Isla Martillo, Ushuaia

#7 of 17 in Nature in Ushuaia
Island · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Catch a boat to Isla Martillo, a small island home to thousands of penguins where you can get close and observe them in their natural habitat. A guide takes you through authorised trails where you can get as close as 3 m (10 ft) to Gentoo and Magellanic penguins. Look out for other animals such as the penguin's main predator, the skua bird. Importantly, know that only one tour company allows you to land on the island to see the penguins, other tour companies can only offer you views from the boat. To visit Isla Martillo and get the most from your holiday in Ushuaia, create itinerary details personal to you using our Ushuaia online tour planner.
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  • My dream came true in this amazing island. I would have spent an entire day admiring the penguins in their natural habitat. If you are lucky, biologists will be among you and you can gain so much...  more »
  • You cannot visit Ushuaia without a tour to Martillo Island (Isla Martillo) for the Ushuaia Penguin tour. Many places in town organise the Ushuaia penguin tour. But we can highly recommend Piratour...  more »
  • Amazing little island in which you can see beau This will be the end point of a navigation that started from the Tourist Pier of Ushuaia and going towards the center of the Beagle Channel. On island of Los Lobos you can see specimens of sea lions from the boat. You will then go to Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse. Upon arriving you will then be able to go down the boat (depending on what tour you booked) and observe Magellanic Penguins. I would strongly advise that you take the tour that make you do a walk tour of the Island in order to see the penguins from much closer. :)
  • A+ surreal experience, A must when ur in Ushuaia! Thank you Pira Tours!
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