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Tierra del Fuego

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Experience the Magic of Reaching the End of the World

Ferdinand Magellan named this place Tierra del Fuego in honor of the fires of the Selk'nam Indians. The Darwin Mountains that recall the famous naturalist stand high above plains where guanacos and wild horses run free.

You might even catch a glimpse of a solitary condor here. If you are interested in learning about the history of this region's first inhabitants or the explorers and settlers who came looking for work at the end of the world, visit Porvenir and the Fernando Cordero Rusque Museum. Its collection includes interesting displays of local fauna, archeological and anthropological artifacts, an exhibit on the history of gold mining in this corner of Chile as well as a world-famous photo exhibit on the Selk'nam Indians.

This is the perfect place to hike and fish, and the Fagnano and Deseado Lakes offer good resting spots and stunning specimens for fly-fishing fans. Fly fishing is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Tierra del Fuego due to the great abundance and size of the species that live there. The wealth of trout includes Brown Trout (or Farios), Rainbow, Sea Run Brook and Steelhead making this area the best in Latin America to practice the sport.

One of the most attractive places to practice this sport in Tierra del Fuego is Rio Grande, considered the best river in the world in its category for Sea Run Brown Trout Fishing. These trout have an average of five kilos, and even up to 14 kilos, and are a huge draw for fishermen worldwide.

In this area, fishing is both fascinating and surprising given the geographical surroundings and contrast of the Pampa and Cordillera de Darwin.

White Lake is ideal for Rainbow and Brown trout fishing, weighing between two and 14 kilos. The lake is a favorite spot for anglers who also like water sports, all in a pristine environment of Lenga forests.

Further south is Lake Desire where one of the main activities is fly fishing and spinning. There you can find Brown and Rainbow trout.

Lake Fagnano is one of the southernmost destinations that offer not only beautiful scenery, but also great fishing conditions. The best area is Rio Azopardo which is a short river for catching Rainbow trout, Fontinalis, Farios, Sea trout and Salmon.

This is a clear water river that flows into the Almirantazgo with spectacular views towards the Cordillera Darwin. With a boat, visitors can travel parallel along the river, offering stunning views along the way to Almirantazgo.

In the southern coast of Tierra del Fuego is Rio Condor, a landscape of native forest with views of the Strait of Magellan and the Cordillera de Darwin, where it is possible to capture fish like Fontinalis and Róbalos.

Chilean Tierra del Fuego is ideally suited to environmental tourism. Natural Lovers will enjoy its landscapes, flora and fauna, lakes ecosystems and coastal shores. You can participate inm photography or birdwatching tours.

In the northest part of the island you will finds the precious and southernmost wetlands of chile, "Lomas Bay". Bahía Lomas hosts almost 50% of the Red Knot (Calidris canutus rufa) population; the area is the most critical wintering ground for this species in South America Similarly, is the second most important site for Hudsonian.

Near from Porvenir (the main city of Tierra del Fuego) you have the chance to see the a variety of flora and fauna associated to the lagoon ecosystem at the side of the road. Road to the south part of the island, specifically in Useless Bay you can discover one of the most impressive treasures of the island, the King Penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus).

Other kind of species that you can see in Tierra del Fuego includes: White bellied seedsnipe, Ruddy-headed Goose, Sooty Shearwater, Rock Cormorant , Imperial Cormorant, Andean Condor, Striated Caracara, Peregrine Falcon, Magellanic Oystercatcher, Chilean Skua, Southern (Antarctic) Giant Petrel, Ringed Kingfisher, Magellanic Woodpecker, Magellanic and Rockhopper Penguins.

Once you've got the lay of the land, take a tour of a local ranch and imagine what everyday life was like here centuries ago.

You can also sail through the region's canals and fjords from Port Williams and Cape Horn, passing spectacular landscapes and ice floes.

Puerto Williams, on Navarino Island, is the world's southernmost town and home to the Padre Martin Gusinde Museum, which depicts the life of the Yámanas, the indigenous people of Tierra del Fuego.

Still looking for adventure? Check out Cape Horn and walk the Dientes de Navarino Circuit, the world's southernmost trekking route.




Featured Destinations of Southern Patagonia

aAntarctica   bStrait of Magellan
c   Punta Arenas   d   Tierra del Fuego
e   Torres del Paine National Park   fPuerto Natales


Tours you can do

Hiking Torres del Paine   The Mylodon Cave
Dientes de Navarino   Magdalena Island
Marino Francisco Coloane Park   Puerto Edén
Última Esperanza - Mariano Glacier

  Cruises to Puerto Williams and Cape Horn


Getting There

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By Plane
To Puerto Williams: You can take one of the daily flights that leave Punta Arenas in a 20-seater Twin Otter or a small Cessna (1h 15 min).
To Porvenir (Tierra del Fuego): Daily flights from Punta Arenas (15 min).
By Boat
To Puerto Williams: There is weekly ferry service from Punta Arenas (36 hours). Boats depart the Tres Puentes terminal, which is located 5km north of the city.
To Porvenir: There is ferry service from Punta Arenas. Boats depart the Tres Puentes terminal, which is located 5km north of the city. The trip takes about two and a half hours, and you can do a round trip in a day.





Ethno-botanical Park Omora Adventure Races Martin Gusinde
The park's expert guides will take you on a tour of a miniature forest, magnifying glass in hand. By the end of the day, you'll be able to identify a wide variety of mosses, lichens and bryophytes. Located 3 km from Puerto Williams. If you go on an adventure expedition in February, you may come across competitors from the Patagonia Expedition Race, the 20-day competition that made the region internationally famous. The course in the Darwin Mountains, Cape Horn and the Beagle Channel. If you're curious about the native people of Tierra del Fuego, check out the books of German priest and anthropologist Martin Gusinde. You can download material on www.memoriachilena.cl.


Weather Inform Someone of Your Whereabouts  
Due to Tierra del Fuego's proximity to the sea, temperatures do not vary a great deal from season to season. The average temperatures during winter range from -5 to +5 °C, with short but sunny days. The days are longer and warmer during the summertime, with 20 hours of sunlight and average temperatures of 14°C. Let the Chilean police or park rangers know if you decide to head out on your own. Many areas of this region are difficult to reach and are located far from hospitals and health centers. You'll only have a mobile phone signal in Porvenir, Cerro Sombrero and Puerto Williams.  



By Sea:  

To Puerto Williams: There is weekly ferry service from Punta Arenas (36 hours). Boats depart the Tres Puentes terminal, which is located 5km north of the city.

To Porvenir: There is ferry service from Punta Arenas. Boats depart the Tres Puentes terminal, which is located 5km north of the city. The trip takes about two and a half hours, and you can do a round trip in a day.

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