Spend a day at the 'end of the world' discovering the hidden secrets of Tierra del Fuego National Park. Tierra del Fuego means 'Land of Fire', a reference to the open fires built by the Yamana Indians who inhabited this place before the European settlement. Flanked by the Beagle Channel, the remoteness of this region still ensures a timeless quality complete with pristine scenery, coastal vistas and abundant bird life. Each river, bay and cove unveils another aspect of nature and various walking trails enable us delve into the various realms of the park.
Meals included: 1 lunch
Tierra del Fuego National Park was set up in 1960 and covers an area of 63,000 square kilometres, only a small part of which is open to the public. We travel by 4WD or mini-bus or Landrover. Our day excursion is designed for those who enjoy walks along easy and undemanding paths before sailing on a rubber zodiac on the Beagle Channel. We are picked up from our hotel between 9:00 and 9:30 am and travel westwards. After arriving at the national park gate we pay our park fee (this amount is not included and is approximately approx US$22) and proceed on a three-hour walk along the coast. This seven kilometre walk is doubtlessly the most beautiful in the park, as we come across a great variety of vegetation including high deciduous beech, low deciduous beech, evergreen beech, winter's bark and firebush. At beautiful Ensenada Bay we board an 18-person zodiac and navigate our way along the Beagle Channel to Redonda Island, where we view rocky cormorants nestling on rocky cliffs. Shortly after we will each lunch close to the Roca Lake. Lunch is usually homemade pasta and drinks include red wine, sodas and mineral water. After lunch we have some free time to walk around the island, which is a natural reserve only opened to tourists a couple of years ago. Here we have the choice of two paths to walk on, both 20 minutes long. We board our zodiac and head to Lapataia Bay, where along the way we may see some of the beautiful seabirds of southern Argentina including albatross, petrel, snowy sheathbills and sometimes penguins. Beautiful Lapataia Bay marks the end of the Pan-American Road. It contains evidence of the Yámana people who used to live in huts around this bay and ate shellfish. 90 species of birds live in the park including many water birds as well as the Andean Condor, the bird of prey with the longest wingspan in the world. It is also home to 20 species of land mammals, some of these are introduced animals such as Canadian beaver and grey fox. At the completion of our tour we travel back to Ushuaia and arrive back at our hotel around 4:30 pm. (Please note: on our day trip we may be joining travellers who have booked on other tour packages. This is not a an exclusive excursion of ours.)
• Full-day excursion in Tierra del Fuego National Park including a Zodiac trip to Redonda Island and Lapataia Bay.
• The services of an expert English-speaking local guide.
Flights, airport transfers, airport departure tax, visas where required, national park fee (approx. US$13), meals not included in the itinerary, insurance, laundry, any optional tours or activities during free time, tips and items of a personal nature.
Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region. We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.Visas and Permits
Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.
IMPORTANT: Australians, Americans, British, Canadians and New Zealanders, do not currently require a visa for Argentina. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent. Please note that when entering Argentine Territory, the following citizens must pay a "reciprocity fee": Australians USD100, Canadians USD75 and Americans USD160. The fee will be valid for multiple re-entries within a period of one year as of the date of first entry. Payment must be made entirely ONLINE and fees can no longer be paid on arrival at any airport. This fee also needs to be paid online if you are crossing the border into Argentina by land. This price is subject to change and the price on the below website will have the up to date costs. How to pay the reciprocity fee online: • Visit www.migraciones.gov.ar or www.provinciapagos.com.ar and register to start the process • Fill out the form with the corresponding personal and credit card information • Print the payment receipt • Present the printed receipt at Immigration Control on arrival in Argentina. The receipt will be scanned by the Immigration officials, the information will be checked, and entry to the country will be registered
You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.Responsible Travel
Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.
Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.
Pre Departure Information
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.
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This is not a group tour. It is for independent travellers and operates for a minimum of one person. This day trip must also be booked in conjunction with another of our adventures.
The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!
3 November 2011