look so quite interesting - and especially so, for those of us who don't wish to take the 2 hour tour over difficult roadpaths to Volunteer Point in the Falklands, this might be a suitable alternative on South American Cruises.

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Pira tours was an amazing day. Walked amongst penguins went to haberton estate and over to the island

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If you're visiting Puerto Montt - Chile. Try with www.chileshoretours.com

 

We booked with them, reasonable prices for a private tour

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We were in Ushuaia this past February (2019) and "accidently" found a great tour guide that I can recommend if you are looking for a small, private tour.

 

Originally we (2 couples) had booked a private tour with Ruben (ruben-ushuaia@hotmail.com) and I think he would have been an excellent guide based on the correspondence we had prior to the trip. However, at the last minute he had car troubles and didn't want to risk taking us into remote areas for our tour.

 

I was impressed that instead of just cancelling, Ruben got Frederico Moyana to fill in for him and meet us at the dock. Frederico is a licensed tour guide and our day with him turned out to be one of the best! Frederico was able to find ways to keep us away from the crowds (which were huge at some locations) and also make suggestions of things to see that we hadn't planned. I have written about our day in Ushuaia on my blog if you want more details https://mysouvenirmemories.blogspot.com/2019/02/glacier-alley-and-ushuaia.html. Ushuaia and the surrounding areas are breathtaking. Here are a couple of photos to give you an idea of what we saw...

 

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And a photo of Frederico...

 

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Here is Frederico's business card if you would like to contact him. He is just getting his business started and I expect it to be a big success!

 

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4 hours ago, AryMay said:

We were in Ushuaia this past February (2019) and "accidently" found a great tour guide that I can recommend if you are looking for a small, private tour.

 

Originally we (2 couples) had booked a private tour with Ruben (ruben-ushuaia@hotmail.com) and I think he would have been an excellent guide based on the correspondence we had prior to the trip. However, at the last minute he had car troubles and didn't want to risk taking us into remote areas for our tour.

 

I was impressed that instead of just cancelling, Ruben got Frederico Moyana to fill in for him and meet us at the dock. Frederico is a licensed tour guide and our day with him turned out to be one of the best! Frederico was able to find ways to keep us away from the crowds (which were huge at some locations) and also make suggestions of things to see that we hadn't planned. I have written about our day in Ushuaia on my blog if you want more details https://mysouvenirmemories.blogspot.com/2019/02/glacier-alley-and-ushuaia.html. Ushuaia and the surrounding areas are breathtaking. Here are a couple of photos to give you an idea of what we saw...

 

 

You are a wealth of knowledge from your South America trip!  Thank you for sharing again.

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On 6/2/2019 at 12:43 AM, Host Grandma Cruising said:

I can’t remember the company, it was a few years ago. The tour was quite a long one as it’s quite a long drive from Ushuaia to the Harberton Estancia. 

What we loved was that we could walk among the penguins - the ship offered a tour where you went by boat to the island, but couldn't go ashore, you just watched the penguins from the boat.

 

 

This also sounds like Pira Tours to me.  We have used them twice, and were very pleased both times.

 

And for those interested in a delicious meal in Ushuaia, we dined at El Viejo Marino last March.  Wonderful king crab.

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There is plenty to see and do.   The train is excellent.   There was a vendor this past season, on the dock,  who offered the combo of transportation,  train and permit all in one.   Less than 1/2 price compared to  the ship tour.     The Prison museum is excellent-  walkable.  A couple other museums right in the dock area.   I've rented cars and driven-   absolutely superb drive my last time to Lakby e Fagnano.  

I've taken boat tours.    All excellent.

 

 

But-    in my opinion,  by far,   Volunteer  Point is well worth any journey getting there.  And the only place to see kings.     It is also easy to see Magellanic penguins at Punta Tombo-   

 

Ushuaia  is a gem,  loaded with plenty to see and do.   

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