Go beyond the usual excursions in Los Glaciares National Park with a visit to the Lago del Desierto. Join us for this easy day-trip that includes a wide variety of landscapes, impressive views, sailing on the lake, and several low-difficulty hiking options.
• Forest walk to the lookout over emerald Huemul Lagoon and views to the Huemul Glacier and Vespignani mountains
• Experience the Lago del Desierto by water and land and learn a little of its history in the border dispute between Argentina and Chile
We leave El Chaltén by car and enjoy views of huge Lenga trees, small waterfalls, and glaciers as we travel 37 km along the scenic Río de las Vueltas to its source at the Lago del Desierto (Desert Lake). Once we arrive, we will take a short, low-difficulty hike to the Huemul Lagoon to appreciate the emerald color of its waters and the glacier that descends towards it from the Vespignani range.
Back at the lake, we board a catamaran for the 45-minute journey to its northern end. From here, we can choose to do another short hike to the Sentinel viewpoint, which offers a panoramic view over the entire length of the lake, the Vespigniani mountain range, and the north face of Mount Fitz Roy.
We hike back to our start point with a 14km low-difficulty walk along a path that borders the Lago del Desierto. Our vehicle will be waiting there to take us back to El Chaltén.