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The real edge of the world: south of the Beagle Channel

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1. Posted by Gerrit_BE (Full Member 83 posts) 10y

Did anyone here ever visit the Isla Navarino with the southernmost settlements in the world (Puerto Williams and Puerto Toro)? I read many travel guides on Tierra del Fuego but most keep on nagging about Ushuaia but forget there's two tiny villages even further south. The places must be quite unique, I wonder what they're like. There's not just the 'edge of the world' feeling of knowing you're in the southernmost real town on earth, but the area is extremely stormy and windswept and often very misty, it must be a truely bizarre yet fascinating place.

Did anyone ever visit? Or have a photo? The resources on the places further south than Ushuaia are so limited that there's even hardly pictures of these towns. They seem to really want to make people believe that Ushuaia is the furthest south you can get...

2. Posted by TylerJames (Respected Member 333 posts) 10y

ushuaia isthe southern most city in the world the villages south are just about 2000 people.
i met someone who had been their while i was in uhuaia and he said it was not as good as you would think there was not much to do in the town and accomidation was almost non existant. he told me that it wasent wrth going, but i guess everyone has different opinions.

3. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 10y

I heard the same, though. There is really nothing out there; pto Williams, the biggest of the settlements to the south, doesn't even have a supermarket (or so I've been told).

4. Posted by Gerrit_BE (Full Member 83 posts) 10y

I am mainly interested in remote/isolated places, hence my interest in the polar areas and remote islands. I find it very fascinating to see how people deal with their isolation. Doesn't matter if there's little going on, you don't visit these places for nightlife or sports games or so. I just find it very fascinating to see how isolated communities survive, plus in this case there's also the "the edge of the world" feeling...

5. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 10y

In the latest National Geographic there is an article about Isla Navarino, where Puerto Williams is situated. Probably very interesting as well for you Gerrit.

6. Posted by crisgamont (Budding Member 19 posts) 10y

Puerto Williams is about 3500 people, half of them are related to the Chilean Navy.
some interesting things to do are:
Visit the EtnoBotanic Garden OMORA
Villa Uquica, to spend some time with a whole Ethnic group that is disappearing. the yamanas, the last 100% pure woman died few years ago.
the different trekking routes search for more info in (in spanish)

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