This is quite an interesting construction in Eastancia Haberton : this labyrinth was used in order to count the number of sheep that had been shaved by each shaver, because they were payed by the number of sheep they did shave. The sheep went all in in the same gate and when the shaver was ready, he sent the sheep out again through his own gate,next to his shaving-place.
Nowadays they dont have sheep anymore !
There is an old truck and even a "landing-boat" to be seen in Haberton. Here under the "Things to do tips" I did show you all the things of interest, that you will see, when arriving by car on your own and that you will be able to see, while walking through the public area of estancia Haberton.Haberton is still an active farm nowadays, even though it was reduced to some horses on the farm and cows running free some time ago. And the owners are living there as well, so it is not really a good idea to enter the private areas on your own.
In case that you arrive by the organized ship-tour from Ushuaia there will be a guided tour through the other parts of Haberton :these parts are shown under my tips "off the beaten path"
In case that you arrive by car, maybe you join that tour, as soon as the ship arrives :the tourguides will start directely at the pier !
Museo Acatushun de Aves y Mamiferos Marinos Australes is the full name of a small museum where you will see a large collection of whale-bones inside and outside of the building. It is a walk of 10-15 minutes to get there by foot from the ship and you normally will have enough time to go there and take a look at least at the whalebones that are displayed OUTside of the building.
When you are lucky and come by car I can highly recommend you to drive on some km at the other side of the Haberton-bay : You will find a wild and wonderful nature with wild cows, we even saw a small fox passing by us in a short distance. On a place like this you will hardly ever hear any noises at all except birds.
b.t.w. all of these pics are showing the area of the campingsite of Estacia Haberton - read more about it in my accomodation-tips !
This great whale-bone entrance is one of the most significant sights of Haberton, although this gate is not used anymore nowadays, but when you are coming with the ship's tour from Ushuaia you will be able to enter that great garden through another gate and take also a closer look for these wale-bones. This whalebone-arch will also be a part of the guided tour through Estancia Haberton.
No matter, where you are going in Tierra del Fuego / Fireland, you will hardly ever find a garden, where the grass is in such an intensive green like in the garden of the Estancia Haberton in front of the restaurant. Also the setting of the trees is typical for an english garden and this part of the farm is also part of the guided tour through the farm, that is always offered in english and spanish for the tourists, arriving by the tour-ships from Ushuaia.
Collecting whale-bones was the passion of one of the ladies, who were living in Haberton and so you will be able to see some really interesting bones of all sorts of whale-species in the garden of the famhouse in Estancia Haberton.
This is just a rather small collection compared to the one that you will see in Museo Acatushun de Aves y Mamiferos Marinos Australes, in a distance of just about 1500 meters from the main farmbuilding & restaurant of Haberton - see my next tip !
Haberton was the very first settlement of the white men exloring Tierra del Fuego in the middle of the 19th century and it is still a farm / estancia nowadays, although they mainly live on the tourists now.
Inside of the main building there is a great restaurant, see my restaurant-tip, and there is a great garden as well, just see that great kind of green, you will hardly find this kind of green grass in other parts of Fireland !
Upon arrival we were divided into english/spanish laungauage speaking groups.
We moved to the front of the ranch house and were given a short history of Harberton.
Harberton continues to be a family enterprise—its present manager and part-owner, Tommy Goodall, is Thomas Bridges’s great-grandson.
You will see the boat house. There is a Condor hanging at one end of the building. That bird died on the estancia and was preserved.
We were taken for a tour of the out buildings at the estancia. One of those building was the wool shop. Notice in the background of the picture, the sheepskins.
If you love cats, as I do, you will love seeing all the pretty ones that live here at the estancia.