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Situated at the Estancia Río de Las Vueltas, Aguas Arriba Lodge is located in the remote and stunning Patagonia wilderness surrounded by endless stretches of lake shoreline and acres of forest, and is just 23 miles from El Chaltén.
Perched on the edge of Lago del Desierto, five of the six rooms have views of either the lake, Mt. Fitz Roy & Torre or the Vespignani Glacier. The other two rooms have views of the forest. The hotel is constructed entirely from wood, mainly recycled logs from a Northern Patagonian burn forest, and so all of the rooms have a fairly chalet-esque feel to them and are simply decorated with just the views pouring in.
Food at the lodge is fresh, local and has a comforting homemade feel to it. Eat in the dining room or gaze out at the views from the large sitting room windows, or better still head out to the terrace overlooking the emerald lake.
The main activities are trekking, boating and fishing, and there is no better place to do any of them than from Aguas Arriba Lodge. Every evening guides discuss the following days activities with the guests, whether it be a quick two hour trek or a day long one, it is extremely flexible.
The Southern Patagonian landscape is simply stunning - scattered with small creeks and valleys, glaciers and waterfalls, the setting is fantastic for all manner of activities.
Why we love it
The lodge is only accessible by boat or on foot - if feeling hearty we recommend the three hour trek though the forest, otherwise it is only a 15 minute boat ride from the lake's southern shore.