Places of interest: Esmeralda Lagoon, Nearby Ushuaia, Tierra Mayor Valley,
Tour activities: Photography, Trekking, Wildlife watching,
Season: November to April
Group Size: Up to 20 passengers.
Meals: Argentine snacks and lentil stew, dessert. Drinks included: mineral water, soft drinks, red wine. Vegetarians and coeliacs: proper menus available if requested in advance.
Departure place and time:: From Canal office at 136 Roca St. from 2:30 PM. We will leave you back at your hotel.
Type of Experience: Medium Difficulty Activity, With exposure to weather,
Suggested clothing: Waterproof jacket + fleece jacket. Waterproof walking shoes/trainers with good traction. Hat or cap. Sunglasses. Extra footwear and extra socks, since the ground may be flooded.
The austral Summer treats us with long days, ideal to celebrate the Fuegian nature with a dinner in the light of seemingly endless sunset.
Esmeralda Lagoon is an active, hiking tour for those who enjoy walking and being outdoors in contact with Nature. It is also a great opportunity to see the wonderful color of Laguna Esmeralda, and the evening colors of the mountains.
The excursion starts from our office around 2:30 PM, with a bus ride to the Tierra Mayor Valley, the starting point of a medium-difficulty hike to visit the Esmeralda lagoon. The difficulty of the hiking activity is given mostly by the type of terrain, and not so much by the presence of steep slopes. In fact, the inclination of the trail is very smooth until you get closer to the lagoon, where it becomes a bit more demanding for a short distance. This walk will take us through a forest and then through a peat bog, which can be very wet. Only if the guide considers it absolutely necessary, he will offer you rain boots (Wellies) to wade some boggy parts. Please make sure to pack or hire the adequate footwear for this tour!
The lagoon is beautiful, and so are the mountains that enclose it. When returning from the walk, and completing around 3 hours of hiking to and fro the lagoon, we will exploring this area, before a copious dinner (snacks and lentil stew). A good Patagonian red wine, in a cabin overlooking the valley of Tierra Mayor will be the perfect place where to wait for the sun to come down. The return time to the hotel is estimated to be around 10 PM.
14:30 Pick up from Canal Fun office.
16:00 Arrival to the valley and hike to the Emerald Lagoon
17:30 Emerald Lagoon. Total ascent: 163 mts. / 535 ft.
18:00 Return to the valley
19:00 Exploration of the valley. Total distance: 9 km.
22:00 Return to Ushuaia
Approximate times. Between November and late March the hours vary according to the duration of the days.
"We booked 3 trips with Canal Fun: National Park ( half day), Laguna Esmeralda trekking + beavers and Off road Lakes. They also helped us to reserve the Wlaking with Pinguins in Martillo Island with a third party company Pira tour, the only company that has permissions to get off on the island and allow you to walk with the Penguins. Our contact with Canal Fun was very easy. Carlos was very kind and patient in answering all our emails. Our guide Joaquim was amazing! He was very knowledgeable about the places we visited. He integrated the whole group, sent photos to our emails, and made everyone feel very comfortable. Eduardo was our off road driver and guide! Very special experience .He and Joaquim cooked us a great Christmas meal, parrilla Argentina, delicious beef and chorizo plus Fin del Mundo Malbec wine in a cabaña in the middle of the forest!! Canal Fun thank you very much for a wonderful time!!"
"We booked a Canal Fun trip to Esmeralda Lagoon and meet the beaver trip. It was well organised, they knew our food preferences and hotels for drop off, and it was fun. It was a very challenging walk to the lagoon and our guide went for a swim in the freezing water. He brought hot drinks and snacks to the Lagoon and we had lollies along the way. Unfortunately we didn't see any beavers but had a lovely meal and wine in a shelter before we returned to Ushuaia. The group was mixed Spanish and Aussies and our guide spoke good English. Everyone mixed really well. If you are up for the trek it is a terrific trip."