Americas, Argentina, Tierra del Fuego

Tierra del Fuego: The end of the earth

1 Comment 17 July 2010

Tierra del Fuego: The end of the earth

The Monkey visited Tierra del Fuego, in the far south of Argentina, in April 2004.

Lapataia Bay, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
Heavy clouds fill the vast skies over Lapataia Bay, in Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego. The Monkey entered a deeply contemplative mood upon arriving at this, the terminal point of the American landmass. In the distance, the bay joins the Beagle Channel, which soon flows into the open waters of the treacherous far South Atlantic, with only Antarctica beyond. A lovely, and lonely, place.

The end of the Panamerican highway, Lapataia Bay, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
This area is full of endings. Here the Monkey clamors (below the “AI” of Lapataia) on a sign marking the end of the Panamerican Highway, an absurdly long roadway (of varying quality) that stretches the length of America, from Alaska in the frozen north to Tierra del Fuego in the extreme south. There is one small hang-up in the Panamerican—the dense jungle of the Darien Gap in Colombia and Panama, impassable save on foot.

A field at Lapataia Bay, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
The Monkey reclines in windswept grass at the shore of the Lapataia Bay. How many words are there for ‘serene’? Not quite enough.

A sign at the end of the earth, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
The Monkey at the end of the earth—and his trip to Argentina. ¡Hasta la proxima, mi Argentina querida!

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  1. Bubalazi says:

    Scary title, but a pretty place!

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