We left the city to visit two natural treasures in Tierra del Fuego: Lake Escondido and Lake Fagnano.
After enjoying the attractions of town, we resolved to stop looking at the sea in order to behold the mountain range once again and to explore other spots on the island. Very early in the morning, we left the capital of the province following National Route 3 northwards, leaving behind the Tierra Mayor Valley and the entrance to the ski resort located on Mount Castor. The bogs spread to both sides of the road as we got along the bends across the Tierra del Fuego Andes. But the crossing itself is the Garibaldi Pass, one of the most interesting points on the tour, standing at 450 m.a.s.l. We had traveled along 60 kilometers when Lake Escondido surprised us in the middle of the mountain range and at the foot of the Garibaldi.
The beauty of this water body and the entire scenery around it is impressive indeed. We stopped at the vantage point in order to take some pictures and watch everything more quietly. Afterwards, we continued along the winding road that borders the mountain walls up to the other end of the lake, where the Bronzovic sawmill is located.
Its chimney is constantly smoking and this venue represents the main economical activity in the center of the island. The road had already started to go down, abandoning the mountains in order to enter the high plateau. Forty kilometers ahead, there was the head of Lake Fagnano, which with 100 kilometers of length is the largest lake in Tierra del Fuego. It is also an excellent spot for fishing.
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Recommendations: This area of National Route 3 features many dangerous bends. Drive very carefully and pay special attention to signposts which indicate drivers to stop.
Contact: Dirección de Turismo
Av. de Los Selk`nam 80 (9420) Tolhuin, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
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