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Hiking Tierra del Fuego National Park (Don’t Forget Nomad Insurance!)

On a recent stop in Ushuaia, Argentina, I had the opportunity to hike in Tierra del Fuego National Park. An ever present backdrop, the city sits in the foothills of the Martial Mountains that rise around 4,300 feet above sea level. The discernable tree line and glacier covered peaks are pleasant to hike in South America’s summer months (December-February).

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Hiking In The Southernmost City

Tierra del Fuego National Park
Hiking Trail

Ushuaia claims itself to be the southernmost city. It is a popular jumping off point for Antarctic expeditions — I’ll be posting about that part of the trip very soon!

If you decide to head into the mountains, it is advisable to go with a local guide. There are plenty of tour companies that will guide you through these mountains. I used Canal Fun & Nature Tours.

We were treated to a bumpy outback 4×4 adventure that took us to our trailhead. And then embarked on a short 45 minute, moderate hike that offered stunning mountain views as our reward. We ended our adventure at a rustic resort where we dined on hearty cuisine, enjoyed some local wine, and visited their team of sled dogs.

It was a glorious day in Tierra del Fuego National Park

Tierra del Fuego National Park

Tierra del Fuego National Park
View Of Tierra del Fuego National Park

Tierra del Fuego National Park is where the Andes Mountains meet the Beagle Channel – Where the Atlantic and South Pacific Oceans connect. The thick layer of peat adds a bouncy step to your hiking below the tree line, but be prepared to climb up, up, up. The park is composed of a combination of Andean forest, Magellanic forest, and pre-Antarctic forest. Soaring trees create a shaded canopy and a low growing vegetation forest floor. The trees are mostly Lenga, the Ñirre, Magellanic Coihue and Canelo. It is a magnificent forest to explore.

Hike Safely

Tierra del Fuego National Park

There are many things to consider when you are hiking — it doesn’t matter if you are on a familiar route or exploring a new-to-you hiking adventure. My list of must haves for out-of-the-country outdoor activities include excellent hiking shoes. I love my Keen Hiking boots for sure footedness, they are worth their weight in my luggage. Another travel must is trekking poles — I just bought a new pair of lightweight collapsable walking sticks and I used them on this hike — they were great.

I always, always have nomadic insurance — you can read why here! I encourage you explore Safety Wing as an option for your travel insurance. Whether you are an outdoor adventure seeker or a museum stroller, you can get injured anywhere, at any time. Travelers sometimes get injured and think their personal policies are going to cover them — often that is not the case. Prepare for the worst and be safe in your adventures.

Tierra del Fuego National Park

Tierra del Fuego National Park
Hiking Reward View

We loved hiking Tierra del Fuego National Park. The joy of getting outdoors and moving in the clean air with a crisp breeze simply makes me smile.

Happy Travels,



Tierra del Fuego National Park


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