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The end of the world, literally

In the province of Tierra del Fuego is the southernmost postal unit on the planet and visiting it is an
Tierra del Fuego
| 31 May, 2018 |

Travelling to the end of the world, in Argentina, is not a metaphor: it is a concrete and literal possibility. With a stamp on your passport and the opportunity to send postcards to the people you want from there: from the very End of the World. In the province of Tierra del Fuego is the southernmost postal unit on the planet and visiting it is an experience in itself.

The End of the World Postal Unit was inaugurated on December 12, 1997. Surrounded by Magellanic forests, it is located in the Ensenada Bay, although it was originally on the Redonda Island, in the middle of the Beagle Channel. There, sailors and adventurers stopped to send life signs to their families. However, improvements in communications were reducing the usefulness of this service until it became a unique tourist attraction.

At the head of the postal unit is Carlos Delorenzo, an unusual character who took the liberty of creating his own country, the Independent Republic of Redonda, of which he proclaimed himself governor. At the office, then, it is also possible to become a “citizen of the Principality of the Country of the Round Island”. All this, with an incredible Patagonian landscape as a backdrop. Too many good reasons to venture out and make it to the End of the World, right?

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