Ushuaia is the capital of Tierra del Fuego (land of fire) and is situated at the southern tip of the South American continent, separated from the mainland by the Straits of Magellan. The area acquired its name from early European explorers who, when passing by on ships en route to riches further west, could see the landscape dotted with the campfires of the island’s original inhabitants. This city has a unique landscape, surrounded by mountains, sea, glaciers and forest.
Spend time exploring the Tierra del Fuego National Park where peaks alternate with valleys, rivers and glacial lakes. Walk through the Andean-Patagonian sub-Antarctic forest and visit Lapataia and Ensenada bays, home to the white cauquenes, black eyebrowed albatrosses, diving petrels and rare marine otters named chungungos. To experience the character and spirit of the land’s pioneers, take a visit to one of the typical Patagonian rural estancias, like Harberton.
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