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Tierra del Fuego National Park


Tierra del Fuego National Park

Tierra del Fuego National Park is the farthest south protected region of Argentina and the only national park that possesses maritime coasts, embracing a strip of land 6 km (3.75 mi) wide over the Beagle Channel. It was founded in 1960 and has a surface area of 63,000 hectares (151,200 acres). 

As a member of the circuit of protected areas of the Andean Patagonia, the idea was to continue  protecting the land that belonged to the sub Antarctic forest. The park offers protection to representatives of 6 species of arboreal animals that have established themselves on the island and now pertain to these forests. It also shelters native fauna of the region and preserves ruins from a town of ancient yámana aborigines. You can find yourself in the Lapataia Bay among the remains of mussel shells and animal bones, which is evidence that the mussels constituted the animals' diet. You may even find some utensils or tools, all of which add to the interest of the area. 

Four small mountain chains, that run from northwest to southeast, enclose deep, practically isolated valleys. On the maritime coast of the Beagle Channel -an irregular stretch of 6 km (3.75 mi) of woods-, you can distinguish the deep bay of Lapataia and countless other small bays and coves, whose beaches and banks serve as the ideal environment for the existence of maritime fauna.

Parts of the two main lakes, the Fagnano and the Roca, and other minor ones, sprinkle into the park area, which also embraces a stretch of the Olivia, Pipa, and Roca rivers. These rivers flow into the waters of Lake Roca in the Lapataia Bay. 

The Park possesses six excursion trails: Pampa Alta Trail, Costera Trail, and Las Lengas Trail, paths that allow you to reach the bay areas of the park and the hills, from which you can see the beautiful view of the Beagle Channel and the mountain chain of Tierra del Fuego.

Location
Tierra del Fuego Province, 9 km (5.6 mi) from Ushuaia
When to go
All year round.
Attractions
Lapataia Bay.
How to get there
To get to Tierra del Fuego National Park take National Route #3. It is located about 9 km (5.6 mi) from the city of Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. You can also arrive to Ushuaia by plane or by boat. Flights from Buenos Aires last between 4 and 6 hours. 
Activities
Trekking, observing flora and fauna.
Services
Food and camping.
Surroundings and Nearby Areas
Ushuaia, Aerocilla and Piscicultura.

 
 

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