Lago del Desierto

This stunning lake is found in Los Glaciares National Park and is usually reached in around 90 minutes via the road north of El Chalten, a popular climbers town established in 1985.

The view from Lago del Desierto is really beautiful and gives another perspective of the park's famous granite peak, Cerro FitzRoy, which was first noted on 2nd March 1877 by Perito Moreno. He named it in hour of Robert FitzRoy who chartered large parts of the Patagonian coast.

Lago del Desierto is a particularly good spot for seeing Patagonia's native flora and fauna, including the red-headed Magellanic woodpecker and the pan del indio, a bright orange fungus.


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Map of Lago del Desierto

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Trips that visit Lago del Desierto

Los Glaciares Multisport Adventure

Take the classic hikes to Laguna de Los Tres and Laguna Torre and then get a different perspective of the awe-inspiring peaks of Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre peaks as you learn to climb the outcrops behind El Chaltén, bike…

  • 7 Days
  • $2,830
The Best of Los Glaciares

Experience the very best scenery of the Los Glaciares National Park on a series of day hikes. You'll visit Laguna de Los Tres and Laguna Torre, plus spend time kayaking on Lago del Desierto. There's also a day trip to…

  • 7 Days
  • $2,490
Explore Fitz Roy from a Luxury Lodge

This luxury lodge-based trip in and around the Mount Fitz Roy area features an immense choice of excursions, whatever your ability. Trek famous routes like Laguna Torre and Laguna de Los Tres, or try something different such as rock climbing…

  • 5 Days
  • $5,480