Tierra del Fuego: Nov 07—10, 2018
Extension to Circumnavigation of the Falkland Islands Cruise
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Two days in the “Land of Fire” promise exposure to many wonderful birds of southernmost South America, in addition to arresting scenic wonders.
Ushuaia, capital city of the southernmost Argentine province, Tierra del Fuego, is the base for this optional extension to our Circumnavigation of the Falkland Islands cruise.
With 65,000 inhabitants, Ushuaia is a thriving port city set amid spectacular surroundings on the southern coast of Tierra del Fuego. Ringed by snow-capped mountains and overlooking the Beagle Channel, Ushuaia and the surrounding environs provide an exciting and stirringly beautiful conclusion to our voyage. Dubbed the “Land of Fire” by early explorers because of the fires built by natives along the shores, this stark, cold region of Southern Beech forest and snowy peaks is home to birds that are found almost nowhere else but here.
Our time in the “Land of Fire” will be short, and we will concentrate on three areas: the woodlands around our hotel on the edge of the city, majestic Tierra del Fuego National Park, and the mountain forest and open spaces in the vicinity of Le Martial Glacier.
The timing of our activities will be determined by weather conditions, but we should have plenty of time to seek the special birds of the area. We will make a special effort to see the magnificent Magellanic Woodpecker, certainly one of South America’s most captivating birds. Along the way we are sure to cross paths with plenty of other birds, most of which are restricted in range to southern South America, a representation of which includes Ashy-headed Goose, Flightless and Flying steamer-ducks, Crested Duck, Spectacled Duck, Black-faced Ibis, Austral Parakeet, Fire-eyed Diucon, Dark-bellied Cinclodes, Chilean Swallow, White-throated Treerunner, and the beautiful Patagonian Sierra-Finch. With a bit of luck, we might even be graced by the appearance of the regal Andean Condor.
Good accommodations and food; easy to moderately easy walking conditions; varied weather including the possibility of wind, rain, and light snowfall.