Cruises from Isla de Los Estados
Isla de Los Estados is administratively part of the city of Ushuaia in Argentina. It is situated just 25 km off the most southerly tip of South America. The island is about 65 km long and 15 km wide, with a rugged and deeply indented coastline, and is separated from the mainland by some 29km of the Le Maire Strait. The only settlement is the Puerto Parry Naval Station established in 1978, located in a deep and narrow fjord on the northern coast of the island.
The entire island is set aside as a provincial ecological preserve, manned by a team of four marines on a 45-day rotation. They monitor environmental conservation and ship movements, and provide emergency assistance.