Many travel agencies sell tours around the region. You can go horseback riding, hiking or canoeing, visit Lagos Escondido and Fagnano, stay at an estancia (ranch), or spot birds and beavers.

Navigating the Beagle Channel’s gunmetal-gray waters overlooking distant glaciers and rocky isles offers a fresh perspective and decent wildlife watching. Harbor cruises are usually four-hour morning or afternoon excursions to sea-lion and cormorant colonies. The number of passengers, and the extent of snacks and hiking options varies between operators. A highlight is an island stop to hike and look at conchales (middens or shell mounds left by the native Yahgan). Tour operators offering cruises line the entrance to Ushuaia’s pier.

Last-Minute Antarctica

Haven’t booked your trip yet? Last-minute bookings can be made through Ushuaia Turismo. Rent gear in the same building at Antarctic Equipment (www.antarcticequipment.com.ar). For Antarctica information, consult the very helpful Antarctica Tourist Office at the pier.