Best for: Off the beaten track, adventure, couples, eco-tourism.
Location: Aguas Arriba Lodge forms part of Estancia Rio de las Vueltas, a 700 hectare property in the heart of the Patagonian Andes. Perched on the eastern shore of Lago del Desierto, the Lodge lies in a natural reserve 15 km from Los Glaciers National Park.
Fly south: The closest airport is El Calafate; Aerolineas Argentinas and Lan provide regular flights from Buenos Aires.
Hit the road: A four hour drive from El Calafate (or just an hour from El Chalten), takes you to the southern edge of the Lake. A 15 minute boat ride is the quickest way to the Lodge (accessible only by boat)-but we recommend taking the three hour hike around the lake to make the most of glacier views and forest trails.
Home sweet home: The rustic five-suite Lodge is comfortable and cozy, and wide windows offer breathtaking views over the lake to hanging glaciers and woodland. Choose the corner rooms for stunning views of Mt. Fitz Roy.
Eat natural: Aguas Arriba provides exceptional food and service. Ingredients are taken from the kitchen-garden and cooked using traditional family recipes. Enjoy a glass of wine on the deck before a hearty home-made dinner.
Relax: Aguas Arriba Lodge is the perfect place to retreat to after a long day of hiking or fishing. Leave your muddy shoes at the door and huddle by the fireplace with a good book. Free (somewhat eccentric) wifi is available.
Trek it out: This unexplored & secluded area offers new trekking alternatives. The best views of Fitz Roy and the hanging glaciers can be seen after a trek through the forest. Plan your route the evening before; a camping expedition to Glaciar Huemul, on the Chilean border, is a worthy adventure.
Cast a line: A dream destination for fly fishermen, with beaches and wide bays for long and short casting. Lago Del Desierto is the best bet for rainbow or brown trout. High cliffs on the lake shore provide deepwater perfect for a sinking line. We suggest hiring a guide so as to make the most of your day (fly fishing season runs from November to May).
Never a dull moment: Trek to El Chalten, ride through the forest, bike around the lake, or kayak on Las Vueltas River.
Up river swim: The Chinook Salmon guided fishing-tour along the Toro River is a unique experience; salmon stream up river from late February to early March. Definitely a sight worth seeing!
Life of the forest: Pumas, foxes and huemules (South Andean deer) roam the forest, while Condors rule the sky.
Keep warm: Temperatures vary between 5-25°C during summer (December-March), while 0-15°C is typical in spring and autumn (October, November and April). The weather can change abruptly and the air is dry, so layer up with thermal underwear and waterproofs. Sunglasses and lip balm are also crucial.
Top Tip: The Lodge does not provide fly fishing equipment. Bring your own or rent from a local guide. Don’t forget your waders.
Best time to visit: The Lodge is open from October to April. We suggest booking from December to March.