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Allen Burt


Iconic Hikes Of Southern Patagonia (PHOTOS)

Posted: 03/14/11 12:52 PM ET

With a dirty Kelty backpack and six weeks to spare, I jumped into the back of a rusty bus in Ushuaia -- the southernmost point in Argentina. Mission: a rugged exploration of Patagonia's most iconic treks and landscapes.

I was about to experience Patagonia in its most wild form stretching from Monte Fitz Roy in the north, to the very southernmost tip of Tierra del Fuego -- the "Land of Fire." I knew there wouldn't be enough time to cover its entire 386,000 square-mile expanse, but there were a few key spots that I could not miss. And neither should you.

From glaciers to peat bogs, the slideshow below lists our picks for the top treks and landscapes in southern Patagonia.

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Tierra Del Fuego National Park
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"The Land of Fire" is an archipelago that rests at the very southern tip of Patagonia in Argentina, across the Strait of Magellan. From here, the rest of Earth just falls away.
Get There: The best way to Tierra del Fuego is by flying into the main towns of Ushuaia or Rio Grande from Buenos Aires. If coming from Chile, flights come through Punta Arenas. If you've got time on your hands, buses also travel into the area from all across Argentina.
Why It's EPIC: Once inside the park, let your imagination be your guide. You will have a hard time ignoring the dazzling surroundings formed by glacial movement and melting. Don't miss the Black Lagoon peat bog, a walk in the lenga forest and the many epic views that open up onto the end of the world.
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