Another fantastic trek is to access a 360° viewpoint, via a less used trail in the national park. From here we can appreciate the valleys of Cerro Fitz Roy and Torre, the Patagonian steppe and the vast Lake Viedma. An unforgettable Patagonian postcard view!
We leave El Chaltén on the footpath that heads towards Laguna Toro. Having walked for about an hour in ascent and crossed over small streams and through some ñires and lengas woods, we arrive at an exposed area with a picture postcard view of Mount Fitz Roy, Torre and Huemul.
We continue the hike across the Pampas, locally called “Pampa de las Carretas”, until we pass through various parts of the woods. On leaving the forest , we start to walk across an alpine terrain, where delicate flowers growing in such an arid area won’t fail to surprise us. In this section it is quite possible to find the remains of marine fossils such as ammonites and belemnites which are about 100 million years old.
In this last section we can also experience the Patagonian wind and it can snow up here, even in the summer! We finally arrive at the viewpoint – nearly at 1500 masl. This spot offers an unconventional and unique view of the Torre and Fitz Roy massifs. After enjoying lunch with an unforgettable view, we return to El Chaltén.