Trekking to Laguna Esmeralda
Picturesque Patagonia Trekking
Experience the Sunset Over a Glacial Lake
Snacks and Dinner Included
Enjoy Rich Evening Colors in the Patagonia Mountains
Trekking to Esmeralda Lagoon is an active hiking tour for those who enjoy walking and being outdoors in contact with nature. It is a great opportunity to see the wonderful color of Laguna Esmeralda mingle with the evening colors of the mountains. Trek through forest and peat bog along with an experienced guide and enjoy trail snacks and a lovely dinner at the lake.
Comfortable transportation to and from Ushuaia through the Tierra Mayor Valley.
Small-group tours of Patagonia allow us to take advantage of everything that this vast wilderness has to offer.
Enjoy trail snacks while you hike and enjoy a traditional Argentinian dinner while watching the sunset over this aptly named emerald-green lagoon.
Hike with an expert guide who takes joy in interpreting the abundant forest and peatlands that surround you.
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US$100 per person
14:30 or mornings on request
Your hotel or accommodation
Daily, mid-October through late-March
Min 2, max 15
Moderate. Hiking on diverse and uneven terrain.
Trail inclination is gentle for the majority of the hike until you get closer to the lagoon, where it becomes slightly more demanding for a short distance.
Total hiking time: 3 – 3.5 hours
Total elevation gain: 180 meters
(approximately 580 feet)
- Transportation to & from hotel
- Local guide
- Traditional, hot dinner
- A glass of Patagonian red wine
What to bring
- Waterproof walking shoes with good traction
- Waterproof jacket & fleece
- Water bottle
- Hat or cap
- Extra footwear & socks, the ground may be flooded
Certified mountain & tourist guide
If you have special dietary requirements, please contact us prior to your tour so that arrangements can be made. All meals may be made vegetarian and we are almost always able to accommodate vegan and gluten-free visitors.
About the weather
The weather in Ushuaia can change by the minute! Please be ready for all types of weather and note that our itinerary may change due to the conditions.
Our tour starts with a short and comfortable bus ride from Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. As we drive, enjoy views of the Tierra Mayor Valley including impressive mountain peaks and the area’s abundant and historic peat bogs.
This is an active hiking experience for those who enjoy walking in the woods and making contact with nature. The difficulty of this Patagonia trekking experience comes from the type of terrain, and not so much the presence of steep slopes. In fact, the inclination of the trail is very smooth until you get closer to the lagoon, where it becomes more demanding for a short distance.
Our Patagonia expedition will take us through iconic Nothofagus forests and then across a peat bog, which can be very wet. Only if the guide considers it necessary, they will offer you rain boots (wellies) to ford some of the swampy areas. In any case, we recommend wearing adequate footwear for this tour. Along the way, your eco-tour guide will provide a natural interpretation of the habitats we’ll see and provide some trail snacks!
Arriving at Esmeralda Lagoon, at the foot of the Ojo de Albino glacier, you’ll see the emerald-green water blend with the copper-red of the peat bogs. The Austral-summer’s late setting sun reflects off of the surrounding Patagonian mountains. This provides the perfect setting for our dinner of lentil stew. Relax, recharge, and convene with nature in this peaceful location, before beginning our descent. Walking back out of the woods through a magical southern sunset is an enchanting experience. Our comfortable journey home will bring us back to Ushuaia around 22:00 hours.