Patagonia covers a vast territory that begins in the province of La Pampa and ends on Isla de los Estados, in Tierra del Fuego . It consists of six provinces and almost two million square kilometers. It has thousands of trails hidden along dissimilar landscapes. It is impossible to name them all on a single note. That's why we have three ideal areas to do with teenage children . An experience that will mark them for the rest of their lives.
El Chalten, Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy
We start with the capital of the National Trekking , El Chaltén , a town located 220 kilometers north of El Calafate, a land of glaciers, in Santa Cruz . Also ideal for hiking , according to locals “the best place to do it in all Argentina”. The village has dozens of amazing trails that lead to different views of the mountains Fitz Roy and Torre (among other imposing mountains). The most popular walks are Laguna de los Tres, which takes approximately 10 hours round trip, and Laguna Torre is about eight hours. The best time to do them is between October and March.
With the first one you reach a lagoon with a perfect view of the Fitz Roy, probably the most picturesque viewpoint of the hike, surrounded by three glaciers (that's why it is called that). Walking along the trail you will see lenga forests , lagoons, rock walls and streams. The difficulty is only high in the last part, it is only 300 meters walking on a surface at 45º. The rest of the way is medium and can be done without major drawbacks.
The Laguna Torre trail that starts in the village is less challenging than the previous one, but no less beautiful. The tour ends in a lagoon with pieces of glacier ice drifting to end. It is surrounded by a mountain range where Cerro Torre is located, one of the most difficult and extraordinary climbs in the world.
The weather is unpredictable, therefore it is desirable to stay no less than 3 nights in El Chaltén , to make them with clear sky. In addition to these two trails, there are others, such as: Loma del Please Tumbado, Laguna Diablo, Borderline Laguna Larga, Petrified Forest La Leona.
As an additional track, if you want to have a lifetime expedition , don't miss the Trekking on the Cagliero Glacier . This is an exciting and demanding excursion in an unexplored corner of the El Chalten area. This trekking combines a hike through the beautiful native forest of the Diablo River Valley in Estancia Los Huemules, and the action and excitement of progressing on the rock through a vr...iacute; a ferrata (the combination of climbing and zip lining). Although it is an intense expedition, it is also part of the best pedestrian excursions in Patagonia.
Bariloche to Esquel
Bariloche , in Rio Negro, is definitely a great place to combine hiking and adventure . Many forests, mountains, rivers and lakes invite you to stay at least a week. One of the best ways to discover this area is to rent a car and combine hiking through magical places .
Let's start with the suggestions of Los Alerces National Park ( UNESCO site), which owns many trails through ancient forests of these trees which, next to the Sequoia, are the longest in the world. The minimum time of stay is two days. Some short walks are born from the city of Esquel , particularly the one that links the Menéndez and Verde lakes. It is a picturesque two-hour march that surrounds an island between both lakes. To reach the islet you cross a hanging bridge over a colorful river and you also have the possibility to navigate to unspoilt areas such as Swan Lake or Millennial Larch.
If you continue to the north along the mythical Route 40 , you will reach El Bolsón . . This is a place where you will find some of the best hikes in Northern Patagonia, with many shelters and different levels of difficulty. The classics are Refugio Hielo Azul and Refugio Piltiquitrón . You can spend the night in both places, you will live an unforgettable experience, the sky there gives you some must-see landscapes . Another option is to take a full-day hike to El Cajón del Azul, which is an area where the Rio Azul creates a natural basin where they can jump and swim if they cheer up.
Continuing further north, and approximately two hours from El Bolson, you will reach Bariloche . From there you can take full day hikes to different places, such as Refugio Frey (in the Cathedral), Refugio López , or immerse yourself in multi-day hikes that unite them by walking through the edge of the mountains. Pampa Linda is another picturesque route to do. The best time is from October to March. Cerro Tronador is also a stunning place to visit, as at the top has a glacier, right on the border with Chile.
Going further north, and already in the province of Neuquén, is Villa La Angostura. A walk inside Los Arrayanes National Park is very charming. Then, along the route of the 7 lakes, you will reach San Martín de los Ande s, in the Lanín National Park, where the Lanín volcano is located. For climbing lovers it is a great experience, and it ends close to the Villa Pehuenia area.
Tierra del Fuego
Ushuaia has many different trails for half-day or full-day experiences. The most classic is the one that is located within the Tierra del Fuego National Park , which will allow you to see the different ecosystems that exist on the island. It's an easy walk. Another popular is Laguna Esmeralda , a 4-5 hour march towards a turquoise lagoon, with graceful views of the Andean mountain range . The Mitre Peninsula is also a very nice and remote area to explore.
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