Daily Travel Photo: Tierra del Fuego

Tierra del Fuego indigenous people

Tierra del Fuego Statue

The beauty of travel is that you rarely know what lies around the next corner. We set of in search of some secret hot springs, which turn out to be near impossible to visit. But as we got off the bus we were encountered by a great statue of an Indigenous Argentinean man. You see, most people believe that Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire) gets its name from the presence of volcanic features in the area. The truth, however, is that the land was given its name because as explores passed their boats through the ocean passes the fires of local indigenous people could be seen along the shores. Unfortunately, the story of the indigenous people here in Tierra del Fuego is far overshadowed by the proximity of Antarctica. I do like the idea, however, that a statue can engrave a story in stone.

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