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End of the World Route

Tierra del Fuego, Antártida e Islas del Atlántico Sur

The End of the World Route invites you to explore one of the most wonderful legendary regions of Argentina.

The sea, mountains, lakes, glaciers, forests and the steppe are the heart of this route which dazzles visitors with its destinations, some of which are widely known (such as Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel), but still hold multiple secrets for adventure and nature lovers. This place is also the main gateway to Antarctica.

The sea, mountains, lakes, glaciers, forests and the steppe are the heart of this route which dazzles visitors with its destinations, some of which are widely known (such as Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel), but still hold multiple secrets for adventure and nature lovers. This place is also the main gateway to Antarctica.

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Isla Grande (Big Island) in Tierra del Fuego, shared by Argentina and Chile, is located in the southernmost part of the Americas, separated from the continent by the strait of Magellan and located only a thousand kilometres from Antarctica. Ushuaia, its most famous city, together with Río Grande and Tolhuin, make up a strategic starting point to explore the surrounding attractions.

Ushuaia. Located on the southern coast, it is the capital of the province and the point of entry for most international flights and cruises. Nearby, you can visit Tierra del Fuego National Park, the Martial Glacier and Andorra Valley, the Tierra Mayor Valley winter sports centre, and you can sail the amazing Beagle Channel waters. This city is connected to Tolhuin and Río Grande via National Route 3.



Tolhuin. Located in the heart of the province, from this town at the source of Fagnano Lake, you can visit the Corazón de la Isla Natural Reserve and discover Chepelmuth, Yehuin and Yakush Lakes. Following a road of picturesque farms that goes through steppes, forests, and cliffs up to the sea, you will encounter San Pablo Cape and the hull of a wrecked ship called “Desdémona”, which has been there since 1980.



Río Grande. In the north of the island, you can base yourself in the largest city in the province to visit natural spaces of great beauty such as the Atlantic Coast Reserve, and the Laguna de los Patos and Punta Popper Urban Natural Reserves, resting and feeding sites for Nearctic, sea and steppe birds. it is an important destination for sport fishing and in its surroundings you can see centenary ranch houses. It is considered the gateway for those who arrive by land to the Province.

How to get there and move around

You can take a direct flight to Ushuaia or Río Grande. International cruises also arrive regularly at the port in Ushuaia.

 

You can also get there by bus or car crossing from Chile (check immigration regulations).

 

Ushuaia, Tolhuin and Río Grande are connected by National Route 3, a paved road. You can use public transport to connect the three cities by public transport, and rent a car in Ushuaia or Río Grande.

 

All the other routes are gravel roads, so check their condition before setting off. During winter, it is compulsory to fit your car with winter tires or snow chains on some of the road legs. 



Where to stay

This destination offers a wide variety of accommodations, mainly in Ushuaia and its surrounding areas.



When to visit 

All year round. If you travel from June to September, it is an ideal time for winter sports. If you choose to explore this destination from October to April, it is great for hiking and embarking on exciting adventures to enjoy nature. Autumn is a perfect time of the year to visit this destination: connect with the magic of the End of the World by walking through its orange, reddish and yellowish forests.

Remember

 

Given the COVID-19 scenario, check the requirements before you travel to the province. Some attractions may have limited vacancies and require booking in advance. 

 

If you move around by car, respect speed limits. On National Route 3, between Río Grande and Tolhuin, you may come across guanacos. Between Tolhuin and Ushuaia, the road becomes a winding mountain road. For this reason, drive slowly to prevent an accident and enjoy the view. 

 

Some roads are only fit for 4WD vehicles. If you are driving your vehicle, don’t go off-road on your own, as there are many protected areas.

 

Usually, wild camping sites do not offer services, so bring some food and a heater with you.

 

If you start a campfire in an area where it is allowed, make sure to put it out properly with sufficient water. Also, put away cigarette ends and dispose of them in a safe place.

 

Several trails do not require a guide to explore them; for others, you may need to be experienced and have proper gear. Some trails can only be visited with professional guides.

There is no mobile phone signal outside the cities. 

The weather could be wintry and fickle: always keep warm waterproof clothing at hand.

 

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