If you do a travel to Argentina one of the essential visits in Ushuaia is to make a excursion the national park Tierra del Fuego. We spent an entire day on this excursion because we wanted to visit the area doing some hiking.
We booked the collective transport with María Cristina del Nahuel B&B, since, as with the navigation on the Beagle channel, it offered us a 10% discount. At nine o'clock in the morning we were at the gas station near the tourist port from where the transport leaves and at nine o'clock we started. We had an hour's drive to the park entrance. Once at the box office, we stopped to pay 170 pesos for foreigners. While we waited for our turn, we considered the possibility of posing as Argentines imitating their accent, but we soon realized that we were going to make a fool of ourselves, so we paid like good people.
When getting the tickets, we took the opportunity to ask for information about the itineraries we could do, then we got on the van and continued on the way to the bus stop. Ensenada Zarategui. Well, we actually got off before, just at the crossroads of two roads where the van turned left to go down to the cove. We had been told that from there to the cove there were beautiful views of the Beagle Channel as you go down the slope. But we were wrong. Following the road was somewhat disappointing. Maybe we should have continued straight along the road until we reach a point a little further along where the hiking route 1, the Pampa Alta path, crosses the road and then follow the path to the cove next to the Beagle channel.
The fact is that we go down to Zaratiegui Cove, where a small pier and a beach stand. From there we were going to start the coastal path in the west direction, until we reached the Lapataia River. But before we had something to do. And it is that in the middle of the pier is the post office of the end of the world. It is hard to believe that there, in the middle of nature and the national park, there is a post office, but it turns out that the Argentine government is interested in keeping it right there for geopolitical reasons and for light border disputes with Chile.
Formerly, this post office was on Redonda Island, a few kilometers from the shore, in the middle of the Beagle Channel, but the official who ran it got tired of being so alone and so isolated all day. So he asked the government to move it to the mainland. However, his superiors replied that, for the aforementioned geopolitical reasons, the office had to be in the canal and not on the mainland. So this official, named Carlos, made a decision. He set up the post office in the middle of the pier and argued that, as he was still on the canal, the government could not tell him anything. Since then, the post office of the end of the world It has become one of the star points of the park.
From this post office you can send letters and postcards and they will give you a commemorative stamp that proves that this letter has been sent from one of the most remote points of the plan or to seal your passport as you have been there. All for a small fee. We hoped to meet Carlos himself at the post, to see his elegant white mustaches, but that day it was his son who attended to tourists.
After sending the postcards of rigor, we set off by the coastal path. This is one of the most popular trails because it is quite easy and because it ends in the river. It has a length of 8 kilometers and it takes about four hours to travel at a good pace. Although there are slight slopes, almost all the time you walk through a fairly flat terrain.