Cape Horn, Spanish Cabo de Hornos, steep rocky headland on Hornos Island, Tierra del Fuego Archipelago, southern Chile. Located off the southern tip of mainland South America, it was named Hoorn for the birthplace of the Dutch navigator Willem Corneliszoon Schouten, who rounded it in 1616.
Where is the tip of South America?
Tierra del Fuego is the southern tip of the realm with territory in both Argentina and Chile. On the south side of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago is Cape Horn, which is considered the southernmost land point of the continent.
Why is it called Tierra del Fuego?
The archipelago was discovered by the navigator Ferdinand Magellan in 1520, when he sailed through the strait named after him and called the region Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire).
What makes Tierra del Fuego unique?
Winds in Tierra del Fuego can reach well over 60mph (100kph), and result in the hardy species of trees that grow on the islands being bent into unusual shapes. These trees, which have been blown at an extreme angle by the wind, are often known as “flag trees” because of the way they now stand.
Is Tierra del Fuego safe?
The area of Tierra del Fuego in general is very safe with regard to crime. You needn’t worry about your personal safety while visiting here. The locals are welcoming and friendly to visitors and rarely are there are reports of any inappropriate or criminal behavior.