The Les Éclaireurs Lighthouse turns 100 years

The Les Éclaireurs Lighthouse turns 100 years

The birthday of the lighthouse!

In 2020 it is the birthday of our favorite lighthouse. The quintessential icon of Ushuaia, the one that appears in all the photos of travelers who have navigated the waters of the Beagle Channel, without exception. Their name is Les Éclaireurs (the explorers, in French). If his figure appears in your photographs, we are sure that you visited Ushuaia. This year we celebrate his 100th birthday.

Of pioneers and explorers

Why is it that when we talk about lighthouses we are overwhelmed by a certain mystique? Perhaps it is because we also talk about the stories that these lighthouses illuminate. Of the sailors who arrive at a destination looking for new horizons and lay their foundations by creating a community. Of those who set sail for distant lands and return, or perhaps not. Of pioneers and explorers who by chance or conscientiously have come this far, sailing the icy waters of the end of the world. And why not some other castaway who also decides to plant a flag.

The unmissable postcard

The setting is exceptional. The solid rocky islet on which the lighthouse stands is located on the calm, crystalline and blue waters of the famous Beagle Channel. The Fuegian Andes of the Martial chain, meanwhile, provide a beautiful setting, creating the ideal postcard for any visitor. Although the island cannot be accessed, it can be reached by several boats that get close enough to appreciate it in all its magnitude.

Lighthouse at the end of the world?

Many like to name it as “Lighthouse at the End of the World”, and many like to clarify that it is not just such a lighthouse but another. Certainly, it is often confused with the inspirational lighthouse of Jules Verne’s renowned novel. However, this is located in the Islas de los Estados, 300 kilometers east of Ushuaia. For more information, the novel was published after the death of its author, in 1905, while our lighthouse began to function in 1920. That is why we are celebrating its centenary! And for that too, he could never have been the one mentioned in that story.

Although Ushuaia was already a national territory, at the beginning of the 20th century everything was still quite uncertain in these latitudes, everything was yet to be built. We will never know if the Les Eclaireurs lighthouse has witnessed such feats as those described in the book. The stories of pirates with booty, explorers, lighthouse keepers, schooners, treasures and shipwrecks will remain in the imagination of each one. The setting is, without a doubt, very suggestive.

His description…

When describing it, we could say that it has a slightly conical tower 11 meters high and 3 meters in diameter. It is covered with brick painted in three stripes: red, white and red. Its flashlight is located at a height of 22.5 meters above sea level and emits white and red light at 5-second intervals. It is automatic and powered by solar panels.

With great happiness, in December we will count its first 100 years. It is nothing more and nothing less than 36,500 days, officiating as a lookout for sailors of all types and species, which is no small thing. We will continue dedicating photos and journeys to it, hoping that it will tell many more new centenarians.

What to see in Ushuaia in winter: 10 unmissable postcards

What to see in Ushuaia in winter: 10 unmissable postcards

Have you already planned your next trip during the winter season? The End of the World has many secrets to discover, and we are ready to reveal them to you! For this reason, we share with you 10 reasons to get to know Ushuaia in winter. We will probably help you decide what to see in Ushuaia in winter.

  1. Beagle Channel

Have you ever seen two oceans come together? That is one of the attractions of this mythical channel. Its blue and crystalline waters bathe the south coast of the big island of Tierra del Fuego. It constitutes an important ecosystem that is home to a large number of marine species. These are usually spotted quite easily, as is the case with sea lions, penguins and killer whales.

  1. Faro Les Éclaireurs

Our iconic red and white navigator guide stands on a small islet that bears his name. Although it is not possible to access the rocky island, our boats get close enough to admire it up close. One of its most important functions is that of an unmissable postcard for visitors to the End of the World.

  1. The End of the World Train

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A beautiful tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park. The snowy landscape unparalleled frames the beautiful walk creating dream images. The train recreates the last seven kilometers of the original journey, which transported prisoners to and from the jail at the end of the world.

  1. Paso Garibaldi

Panoramic point par excellence. From this viewpoint, located 450 meters above sea level, you can appreciate the natural beauty of the Escondido and Fagnano lakes. It is the southernmost mountain pass in the world.

  1. Tierra del Fuego National Park

This nature reserve, with more than 68,000 hectares, is an ideal space to relax and enjoy. One of the few national parks that combines different types of landscape. You will find both the freshness of the forest and the immensity of the valleys as well as beautiful lakes of glacial origin and the marine air of the oceanic coast.

The most impressive landscapes

  1. Emerald Lagoon

Trekking a Laguna Esmeralda Invierno

This beautiful mirror of water of glacial origin will make you sigh. It is located 450 meters above sea level. Its beauty in winter is unique as it can be seen frozen against the backdrop of the Ojo del Albino glacier.

  1. Glaciar Martial

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In an unforgettable trek, you climb its more than 800 meters of height. The snow at the end of the world, famous for its quality, is ideal for practicing mountain sports such as skiing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing.

  1. Sunsets

Wherever you are in Ushuaia, the moment when the sunset surprises you will be worthy of admiration. The colors of the sky pay an excellent tribute to the name of the big island of Tierra del Fuego, due to its reddish tints and the texture of the clouds when they reflect this set of lights. Probably one of the most unforgettable moments.

  1. Ruta 3

This mythical route extends for more than 3000 kilometers and along its route joins 5 Argentine provinces. This is how your tour ends in Bahía Lapataia, in the Tierra del Fuego National Park.

  1. Snowy forest

This dreamlike landscape will transport you to a fairytale setting. Get to know its ancient ñires and lengas, located on the mountain slopes of the Fuegian Andes.

We hope we have helped you decide what to see in Ushuaia in winter!