Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego Things to Do

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    Hire a Tour or Car

    by penpoison Written Jan 29, 2006
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    If you have a limited amount of time, hire a tour with a travel agency from Ushuaia. The tour buses give you access to some of the most picturesque locations and give you more information regarding the flora and fauna of the locale.

    The train only limits your capacity to see the more picturesque locations of the park.

    There are campgrounds located within the park but a car is necessary to get from the admission desk to the campground. Parts of the park are inaccessible to tourists.

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    Do not forget...

    by andal13 Written Feb 4, 2004

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    Ticket to hike

    Do not forget to pay! The National Parks need our contribution; the entrance fee is 12 Argentinian pesos for foreigners (about 4 $) and 6 pesos for Argentinian people. The ticket says: "Let's protect them, let's enjoy them, they belong to everyone!"
    Any other information you need, check the National Park website (it has an English version) or just e-mail me.

    ¡No se olviden de pagar! Los Parques Nacionales necesitan nuestra contribución; el costo de la entrada es de 12 pesos argentinos para los extranjeros (alrededor de 4 dólares) y 6 pesos para los argentinos. El boleto dice: "Protejámoslos, disfrutémoslos, son de todos!"
    Cualquier otra información que necesiten, cisiten el sitio web o envíenme un mensaje.

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    Beavers' dike

    by andal13 Written Feb 3, 2004

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    Beavers' Dike

    Of course, the National Park not only has flora; it also has fauna. The native animals are the guanacos, red foxes, and a large variety of birds. But, unfortunately, several exotic species were brough, among them, the beavers. The beavers build their typical dikes, and they are smashing the native trees (they are a plague). The picture shows a dike and the died trees around it.

    Claro está, el Parque Nacional no sólo tiene flora; también tiene fauna. Los animales nativos son los guanacos, los zorros colorados y una gran variedad de aves. Pero, lamentablemente, algunas especies exóticas fueron introducidads; entre ellas, los castores. Los castores construyen sus diques característicos, y están destrozando los árboles nativos (son una plaga). La foto muestra un dique y los árboles muertos a su alrededor.

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    Flowers

    by andal13 Written Feb 3, 2004

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    Chiliotricum diffusum

    As I was at the National Park in summer, there was a lot of wild flowers; the ones I liked most were Chiliotricum diffususm, better known as "mata negra" (black plant); the flowers look like tiny daisies.

    como estuve en el Parque Nacional en verano, había muchas flores silvestres; las que más me gustaron fueron Chiliotricum diffususm, mejor conocida como "mata negra"; las flores parecen margaritas pequeñitas.

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    Old man's Beard

    by andal13 Written Feb 3, 2004

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    Usnea (

    An old man in the forest? Well, why not? Actually, there is not any old man here; "old man's beard" is the name of a lichen which scientific name is Usnea; this lichen looks like white beards hanging from the trees. The presence of these lichens denotes a clean environment.

    ¿Un viejo en el bosque? Bueno, por qué no? En realidad, no hay ningún viejo aquí; "barba de viejo" es el nombre vulgar de un liquen, cuyo nombre científico es Usnea; este liquen tiene un aspecto similar a barbas plancas que penden de los árboles. La presencia de estos líquenes indica un ambiente puro.

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    Chinese lanterns

    by andal13 Updated Feb 3, 2004

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    Chinese lanterns

    Chinese lanterns is the common name of Mizodendrum punctulatum, an hemiparasite plant which lives on the trees. Probably the trees are not "happy" with these "lanterns", but they are really beautiful

    Farolitos chinos es el nombre vulgar que recibe Mizodendrum punctulatum, una planta hemiparásita que vive sobre los árboles. Probablemente estos árboles no son muy "felices" con estos "farolitos", pero son realmente hermosos.

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    The Trees

    by andal13 Written Feb 3, 2004

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    Nothofagus betuloides

    Which is the main attraction of a forest? The trees, of course! This National Park has not got a large diversity of vegetation, but its trees are magnificent! Most of them are "guindos" or "coihues" (Nothofagus betuloides), "lengas" (N. pumilio) and "ñires" (N. antartica). I was there during the summertime, but lengas and ñires are caducous, so they turn into red and gold during the fall.

    ¿Cuál es el principal atractivo de un bosque? ¡Los árboles, por supuesto! Este Parque Nacional no tiene una gran diversidad the vegetación, pero sus árboles son magníficos! En su mayoría son "guindos" o "coihues" (Nothofagus betuloides), "lengas" (N. pumilio) y "ñires" (N. antartica). Estuve allí en el verano, pero las lengas y los ñires son caducifolios, por lo que en otoño se vuelven rojos y dorados.

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    Isla Redonda

    by andal13 Written Feb 3, 2004

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    The Redonda Island (behind my head!)

    Isla Redonda (Round Island) is an island that you can see from Bahía Ensenada, or even you can sail to it from this bay; as I only spent a few hours inside the National Park, I could not sail to this island situated at Beagle Channel. Behind the island you see the Chilean mountains.

    Isla Redonda es una isla que pueden apreciar desde Bahía Ensenada, o incluso se puede navegar hasta ella desde la bahía; como yo pasé sólo unas horas en el Parque Nacional, no navegué hasta la isla ubicada en el Canal de Beagle. Detrás de la isla se ven las montañas chilenas.

