We start our tour in El Calafate in the mythical route nº 40 going along the edge of Lago Argentino, crossing Santa Cruz River, where we will know Darwin experiences in Fitz Roy. Then, we go on our way to La Leona River, passing through a field flooded in wet weather and after 1:15 hs we reach Paso La Leona hotel, an antique place where you can get some coffee and home-made cakes. After this stop we go on along the edge of Viedma Lake and we will stop in Glacier Viedma sightseeing, having a magnificent panoramic view of the glacier, the Andean border and the emblematic Fitz Roy and Torre mountains. After 3 hours, we will reach El Chaltén village.
There are some options you can choose. The descriptions are listed below.
Option 1: CAPRI LAGGON TREKKING
This trekking takes approximately 2 hs going and 7 km distance. The first part is of medium difficulty, since it has a pronounced slope.
Once you get to Capri Lagoon, you can appreciate magnificent views of Torre, Chalten, Guillomet Mountains and Madre e Hija Lagoons.
Distance: up to Capri 7 km per way (going and coming back), total 14 km. Slope 380 mts
Restrictions: this trekking is NOT recommendable for these persons: those with heart, spine, knee and ankle problems; those with recent surgeries or those who suffer vertigo. Neither can be done by pregnant and minor of 10 years old. If any person suffers some allergy, it is recommendable to take their medicine.
It includes box lunch.
Option 2: LAGO DEL DESIERTO (DESERT LAKE)
We start From El Chaltén going through the 36 km to Desert Lake, in a wonderful panoramic way in forest and by the edge of De las Vueltas River. Then, starting in Punta Sur dock, we navigate for about 30 minutes visiting Huemul and Crestón Glaciers and disembark in Vespignani Glacier, which is in the middle of the lake. Once there, you can choose one of the three paths, all of them very well marked, depending on the physical effort you want to do. All the trekkings are done with the supervision of an specialized person.
The most complicated path can take 45 minutes, with a slow trekking, and you get 150 mts high, getting by foot to Vespignani Glacier, and an incredible high view of Fitz Roy, of its north part. A second option is an intermediate way that gets you to a prominent point of the Glacier, after 15 minutes con constant trekking. Also, we can choose other paths which have no slopes and we can get to the coast of the wonderful reserve.
Then, after a snack, you come back to the dock Punta Sur and take the bus to return to El Calafate.
It includes box lunch.
Option 3: VIEWPOINTS (MIRADORES)
After going by Chorrillo del Salto, approximately 4 km from town and having lunch in La Tapera, also after a moderate trekking of about 45 minutes we get to Mirador de los Cóndores Sightseeing, a panoramic view where you see the surrounding mountains, Río de las Vueltas Valley and El Chaltén city. The trekking is done in the middle of stele and ñires forest to complete a panoramic view from Mirador de las Águilas with a marvellous landscape. The path starts in a split before Mirador de los Cóndores.
After passing through this little lagoon, we reach a viewpoint where we can have a beautiful and attractive view of Viedma Lake, Túnel Bay and Pirámide Hill. This path will take an hour trekking approximately.
It includes lunch.
Duration: 12 hs
Departure: 07:30 hs approximately
Trekking duration: between 4 and 6 hs, depending on the chosen option.
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