Ins and outs

Getting there

Air

The
Argentine Tierra del Fuego
is easy to reach with several flights daily from Buenos Aires to Río Grande and Ushuaia, and less frequent flights from El Calafate, and some other towns in Patagonia. Flights are heavily booked in advance throughout the summer months (December to February).
Chilean Tierra del Fuego
is less easily accessed by air, but there are five flights a week from Punta Arenas to Porvenir in the summer, and
four a week to Puerto Williams on Isla Navarino (summer only), which is almost impossible
to reach by boat.

Ferry and bus

There are no road or ferry crossings between the Argentine mainland and Argentine Tierra del Fuego. You have to go through Chilean territory. Note that accommodation is sparse, and planes and buses fill up quickly from November to March. It's essential to book ahead.

From Río Gallegos, Route 3 reaches the Chilean border at Monte Aymond, 67 km, passing Laguna Azul. Thirty kilometres into Chile is Kamiri Aike, with a dock 16 km east at
Punta Delgada for the 20-minute Magellan Strait ferry-crossing over the Primera Angostura
(First Narrows) to Bahía Azul. At Punta Delgada is the Hostería El Faro where you can get food and drink. There are two boats working continuously,
Pionero
and
Fueguino
. On board is a café, lounge and toilets. Buses can wait up to 90 minutes to board and the boats run from April to October. See www.tabsa.cl, for more information.

The road is paved to Cerro Sombrero, from where
ripio
roads run southeast to Chilean San Sebastián (130-140 km from ferry, depending on the route taken). It's 15 km east, across the border (24 hours), to Argentine San Sebastián. From here the road is paved to Río Grande and Ushuaia.

The other ferry crossing is Punta Arenas to Porvenir. Route 255 from Kamiri Aike goes southwest 116 km
to the intersection with the Punta Arenas-Puerto Natales road, from where it is 53 km to Punta Arenas. The ferry dock is 5 km north of Punta Arenas centre, at Tres Puentes. The ferry crosses to Bahía Chilota, 5 km west of Porvenir Tuesday to Sunday (subject to tides) and takes two hours and 20 minutes.
Transportadora Austral Broom
 www.tabsa.cl
, publishes a timetable a month in advance. From Porvenir a 234 km
ripi
o road runs east to Río Grande (six hours, no public transport) via San Sebastián. Note that fruit and meat may not be taken onto the island, nor between Argentina and Chile.

Getting around

There are good bus links from Punta Arenas to Río Grande in Argentina, with an option of going via Porvenir, along the decent loop of road on the Chilean side. From Porvenir your options are limited to a
ripio
road around Bahía Inútil to near Lago Blanco, though there's no public transport here. Argentine Tierra del Fuego is much easier to get around, via Route 3 between Río Grande and Ushuaia with several buses a day. A fan of roads spreads out south and west, from Río Grande to the
estancias
on the Argentine side, but these are unpaved and best attempted in a 4WD vehicle. A good
ripio
road leads from 40 km east of Ushuaia to Harberton and Estancia Moat on the south coast, and part of the way along the north coast to Estancia San Pablo; there is no public transport here either.

This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
Products in this Region

Patagonia Handbook

Patagonia is a pioneering land of vast horizons and limitless possibilities. Footprint's Patagonia...

South American Handbook 2016

South America is epic. Home to the world's highest waterfall, the longest mountain range and the...

Argentina Handbook

Tango the night away, trek one the world's last frontiers and ride across the Pampas with...
PDF Downloads

  No PDFs currently available

Digital Products

Available NOW!
Read more...