Argentina4u Review: Tierra del Fuego National Park Tour
Being at the End of the World is an experience in itself as there is plenty to see and do in Ushuaia. With so much beautiful scenery and wildlife around the city, travellers should make outdoor activities a priority.
One of the best ways to do this is with the guided Tierra del Fuego National Park Tour. This activity in Ushuaia opens a door to discover the vastness of nature in Southern Patagonia.
The tour starts with a pick-up from hotels in Ushuaia, before heading southwest to the National Park on National Route 3. While the guide gives you details of the itinerary, you can enjoy the scenery and the beautiful view of the mountains around Ushuaia, from the warmth of the bus (no matter the season, it's always cold this far south in Argentina).
After a short drive of 11kms, you'll reach the foot of Mount Susana and the entrance to the Tierra del Fuego National Park. This is also where you'll find the central station of the Southern Fuegian Railway (Ferrocarril Austral Fueguino), or End of the World Train, as it is more commonly called.
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First Stop: End of the World Train
The End of the World Train is an optional part of this excursion (not included in the price). Those who want can continue on by bus, but risk missing the amazing scenery that can be seen from the train, as well as the interesting (and dramatic) history of the old prison, and the construction of this rail network.
The train ride on the Southern Fuegian Railway is relaxing and scenic. There is a stop halfway where you can disembark and walk to a lookout point with great views of the valley. At the end of the train journey, the tour bus will be waiting for you to continue the tour.
Second Stop: Ensenada Bay
After getting back on the bus, travel along the Pipo River Valley as the guide explains aspects of the lush Patagonian fauna, before reaching Ensenada Bay.
Here you will talk a walk along the boardwalks, from where you can admire Redonda and Estorbo Islands, the opposite coast of the Beagle Channel, and the snowy peaks of the Sampaio mountain chain on the border with Chile.
Third Stop: Lapataia Bay
The next stop is Lapataia Bay, where National Route 3 ends. More than 3000kms from Buenos Aires, this spot really feels like the end of the world. All around you is vast nature. After walking along the wooden boardwalks, enjoying the great view and breathing the fresh air, we moved on to the last stop.
Fourth Stop: Roca Lake
With its crystal waters and quiet surroundings, Roca Lake (or Lago Roca) offers stunning views and a relaxing walk to the shore.
This is the last stop on a wonderful journey through the Patagonian nature that will make you reflect on the impact of modern culture on nature, and the amazing ability of Mother Nature to create and adapt ecosystems.
- Duration of tour: 4 hours
- Distance: 25 km
- Price of the entry to the National Park:
General entrance: AR$140
National residents: AR$40
- Price of End of the World Train:
Minors (under 16 years): AR$100
Minors (under 5): Free
Payment is accepted by credit card or cash in pesos, reals, dollars, euros and pounds.
More information can be found on the End of the World Train's official site.
Note that the order of the tour may be changed without notice.