Lapataia Travel Guide

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Lapataia Things to Do

  • Bahia Ensenada & Isla Redonda

    Isla Redonda is the small island in the Beagle-Channel that you will see on my main photograph in the front with the great mountain-scenery of Patagonia in the background. The photo was taken from Bahia Ensenada, where our tour through the National Park had a short stop and there you will be able to buy postcards and post your letters with the...

  • Lapataia is where the Panamerican...

    Lapataia is the name of the place, where the Panamerican highway is ending, the road that takes you from Alaska to Fireland. Lapataia is not even a village, just the end of the road and a large carpark, from where you can walk a bit to a viewpoint with a great panorama-view towards the chilenian mountains in the distance of the bay.The place is...

  • Take a walk to Senda de la Baliza

    There is a small place, where you are able to leave the wooden path and from there it is an easy walk of about 20 minutes to the very end of the bay, that you will be allowed to hike, and it is called "Senda de la Baliza". There you will see a nice beach, some birds and mainly the landscape from a different view. You will have to walk over some...

  • Archipielago Cormoranes

    Archipielago Cormoranes is just about 100 meters after the bridge that you will see in my 3rd photograph. You will find this beautiful spot after two extremely dangerous and narrow bends of the road and in order to see its great landscape it is best to park shortly after the bridge or a long time after these bends. In both places the space for...

  • Get to the viewpoint on the mountain

    It will take about 30 minutes to walk easily through the grass and partly through the woods in order to get to a higher viewpoint, maybe 50 meters above the carpark. That walk is worth it in my opinion, but it is not possible to do it with small children, elderly people etc. At first you walk through the meadow in the south of the parking-area,...

  • Laguna Verde

    Laguna Verde is the name of the first viewpoint that you will get to, when driving the only road to Lapataia. There is a small car-park and from there a wooden path will take you to a platform with a great view. Just about 200 meters from there you will find the last places, where you are allowed to camp in the wild nature for free. (see my...

  • The National Park Tierra del Fuego

    Lapataia is inside the National Park Tierra del Fuego, a wonderful and rough landscape consisting of small rivers, lakes, mountains, endlest forrests and a great wildlife.At the entrance of the National Park you will have to pay an entrance-fee of 30 ARG $ (=4 euros) per person. That same fee is something that will also be collected from everybody,...

  • Take the wooden path

    Take the wooden path to get to the view-points, it is just a rather short walk and also a good place to watch the local wildlife. The birds are obviously used to the visitors in this national park and they feel safe there with the visitors staying behind the wooden bars, so we were able to see wild geese from quite a short distance there.

  • Tropical birds

    In that area of the beaver we also saw a big swarm of tropical birds, maybe some sort of a parrot or conure, they arrived with loud singing and sat down in the trees above us, while we were looking out for beavers. It was not easy to watch them and take photos between the brachnes, because they were moving so quickly from one branche and tree to...


Lapataia Restaurants

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    ...: the only place we found

    by globetrott Updated Dec 19, 2008

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    There is a small restaurant next to the big campingsite of the nationalpark, directely at the lake. It is also a souvenirshop and they obviously are also renting rooms there in a small hostel. Prices are low and you may sit inside or out on the terrace and at both places you have to serve yourself !

    Favorite Dish: We came in the afternoon, when the kitchen was closed already, but the nice lady at the counter prepared some great toasts for us.

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Lapataia Transportation

  • "The train at the end of the world"

    When driving the only road to Lapataia you will pass by "The train at the end of the world" ! That small museum-train is the southern-most train on earth and it was constructed between 1902 and 1909 as a train to be used by the prisoners in order to transport the wood of the felled trees to the town of Ushuaia. The bigest part of the rail-track...

  • transamericana

    This sign-post at the end of the Highway Nr. 3 marks the end of a highway that starts in Alaska and combines several highways through different countries to the so-called "Panamerican Highway / Panamericana " You really cannot always compare the quality of the roads with an ordinary highway, most of it is just a wide asphalt road with a wide track...

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Lapataia Warnings and Dangers

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    The end of the Panamericana is NO...

    by globetrott Written Jun 25, 2010

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    I have no idea, who had the idea to call this road from Ushuaia to Lapataia a highway, at many places it is smaller than an ordinary road. The very end of the Highway Nr.3 to Lapataia is quite narrow and just a sandy road through the National Park, at some places you will be lucky not to meet onward trucks or buses, because there is just space enough for a bus in one direction and there are lots of buses going there every day.

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