Tierra del Fuego
Ushuaia © M M
This island territory at the tip of South America is shared by Chile and Argentina and is a place of staggering scenery. Though further south, the region doesn't reach the extreme temperatures of neighbouring Patagonia. The principal tourist destination is Ushuaia, a base for those visiting the dramatic Canal Beagle, trekking in the Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego, and hiking the mountain ranges of southern Tierra del Fuego, with its magnificent scenery of lakes, snow-capped peaks and beechwood forests. Ushuaia is also the place to go if you want to visit Antarctica, since many ships depart from there to visit colonies of penguins, seals, sea lions and seabirds. The Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse is another drawcard, the area hosting a few small ski resorts, both downhill and cross-country. Visitors to the north of the island are usually keen fly-fishermen heading to the Río Grande, the world's best brown-trout river.