Tierra del fuego t i r d l f w e o spanish tjera el fweo spanish for land of fire is an archipelago off the southernmost tip of the south american mainland across the strait of magellanthe archipelago consists of the main island isla grande de tierra del fuego with an area of 48100 km 2 18572 sq mi and a group of many islands including cape . Explore tierra del fuego holidays and discover the best time and places to visit the southernmost extreme of the americas this windswept archipelago is as alluring as it is moody by turns beautiful ancient and strange travelers who first came for the ends of the earth novelty discover a destination thats far more complex than a mere source of bragging rights. Located at the southern tip of south america the tierra del fuego archipelago includes one large island 18571 sq miles 48100 sq km in size and a series of smaller ones it was reportedly named by the portuguese adventurer ferdinand magellan the first explorer to circumnavigate the globe . Tierra del fuego tierra del fuego archipelago at the southern extremity of south america in shape the main island separated from the mainland by the strait of magellan is a triangle with its base on beagle channel the total area is 28473 square miles 73746 square km about two thirds of which is chilean. Learn about the history of its ancient inhabitants and of the settlers that risked their fate to work in the southernment tip of the planet visit porvenir and the fernando cordero rusque museum that have interesting exhibitions of tierra del fuego fauna archaeology and anthropology and stories from the gold rush of this part of chile
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