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Corazón de la Isla Provincial Reserve

Tierra del Fuego, Antártida e Islas del Atlántico Sur

This place is the greatest natural reserve in the province preserving magnificent landscapes with lakes, forests, ecotonean area of transition between forest and steppe—and peatlands—typical wetlands in Patagonia. This is the perfect spot to enjoy nature to its fullest, go hiking, camping, birdwatching, and sport fishing. 

You can visit the reserve all year round. The best time is from October to April. Check the activities available each season.

What to see
Lakes Yehuin, Chepelmut and Yakush

The main attractions of the Corazón de la Isla Provincial Reserve are its water bodies. From the ranger station, you can reach Yehuin and Chepelmut lakes by car, and in the case of Yakush lake, you have to walk a 4 km (round trip) trail. Lakes Yehuin and Yakush have camping areas.

Walking trails

The park has several walking trails, some can be done alone and others in the company of mountain guides. The longest reaches Lake Fagnano – shared with Chile, also called “Khami” in the native language –, 12 km (round trip).

This is a great destination to watch typical birds from the Sub-antarctic forests and steppe, such as condors, geese,
Magellanic woodpeckers, black-chested buzzard-eagles and Austral parakeets, among other species.

How to get there and move around

From Tolhuin, take National Route 3 for 12 km north, and then go along Provincial Route 18 (former H, gravel road) for 18 km west, up to the park ranger station, where you will need to register. You can get there by car or go on a day excursion previously arranged in Tolhuin or Ushuaia. 

Where to stay

In Tolhuin, you may stay in hostels, inns, bed & breakfasts, campsites, and cottage complexes. 

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