Brigadoon - An Occasional Corner on the Internet
Designed by Mark Little
South America January to April 2017
Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego
The parking lot of the Tierra del Fuego National Park is also the southern end of the Pan American Highway that stretches about 25,000 kilometres from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to this point in South America, depending on the actual route. It would appear the highway is more a concept than an actual defined single route as one would normally expect.
There is, apparently, a source of some contention with some other South American locations as to the actual southern end point, but since this is the furthest point south claimed to be the southern end and Mark and Alexa were there, they agreed that this is the "real" end point. In reality, there is a small gap in Central America called the Darien Gap which either requires all-terrain vehicles or an alternate sea voyage.
Yes, in the photo below, the women really are taking a picture of the toilets at the park entrance. It wasn't because the toilets were is especially good or poor conditions, rather, it was because of the rather unusual symbol identifying the female toilets. Mark and Alexa did not take a picture of the symbol, so they can't show it to you - Sorry!
From the carpark, there was a boardwalk out to look at the small bay back from the sign. It was easy walking.
After that walk, it was time to move back along the road towards Lago Roca for a walk along the river
In the distance is Cerro Guanaco (971 metres) which is shown on the map above just to the right of largo Roca on the top of the map. This is apparently a popular trail up the mountain.
Along the way the group came across a band of intrepid canoers. They had a high level of enthusiasm, but Mark and Alexa weren't around long enough to see if they had a similar level of experience.
After the walk, it was on to the park's visitor centre to visit the café and toilets. Then there was a short time to look at the displays and perhaps go to the upper floor to look out over the surroundings.
Although it is probably good for the local economy, Mark would not have been surprised if the locals ended up with mixed feelings about the days that the cruise ships were in town. on those days, it would be practically impossible to have a quiet day at the local attractions. Mark imagined what it would be like when the big buses arrived as well.