Here are some things you absolutely need to know about Tierra del Fuego National Park:
- The entrance is 11 kilometers west of Ushuaia, meaning it is the southernmost national park on the planet.
- The park was founded in 1960, bordering Chile and running south to the Beagle Channel.
- This land of beech forests, mountains, glaciers, waterfalls, lakes, and peat bogs is classified as part of the subantarctic biome.
- The park is home to an estimated 90 species of birds and over 20 species of mammals…but the most noticeable are the definitely-not-shy Patagonian foxes.
- The southern end of the Pan-American highway, which starts in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, is located in the park.
- There are several marked hiking trails in the park of differing lengths. The longest of these climbs a mountain, while others are only a few hundred meters in length.
- The southernmost post office in the world is located within the park. From here you can buy and send postcards for only like seven dollars a piece.
- Entrance fees are 110 pesos for foreigners and 20 pesos for Argentinos.
We took off an afternoon to buzz out to the park and do a bit of exploring. Without getting into too much detail, the park was stark and beautiful in a familiar way — similar to Acadia National Park in Maine. The main highlights are the views over the Beagle Channel and Lapataia Bay, as well as the aforementioned foxes, who show no signs of being spooked by people. If you are in the neighborhood, have the time, and are so inclined it’s not a bad place to spend a few hours, but if you are only in Ushuaia for a few days don’t feel any need to make it a priority.
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It looks pretty cold to me, but seeing the foxes would be super!!
Thankfully we were there in the height of summer, so the temperatures weren’t so bad. Can’t imagine what it would be like in July!
gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!