Lago del Desierto, Province of Santa Cruz

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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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  • From El Chaltén there are only 37 km, but it takes almost 2 hours, turn just as it is a gravel road. The navigation is 45 minutes. With respect to the Lake, it is very cute and with transparent water, but there is nothing more. A pantry with flies and clean bathrooms. Not worth losing 6 hours by so little. The best is the history of the dispute with Chile, but that is in Google.
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  • We had this excursion, with a localoperator. It takes more than 60m by bus from El Chalten to the navigation deck. The boat moves on the Lago del Desierto, providing views of two glaciers, Huemul and ...  more »
  • Travel with small child and rented a simple car. From El Chalten drive two miles to Chorrillo del Salto, a beautiful waterfall with easy flat walk and 300mt of ida from the parking lot. We follow the front toward the desert lake. Over the 40 km of dirt road in good conditions we saw mountains, forests, glaciers, waterfalls, rivers, lakes. It was beautiful. Book 2 the 3:00 to go back and forth with calm because you're going to want to stop for photos. The Lake of the desert itself is the end of the road. What worth are the sights on the way.
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  • Beautiful place.
  • A paradise that should visit if or if during your visit to el Chalten. The road should be paved. Incredibly beautiful. A gem in Argentina.
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  • Beautiful Lake, with views of glaciers and the north face of the Fitzroy. Walk along its waters is excellent, between jumps, climbs, and beaches, breathtaking views are discovered.
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  • Beautiful site, but the ride is worth more by the way to there, despite the road being too bad.
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  • A beautiful place with a great history.
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Where to stay in El Chalten

Thanks to the city's small size, almost all of the accommodation options in El Chalten are within easy walking distance of anything of note in town. Most "hotels" are in fact cozy alpine-style lodges catering to international visitors, and tend to be on the pricier side due to their upscale amenities. Alternatively, you can stay in one of the many campsites outside town, though weather here can be harsh. During the high season in January and February, you'll need to book at least a month or two in advance as lodging fills up fast. Keep in mind that El Chalten depends heavily on seasonal tourism for its income, and many hotels and lodges, particularly smaller, family-run affairs, close down during the winter off-season. On the flip side, many of those that remain open offer lower winter rates.
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