How to Pack & Dress for Tierra del Fuego
Southern Patagonia, and especially the Andes mountain range, has an extremely changeable and unstable climate. Within hours, you can feel intense heat when the sun shines directly on you and in minutes you can be under intense rain, with very low temperatures and strong winds. This makes it very important to pack and dress appropriately when visiting the End of the World. Follow the next recommendations regarding clothing and other items to fully enjoy your trip.
The concept of onion peels (many thin layers) is often used in these latitudes. This way of dressing allows us to have only the necessary clothes on. You will get very warm during the walks, sweating and ending up with damp clothes that are close to the body. When you finish walking, you will get cold fast, so it’s important to have layers to add on or take off.
Clothing: The important thing is not to be cold but to be comfortable to walk; Light clothing against rain and wind. A warm jacket and a raincoat, sweater or sweaters, cotton t-shirts and shirts. A good amount of pairs of socks (always wear one when hiking).
Footwear: Light, strong and comfortable footwear (trekking type). The one that best suits the terrain is always recommended. Ideally, wear leather footwear with a rubber sole type trekking boot and avoid those with a leather sole or nautical type shoes.
Accessories: Sunglasses and sunscreen, regardless of the season. Hat or cap. Gloves, scarf and a small backpack for daily walks.
Our Essential Packing List
- Warm trousers
- Waterproof trousers
- Thermal underwear
- Polar fleece jacket
- Mittens & gloves
- Woolen cap/beanie
- Warm socks
- Waterproof & windproof jacket
- Sunglasses & sunscreen
- Pair of binoculars
- Camera & plenty of memory cards