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Duquesadiner
Glasgow, UK1,408 contributions
Mar 2020 • Friends
Having previously visited Buenos Aires and Montevideo this was a contrast to say the least. Ushuaia is a beautiful little town and if you get a chance to go on an excursion then this is a good one. There isn’t a lot to do other than take in the majesty that is nature. Very peaceful and quiet, well worth seeing.
Written April 15, 2020
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SwissInBrazil
Sao Paulo, SP39 contributions
Mar 2014 • Solo
The hike to Cerro Cristal must be one of the most underestimated attractions close to El Calafate. The views on a nice day are spectacular!

Caltur takes you to camping Lago Roca in the morning, and the driver waits with the bus until 6pm to drive back to El Calafate (March 2014: 200 ARS). At the administration of camping Lago Roca you can get a hand drawn map to the trailhead, but it is easy to find just a way back in direction of El Calafate. The ascent to Cerro Cristal took me roughly two hours. The covered distance is small, but some parts of the hike are quite steep. I was happy for my hiking poles especially for the last steps up to the peak, which led through loose gravel mixed with snow.
From the peak, it was possible to see Perito Moreno and several lakes and mountain ranges, Torres del Paine also makes part of the beautiful 360 degree panorama.

I spent a bit more than an hour on the peak and took a lot of time for the descent thanks to a twisted knee, but nevertheless arrived around 4pm back at the camping admin, where I enjoyed the sun for another two hours before heading back to El Calafate. It is also possible to hike along Lago Roca, for example to the spot where it joins with the South arm of Lago Argentino - stunning color differences.

During the hike to Cerro Cristal, I saw four other people....incredibly peaceful, incredible views!!
Written March 29, 2014
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annabouchard
Calgary, Canada155 contributions
Feb 2014 • Couples
Lago Roca is a cute, scenic lake, just beside Lago Argentina. It offers amazing camping, beautiful lakeshore and absolutely breathtaking views from hikes close by.

My husband and I went to Lago Roca on our last day staying in El Calafate. We bought return bus tickets from the El Calafate bus station and did a day trip. The bus drops you off at the lake's camp ground. If you need information on hikes in the area, you can ask the campground staff, who spoke good English (if needed).

We did the summit hike of Cerro Cristales which is about 2.5 hours up, 1.5 hours down. This hike is a bit strenuous at times, with very steep sections but you are rewarded with a phenomenal view of Perito Moreno Glacier, Lago Argentina, Lago Roca and Torres Del Paines, Chile. You also get this wonderful sense of being on top of the world!

My recommendation for those who go is to bring lots of water with you since the sun is hot and there are no streams along the way and also bring trekking poles if possible. Overall, this place was one of the highlights of our trip and the hike was one of the best that we did in Patagonia!! I definitely recommend it!
Written March 13, 2014
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AlpinerHut
Chantilly, VA1,226 contributions
Mar 2020
This beautiful 11-kilometer-long lake straddles the Argentinean-Chilean border. In Argentina, it is in Tierra del Fuego National Park and is known as Lago Roca after Argentinean president Julio Argentino Roca. In Chile, it is in Yendegaia National Park and is known as Lake Errazuriz after Chilean president Federico Errazuriz Echaurren. To complicate matters, the aboriginal name is Lake Acigami!

On our cruise ship shore excursion, we spent a few minutes walking along the shoreline in Argentina.
Written April 18, 2020
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K T
Philadelphia, PA122 contributions
Dec 2014 • Family
I think the description for this lake is wrong - it's in Tierra del Fuego National park, not Los Glaciares - but - whatever.

We took a bus (the stop is close to the tourist info centre and next to a gas station) for 200 pesos a head round trip. There are buses leaving to the park every hour, but only return on a set schedule - they drop you off at 3 different locations in the park and will pick you up from one of them - but you have to let them know which stop you want to be picked up from so they know to expect you there. We were dropped off at a camp site that is directly on Lago Roca. We didn't walk the whole length of the trip because we needed to hike to the next bus stop in time for the return trip, but there are gorgeous views of the lake less than 1 minute from the campsite bus stop. This site also begins several of the recommended day hikes in the park, so you'll definitely get a view of this lake if you're in the area.

If you're a bird lover, you will also be able to get up close and personal with much of the avian wildlife here. Unfortunately the only thing I know of birds is that they have beaks and wings, but its easy to get gorgeous photos of them.

This bus stop is the one with bathrooms, so make sure to go here before you hike off!
Written January 24, 2015
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Alan M
Port Augusta, Australia35 contributions
Feb 2019 • Friends
We were lucky with clear skies and sunny days for this fantastic park. A walk along the lake is stunning. Woodpeckers hammering about for grubs was a special moment. The lake and mountains in the background simply stunning. What an amazing vista
Written June 18, 2019
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Romola H
Shepparton, Australia76 contributions
Nov 2015 • Solo
I went on a tour on a bus from the city to the National Park. The wind was ferocious the day we went but the sun was out and Lago Roca was lovely. The tiny cafe (go past the big hotel) serves the (3rd) best hot chocolate I had in Argentina and I would love to have been able to camp in this area. So pretty, lots of trees, picnic areas and gorgeous scenery.
Written November 30, 2015
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Alice S
Dusseldorf72 contributions
Feb 2015 • Friends
If you have the chance go canoeing or camping into the Park close to the lake. There are few facilities but it's a great experience face to face with nature.
Written March 11, 2015
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ana carolina f
Miami, FL1,176 contributions
Jan 2015 • Couples
We took a van from the station in Av. Maipu (Estacion Linea Regular, AR$200 per person) and went to the National Park. Track to this lake is easy and well signalized, and the landscape is breathtaking! Close by there is a Cafe where you can rest and be picked up by the van again!
Written January 14, 2015
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Eduardo A
Montreal, Canada162 contributions
Dec 2011 • Couples
I strongly recommend the horseback riding at Lago Roca. The guy responsible for the horse ridings is Luciano Cuenca, you can take a look at his website here http://cabalgatasdelglaciar.com/. There you will find all the horse ridings he offers. I did only the Lago Roca that takes only one day, so I'll write about only this one.

Luciano picked me up in my hotel at 9AM and drove me, my wife and 3 other persons to his Estancia (farm), about 40min from El Calafate, where there he prepared the horses while we waited, talked and enjoyed our mate tea and the beautiful scenery of Patagonia. His Estancia is in a beautiful place located inside the Los Glaciares National Park (where is also the famous Perito Moreno glaciar).

We rode the horses inside the Park enjoying a calm ride and the landscape. He took us up a hill where we had an incredible sight of the Perito Moreno glaciar, the mountains, the river, lake Roca and the mountains. After that we rode more until the shore of a river where Luciano prepared the meal for us. Everyone ate the good argentinian chorizo. For me and my wife, we had a delicious vegetarian meal prepared by Luciano too (you must tell Luciano before if you have any food restriction).

After the Lunch we headed back to the Estancia around 3PM. Luciano then drove everyone back at their hotels.

This is a MUST do if you are in Calafate. Luciano is a nice guy who loves what he does. The ride will give you a feel of the true patagonian spirit. This is not a mass touristic activity as the Perito Moreno minitrekking, so you can enjoy more peacefully the Patagonia.

Cheers and bon voyage,
Written January 9, 2012
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