Laguna Esmeralda
Laguna Esmeralda
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  • Jana
    Perth, Australia8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the hike!
    This was my favourite thing I did while in Ushuaia- the two hour hike each way was worth it for the beautiful views. I would grade it as between easy and intermediate hike so as long as you're generally fit you'll be fine but make sure you have good shoes and a trekking pole may be useful in the muddier sections. I did this hike on an organised tour via my hotel Los Cauquenes.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 27 December 2023
  • Portal Hopper
    17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyable Hike without a Tour
    An easy morning trip from Ushuaia to a gorgeous venue! We took a cab to the trailhead and easily followed the trail ourselves up to Emerald Lake. A moderate walk, partially shaded in the woods and partial full-sun stream size. The reward was well worth the enjoyable hike to get there - a top activity for any trip to Ushuaia. Take time out for a hike up large granite boulders nearby for an even more spectacular view.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 January 2024
  • kianta
    South Bend, Indiana5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great family hike--even with a little mud!
    Did this hike with our three kids, ages 6, 8, and 9. So glad we did it! We almost skipped this trail because we heard it could be really muddy. and we had only regular shoes with us (no hiking boots). There was definitely mud, but it was very doable, even though there had been some drizzle a couple hours before we set out. Our three kids also did fine. Great family activity!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 January 2024
  • AvgMom2Travel
    Long Island, New York390 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Muddy Hike in Ushuaia!
    My husband and I hiked Laguna Esmeralda last November. It snowed the night before our hike so we knew the trail will be very muddy. Luckily, we were prepared for this condition so had brought along our rubber shoe covers from home. This saved our hiking shoes from being ruined. Our wonderful host in Ushuaia arranged our taxi ride. It took about 20 minutes to get to the parking lot and cost us 23 USD r/t. We shared the ride with another couple and there was no entrance fee for this trail. Our driver told us he’ll pick us up in four hours and gave each of us a walking stick. I didn’t think I needed one, but realized very soon into the hike how GLAD I was to have the pole when I got stuck in ankle-deep mud! The trail was muddy all the way to the lagoon – with some portion covered in wooden planks. You don’t need a guide for this hike. There are markers along the trail, but we mostly followed other hikers. There’s no bathroom or vendor selling food along the trail, so have a light breakfast and bring water and snacks (i.e. banana). There were also no trash bins, so be sure to take your trash with you. The lagoon was indeed very pretty, but it’s the scenery along the way that was breathtaking. We wished we had more time because we rushed in the end. Highly recommend this trail if you are visiting Ushuaia!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 February 2024
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CasaRoscoe
Ottawa, Canada251 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Located 18 km northeast of the Ushuaia city centre, the Laguna Esmerelda trailhead is a dirt parking lot on Highway 3 able to accommodate about 40 cars. Bus service to and from the trailhead is available from a handful of local transport providers in the city’s outdoor bus station on Av. Maipu, and the normal procedure is to purchase a round trip ticket (which at the time of this review was 15,000 ARP). Buses marked with each company’s name run hourly, and although one is expected to use the same company to return, it appears that a return ride with a competitor is possible, if needed. The trail itself consists of two parts: a well-marked, but very muddy forest walk, and open, rocky terrain with lovely mountain views. Elevation gain is modest, and the trail is not technical. The lake is a lovely greenish-blue and sits a bowl fringed by rugged, multi-coloured mountains where traces of a now-receding glacier can be seen. There is substantial shoreline where one can picnic. Although four hours is recommended, one can easily finish in three. The day we hiked there was someone selling drinks and snacks from the back of a truck in the parking lot. Suitable walking footwear is recommended for the rocks and the mud.
Written 13 April 2024
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AvgMom2Travel
Long Island, NY390 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
My husband and I hiked Laguna Esmeralda last November. It snowed the night before our hike so we knew the trail will be very muddy. Luckily, we were prepared for this condition so had brought along our rubber shoe covers from home. This saved our hiking shoes from being ruined.

