When travelers make their way to the far southern reaches of Argentina, chances are they’re heading into Tierra del Fuego National Park. The country’s only coastal national park protects the Andean-Patagonian forest, a land of peat bogs, beech forests, glistening lakes, remote beaches, and snow-capped peaks ideal for outdoor adventures.
Sitting close to Ushuaia, the park is a popular destination for a day trip. A typical guided tour of the park might include a ride on the End of the World train, guided hike through the forest, canoe trip on Lapataia Bay, or a 4WD tour of the park’s natural wonders. Multi-day itineraries in the area often include Tierra del Fuego, and a Beagle Channel sightseeing cruise and time to explore the town of Ushuaia.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Tierra del Fuego is a must-visit for outdoor enthusiasts, adventure travelers, and photographers.
- Dress in warm layers, as the park can be chilly, even during the South American summer.
- Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces, especially if you plan to hike.
- Guided tours from Ushuaia to the national park can last a few to several hours, depending on activities selected.
How to Get There
Most visitors get to the park from the Argentine side, 7 miles (11 kilometers) west of Ushuaia on National Route 3. Buses depart regularly to the park, and most guided tours include round-trip transportation from hotels in Ushuaia.
When to Get There
The Patagonian summer (December to February) brings with it the best weather for exploring Tierra del Fuego National Park, but also the biggest crowds. This is also the best season to observe local wildlife.
Tierra del Fuego Hiking Trails
Despite what the dramatic scenery would have you believe, this national park offers trails suitable for hikers of just about every ability level. There’s a short path from the park entrance to the peat-colored Black Lagoon, and another easy trail, called the Island, that follows the Lapataia and Ovando rivers. For the best views of Lapataia Bay, hike to Lookout Point.