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When planning my visit to Tierra del Fuego, I have studied numerous examples of organized tours trying to figure out how much time I need there to get a feeling of this place. Most tours get here for one full day. In the morning they are covering a boat tour on the Canal Beagle and in the afternoon a short hike in the Tierra del Fuego National Park. The park is very large but just a small fragment is publicly accessible. Half a day is usually sufficient to enjoy the place. So that is what I have planned as well. Morning: boat tour, afternoon: hike in the national park. Now having that experience I would make a different decision. Either adding one more day, or if this is not possible – instead of this afternoon hike I would take one more boat tour to the penguins colony. It is possible to take two boat tours in the same day and they are both spectacular. Tierra del Fuego National Park landscapes, as pretty and beautiful as they are, are less impressive for visitors from Europe or US in comparison to an encounter with wild penguins.

This photo was taken on the trail from Bahia Lapataia to Lago Roca, somewhere along Rio Lapataia. I was not able to find any decent map of the park, but there is a chance that this fragment of the river is called Laguna Verde. I am not entirely sure though. The mountain on the other side of the river, to my knowledge, is already in Chile.
The whole afternoon we had a rather bad weather with clouds making the landscape very gray. From time to time the sun rays were getting through but it was not enough to illuminate the whole scene and most of the time the views were against the sun. Here I used a ND grad filter to avoid a complete sky burnout. Unfortunately this caused some parts to become covered in a deeper shade. To make the photo more vivid I have enhanced the contrast which has burned out the sky in some areas. I don’t know how to do that partially (?) I am not too happy about this photo but I wanted to share something from this area as well.

Tierra del Fuego National Park Located close to the city of Ushuaia, the national park stretches 60 kilometres north from the Beagle Channel along the Chilean border. Its 630 square kilometres include parts of the Fagnano and Roca lakes, the second of which opens into the Lapataia Bay on the southern coast, a popular point for treks. The park has dramatic scenery, with waterfalls, forests, mountains and glaciers. Parts of the park are closed to protect the environment.

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Additional Photos by Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4040 W: 91 N: 10513] (43333)
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