El Chálten and Lake of the Desert Excursion

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Duration: 13h
Location: El Chaltén, Argentina | El Chaltén, Argentina


Lake Viedma's stunning icescapes
Impressive panoramic view of Mount Fitz Roy
Picture-perfect Lake of the Desert
Exlporing the Las Vueltas Rivera area
Chance to see condors flying over you

Guided tour of Lake Viedma & El Chaltén
Self-guided tour of Lake of the Desert & Las Vueltas River areas
Admission to El Chaltén Interpretation Center
Roundtrip transportation to and from your El Calafate hotel


Discover some of South Patagonia’s most spectacular sights by venturing to Lake Viedma and the Lake of the Desert area. See the impressive glaciers, scenic Mount Fitz Roy, and visit the El Chaltén village, known as the capital of trekking.

After you’re picked up from your hotel, ride down the iconic Route 40, leaving El Calafate behind and heading along the shores of the Lago Argentino toward the historic La Leona Roadhouse & Country Lodge. Make a brief stop to enjoy some freshly brewed coffee and cakes, and then continue to Viedma Lake, where you can take in sweeping views of craggy, blue-white glaciers, as well as majestic Mount Fitz Roy.

Arriving at the small El Chaltén village, pay a visit to the Interpretation Center, before heading on a self-guided hike of the Las Vueltas River area, reached on a 4x4 truck. Known as a preferred route of the condors, you might even spot some of these vultures flying above you.

Make your way to the river’s small waterfall, before approaching the Lake of the Desert, surrounded by a lush forest, streams, and glaciers. Optionally, you can choose to trek up to the Huemul Lagoon and the nearby glacier, located on the slopes of Mount Vespignani.

Cancellation Policy: 72 hours
Know before you book: Children 12 and younger are not allowed., You must be able to walk on unpaved or uneven terrain., You must provide your passport information immediately after booking. The contact details are included in your voucher., A National Park fee of approximately USD $30 is payable on the day of your activity., At least 2 people are required for this activity to take place.

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