We start the day leaving from your hotel and heading north along the National Route N° 3. The path that leads us to the imposing Esmeralda Lagoon begins in the forest of lenga beech, Antartic beech and Magellan’s beech, the typical tree species of the region. Entering the forest immediately reveals the magic that awaits us along the way. With tall trees which are hundreds of years old and inhospitable places that welcome us to this unique adventure.
Valleys and peat bogs
When we leave the forest, a landscape of valleys is revealed before us, and we meet the Carbajal Valley and the Tierra Mayor Valley. We walk on the peat bogs, one of the richest soils in the planet and which we must respect and protect, since they create a natural resource that is difficult to renew. We take some time to appreciate it, we feel its spongy, light and moist mass difficult to find in other places in the world and we feel the grace of being in a unique place like this.
Flora, fauna and mountain
We continue the trail surrounded by mountains and learning from our guide, watching closely the native flora and fauna of Tierra del Fuego and appreciating its great variety of birds that fly over the area.
The climb up the mountain is the hint that we are close to our goal, behind it the Esmeralda Lagoon is revealed to us.
When we arrive to the lagoon, it is inevitable to take a moment to relax, focus, find yourself and enjoy the view: the Esmeralda Lagoon. Its name describes the wonder of its waters’ color. The Ojo del Albino glacier and the Toribio mountain range frame the lagoon creating a unique scenery. At this place, we enjoy a delicious snack and a hot drink giving us enough time to recharge our energy to return to the starting point, where the vehicle waits for us to go back to our beloved Ushuaia.