Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego Travel Guide

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Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego Things to Do

  • Hire a Tour or Car

    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...

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  • La Pataia ( Tierra del Fuego National...

    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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  • Do not forget...

    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...

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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...

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  • Flowers

    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...

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  • Old man's Beard

    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...

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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 beautifulFarolitos chinos es el nombre vulgar que recibe Mizodendrum punctulatum, una planta hemiparásita que vive sobre los árboles. Probablemente estos...

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  • The Trees

    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...

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  • Isla Redonda

    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,...

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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...

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  • The Obligatory 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 -...

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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...

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Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego Transportation

  • The Train at the End of the World

    As I told you in the "must see activities" this modern train (Ferrocarril Austral Fueguino) remembers the ancient "prisoners train" that used to join the Ushuaia Penitentiary with the forests, where the convicts worked. Nowadays, the ride is quite shorter (about 50 minutes), and runs through the forest, among the mountains and the...

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  • Travel Agency

    If you are staying in Ushuaia, and you are not going to stay inside the National Park, the best way to visit it (in my humble opinion) is to hire a guided visit in a travel agency: they take you there in a bus or a van, with a local guide.I used the services of "Tiempo Libre".Si se están alojando en Ushuaia, y no van a quedarse en el Parque...

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  • Useful

    No matter which conveyance you choose: if you are going by your own (without a guide), get a map of the Park; it is very easy to get lost here, and the distances are pretty long.No importa cuál sea el medio de transporte que elijan: si van por su cuenta (sin un guía), consigan un mapa del parque; es muy fácil perderse, y las distancias son bastante...

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Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego Shopping

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    In the middle of the forest there is a place called "la casita del bosque" (the little house of the forest) where is a bar and a gift shop.

    En el medio del bosque hay un lugar llamado "la casita del bosque" en donde hay una cafetería y una tienda de regalos.

    What to buy: There are local handicrafts (as seen in the picture) and the typical gifts (keyrings, ashtrays, coffe cups and all kind of stuff with local motives) and postcards.

    Hay artesanías locales (como se ven en la foto) y los típicos recuerdos (llaveros, ceniceros, tazas de café y todo tipo de objetos con motivos locales) y postales.

    Local crafts

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Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego Warnings and Dangers

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    These are the natural recommendations you must respect when visiting a National Park:

    *Camp... and leave no traces. t
    * Fire... the less, the better. Make only small campfires at the permitted places. Use only fallen firewood. Never leaving lit fires; before leaving, put it out with a lot of water, until you feel the ashes are cold
    * Rubbish... put the garbage into a bag, and take it with you when you leave.
    * Fishing... always with license.
    * Pets... at home. Animals are forbidden. Leave them at home. casa.
    * Do not feed wild animals... they get their food from Nature.
    * Slow... Maximum speed is 40 km/h. Remeber, dust lessens visibility.
    * Do not leave the marked paths.
    * Program your hikes according to your physical conditions.
    * Use reinforced shoes and wear raincoat all the time.
    * Do not drink water from the streams.

    Estas son las recomendaciones naturales que deben respetar cuando vistien un Parque Nacional:

    * Acampe... sin dejar rastros.
    * Fuego... menos es mejor. Haga fuegos pequeños sólo en los lugares autorizados. Use leña seca, fina y caída. Nunca deje el fuego encendido; antes de retirarse, apáguelo con mucha agua hasta que las sienta frías.
    * Basura... Disponga de una bolsa para los residuos, regrese a su casa con todo lo que llevó a la naturaleza para su adecuada disposición.
    * Pesca... siempre con permiso.
    * Mascotas... en el hogar. No está permitido el ingreso con animales domésticos. Mejor déjelos en su casa.
    * No alimente a los animales silvestres... ellos obtienen su comida de la naturaleza.
    * Despacio... La velocidad máxima es de 40 km/h. Recuerde que el polvo disminuye la visibilidad.
    * No se aparte de las sendas marcadas.
    * Programe sus excursiones de acuerdo a sus condiciones físicas.
    * Se recomienda el uso de calzado reforzado y llevar campera en todo momento.
    * No consuma agua de los arroyos.

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Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego Off The Beaten Path

  • Do you want to send a letter?

    This probably is the most "off the beaten path" thing I ever saw! At the dock of Ensenada Bay, in the middle of nowhere, at the End of the World... there is a Post Office!!!!Esto es, probablemente, lo más "fuera del camino trillado" que vi en mi vida! En el muelle de Bahía Ensenada, en el medio de la nadam en el Fin del Mundo... hay una oficina de...

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  • Shells place

    At the Lapataia Bay shore, there are some circles without vegetation; these are "conchales", places were the natives threw away the shells ("conchas") of the mussels they used to eat; some centuries after, we still can see them.En las costas de Bahía Lapataia, hay unos círculos sin vegetación; son "conchales", sitios en donde los nativos arrojaban...

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  • Bogies

    Close to the train station there are some remains of the ancient "prisoners train": the bogies of this narrow gauge train, which communicated the jail and the forests. A little piece of History among beautiful flowers.Cerca de la estación hay unos restos del antiguo "tren de los presos": bogies de este tren de trocha angosta, que unía el presidio...

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Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego Sports & Outdoors

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    You can practise all kind of sports at the National Park: canoeing, horseriding, fishing, climbing, "naphaving"... The one I practised was trekking; there are several trekking paths, with different degrees of difficulty.
    The picture shows a short trekking path which ends at Ensenada Bay.

    Pueden practicar todo tipo de deportes en el Parque Nacional: canotaje, cabalgatas, pesca, escalada, siesta... El que yo practiqué fue el trekking; hay diversas sendas, con distintos grados de dificultad.
    La foto muestra una senda corta que termina en la Bahía Ensenada.

    Equipment: Good shoes and a lot of will!

    Buenos zapatos y un montón de voluntad!

    Trekking

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Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego Favorites

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    by andal13 Written Feb 3, 2004

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    Fondest memory: Walking down those wandering paths, under those high trees... The fresh air from the lake and bays... The magnificence of the mountains... The beauty of the little wild flowers...

    Caminar por aquellos senderos serpenteantes, bajo los árboles inmensos... El aire fresco del lago y las bahías... La magnificiencia de las montañas... La belleza de las florcitas silvestres...

    Lake Roca shore

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