Patagonia Explorer, January 8 - 22, 2019 | 16 Days
Called Tierra del Fuego, the park is located on an island which is part of an archipelago shared between Argentina and Chile. It’s commonly known as the Park at the End of the World, which makes perfect sense, as it is indeed the southernmost national park in the world.
Although Tierra del Fuego National Park is comprised of over 150 acres of land, only 6 of those acres are open to the public offering a variety of easy trails that are ideal for day hikes and laid back exploring.
One of the most geographically and historically exciting aspects of Tierra del Fuego National Park is its access to the Beagle Channel, the strait of water dividing the islands of the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago. This channel was named after the British ship, HMS Beagle, which had Charles Darwin aboard during its famous journey along the South American coastline. A very narrow and dangerous strait of water, the Channel provides passage between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.
Since it is part of the sub-antarctic forest, the park is filled with a large variety of interesting plants and animals. Penguins, sea lions and southern river otters inhabit the park’s waters, and Tierra del Fuego is especially known for its exciting bird life. Among some of the park’s most commonly-sighted birds are eagles, herons, condors and Austral parakeets; petrels and albatrosses live in and around the water.
With its extremely diverse landscape and wildlife, as well as its pivotal location literally at the end of the world, the Tierra del Fuego National Park is a very exciting and interesting place to visit.
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