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Emerald Lagoon Trekking from Ushuaia

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Ushuaia, Argentina
Emerald Lagoon Trekking from Ushuaia

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icon6 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Good for avoiding crowds


Lose yourself in the Patagonian landscape of Tierra del Fuego during this 6-hour guided trekking tour from Ushuaia. Follow your hiking guide on a 4-hour round-trip trek to the Emerald Lagoon, observing native plants and animals on the way. Lunch, use of waterproof boots, and round-trip transportation from select Ushuaia hotels included.
  • 4 hours trekking time through the Nunatak Refuge in Tierra del Fuego
  • Eat lunch and rest on the banks of the Emerald Lagoon
  • Use of waterproof Wellingtons
  • Pickup and drop-off at select Ushuaia hotels
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Transfer IN/OUT from selected hotels
Professional guide
Lunch Box
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Departure Point

Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego Province, Argentina

The pick up transfer is only from selected centrally located hotels. If your hotel is outside the geographic area, we will confirm you the closest meeting point. Indicate the name and address of your hotel.

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Be ready for pickup at select hotels at 8am. Board a minibus with your guide and group and travel 12.5 miles (20km) to the Tierra Mayor Valley, the location of the Nunatak Refuge. Slip on the provided waterproof Wellingtons and set out through the Patagonian landscape. 

Cross peat bogs and streams and pass through ancient forest of Coihues and Lengas. Keep you camera ready in case you encounter any beavers, foxes, or condors. 

Once you reach the Emerald Lagoon, take a rest on the banks and eat your provided lunch. Spend some time taking photos and taking in the idyllic scenery before continuing on the trekking loop, returning to the bus via a different route. 

Drop-off back in Ushuaia is around 2pm.
Stop At:  
Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego
The walk begins with the passengers pick up from selected hotels around 8:00am. We will travel approximately 20 km by minibus to the Tierra Mayor valley, where many excursions are made. There we will find the Nunatak refuge. From the refuge we will begin the walk, during which we will cross peat bogs, streams and ancient forests of Lengas and Coihues, typical vegetation of the region. If we're lucky, it is possible to see local wildlife such as foxes, condors and beavers.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Laguna Esmeralda
We will continue walking until we reach the Emerald Lagoon, located at the heart of the Nature Reserve and Landscape Tierra del Fuego. The color of the water added to its geographical location, in the Cordillera Fueguina, invites us to stop and rest on its banks while appreciating the stunning scenery. Here the Lunch Box will be given, so we can enjoy our lunch. Finally, we will return to the Nunatak refuge, through a different path that the one we took at the beginning, to continue exploring the reservation. From the refuge, we will get into the minibus, which will take us to our hotels at about 2:00pm, ending the journey.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Cruise Passengers are not allowed to take this tour
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Tangol

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Emerald Lagoon Trekking from Ushuaia?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Emerald Lagoon Trekking from Ushuaia?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Emerald Lagoon Trekking from Ushuaia?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Emerald Lagoon Trekking from Ushuaia?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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  • "The tour ran perfectly and I can highly recommend this tour :) Great hike and really good experience" See review


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Getting to the lake :)
, Feb 2020
Valerie was a fantastic guide. The tour ran perfectly and I can highly recommend this tour :) Great hike and really good experience
Not that easy...
, Nov 2018
The scenary is amazing and our guide was so funny and nice. However it should be better described because the trail is really not suited for everyone. It is said to be easy but is not. There is difficult forest walk and most of all lots and lots of mud. The scenaries are worth the fatigue but people should be more aware
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
Dear traveler! Thank you so much for sharing with us your experience in your tour. In this excursion we can see an important extract the beauties of Argentina. Emerald Lagoon is a highlight when you visit Argentina We amended on the description according to your feedback. Your words make us very happy, and we really appreciate your time to write this review!
, Oct 2018
Our trek to see Emerald Lake started out on a cold gray day. Before long we experienced a snowstorm which transformed the whole tour into a winter wonderland it was absolutely amazing our guide was the best ever. He was very accommodating and very thoughtful.
Beautiful trekking moment. Approach...
Patrice d
, Jan 2018
Beautiful trekking moment. Approach to the lake is long, sometimes the walking may be made difficult depending on wet conditions on the ground, but with the special boots provided, everything is much enjoyable. Our guide was a great man, very eager to show us all aspects of the surrounding nature. Reaching the goal, Emerald Lagoon, is so rewarding. We appreciated the story about the Canadian beavers brought to Terra del Fuego!
It was a miserable day, cool, rainy...
, Mar 2017
It was a miserable day, cool, rainy and windy. Still, we managed to do the tour. We were supplied with tall rubber boots, essential for walking in the peat areas. It was interesting to see the impact beavers were having on the ecology. Our guide was very informative and had a great sense of humor. The beautiful emerald lagoon nestled between the mountains with glaciers was amazing. Nice tour.
Great hike with amazing scenery. Tour...
Jason N
, Mar 2017
Great hike with amazing scenery. Tour guide was informative and helpful.
nice and easy trip to participate...
Zitnikova E
, Mar 2017
nice and easy trip to participate - beautiful scenery nature a bit overpriced especially in comparison to other activities that you can book in Ush for 100, the provided snack/lunch was nothing to write home about...
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
Dear traveler, Thank you for sharing your experience with us Sometimes, to complete the places that are free, cheaper rates are offered at the destination. This involves a risk: by paying the regular rate the passenger is guaranteed a place on the tour; waiting until the last minute, most of the time, there are no places available. It's a similar operation to those performed by airlines. We are glad to know that you enjoyed the tour, which is so characteristic of our country. We hope to see you soon!
This was a great trek. The tour...
, Dec 2016
This was a great trek. The tour guide was very knowledgeable about the natural environment and spoke very good English. The trek was a little more strenuous than I though, but we also had a very windy and snowy day. A great tour to really see nature and have more solitude than some of the other tours offered in the area. The pick-up was on schedule and boots provided were perfect for our trek through peat bogs, mud, rocks, etc. Really enjoyed this adventure!
Frustração por conta das condições climáticas
Adelia F
, Oct 2019
Não conseguimos ver a Lagoa. A água estava congelada. Os guias Gabi e David foram bem legais e muito atenciosos.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
Prezada Adelia Fiha, Lamentamos muito que as condições climáticas não tenham sido favoráveis naquele dia. Você fez a excursão em outubro portanto, Ushuaia ainda tem tempo de inverno. Estamos felizes em saber que os guias tornaram o dia muito mais agradável. Agradecemos muito por compartilhar sua experiência. Atenciosamente.

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