If you ever happen to visit Ushuaia, the southernmost city of the world, make sure you have packed your trekking attire and hiking boots. Patagonia is every hiker’s dream and hiking in Ushuaia will bring you closer to this dream. There are a lot of beautiful hikes around Ushuaia which will take you to the heart of Tierra del Fuego’s incredible landscape.
Please read our guide on some of the best hiking trails in and around Ushuaia.
1) Emerald Lagoon
Time – 3 to 4 hours
Difficulty – Easy (no trekking experience is required)
This is one of the best hikes in Ushuaia and if you have only one day, we recommend you to invest on this hike.
It can be done in half a day. Trekking will take 3 to 4 hours.
You can reach Emerald lagoon using public transport from the center of Ushuaia or you can book a tour. Tour will come with a guide who will take you through off-beat path of the trail.
Having said that, trail is well marked and easily doable on your own. The trail will take you through the forest, open fields with some gorgeous landscape in its backdrop. Last 100 mts or so there is a steep climb which opens incredible colors of this glacial lagoon. The lagoon shimmers beautiful emerald color, nestled into multi-colored mountain and glaciers.
2) Tierra del Fuego National Park
There are many trails to hike in Tierra del Fuego National Park. Dependent on your time availability and hiking experience, you can choose any of the below trails:
Pampa Alta Trail (5 Km) – easy walk in the woods with views of the Beagle Channel;
Hito (7 km) – takes you to Argentina-Chile Border;
Costera Trail (8 km) – it is a beautiful trail along the shoreline;
Cerro Guanaco Trail (8 km) – this is the most challenging trail in the park and it is a steep climb in some parts, but the view from the top is very rewarding.
There are many shuttle buses which leave every half an hour from the central bus station and drop you in front of the Visiting Center of National Park.
Trails are well-marked so there is no need to take a guide. There are also many campsites available if you want to stay overnight.
3) LAGUNA DE LOS TEMPANOS
Time – 7 to 8 hours
Difficulty – Easy
Laguna de Los Tempanos is another popular hike in Ushuaia. The only way to get there is by taxi.
Trek to Laguna de Los Tempanos will take around 7 hours.
Trail will take you through the forest, valleys, open fields, river etc. if lucky, you may also spot beavers on the way.
The lake is at the edge of gigantic Vinciguerra Glacier. Laguna de Los Tempanos is a beautiful lake surrounded by snowy mountains and blue and white glacier. It has got its name (“Ice Floe Lake” in English) because you can often see small icebergs on this lake.
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