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Laguna del Diamante Nature Reserve


This natural area in the middle of the Andes Mountains shelters a vast water body at 3250 metres above sea level, at the foot of the Maipo volcano. Herds of guanacos and fields of scoria provide a special charm to an imposing landscape. This is a great place for camping, volcano climbing and bird watching.

Given the altitude and low temperatures, the best time to visit is from October to April. You can only visit it during daytime. It is best to access with high vehicles and snow chains, as weather conditions are unstable. Entrance fee is charged.

What to see
Laguna del Diamante

There are two ways to admire and enjoy this lake: having a picnic in the sun, or camping in the areas set up for the night.

It is possible to walk almost the full length of the lake on its east, south and west margins. There are four trails, three of them of medium difficulty and an average duration of 4 hours, recommended for campers. It is also possible to walk along the east bank of the Diamante River.

Maipo Volcano

Those who are well-trained and experienced in mountaineering can climb up to the peak of the Maipo volcano, reaching an altitude of 5323 metres above sea level. It is advisable to do it accompanied by qualified mountain guides. You will cover a total of 28 km (up and down), with a high level of difficulty and an estimated duration of five days and four nights.

How to get there and move around

The Laguna del Diamante Nature Reserve is located 220 km southwest of the city of Mendoza, in San Carlos Department. The nearest town is Pareditas, 60 km from the main entrance, where the Refugio Alvarado rangers and information centre is located. From this point, it is 43 km to the lake, along a dirt road, with maximum altitudes between 3500 and 3750 metres above sea level. It can be reached by vehicle (SUVs or 4WDs) or by taking an excursion.

Where to stay

The Reserve has toilets and camping areas on the west bank of the lake (please bear in mind there is no provisioning and no drinking water). Given the low temperatures during the night, visitors should bring insulated tents and sleeping bags. There are also lodgings, gastronomic offers and services in Pareditas.

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