"The Land of the Fire" Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego by andal13

La Tierra del Fuego

The National Park takes a large area of the Big Island of Tierra del Fuego: 63.000 hectares, of which only 2.000 are open to the public; all the rest is dedicated to scientific research. This is the southernmost National Park, and the only Argentinian N P with seacoast (it is situated by the Beagle Channel).
Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire) is the name of an archipelago shared between Argentina and Chile. It was "discovered" by Fernando de Magallanes in 1520, and he named the place as "land of smoke" or "land of fire", because of the campfires of the natives Selk'Nam or Ona. This Terra Incognita kept uncharted for the white men during centuries; nowadays, there are not any natives... Only the majestic forest still remains.

El Parque Nacional ocupa un área enorme de la Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego: 63.000 hectáreas, de las cuales sólo 2.000 están abiertas al púublico; todo el resto está dedicado a la investigación. Es el Parque Nacional ubicado más al sur, y el único P N argentino con costa marítima (está situado a orillas del Canal de Beagle).
Tierra del Fuego es el nombre de un archipiélago compartido entre Argentina y Chile. Fue "descubierto" por Fernando de Magallanes en 1520, y el llamó al lugar como "tierra del humo" o "tierra del fuego", debido a las fogatas encendidas por los nativos Selk'Nam u Ona. Esta Terra Incognita permaneció inexplorada por el hombre blanco durante siglos; en nuestros días, ya no quedan nativos... Sólo permanecen los bosques majestuosos.

  • Last visit to Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego: Jan 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Aurorae's Profile Photo
    Jan 17, 2005 at 11:14 AM

    Tiera del Fuego es mi gran sueño, quisiera visitarlo lo más pronto posible! Que linda pagina tienes, como simepre. Saludos de Belgrado, Jelena

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Nov 17, 2004 at 3:51 PM

    This is a great page. Very interesting tips. I am anxious ride on the train.

  • alza's Profile Photo
    Nov 14, 2004 at 3:10 PM

    very good info, thanks! I love the mountain peaks in the background. And that little train too! :-)

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Jul 20, 2004 at 4:31 PM

    Thanks for the excellent 'walk' through the Parque!! Beautiful photos and great tips too. Yes, we have lots of those pesky dam-building beavers here in New Brunswick as well !

  • manuelEB's Profile Photo
    May 9, 2004 at 7:52 PM

    El fuego de tus lindos ojos... Llamen a los bomberos!!!

  • mrclay2000's Profile Photo
    Feb 17, 2004 at 9:54 PM

    Were there any great big animals besides the little beavers? I don't know whether I like a park like this more or less than the glacier bay page.

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Feb 12, 2004 at 4:29 PM

    What a great scenery and excellent pics ! I did not know there is a train going to the end of the world ...;-)

  • Hexepatty's Profile Photo
    Feb 7, 2004 at 8:40 PM

    "Beaver's Dike" --- hmmm. No Comment. But other than that play on words, your tips and photos are amazing. Gracias, Princess!

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Feb 7, 2004 at 12:51 AM

    beautiful I am so glad you made the trip and share with us. thank you Andrea

  • Geisha_Girl's Profile Photo
    Feb 7, 2004 at 12:19 AM

    I bet the Postman only rings ONCE at the end of the world! ;-) Wonderful adventure and the opening pic is *Magic!*


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