Isla Martillo, Ushuaia

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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. Add Isla Martillo to your Ushuaia travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Ushuaia trip itinerary builder.
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Despite its nickname, Ushuaia is certainly not the end of the world when it comes to finding comfortable lodgings--as long as you plan ahead and reserve your room in advance. Hotels and hostels are equally crowded here during the peak season (October to March), so it's advisable to arrive with a solid reservation in hand. If you choose to visit during the winter (June to mid-September), expect to find many establishments closed for the season.
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  • We had the most wonderful experience! This was the highlight of our trip to Ushuaia. What a treat! We loved walking among the penguins and seeing them in their natural habitat. Our kids loved it and s...  more »
  • The penguins are very nice birds. Beautiful to see them in their natural habitat. The guides from Piratour we very helpful. We saw whales (3) on the way as well.  more »
  • This was the most magical tour of the whole trip. What a place! My 2 boys (4 & 10 years old) enjoyed it so much. Don't miss it! We had Agustin as our tour guy and he was awesome, he gave us so many in...  more »