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Escondido and Fagnano lakes

Tierra del Fuego, Antártida e Islas del Atlántico Sur

In Garibaldi Pass, National Route 3 reaches its highest altitude (450 m.a.s.l.) in its 3000 km length. From there, cutting across the Andes range, you will discover magnificent views of Escondido and Fagnano lakes. Going from south to north, this Pass marks the entrance to the island’s central area.

You can visit this place all year round. Check the activities available for each season.

What to see
Fagnano, the lake that moves

Fagnanoalso shared with Chile and called Khami in native language—is the largest lake in Tierra del Fuego. It is surrounded by mountain ranges and lengas forests, and it belongs to Corazón de la Isla Provincial Reserve, in the department of Tolhuin. The lake shores run along some parts of the road when you enter Ushuaia overland and you can also go on full-day tours that take you to the shore. From Ushuaia, you can book excursions to visit the lake, including rides on 4WD vehicles, cycling, birdwatching and sport fishing.

In addition to its natural beauty, there is something special in its geological features: at the bottom of the lake lies the Fagnano-Magallanes fault, where South American and Scotia tectonic plates meet. This fracture in the Earth’s crust causes a 5mm movement of the lake in the east-west direction.

Escondido, a hidden jewel

This small lake, originated from a glacier, is located in a low mountain valley and forest. Tourists usually combine this journey with Fagnano Lake. You can enjoy the view of Escondido lake from Garibaldi Pass and get to its shore.

Garibaldi Pass

The Garibaldi Pass is the southernmost mountain range crossing in Argentina. At its highest point, at 450 meters above sea level, there is a viewpoint to contemplate the beautiful landscape of the End of the World and the Fagnano and Escondido lakes.

How to get there and move around

From Ushuaia, take National Route 3 and drive 46 km north to the lookout point in Garibaldi Pass where you will enjoy the view of both lakes.

From that viewpoint, going 7 km further on National Route 3 towards Tolhuin, you will reach Escondido Lake shore on a short dirt road.

Going 45 km further, in Tolhuin, you will arrive at the Fagnano Lake beach boasting a 4 km shore.

You can explore this area by car, bus or on a tour, either from Ushuaia or Tolhuin.

Where to stay

Accommodation options in Tolhuin include hostels, inns, bed & breakfasts, campsites, and cottage complexes.

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