Argentina

Hiking Argentina – Valle de Olum y Laguna Bélgica – Ushuaia

Having exhausted the main day hikes out of Ushuaia (well, except for the Martial Glacier, which didn’t seem too interesting) and not being terribly keen to pay to enter the Tierra del Fuego National Park again (I’d already done the best hike in the park – Cerro Guanaco – in 2016), I needed one more day-hike to

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Me at the Laguna de los Témpanos and Vinciguerra Glacier - Ushuaia - Argentina

Hiking Argentina – Laguna de Los Témpanos and Vinciguerra Glacier

One of the hikes I wanted to do around Ushuaia this time, was to the Laguna de Los Témpanos and the Vinciguerra Glacier.   I’d already hiked the first part of this trail with Autumn, JB, Marjorie and Cyril when we went to Laguna Encantada, but really wanted to get to the Glacier – the only

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Me overlooking the high peat bog and river on the way to Laguna Esmeralda near Ushuaia, Argentina

Hiking Argentina – Laguna Esmeralda – Ushuaia

In contrast to Laguna Encantada, the hike to Laguna Esmeralda is the most popular from Ushuaia outside of the Tierra del Fuego National Park.  Transfers to the trail head are scheduled to leave from the main bus terminal near the Tourist Information Centre at 9am, 10am and 11am (returning at 4pm), but need a minimum

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Descending the scree slope above Laguna Encantada near Ushuaia, Argentina

Hiking Argentina – Laguna Encantada – Ushuaia

I arrived in Ushuaia to discover that my fellow salsa-dancing aficionado from Melbourne, Autumn, also happened to be in town.  She invited me along on a hike that her and her travelling companions were planning for the next day, and I was more than keen to join despite a desperate lack of sleep.  She was

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Mirador Loma del Pliegue Tumbado - El Chaltén - Argentina

Hiking Argentina – Loma del Pliegue Tumbado – El Chaltén

Another of the key day-hikes from El Chaltén is to the Loma del Pliegue Tumbado.  This seems to be everyone’s last option (the Senda Laguna Torre and Laguna de los Tres are far more popular), but the park rangers tell me that it is actually one of the most spectacular hikes … IF you have

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Me at the Laguna de los Tres

Hiking Argentina – Laguna de los Tres – El Chaltén

The reason I ended up in Patagonia this year was because I was helping my friend, Mathilde (who I met on the Unplugged Wilderness Trek in East Greenland), plan her trip in the area.  I didn’t really have any concrete plans for Feb-Mar and had no intention of returning to Patagonia so soon.  But when

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Glacier Grande - Laguna Cerro Torre - El Chaltén - Argentina

Hiking Argentina – Senda Laguna Cerro Torre – El Chaltén

Although I was trying to not overdo it, I did have several days in El Chaltén before starting the Southern Patagonian Icefield Expedition with Serac Expeditions and Swoop Patagonia.  So, in addition to my “active rest” afternoon at the Mirador de los Cóndores and the Mirador de las Águilas, I decided to join fellow-Aussie, Brock, on the

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