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Tierra del Fuego

The end of the earth, the land of fire...

Set at the end of the Earth, the Tierra del Fuego, or “Land of Fire”, has always captured the imaginations of those that have visited. Set right on the Beagle Channel, Ushuaia, one of the two important towns in the province, is steeped in the history of adventurers and pirates who used it as a means of rounding the Horn. Today, the town is used as a base for Antarctic expeditions and as an adventure playground for those looking for an active holiday in Argentina.

Ushuaia is certainly the most important destinations in the province and has seen an expansion in population in the last 10 years or so. While you would think this might be due to the growing tourist trade in Argentina, it was more due to the tax free status it currently enjoys, encouraging workers from across Argentina to come and work for the respectively higher wages.

Historically, Ushuaia has had a fairly interesting and varied past, with British missionaries first arriving in around 1870 and trying to convert the local Yamana population. Darwin too, spent time meandering through its many waterways searching for scientific meaning, as well as, as the nearby Drake Passage suggests, the infamous pirate, Sir Francis Drake.

Today Ushuaia and the nearby Rio Grande (a Mecca for fly fishermen) is know as the basing point for all things Antarctic, along with being a playground for those interested in the outdoors. Geographically the lie of the land is such that, to the west, there lies the National Park of the Tierra del Fuego and the border with Chile (for walking), the mountains of the Andes to the north (for skiing), and the Beagle Channel to the south (for kayaking and penguin viewing).

From October until April this region of Argentina comes alive with walkers, kayakers etc, all making the most of the good weather and easy accessibility. On top of this, this is a window of opportunity for the many Antarctic boats that have come down to the area for the summer. As the weather changes once more, the wooden glades are transformed into some of the best southern hemisphere skiing around.

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    At a glance…The Tierra del Fuego

  • Size: 48,000 sq km
  • Location: Southern Argentina
  • Recommended time: 2 to 4 nights
  • Time to visit: September to April
  • Go here for: Nature and skiing
  • Further reading...

  • › Fly Fishing
  • › Nature and wildlife
  • › Skiing
  • Our top five hotel recommendations for Tierra del Fuego:

    1. Cilene del Faro

      Cilene del Faro

      Located right at the end of the Avenida St Martin, the main street in the town, the Cilene del Faro could not be better placed for those looking to take in a bit of the local ambience. The rooms for the hotels are fairly simple inside, but on one side offer great views out to the Beagle Channel and... More...

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    2. Hotel Albatros

      Hotel Albatros

      The Hotel Albatros is the second of the 4 star hotels in the town and so would suit those who are looking to explore a little. The main areas of this reasonable sized hotel are to a good standard, as is the restaurant, café and wine cellar at the front. The rooms, however, are in need of a bit of... More...

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    3. Las Hayas Resort Hotel

      Set up in the mountains that overlook the town, Las Hayas Resort Hotel has long been the place to stay in the Tierra del Fuego. Today, we are not so sure if it should still hold this mantle. The views from the hotel are undeniably stunning, looking out to the Beagle Channel and the town, but it is... More...

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    4. Las Lengas Hotel

      A sister property to the Albatros, Las Lengas Hotel has recently had a refurbishment and so has the look and feel of a contemporary hotel as you walk in. The best feature of the hotel is the view from the dining area. The rooms are fairly simple and, in our view, could be seen as being a bit small... More...

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    5. Los Cauquenes Resort & Spa

      Los Cauquenes Resort & Spa

      Located at around 5 minutes drive out of the town, Los Cauquenes Resort & Spa is one of two fantastic hotels in the area. Designed along the lines of a ski chalet, using plenty of warm yellow Lenga wood in its construction, the hotel offers a great variety of food, activities and overall luxury... More...

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