I remember seeing a ‘Patagonia Special’ on Top Gear a few years back and they spent some time in Tierra del Fuego and I remember thinking I’d love to go there one day. After several long driving days from Buenos Aires we finally reached Patagonia and the ‘end of the world’. At the end of the world is one of the best national parks in the country – Tierra del Fuego.
Tierra del Fuego translates to ‘land of fire’ and it is situated at the southern most tip of South America and is full of dramatic landscapes. Snow capped mountains, crystal clear lakes and forests for miles are all within the famous national park.
Upon arrival you can either walk or catch a mini van to different areas of the park or beginning of walking tracks. We opted to begin the walk from the beginning and did a nice 13km walk throughout the day.
At first I thought it looked a lot like the South Island in New Zealand (I really must stop comparing the rest of the world to NZ) but the dramatic landscape was incredible right from the get go. Luckily the day I visited the sky was clear, the sun was shining and it wasn’t too cold or windy.
The walk began on the road before continuing along the coast, it was so nice being able to walk along the beach and tracks that overlooked the beautiful lake. The walking trail we took was called the Beagle Track and it lasted around 8km.
The track then continued through the dense forest and there was some great spots to have a picnic or even just chill for 5 minutes.
We made our way to the end of the Pan American Highway which is loosely called ‘the end of the road/world’ but actually upon arrival there was definitely more land mass beyond the Pan American highway it just wasn’t part of this particular road. In saying that though it was pretty amazing being at the end of such an iconic road. For those that don’t know, the Pan American Highway runs from Canada down to Chile.
Once at the end of the Pan American Highway there are several mini vans waiting to take you back to the entrance of the park. It is a total rip off but if you’re not prepared to do the full walk back (around 3 hours) you’ll have to just pay up like we had to.
It was a brilliant day from Ushuaia and I would definitely recommend going to Tierra del Fuego.
Entrance fee: £15/350 Argentinian Peso’s
Bus fee: Return £8.75/200 Argentinian Peso’s
Next stop: Torres del Paine