Our wonderful host in Ushuaia arranged our taxi ride. It took about 20 minutes to get to the parking lot and cost us 23 USD r/t. We shared the ride with another couple and there was no entrance fee for this trail.

Our driver told us he’ll pick us up in four hours and gave each of us a walking stick. I didn’t think I needed one, but realized very soon into the hike how GLAD I was to have the pole when I got stuck in ankle-deep mud! The trail was muddy all the way to the lagoon – with some portion covered in wooden planks. You don’t need a guide for this hike. There are markers along the trail, but we mostly followed other hikers.

There’s no bathroom or vendor selling food along the trail, so have a light breakfast and bring water and snacks (i.e. banana). There were also no trash bins, so be sure to take your trash with you. The lagoon was indeed very pretty, but it’s the scenery along the way that was breathtaking. We wished we had more time because we rushed in the end. Highly recommend this trail if you are visiting Ushuaia!
Written 9 February 2024
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kianta
South Bend, IN5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Did this hike with our three kids, ages 6, 8, and 9. So glad we did it! We almost skipped this trail because we heard it could be really muddy. and we had only regular shoes with us (no hiking boots). There was definitely mud, but it was very doable, even though there had been some drizzle a couple hours before we set out. Our three kids also did fine. Great family activity!
Written 22 January 2024
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Portal Hopper
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
An easy morning trip from Ushuaia to a gorgeous venue! We took a cab to the trailhead and easily followed the trail ourselves up to Emerald Lake. A moderate walk, partially shaded in the woods and partial full-sun stream size. The reward was well worth the enjoyable hike to get there - a top activity for any trip to Ushuaia. Take time out for a hike up large granite boulders nearby for an even more spectacular view.
Written 17 January 2024
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Jana
Perth, Australia8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
This was my favourite thing I did while in Ushuaia- the two hour hike each way was worth it for the beautiful views. I would grade it as between easy and intermediate hike so as long as you're generally fit you'll be fine but make sure you have good shoes and a trekking pole may be useful in the muddier sections. I did this hike on an organised tour via my hotel Los Cauquenes.
Written 27 December 2023
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Clint C
Bonham, TX210 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Day hike in July the snow and sky was amazing. Lunch was furnished and was delightful. Mattias and Katti were great
Written 18 August 2023
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Miles Archer
Boca Raton, FL7,616 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
It's a hike to get there, but well worth the effort for the scenery, despise the path being sloppy in places. My wife and I got good exercise. We like to hike.
Written 18 May 2023
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Suzq23
New York City, NY399 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Wonderful hike up to Laguna Esmeralda. Laguna Esmeralda is a green blue glacier lake. Trail starts in a forest for about 45 minutes, leading to a river crossing with a wood bridge, more forest, an area of moss, and then a little incline to make it up to the lake. Beautiful stream of water coming down from the lake- the lake is situated between two mountains.

Trail was muddy at the start/ finish but worth the view at the end! Mud, mud and more mud- Wear shoes with good traction- hiking boot or shoes- Trail was easy to follow-

Bring a snack/ picnic to sit and eat at top in front of the beautiful glacier lake and bring plenty of water. Round trip < 10k hike, need about 4 hrs roundtrip, longer if you sit at the lake for some time. You need to be able to negotiate mud, tree roots and for a short time- a steep incline- so not terribly challenging.

Logistics- we negotiated a price for the taxi from Ushuaia up to the start of the trail on route 3, which was about 20k from town. On the way back, there is a line of taxis waiting to go back down into town-
Written 25 February 2023
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Alex C
Carlos Keen, Argentina8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
This is super easy to do in a half day; just get a cab from the airport or town; 15 minutes and you have a 4 hour hike with insane lake, mountain and glacier views
Written 10 February 2023
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sanddsheppard
University Heights, OH313 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Wonderful trail out and back, spectacular scenery; best done in dry weather. The trail will get crowded on weekends its best to go early in the day. Trail has a few steep section nothing bad. You can Taxi out and at least at busy times there are taxi queued up for a ride back into town. Good for birding too.
Written 5 February 2023
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