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Tierra del Fuego


The night Ferdinand Magellan sailed through the Straits that bear his name, he saw the fires of the Selk’nam along the shores. He called the land “Tierra de los Fuegos” — Land of the Fires. The Selk’nam called it Karukinká. Few travelers make it to this end of the Earth. The main island is shaped like a massive jig-saw puzzle piece with a long, westward tail ridged by Cordillera Darwin. It is the largest isle of the archipelago, mostly protected by Alberto de Agostini and Cabo de Hornos National Parks. Across the Beagle Channel from Tierra del Fuego Island is Isla Navarino, home of the world’s southern-most town, Puerto Williams.

Highlights of Tierra del Fuego:

Ushuaia is the tourist hub of the island, and by far the most visited part of the region. Its beautiful setting and proliferation of tourist services make it an excellent base from which you can explore the nearby attractions, of which there are many.


Take a boat trip along The Beagle Channel, where you will be surrounded by wildlife on all sides – sealions, whales and birds such as albatross and cormorants all inhabit this area.

The peaks of the Cordillera Darwin also make a good day trip from Ushuaia, with their thick forests and hiking trails.

Likewise, the coastal Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego is not far from Ushuia and delights visitors with its beech forest, rugged peaks and stunning coastline.

Go to the world’s most southerly town, Puerto Williams, which is on Isla Navarino. You can fly there or go by boat.









28 May 2009

Things to do in Tierra del Fuego

Cordillera de Darwin

105106On this exceptional sailing and trekking expedition through the Darwin Cordillera, sail past villages of the indigenous Yamana people (sea nomads), through narrow fjords and canals always ...
Boating, Trekking, Major Attraction
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Museo Provincial Fernando Cordero Rusque

132065Museo Provincial Fernando Cordero Rusque is an impressive village museum. Its half-dozen galleries cover the natural and human history of Tierra del Fuego. Well-displayed stuffed fauna, especially of ...
Museum
Porvenir, Chile

Costanera Walk

132066A walk along the costanera (coastal road) opens a window onto the natural and human history of Porvenir. The old wharf at the entrance to town is a favorite hangout for gulls, cormorants and other ...
City Walk
Porvenir, Chile

Porvenir's Historical Architecture

132067Porvenir is a good example of Fuegian architecture. Here, the style was made distinctive by the Croatians and Chilotes who came to colonize this bay. A few of the buildings date from 1900-1905, ...
Historical Building
Porvenir, Chile

Monumento Nacional de los Cisnes

Just five kilometers (3 miles) north of Porvenir is Monumento Nacional de los Cisnes, a 25-hectare reserve. This lagoon is an important spot for diverse aquatic and shore birds, such as the Flamenco ...
Birdwatching
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Circuito HistĂłrico Cultural

The Circuito HistĂłrico Cultural is a journey through the many facets of Feugian history, from ancient indigenous sites to modern-day gold prospectors. The road departs Porvenir towards CordĂłn ...
Other Activity
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OnaisĂ­n and Estancia Caleta Josefina

OnaisĂ­n was the town associated with Estancia Caleta Josefina and part of its extensive holdings, which also included Pueblo Nuevo. The estancia was founded by the Sociedad Explotadora de Tierra del ...
Historical Building
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