Lodge | FOUR WHEEL DRIVE (FWD) EXCURSION
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: Low
DURATION: Half day.
This excursion starts from the Octagon in all-terrain vehicles, climbing northwest on the Feruglio cordon. This cordon, running north-south, extends through the northern sector of Lake Argentino east of the Upsala Glacier valley, where guests will be able to enjoy a wide variety of Patagonian flora, shrub vegetation, ñires and lengas. During the 9.5 km route, we will be able to appreciate different points of interest: the base of the institute of the continental ice, the “Lengas Cemetery” and “Parrot Forest”. We will also stop at a lookout point with sweeping views of Anita Lagoon, North Peak and Estancia Valley.
We will continue our journey and descend from our vehicle on a spot where the Upsala Glacier once stood, to witness firsthand ancient evidence of glacial erosion: unearthly black and red colored rock that looks to have been perfectly polished by the sheer force of this giant’s passage. Ancient geological treasures in the form of marine fossils further decorate this enchanted setting.
After a 20-minute hike, always assisted by our staff in the ascent, our first stop will be the Upsala Base Camp, used by explorers on expeditions into the ice area. Finally we will arrive at the Upsala Glacier Lookout Point, panoramic point par excellence of Estancia Cristina and the “Los Glaciares” National Park. We will take in the immensity of the Upsala Glacier and its eastern front, its tributary glaciers, Lake Guillermo, the Cono and Murallón Peaks, and the Southern Patagonian Continental Ice Field. All of this under the watchful eye of the area’s soaring guardian: the Andean condor. We will return to the Estancia on our all-terrain vehicles on the same route.
We suggest doing this activity in the morning in order to try to have this setting exclusively for our guests. Given this excursion’s duration, guests can return to the Octagon for lunch and rest and/or plan another activity for the afternoon. This excursion can be combined with a descent through Fossil Canyon (Cañadón de los Fósiles).