JEEP EXCURSION TO LAKE ESCONDIDO AND LAKE FAGNANO
Nature excursion, Meal included
An adventurous excursion by jeep in the "Tierra del Fuego" (the Land of Fire) on abandoned roads. We set off into the sub Antarctic forest, to see the final stretch of the Andes and explore two beautiful glacial lakes. A day of wild adventure whose memory will remain with us when we return home.
What we will see
• Jeep excursion, Ruta Nacional 3 • Tierra del Fuego, peat bogs, Andes • Garibaldi Pass, Lake Fagnano, Lake Escondido
What we will do
• We leave the port of Ushuaia and take the Ruta Nacional 3, the 3000 km motorway that links Tierra del Fuego with Buenos Aires. The road leads us to the centre of the island through valleys covered with peat bogs which is the typical landscape of the Tierra del Fuego. In this area, we see the last stretch of the Andes which in this area do not exceed an altitude of 1,500 m and which we cross over the Garibaldi Pass, at 450 metres above sea level. The uniqueness of this place, which is at quite a low altitude with respect to the mountain passes we are used to, is the position: indeed, it is the southernmost mountain pass in the world. From this unique position, we can observe the **splendid view of Lake Fagnano and Lake Escondido. • We take old now abandoned roads that were used decades ago to transport wood. Here you can only travel by jeep. A unique opportunity to venture into the sub Antarctic forest and appreciate it from a new perspective. The road leads to the beautiful Lake Fagnano. The indigenous Selknam called this lake "the rest of the horizon" because the horizon defined by the Andes skyline is interrupted by the lake and continues at the other end. • We proceed towards the smaller but very beautiful Lake Escondido which is surrounded by woods and the Andes. The colour of its waters varies according to the time of day and the light of the sun. We make a short visit by the coast and we start our return journey, crossing back over the Garibaldi Pass. An argentinian barbecue “asado” will be waiting for us in Nunatak, a winter sport refuge, placed by Tierra Mayor valley before heading back to the pier.
What you need to know
• We recommend that you book early because only a limited number of places are available. • Comfortable shoes are recommended. • This excursion is not recommended for guests with mobility problems. • In the event of adverse weather conditions the tour may be cancelled. • Only the guides are allowed to drive the jeeps.