The Lagunas de los Témpanos trail is a 8 hour return hike that climbs 1200m to a glacial lagoon.
The trail begins through farmland and peat bogs beside the river that runs from the glacier.
The trail continues along the river before beginning a very steep climb towards the top of the mountain.
As the trail continues to climb, you begin to see the top of the mountains through the trees.
The sound of the glacial river becomes louder until finally the trail opens out revealing the glacial river.
And the very steep climb to the glacier and lagoon.
But once at the top you can see the lagoon and the glacier feeding it.
The glacier also has an ice cave at the glacial face which allows you to climb under the glacier itself.
On the way back from the Laguna de los Témpanos there is a 40 minute side trail to Laguna Encanta. This lagoon is at a lower altitude and is not directly fed by the glacier, so it is not the brilliant turquoise blue. However, the lagoon is still picturesque, being surrounded by the mountain and mountain heath vegetation.
The trail to Laguna Encanta is very steep and muddy and, although the lagoon itself was very beautiful, it was a relief to get back onto the dry downhill track home.