3 Reasons to Visit Los Humeules Reserve

  1. Off-the-beaten-track: Hike pristine trails from lush forests to glacial valleys with views of imposing mountains including Fitz Roy. The routes are super quiet offering a contrast to busier routes in the region.
  2. Rare wildlife: Try to spot the reserve's namesake, the elusive huemul deer, alongside condors, and rare species of bird—who you'll likely hear before you see.
  3. Conservation pioneers: The owners are dedicated to testing the latest sustainability practices and your visit directly supports the reserve's efforts to protect one of Patagonia's incredible ecosystems.

What to see & do in Los Humeules Reserve

Hiking

The Los Huemules Reserve offers a variety of well-marked hiking trails ranging from easy to moderate in difficulty. These trails cater to hikers of all experience levels, making it a great option for families or those seeking a more relaxed Patagonian experience compared to some of the more strenuous hikes in Los Glaciares National Park.

Here are some of the most popular hikes:

Devil's Lagoon (Laguna del Diablo): This moderate, 5-6 hour round trip hike takes you through beech and evergreen forests, views of the Cagliero Glacier and aerial views of the entire valley.

Blue Lagoon & Green Lagoon Loop (Laguna Azul & Laguna Verde): This short and easy two-hour loop circles two stunning lakes with a backdrop of the Fitz Roy Massif.

Puesto Cagliero Hike: An 11km roundtrip through the reserve where you'll see the hut at Puesto Cagliero.

The reserve offers several additional trails ranging from shorter walks to full-day adventures.

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Sydney says

If you're seeking maximum solitude with minimum distance, I loved the 11km roundtrip walk through the Huemules Reserve to the hut at Puesto Cagliero. It sits at the back of the valley on a tiny lagoon, overlooked by a hanging glacier. In cool weather (aka all the time in Patagonia!), the staff keep a wood fire burning while they cook you a crepe slathered with dulce de leche. It’s a pocket-sized slice of beauty and I saw just half a dozen people the entire time I was there.

Sydney Miller Patagonia Specialist

Winter Activities

The snow transforms Huemules into a winter wonderland from July to September. It's like a whole new world opens up.

You can explore the snow-covered forests and mountain passes using snowshoes, journey through the winter scenery on horseback, or try ski touring with poles in hand.

They're all amazing ways to experience the beauty of the reserve in a whole new light (again without the crowds). Advance booking is advised. 

Puesto Cagliero Hike

Via Ferrata and Ice Hike Neumeyer Glacier

One of the few Via Ferrata climbing experiences in Patagonia climbing up above Cagliero Glacier. This protected area features a series of iron steps and safety cables fixed to rock faces, allowing climbers of various skill levels to traverse challenging routes safely. The abseil back down is not for the faint-hearted but is an epic experience.

You can combine this with an Ice Hike at the Neumeyer Glacier (located within the reserve) where you'll enjoy views of the rugged granite, glaciers and Fitz Roy - depending on the weather of course.

Please note - You must be a strong hiker, there are big drops and the climb involves some scrambling and boulder hopping. 

Puesto Cagliero ice hike

Mountain Biking

Imagine carving your own (at times bumpy) path through immense Patagonian forests, with snow-capped peaks peeking through the trees and ever-changing skies. Los Huemules Reserve is an ideal environment for such an off-road adventure...

While designated biking trails are limited, exploring on two wheels is a fantastic way to discover the hidden corners of the reserve. Please contact us if you're interested in a mountain biking excursion and we can help you with equipment hire and mapping out a route.

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What our customers think of Los Huemules Reserve

Our favourite trek of the holiday, and we completed some amazing ones, was in the Huemules reserve. We didn't see any but the walk along the river is both relaxing and invigorating at the same time. Our guide Geronimo was a font of all knowledge in the area and pointed out so many things we would have missed without him Read the full review

Travelled: March 2023

Chris Gibbs - UK

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About Los Humeules Reserve

This private reserve, sprawling over 14,500 acres, boasts an interesting past. For over a century and a half, the land served as a summer grazing ground for cattle, initially for Tehuelche herders and later for Welsh settlers with mining sites. But, two decades ago, the purpose of the land changed dramatically. The current owners envisioned a new future for this landscape.

Today, with sustainability at its core, Los Huemules Reserve prioritises protecting the ecosystem. Pristine trails meander through lush forests, valleys, and rivers, offering visitors awe-inspiring views. The reserve's name pays homage to the elusive huemul deer, and with a little luck, you might spot one alongside other native wildlife. By visiting, you contribute to these ongoing conservation efforts, ensuring this natural paradise thrives for generations to come.

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Cecilia says

I loved my time exploring Los Huemules. It's like a hidden jewel - I get the classic Patagonian scenery with crystal-clear lakes and majestic mountains, all without the crowds. It's peaceful, serene, and the perfect place to unplug from normal life. The hikes were magical!

Cecilia Paz Mesa Furniss Patagonia Customer Experience Co-ordinator

How to get to Los Humeules Reserve

Los Huemules Reserve is roughly 11 miles from El Chaltén, bordering Los Glaciares National Park on the north side. There are no public buses that service the reserve, but many nearby hotels or local transport companies can arrange transfers for you subject to availability.

You can also rent a car. The drive from El Chaltén takes approximately 30 minutes along a scenic gravel road (Provincial Route 41). Make sure to fill up your tank before leaving. 

Where to stay in Los Huemules Reserve

El Chaltén

El Chaltén is a great base if you want to visit the Los Huemules Reserve. The town has plenty of accommodation options to choose from. According to your taste and budget options include basic guesthouses (hosterías) charming B&Bs, alpine-style lodges and upmarket hotels.

There aren't refugios on the hiking trails around El Chaltén in the same way as you'll find in Torres del Paine, but there are some excellent upmarket camping (or glamping) options nearby.

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Within Los Huemules Reserve

Puesto Cagliero is a rustic yet cosy bunkhouse nestled within the Los Huemules. It provides a comfortable base with basic amenities, including shared sleeping areas, a communal kitchen, and shared bathrooms.

Its strategic location makes it an ideal starting point for activities such as hiking, Via Ferrata climbing, and glacier trekking, allowing you to fully experience the natural beauty and rugged terrain of the reserve. The atmosphere at Cagliero is generally one of camaraderie and adventure, with a sense of community among fellow hikers.

Puesto Cagliero bunkhouse

Something Special

Located right inside the Los Huemules Reserve experience true seclusion and a slice of luxury at Explora El Chaltén. Enjoy views of the Electric Valley and the Marconi Glacier in contemporary yet rustic interiors with traditional estancia design influences. The lodge boasts delectable cuisine, a spa and an array of guided excursions.

Explora's team act as custodians of the land they have been entrusted with and have developed their own strict environmental policy.

Explora El Chaltén front view

Trips that visit Los Humeules Reserve

Los Glaciares Explorers

Begin at the majestic Perito Moreno Glacier, then base yourself in the cosy town of El Chaltén. Trek to the top sights of Mount Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre and try ice-hiking on Glacier Cagliero with a night in a…

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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
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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

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