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Esmeralda Lagoon (Laguna Esmeralda)
Esmeralda Lagoon (Laguna Esmeralda)

Esmeralda Lagoon (Laguna Esmeralda)

Year-round
Ushuaia, Argentina

The basics

The trek to Esmeralda Lagoon is among the most popular and accessible hikes from Ushuaia. The trek itself is six miles (10 km) out and back with an elevation gain of 670 feet (204 meters), and takes about four hours to complete. Visitors can make the hike independently, or join a guided tour, which often includes roundtrip transportation, a sack lunch to enjoy at the lake, and the use of waterproof boots—handy on the muddier parts of the trail. Choose between the value of a small-group tour or the personalized attention of a private tour.

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Esmeralda Lagoon Trekking from Ushuaia
Esmeralda Lagoon Trekking from Ushuaia
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$172.72 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Emerald Lake
Incredible day hike, with unforgettable views and people. Must do while in Ushuaia. The guides are very knowledgeable about their surroundings and the areas rich history
David_W, Apr 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Ushuaia

star-5
Great Guide and Fun Hike
Kevin_M, Feb 2022
Esmeralda Lagoon Trekking from Ushuaia
Weird weather struck on our hike, including snow and freezing rain. Our guide provided us with extra rain gear and lead us through the unexpected summer weather safely and efficiently. A memorable hike and a fun experience.
star-5
Getting to the lake :)
Chase_M, Feb 2020
Esmeralda Lagoon Trekking from Ushuaia
Valerie was a fantastic guide. The tour ran perfectly and I can highly recommend this tour :) Great hike and really good experience
star-5
An excellent tour guide. Everything have met our expectations
Edith S, Jan 2020
Private Hiking tour to Esmeralda Lagoon and the lakes region
We can highly recommend the local tour operator in Ushuaia, namely Alma Calma, and in particular Nicolas, our tour guide
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Things to know before you go

  • Esmeralda Lagoon is an easy hike, perfect for families or casual hikers.
  • Trekking tours to Esmeralda Lagoon from Ushuaia typically last about six hours in total, including transportation time.
  • Wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots with good traction, as the trail is often muddy.
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How to get there

The trailhead is 20 minutes northeast of Ushuaia on RN3. The easiest way to get there is to drive, hire a taxi, or join a guided tour from town.

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When to get there

December to March is the best time to visit the lake; however, tours do operate year-round. In the winter months, the lake freezes and the Southern Andes are covered in snow, creating a rare winter wonderland with far fewer visitors.

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Easy Day Hikes from Ushuaia

Hikers looking for a relatively easy day hike in the Ushuaia area are in luck—there are plenty of trails to choose from. Inside Tierra del Fuego National Park, the Pampa Alta Trail takes hikers through the woods, with views of the Beagle Channel along the way. The Hito trail leads to the border between Chile and Argentina, while the Costera trail wanders along the shoreline of Beagle Channel.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Esmeralda Lagoon (Laguna Esmeralda)?
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What else should I know about attractions in Ushuaia?
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