There are many magnificent hiking opportunities in Patagonia. The abundance of hikes to choose from can make picking one rather difficult. If you want to see sectacular glaciers and rugged mountains without the high altitude fatigue, then the Laguna de los Tres hike is perfect for you.
Patagonia is a wonderful place to explore, especially for people who like to hike less crowded trails of lower altitudes. High altitudes can make hikes extremely difficult. The human body has a hard time breathing the thin air at higher altitudes. However the trails in Patagonia may be low in altitude, they are nothing less impressive than their high altitude competition. The Laguna de los Tres hike is a perfect example of this.
The Laguna de los Tres can only be accessed via a four-hour hike, so it definitely will require you to take a full day out of your schedule. In fact, many hikers decide that the trail is too beautiful to leave directly after arriving, and choose set up camp at one of the many backcountry campsites at the foot of the mountain. But whether you spend a day or a week, the trip is well worth it.
Along the trail, you’ll encounter lush beech forests and sparkling mini-lakes, as well as mysterious bogs that could serve as the setting for a fairy tale. But nothing will prepare you for what greets you at the end of the trail: the unforgettable sight of the Laguna de los Tres.
Tall mountains stretch out in the distance, behind the icy lagoon. Hikers who are lucky enough to watch the sun set on Laguna de los Tres report that the sun’s reflections on the water create a uniquely alluring shade of deep green.
Even the most impatient type of “let’s-pick-up-and-go” hikers will linger to absorb the full beauty of this isolated location. The spectrum of color and geography that sprawls out in front of the rocky beach at Laguna de los Tres is simply irresistible. When you see it for yourself, you won’t question why it’s considered by many the most beautiful hike in Patagonia.