Lago del Desierto, Province of Santa Cruz

Ever-popular tours to Lago del Desierto attract scores of visitors every year thanks to its unparalleled panoramic views and crystal clear azure waters flanked by verdant Patagonian forest. Trekking the area is a rewarding excursion, and tour companies usually offer guided walking tours of varying difficulty so do your research. Views of mountains Fitz Roy and Torre as well as glaciers and waterfalls surrounded by tall lush regional trees will greet you on your voyage. The lake has been the historical subject of a dispute of ownership between Argentina and Chile. Leave plenty of time for this trip as the mountain roads are difficult to traverse and could take as long as two hours to get there by car. Arrange to visit Lago del Desierto and other attractions in El Chalten using our El Chalten road trip app.
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  • Although the lake itself is worth the trip, for me it was more about the journey rather than the destination. Once we reached the edge of El Chalten the road turned to gravel, and I have been over...  more »
  • Take the Lago del Desierto boat ride. The views of the Fritz Roy from here are excellent. The lake is blue (I am not kidding). I ventured a little bit and hiked to the Huemul and Vespignani...  more »
  • is a bit far from Chalten but it worth the visit, forest there is beautiful, there are plenty of space to chill out by the shore of the lake or do some hikes around.  more »
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  • Beautiful place.
  • A beautiful place with all the appeal of this area of hanging glaciers and lush vegetation and a whole history in litigation to establish the border boundaries and the property of the desert lake that finally remained for Argentina
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  • Beautiful place, even with Llovisna
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  • From El Chalten to the Desert Lake, we find a unique landscape, overlooking the Magestuosas Mountains, a river and some lagoons, to that we add some splendid waterfalls... Also half way we will find a historic site.... On a confrontation of Argentine gendarmes and Chilean Carabineros, the story is that Carabineros occupied a stay of some Argentine settlers because they are wrongly plotted the limits, then attacked and there died a police... Already near the lake we find a chapel of Our Lady of Loreto... (as is the destined my surname is Loretto😃).... I recommend a path without waste....
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  • Beautiful place. Walking through the Woods by the Lake transmits a unique peace. Discover so much vegetation in the southern area and waterfalls coming down the mountain make this tour an experience not to miss.
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