Laguna Esmeralda
Laguna Esmeralda
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  • Jana
    Perth, Australia12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the hike!
    This was my favourite thing I did while in Ushuaia- the two hour hike each way was worth it for the beautiful views. I would grade it as between easy and intermediate hike so as long as you're generally fit you'll be fine but make sure you have good shoes and a trekking pole may be useful in the muddier sections. I did this hike on an organised tour via my hotel Los Cauquenes.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 27, 2023
  • Portal Hopper
    17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyable Hike without a Tour
    An easy morning trip from Ushuaia to a gorgeous venue! We took a cab to the trailhead and easily followed the trail ourselves up to Emerald Lake. A moderate walk, partially shaded in the woods and partial full-sun stream size. The reward was well worth the enjoyable hike to get there - a top activity for any trip to Ushuaia. Take time out for a hike up large granite boulders nearby for an even more spectacular view.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 17, 2024
  • kianta
    South Bend, Indiana5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great family hike--even with a little mud!
    Did this hike with our three kids, ages 6, 8, and 9. So glad we did it! We almost skipped this trail because we heard it could be really muddy. and we had only regular shoes with us (no hiking boots). There was definitely mud, but it was very doable, even though there had been some drizzle a couple hours before we set out. Our three kids also did fine. Great family activity!
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 22, 2024
  • AvgMom2Travel
    Long Island, New York287 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Muddy Hike in Ushuaia!
    My husband and I hiked Laguna Esmeralda last November. It snowed the night before our hike so we knew the trail will be very muddy. Luckily, we were prepared for this condition so had brought along our rubber shoe covers from home. This saved our hiking shoes from being ruined. Our wonderful host in Ushuaia arranged our taxi ride. It took about 20 minutes to get to the parking lot and cost us 23 USD r/t. We shared the ride with another couple and there was no entrance fee for this trail. Our driver told us he’ll pick us up in four hours and gave each of us a walking stick. I didn’t think I needed one, but realized very soon into the hike how GLAD I was to have the pole when I got stuck in ankle-deep mud! The trail was muddy all the way to the lagoon – with some portion covered in wooden planks. You don’t need a guide for this hike. There are markers along the trail, but we mostly followed other hikers. There’s no bathroom or vendor selling food along the trail, so have a light breakfast and bring water and snacks (i.e. banana). There were also no trash bins, so be sure to take your trash with you. The lagoon was indeed very pretty, but it’s the scenery along the way that was breathtaking. We wished we had more time because we rushed in the end. Highly recommend this trail if you are visiting Ushuaia!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 9, 2024
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Sean M
6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
This trail is probably the most destroyed trail I've seen in several years of hiking and trail running. It ought to be closed to the public to allow ecological recovery along the route. Sensitive bog areas have been trampled into obliteration. A new trail could be developed from scratch but would need raised walkways and careful planning. Very disappointing and distressing to see so many tour operators bring large groups to the trail to continue to inflict further damage.
Written January 24, 2020
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Inge S
Golden, CO45 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
It's a muddy, poorly designed and ill maintained trail but the traverse is rewarded by a beautiful glacial lagoon and views of the valley. The sad part is seeing how mistreated the trail and lake surroundings are, with plenty of garbage including plastic bags strewn around certain areas. Argentineans in general don't seem to have the same regard for the natural environment that their neighbors in Chile do.
Written January 1, 2020
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koula
Nicosia, Cyprus45 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
This is a nice trail but really muddy! We have read about the mud but seriously it’s muddy all the way. The weather was very good and allowed us to walk easily but when we got to the lake it was very windy. Make sure you bring a thermos with hot tea, that’s what all locals do and you’ll definetely need it! The route is easy and interesting and the view from the lake amazing.
Written April 24, 2022
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Angela P
Sutton, UK52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
Trekking muy fácil de hacer y precioso durante el camino pero cuidado con tus botas/zapatos. Se puede ir perfectamente sin guía, solo tienes que llegar en taxi hasta un parking cercano.

Easy trekking and amazing view all the way there but very very careful with your boots/trainers as is very slippery and moddy. You can easily go without guide, FOR FREE, you just need to pay the taxi/bus until the closest parking.
Written January 25, 2020
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kesit0
Buenos Aires, Argentina730 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
After approx 4,5 kms of trekking, with young children in the snow, the lake was frozen unfortunately, covered with snow, so we did not see the lake. Contact Igancio from Taun expeditions as your guide. Really recomended!
Written July 19, 2021
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AvgMom2Travel
Long Island, NY287 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
My husband and I hiked Laguna Esmeralda last November. It snowed the night before our hike so we knew the trail will be very muddy. Luckily, we were prepared for this condition so had brought along our rubber shoe covers from home. This saved our hiking shoes from being ruined.

Our wonderful host in Ushuaia arranged our taxi ride. It took about 20 minutes to get to the parking lot and cost us 23 USD r/t. We shared the ride with another couple and there was no entrance fee for this trail.

Our driver told us he’ll pick us up in four hours and gave each of us a walking stick. I didn’t think I needed one, but realized very soon into the hike how GLAD I was to have the pole when I got stuck in ankle-deep mud! The trail was muddy all the way to the lagoon – with some portion covered in wooden planks. You don’t need a guide for this hike. There are markers along the trail, but we mostly followed other hikers.

There’s no bathroom or vendor selling food along the trail, so have a light breakfast and bring water and snacks (i.e. banana). There were also no trash bins, so be sure to take your trash with you. The lagoon was indeed very pretty, but it’s the scenery along the way that was breathtaking. We wished we had more time because we rushed in the end. Highly recommend this trail if you are visiting Ushuaia!
Written February 9, 2024
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sanddsheppard
University Heights, OH358 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Wonderful trail out and back, spectacular scenery; best done in dry weather. The trail will get crowded on weekends its best to go early in the day. Trail has a few steep section nothing bad. You can Taxi out and at least at busy times there are taxi queued up for a ride back into town. Good for birding too.
Written February 5, 2023
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Portal Hopper
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
An easy morning trip from Ushuaia to a gorgeous venue! We took a cab to the trailhead and easily followed the trail ourselves up to Emerald Lake. A moderate walk, partially shaded in the woods and partial full-sun stream size. The reward was well worth the enjoyable hike to get there - a top activity for any trip to Ushuaia. Take time out for a hike up large granite boulders nearby for an even more spectacular view.
Written January 17, 2024
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Lucas C
Campinas, SP7 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
You will walk a lot in the mud, like 3 hours. If you don't have a good physical condition, avoid it. The path is a little dangerous and you really need a guide. The view is very beautiful but isn't incredible! In general, don't worth due to the difficulty of reaching there.
Written May 16, 2022
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Patrícia V
Belo Horizonte, MG343 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Friends
This is what I like most in Ushuaia and El Calafate.
But if you trek here I think you don't need to trek in El Chalten.
It is muddy but I did it with normal shoes (Asics Novablast) in 2h50min the round trip. You can get a wood pole there but it is not necessary. I arrived there (I took a combi from center of Ushuaia) at 11h30 and 14h20 I was in the parking waiting for the van.
Written November 9, 2022
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