Tierra del Fuego National Park is accessible by shuttles that run from the bus terminal in Ushuaia. If you are four people, it is cheaper to take a taxi. For three, because the bus includes a return trip, it was cheaper to take the shuttle. The shuttle leaves on the hour, and will drop you off at one of the preset drop off locations. The information center in Ushuaia has all of this information.
We rented a tent and three sleeping bags from Wind Fly in Ushuaia (178 25 de Mayo). It was the only place with a tent for three people available and was cheaper than the other rental store. While they suited our needs, I’m not sure I would recommend them whole heartedly. I’ll share why later.
So, our plan of attack was this:
- Take the shuttle from Ushuaia to the park and disembark at the first dropoff point.
- Walk the 8km along the flat Senda Costera trail to the camping locations with our gear.
- Set up camp.
- Next day leave our bags and tent and hike Cerro Guanaco.
- Return to the tent, pack up, and catch the last shuttle out at 6pm.
And, off we went.
Senda Costera, or the coastline trail, is a mostly flat 8km walk from the entrance to the park to the visitor’s center. It is spectacularly beautiful. The path moves in and out of the coastline and alternates between stunning mountain views to enchanting forest paths. The beaches ranged from yellow to green. The forest tall beech trees to old evergreens. It was a plethora of landscapes all within 5 miles.
From there we visited Bahia Lapataia, which is a bay in the Beagle Channel, but also the southernmost point of Route 3. This is a route that starts in Buenos Aires and goes all the way down to Tierra Del Fuego, approximately 1,892 miles.
We finished our trekking right before sundown and ended our day drinking a bottle of wine by the river that flowed by our tent. Looking forward, but also wary, of our “strenuous” hike the next day.
The three person tent we rented was smaller than a double sized bed. Every twitch and adjustment was felt by the others in the tent. Luckily our sleeping bags were very warm, but they too were stained from something and mine had some burn marks on them. We burrowed into the tent and discovered that the zipper of the rain fly was broken, so we hoped for no rain during the night. This, and the cramped tent conditions, made for a very audible “sneak out” when anyone needed to use the bathroom that night.
Not the ideal conditions for a night before a big hike, but certainly amusing.