Patagonia is a wilderness region known for its luscious landscapes and staggering peaks. For those who aren’t afraid of heights and love the great outdoors, Patagonia hiking is some of the best in the world. From long flat treks to steep climbs, there’s so much variety and challenge in Patagonia hiking. If you can spare a few days or even a few weeks, you are bound to enjoy breathtaking views and adrenaline rushes during your hikes. Here are some suggestions for the best Patagonia hiking:
Torres del Paine
At Torres del Paine, take a day hike to see the “Base of the Towers”. This hike makes up a third of the famous ‘W’ circuit along with the French Valley hike and Grey Glacier hike and takes 8-10 hours for the entire trip. The first 2 hours are quite tiring due to a steady ascent into the park but rewarded by fantastic views of lake Nordenskjöld. After this tough start, following the shining Ascencio river, you can relax on an easier walk until you get to Refugio El Chileno. From here, you have one hour more through the magical Lenga forest, until you finally get to the moraine. This is the last beat, and the hardest part of the trip to reach the granite rock overlooking the lake below.
The Viedma Glacier is actually the biggest glacier in Argentina. It is located in Los Glacieres National Park and is over 380 square feet big! The Viedma Glacier is accessible from the town of El Chalten, although is relatively unknown compared to Perrito Moreno Glacier. The best way to experience the glacier is to hike directly on it! There are three trekking options to choose from, ranging from 6 – 12 hours. The hikes will provide gear like ice shoes and picks to better ascend the glacier. Take advantage of the smaller crowds and have the glacier to yourself!
Esmeralda Lagoon, Ushuaia
An artificial lagoon formed between 1990 and 1992, this beautiful site is one of Ushuaia’s top attractions. Surrounded by snowy mountains, Laguna Esmeralda is a perfect place to enjoy the beautiful natural scenery of Ushuaia, from snowcapped mountains to grassy valleys. To reach the lagoon, you will hike a couple of hours into the mountains of Tierra del Fuego. Once you reach the lookout point, enjoy the fresh air!
Get to the know the wild outdoors with Patagonia hiking that will surely be the highlight of your trip. Check out more information on what to do in Patagonia here!
Written by Nora Wallenius