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A diamond on the mountain

Diamond Lagoon. Majestic. Epic. Mystical. Mayestatic. A cult of nature. How to get there and what to take into account to go.


Diamond Lagoon has well earned its name. Some explain this by the rhomboidal image (diamond-shaped) that is generated between the Maipo volcano and its reflection in the waters of the lagoon. Others simply explain its name by claiming that it is the lagoon that feeds the Diamante River . The truth is that, whatever it is, it's called Laguna del Diamante and it's really a jewel, a real diamond in the mountains.

It is located 230 kilometers from the city of Mendoza. However, the road to the lagoon consumes about 4 hours, at least. It's just that it's winding and complicated. Departing from the City of Mendoza by motorcycle or van. It should be pointed out, however, that with patience many cars have been able to arrive as well. It's 160 kilometers down Route 40 to the south. Once you have entered the department of San Carlos, take the exit correctly signposted towards the lagoon. From there are 70 kilometers of dirt road and many stones. Large, pointed and always scattered as a result of storms, snowfalls and avalanche.

After about 10 kilometers we must park and pay in park rangers the entrance to the property. The price is very low. From there the road continues, with straight lines and with curves and contracurves that well deserve the name of “snails.” About 20 kilometers before arriving, the volcano begins to peek Maipo. By that time we have already crossed the presence of guanacos and condors, attending an altitude of 3300 meters above sea level, and only 11 kilometers from the border with Chile.

The lagoon

Finally, the lagoon is accessed. Huge. Huge surface and 70 meters deep. Upon entering, continue along a perimeter path until you reach the other side of The lagoon, the west coast, could refer to. There is a stall there, you can buy some groceries and then follow I'm on my way. Install the tent and contemplate nature in person.

Regarding our plan on the premises, if we plan to do anything to eat, you can make fire. In a responsible and controlled manner. However, the wind must be taken into account . Like all-terrain and mountain terrain, the wind is the order of the day. Finally, as a recommendation, do not fail to contemplate consciously the vastness of the sky at night.


The presence of fishermen in the lagoon is common. Trout and other varieties of fish can be found in the cold waters of this mirror of water. What is important to clarify is that if we go fishing, we have to pay for the permit in park range, when entering the property. This may be demanded if we are fishing in the lagoon and we expose ourselves to a fine if we don't have it.

Publication Date: 28/02/2020

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