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Laguna Azul - Hiking Río Gallegos - Argentina

Out on the Patagonian steppe rises an ancient volcano whose rough, basaltic rim is studded with colorful lichens. Within its crater, Laguna Azul’s crystalline blue waters gleam under the sun and clouds. Legends speak of mythical creatures living in its bottomless depths. Others say this lagoon has energizing powers. Come for a day hike and watch the sun set beyond the horizon, or spend a moonlit night stargazing.

Laguna Azul is designated a Provincial Geologic Reserve. It is part of the geologic formation called Pali Aike, which stretches into Chile. Across the landscape roam guanaco (Lama guanicoe), fox, mara (Patagonian mara, Dolichotis patagonum) and ñandú (Lesser Rhea, Pterocnemia pennata). Another common denizen is the caiquén (Upland Goose, Chloephaga picta).


63 km (39 mi) south of Río Grande, 3 kilometers (1.8 mi) off Ruta 3

Near Río Gallegos, Río Gallegos, Argentina

Hiking Types:
Nature reserve

Getting There

The only way to get to Laguna Azul in with your own transport or on tour. From Río Gallegos, take Ruta Nacional 3 south towards Monte Aymond border crossing into Chile. Five kilometers (three mi) north of the b

Travel Tips:

Laguna Azul owes its intense azure color to its mineral content in its water.

Price Description:


Relative price: Budget

Travel Skills: None

You Need to Bring:

If coming for a day hike, bring warm clothing and windbreaker. At the night, temperatures can dip below freezing, so an excellent sleeping bag and tent are highly recommended. All visitors should also bring food, water and sun protection.

Currencies accepted
Argentine Peso

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