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Ushuaia and Tierra del Fuego

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“Ushuaia” and “Tierra del Fuego”, two mythical names shrouded in mystery. With Magellan’s expeditions in the sixteenth century, Tierra del Fuego started drawing attention. Later on, in the nineteenth century, Captain Fitz Roy’s travels and Darwin’s experiences kept the myth alive. Even today, mentioning Tierra del Fuego arouses questions. In fact, this archipelago gets its name from the fires kindled by the native inhabitants, which explorers could observe from the ships. Countless ship-wrecks have occurred in this particularly hostile area. Cape Horn still remains a very dangerous passage where the natural elements often rage and where many sailors have lost their life. Apart from mentioning images of extreme solitude and desolation, a visit to Tierra del Fuego necessarily implies a visit to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. It is also possible to take a top quality cabin cruiser and sail among the Chilean fjords all the way from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia (or vice-versa), following in the very first explorers footsteps…

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