This is the first building of its type erected by Europeans in Tierra del Fuego. Built in England, it travelled from Bristol to Falkland Islands and then Tierra del Fuego to be used by English missionaries. It was first set up in Ushuaia in 1870. Later it was moved to other locations in the region. It is in Puerto Williams since 2004.
This small “aldea” at the outskirts of Puerto Williams hosts the last living yahgan people. It’s is a quiet place by the sea, perfect for a short walk. In one of these houses lives grandma Cristina, the only living person who still speaks yahgan. As most of her people, Cristina helps in fishing and does rush baskets. Apparently, with the help of local authorities, she tried to teach yahgan to some children at school but it did not work. Even if Cristina is very shy, you can go to greet her, she is very curious about foreign visitors and it will be easy to chat with her (in Spanish). But she does not like photography, so I did not insist and there are no pictures with her.
In Kipa Akar (woman’s house) you can buy some handcrafts.
Voilà, there is not much to choose in Puerto Williams, but that’s the point. Almost no tourists, wild nature and landscapes . . . this is the end of the world feeling that I was looking for. However, if you like nature and photography it will be difficult to get bored, actually I would say that your time spent in Puerto Williams never will be enough with gorgeous mountains, forests and never ending beaches. Trek lovers will find in Puerto Williams the most austral trek on Earth, los Dientes de Navarino (Navarino’s Teeth) Trek. Going back to the sea, Beagle Channel is a powerful magnet as well.
I am sorry to tell that bad weather comes with the End of the World pack. I cannot (don’t want to) imagine this place in winter time but in summer time you can have the four seasons in one day. When I was there in December, winds were very strong and I had rain during all my stay. Temperatures were from 13 to 5 ºC. But you did not expect a Caribbean summer in the End of the World, right? In its favor, I can say that in Puerto Williams I saw the most beautiful rainbows and summer days are very long, having daylight from 4.30 am till 22.30. If you tend to go to bed early, it is easy to skip the night, lol.