Tierra del FuegoPrint
Tierra del Fuego literally means The Land of Fire and it encompasses a small group of islands in the far south of the Americas. Tourists from far and wide set their sites on this archipelago to experience The End of the World and to discover the secrets of this remote destination.
It is surrounded on three sides by ocean, both the Atlantic and the Pacific, it encompasses two countries, both Argentina and Chile, and it contains the southern most city in the world, Ushuaia, which is a hub for Antarctic touring and navigating the Strait of Magellan. The Rio Grande marks the northern border of this land of daydreams and mystery where you can experience the longest nights in winter and the longest sunlit days in the summer. This land of extremes deserves recognition for many reasons other than its location.
Ushuaia lies on the main island of Tierra del Fuego. It is cradled between the end of the Andes Mountain chain to the north, and the cold glacial waters to the south. It is a cozy little town, surrounded with beauty and wildlife. Right on the other side of the Beagle Channel is the Chilean side of Tierra del Fuego that is made up of smaller islands that are equally as fascinating. Tierra del Fuego is not an easy place to get to, so when you finally do, you want to make sure you do plenty of exploring both on land and sea. Adventure tours are available year round for mountain biking, horse back riding, kayaking, scuba diving, overlanding, trekking, and navigational trips to help you do so.
Ships disembark from the Ushuaia port on a regular basis that provide opportunities to see the whole area. You can cruise through the Beagle Channel; and if you are really feeling adventurous, you can continue beyond – through the Drake Passage, amidst the glowing blue glaciers, and into Antarctica for a once in a lifetime experience. The natural habitat includes various marine animals and scenery that awaken emotions and demonstrate exactly why a visit to Tierra del Fuego is equally as extreme, mysterious, and attractive as the mere idea of going to the End of the World.
Where is it?
At the southern tip of Argentina, there is a small group of islands that make up Argentina’s only coastal National Park. That is the infamous Tierra del Fuego. It lies between the mainland of Argentina and the mysterious lands of Antarctica which are only 1000km away. The National Park is made up of 240 square miles that all lie on the largest main Tierra del Fuego Island; and the additional small islands on the eastern edge belong to Chile. It is a remote destination that is not easy to get to, but is well worth the trip.
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