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    Lapataia Bay

    by andal13 Written Feb 3, 2004

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    Lapataia Bay

    Lapataia, as we all know, means "place of good wood"; this area was inhabited by Yamana people, and these native were excellent sailors, and they used the wood to make their canoes.
    Lapataia Bay is a beautiful place, where drains the waters from Lake Roca to Beagle Channel, through Lapataia River, and it is the end of the long Route 3 (as you saw at the previous tip). Here you can hike and watch birds, like cauquenes and several kind of ducks.

    Lapataia, como todos sabemos, significa "lugar de buena madera"; esta zona estuvo habitada por los yámanas, y estos nativos eran excelentes navegantes, y utilizaban la madera para construir sus canoas.
    La Bahía Lapataia es un hermoso lugar, en donde desagua el Lago Roca, en el Canal de Beagle, a través del Río Lapataia, y es el sitio en donde termina la larga Ruta 3 (como vieron en el tip anterior). Aquí pueden caminar y observar las aves, como cauquenes y diversas especies de patos.

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    The Obligatory Picture

    by andal13 Written Feb 3, 2004

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    The essential picture

    If you come to the Tierra del Fuego National Park and you do not take this picture, you were not there!!! The billboard says: "Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego - BAHÍA LAPATAIA - República Argentina - Aquí finaliza la Ruta Nac. Nº 3 - Buenos Aires: 3.063 Km - Alaska: 17.848 Km" (Tierra del Fuego National Park - LAPATAIA BAY - Argentina Republic - Here it ends the National Rout Number 3 - Buenos Aires: 3.063 Km - Alaska: 17.848 Km)
    What an useful tip!

    Si ustedes vienen al Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego y no se sacan esta foto, no estuvieron aquí!!!! El cartel dice: "Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego - BAHÍA LAPATAIA - República Argentina - Aquí finaliza la Ruta Nac. Nº 3 - Buenos Aires: 3.063 Km - Alaska: 17.848 Km"
    ¡Qué información tan útil!

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    Ensenada Bay

    by andal13 Written Feb 3, 2004

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    Ensenada Bay

    Ensenada Bay means "Cove Bay"... I do not know if this is a cove or a bay, but well, I did not give it the name! It is a beautiful bay of the Beagle Channel, where you can rest after one of the several trekking paths. There is a dock here, to sail to the closer islands, and more important, there are toilets!

    Bahía Ensenada... No sé si es una bahía o una ensenada, pero bueno, yo no le puse el nombre! Es una hermosa bahía sobre el Canal de Beagle, en donde pueden descansar luego de uno de los diversos senderos de trekking. Hay un muelle, en donde se puede embarcar para navegar rumbo a las islas cercanas, y más importante, hay baños!

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    Lake Roca

    by andal13 Updated Feb 3, 2004

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    Lake Roca

    Lake Roca is a lake situated inside the National Park; when you arrive to this lake, you are just 1 Km far from the Chilean border. This lake drains in Lapataia Bay (beagle Channel) through river Lapataia. Several trekking paths take to the lake shore.
    Close to this lake there is one campground, and "la casita del bosque" (the little house of the forest), where you can find a bar and a gift shop.
    The picture shows the lake and the Cerro Cóndor (Mountain).

    Lago Roca es un lago situado dentro del Parque Nacional; cuando llegan a la orilla del lago, están a sólo 1 km de la frontera con Chile. Este lago desagua en la Bahía Lapataia (en el Canal de Beagle) a través del Río Lapataia. Varios senderos de trekking llevan a orillas del lago.
    Cerca de este lago se encuentra una de las áreas de camping y "la casita del bosque", en donde pueden encontrar una cafetería y una tienda de recuerdos.
    La foto muestra el lago y el Cerro Cóndor.

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    The Train at the End of the World

    by andal13 Written Feb 3, 2004

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    The train at the end of the world

    The Train at he End of the World (its real name is "Ferrocarril Austral Fueguino") is a tourist train that ranges among forests, rivers, waterfalls, mountains... This train works since 1994, and remebers "the prisoners' train". In 1902, began the construction of the famous Penitentiary of Ushuaia; a "xilocarril" was inaugurated (a "train" with wooden rails, drawn by oxen), to carry the stones and the wood; in 1910, a "real" train began to work, between the jail and the forests (the firewood was essential); in 1947, the jail was closed, and the train worked until 1952.
    You can see the remains of the original train in the Penitentiary Museum in Ushuaia (or you can check my Ushuaia page to see a picture!)

    El Tren del Fin del Mundo (cuyo nombre real es "Ferrocarril Austral Fueguino") es un tren turístico que atraviesa bosques, ríos, cascadas, montañas... Este tren funciona desde 1994, y recuerda al "tren de los presos". En 1902 comenzó la construcción de la célebre Prisión de Ushuaia; se inauguró entonces un "xilocarril" (un "tren" de rieles de madera tirado por bueyes) para transportar piedras y madera; en 1910 un tren "real" comenzó a funcionar entre la cárcel y los bosques (la leña era imprescindible); en 1947 la cárcel fue clausurada y el tren funcionó hasta 1952.
    Pueden ver los restos del tren original en el Museo Penitenciario de Ushuaia (o pueden visitar mi página de Ushuaia y ver una foto!)

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    La Pataia ( Tierra del Fuego National Park)

    by Charlin_Baby Written Mar 2, 2004

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    La Pataia - The End

    You have to do!!!, is really very nice, you only pay the entrance to the park, and then, start to walk....and walk.....and....walk!!!!

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