Tierra del Fuego

Across the Strait of Magellan from Punta Arenas, the Tierra del Fuego archipelago is in turns moody and hustle-bustle, with its extreme landscapes and busy ports. Belonging to both Chile and Argentina, the Chilean side is far less developed; full of pampas, mossy native forests, peat bogs and rivers flush with trout. Argentina’s cosmopolitan town of Ushuaia services year-round cruises to Antarctica, and flights to El Calafate, Buenos Aires, and Santiago. Visitors come to walk trails in the Tierra del Fuego National Park, ski, cruise the Beagle Channel and see the wildlife – think King and Magellanic penguins, Patagonian foxes, guanaco, woodpeckers, sea lions and more – that call this island home.