The stunningly beautiful wilderness of Tierra del Fuego is well worth a visit as part of your wildlife tour in Chile. The area offers picturesque glacial lakes and fjords, with some great birdwatching to be found on the coast.
Cinnamon, beech, cherry, notro and a number of other typical South American trees host myriads of birds such as: Magellanic woodpecker (the biggest in the continent), black-chested buzzard, the Austral parakeet or the thorn-tailed rayadito. The rare chungungo otter may also be seen.
In the mountain valleys are icy rivers, glacial lakes, peat bogs and forests of lenga and guindo trees. On the seacoast, the two great bays of Lapataia and Ensenada offer the chance to sight fur seal as well as black eye-browed albatross, steam duck and the diving petrel.
Tierra Del Fuego National Park in Argentina covers an area of around 63,000 square kilometres, and is the southernmost tip of the Andes. Between the mainland and Tierra del Fuego, the Strait of Magellan has Chile’s first and only marine reserve, Francisco Coloane Marine Park.
You are very unlikely to meet anyone else during your travels through the park, and the feeling of being at the end of the earth is unique.
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