Getting There & Away

The most common overland route to Tierra del Fuego is the Chilean ferry crossing at Punta Delgada, in Southern Patagonia. Roads within Chilean Tierra del Fuego are largely rough and unpaved. Chile is in the process of building a road to the southern end of the island, now reaching Lago Deseado.

Those renting a car will need special documents and extra insurance to cross into Argentina; most rental agencies can arrange this paperwork given advance notice.

Visitors can hop on a short flight from Punta Arenas to Porvenir and Puerto Williams year-round, and seasonally to Pampa Guanaco for Parque Natural Karukinka, all with Aerovías DAP. Most travelers enter the region at Ushuaia (Argentina), a major transportation hub with planes, ferries and buses that access many regional destinations, including Punta Arenas, and Chile's Isla Navarino.

Getting Around

Half the island is Argentine; have your passport ready for border crossings. Those traveling by bus can make connections through Punta Arenas or cities in southern Argentina.