Lago del Desierto, El Chalten

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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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  • We were spoilt with such amazing walks to Laguna de los tres and Laguna torre before this trip so it didn’t compare. It didn’t help the weather was rainy/ cloudy and the transfer from chalten was... 
    We were spoilt with such amazing walks to Laguna de los tres and Laguna torre before this trip so it didn’t compare. It didn’t help the weather was rainy/ cloudy and the transfer from chalten was...  more »
  • Unfortunately, the trip with the larger boat is already fully booked and we don't feel like waiting more than an hour here for the next boat. Fortunately, there is another smaller boat moored at... 
    Unfortunately, the trip with the larger boat is already fully booked and we don't feel like waiting more than an hour here for the next boat. Fortunately, there is another smaller boat moored at...  more »
  • 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... 
    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 »
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  • While on the road you begin to feel you are entering a fairy story. I had a fractured tibia when I went so I could not go up to the glacier. The type of trees... it was magical. The downside, the very bad tour operators . They lied to me over my chances to take the trip and hop around, but if you go to El Chalten, you should not miss it
  • Beautiful lake, surroundings and all the trip here from Chalten. If you have your own car, better so you can make all stops you want. Dont miss the glacier hike!
  • Beautiful place.
  • Visit that can be enjoyed all the way from El Chalten.
  • One of the most beautiful places in Patagonia Argentina of course.

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