The peaks in the Tierra del Fuego NP
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The peaks in the Tierra del Fuego NP

Everyone went to Disney World & we went to Tierra del Fuego National Park.

While most families went on trips to state fairs or even Disney World, my parents took my two brothers and I to Argentina when we were teenagers. It was something they had always wanted to do.
Since they had kids, they waited until we were an appropriate age, and we all hopped on a plane (several planes) and we flew to Chile. I immediately fell in love with the landscape there. The country is very skinny, about 109 miles wide, but it's incredibly long and contains not just desert, but also snow-capped mountains.
My parents were particularly interested in taking us all to Tierra del Fuego National Park which bordered Chile. They had heard about the park being formed in the 1960's.
There are peaks on either end (North and South) of the National park with glacial waters in between at parts. We went to the beaches with white sand on it's shores often.
I had never seen white sand before-- it was amazing! It was pure and white and so unlike the brown sand we have here in the states. I remember being so in awe but also very confused. Sand was sand, wasn't it? There's even a rare type of otter that I saw called a Chungungo-- I loved otters as a kid, so this was so special.
I remember my brothers & I being bummed about going to Chile & Tierra del Fuego National Park, but after we went-- WOW. It was the best summer vacation we could have ever asked for!
Beautiful glacial waters.
Beautiful glacial waters.
Santiago, Chile.
Santiago, Chile.
“I remember being so in awe, but also very confused.”
A cute Chungungo otter.
A cute Chungungo otter.
Part of the Tierra del Fuego National Park trail.
Part of the Tierra del Fuego National Park trail.
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