Lago del Desierto, El Chalten

#10 of 34 in Wildlife in Province of Santa Cruz
Water Body · Hidden Gem · Wildlife Area
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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  • 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...  more »
  • 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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