Photographer's Note

This photo was recorded in the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia (pronounced as Usuaia, because “h” is not pronounced in Spanish) on the Tierra del Fuego.
Tierra del Fuego translates literally as the Land of Fire. Below I give you the true explanation of the origin of this name. I have, however, my own theory: In the evening when I have landed on Tierra del Fuego the sky was indeed on fire. Both sunsets which we have seen on Tierra del Fuego were colourful, dramatic and spectacular.

This photo was taken in the Ushuaia harbour located in the town center. To reach this particular viewpoint I had to jump through a barrier to a place which was labelled as “peligro” (dangerous). I managed to take one shot and I heard that my wife warns me that a guard is approaching so I ran.

Ushuaia has an amazing setting at the foothills of high mountains (over 2000m), its streets are steeper than in San Francisco. It is closer from Ushuaia to Antarctica (about 1200km) than to the capital Buenos Aires (over 3000km) therefore it is a port of departure for cruises to Antarctica. Cheapest tickets for such cruises start from 3000USD plus 500USD tax, not counting the ticket to get to Ushuaia.

Tierra del Fuego (Spanish for "Land of Fire") is an archipelago off the southernmost tip of the South American mainland, across the Strait of Magellan. The archipelago consists of a main island Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego divided between Chile and Argentina with an area of 48,100 km2 (18,572 sq mi), and a group of smaller islands including Cape Horn.
The name Tierra del Fuego derives from the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan sailing for the Spanish Crown, who was the first European to visit these lands in 1520. He believed he was seeing the many fires (fuego in Spanish) of the Yaghan, which were visible from the sea and that the "Indians" were waiting in the forests to ambush his armada. Originally called the "Land of Smoke," it was later changed to "Land of Fire."

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