Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Tierra del Fuego and the Train to the End of the World

Tierra del Fuego, Land of Fire, has been named after what Ferdinand Magellan thought were fires set by the indigenous Yaghan people when he  arrived on the shores of Patagonia as the first European.
Tierra del Fuego is an archipelago in the southernmost tip of South America, across the Strait of Magellan. It consists of the main island, Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego and a group of other islands that include the famous Cape Horn.
Today, the area is sparsely populated and there is only one 90 year old true descendent of the Yaghan. Stelios and I took a train ride into this majestic and protected land topped off with short hikes into the landscape.

The red wagons of the train chucked along the rails bringing the passengers to waterways,

beautiful vistas,

and waterfalls.

The train snaked it's way through the landscape of Tierra del Fuego.

Beautiful vistas of rugged shores.
Wild horses

High mountaintops.

When exploring this land of fire one feels the intrigue and pull of the vast open spaces, the crisp clean streams and the snowcapped mountaintops.