A mythical name if ever there were one; the history of Ushuaia and the Tierra de Fuego in Patagonia is likewise charged with mystery. Since the 16th century expeditions by Magellan the Tierra de Fuego has been spoken about.
Later, in the 19th century, the voyages of Captain Fitz Roy and Darwin continued to entertain the myth and even today mention of the Tierra de Fuego still provokes one hundred and one questions…This archipelago owes its name to the fires lit by the Yamana Indians that explorers en route to the Pacific could see from offshore. Many shipwrecks occurred in this particularly inhospitable place. Cape Horn remains a passage of water where the elements are often unleashed and even seasoned mariners have paid a heavy price here.
Beyond the images of extreme solitude and desolation that come to mind when we speak of Tierra de Fuego, when travelling to Ushuaia one is in fact in one of the most southern places on our planet. On the Chilean side Puerto Williams, a small military town, disputes this claim for the southernmost town in the world…Our trips allow you to discover this entirely off the beaten path region beyond which extends only the glacial immensity of Antarctica.
The usual excursions on the Beagle Channel will be complimented by a visit to the beautiful Tierra de Fuego National Park.
For those who wish to hike in this mythical place, we also offer several one or multi-day treks. Travelers with more time to spare may choose to live a truly unique experience sail boating on the Beagle Channel and, why ever not, surrendering to Cape Horn. This sea trip will be completed with walks in totally virgin and breathtakingly beautiful places. Finally, it is also possible to take a high standard cruise that connects the Chilean fjords from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia (or vice versa) thus following in the tracks of the first navigators….