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June 27, 2008

Tierra del Fuego: Land of Fire with FriendsTravel.com

Tierra del Fuego: Land of Fire

When Ferdinand de Magellan discovered the strait that bears his name, he saw mysterious fires lining the coast of the channel at night. He called this island Tierra del Fuego. It is the largest island in South America, and half of the territory is shared with Chile. In this rugged land, our clients experience some of the most stunning views on earth. Tierra del Fuego is still very much a land of explorers and adventure seekers.

Day 1: Arrive in Ushuaia, the southernmost city on earth. Transfer to a hotel of choice for three nights accommodations. This afternoon will be spent sailing the Beagle Channel, named after the ship that took Darwin and Captain FitzRoy on their voyage around the world. Your cruise will reach Sea Lions Island, Birds Island and the famous Les Ecleaireurs lighthouse. You will also have the chance to disembark on a deserted island which is part of the Bridges Archipelago.

Day 2: After breakfast at the hotel, embark on a full-day excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park. At the park you can admire the magnificent Fueguian forest, with its great variety of beech and other endemic tree species. Cruise along the Beagle Channel by zodiac boat to Isla Redonda. After disembarking, enjoy lunch on the island, followed by time to hike. Afterward transfer to the Lapataia Bay, where the PanAmerican Highway ends. Here, a great variety of Patagonian birds nest on the craggy shores.

Day 3: Following breakfast, four-wheel drive vehicles will transfer you to the Carbajal and Tierra Mayor Valleys. The journey will take you around beautiful Lake Fagnano. The trip offers opportunities for short hikes, time for refreshments at Hosteria Petrel near Lago Escondido, and an excellent lunch.

Day 4: Transfer to the airport for the flight to your next destination.

Note: This three-night four-day program can be enjoyed by people of all ages. The best season to travel to Tierra del Fuego is between November and March. Temperatures range between 32 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit. During the summer months of December, January and February, the weather tends to be rather windy.


“It is very difficult to give a complete picture of Tierra del Fuego in one brief sketch, because it’s a land full of surprises; it is the land where the polar animals greet those of the tropics; where the call of the Antarctic penguin meets the prattle of the Equator parrot; it is the land of many topographic varieties, which has, in proportion, more vegetation than Mexico, more views and landscapes than Norway and Switzerland; in an extension smaller than that of Portugal it concentrates more contrasts of geography than in all the continent of Australia.” – Julius Popper, 1891

Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the World

In order to organize your trip to the end of the world, this special report on Tierra del Fuego will help you have a clear Les Eclaireurs lighthouseidea of the attractions, lodging facilities and how to get to this place. Fares, distances and weather in Ushuaia complete this comprehensive article.

The Argentine part of the area is Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego. Its geography is divided by the Andes Mountain Range, which runs almost equal in two perfectly defined regions; it features in the north area a plain scenery and has Rio Grande as the most important town. To the south the mountains reign with their valleys that get into the ocean: here you will find Ushuaia.

Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world, on the shores of the Beagle Channel and surrounded by the Martial Mounts. It is the capital of the Tierra del Fuego, Antarctica and Southern Atlantic Islands Province, and its superlative location allows you to enjoy sea, mountains and forests at the same time. Besides, it is a great place for shopping: the whole island is a tax free zone, thus you can find lots of imported goods along with regional products.

JESS Kalinowsky

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