Monday, July 25, 2011

Tierra del Fuego

Hello Readers! I hope everyone had an amazing weekend. This weekend was SOOO hot until last night when the temperature cooled down a little bit. On that note, I’d love to go somewhere where it’s definitely cooled down since it’s almost winter there. Tierra del Fuego is an archipelago located at the southernmost tip of South America and consists mostly of a main island that is divided by Chile and Argentina. While not a huge city or an urban area, this place is largely known for its protected national parks and reserves.

While this place was given its name by the first European explorer to visit the place, Ferdinand Magellan, Tierra del Fuego can trace civilization back to 10,000BC. In the 19th century, four natives were brought back to meet the British royalty in London and became, to some extent, celebrities. These four then traveled back to Tierra del Fuego and brought along Robert FitzRoy and Charles Darwin, who took extensive notes while on their expedition.

Just because it’s located in South America, don’t expect to have a tropical vacation…you may need to pack a parka. This region has a similar climate to the Alaskan peninsula and Faroe Islands.

If you’re into nature and outdoor activities, this is your heaven. But, even if that’s not your case, you’ll still love the captivating scenery. You can visit the Tierra del Fuego National Park on the Argentinean side of the island and enjoy the Patagonic Forest and the Altos Andes. You can also go for a train ride called the “End of the World Train”, named for being the southernmost functioning locomotive line in the whole world.

Sound scary? Then skip the train and head over to the Chilean side of the island. On this side, you can visit the Alberto de Agonisti National Park where you can be awed by tidewater glaciers and steep fjords.

This fascinating and interesting place is extremely underrated and overlooked by travel agents. Book your trip today to this hidden gem and experience the wonders that nature offers.

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