Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
Santa Cruz Province, Argentina
Laguna TorreThis trek is the easier choice when hiking from El Chaltén, Argentina. In total it only took me about 4 hours as a solo traveler, but it can take up to 6-8 hours if you take your time. The beginning of the trail is mostly dried rock and dirt, with varying elevations; it kind of feels like hiking in southern California might. The focal point of this trek is not Fitz Roy but rather La Torre, for which the lake is named. It's a spike of a peak that neighbors Fitz Roy, yet you can't see both at once on this trail. On a sunny day, you're constantly exposed on this trail, as you only wander through forest for about 10 minutes as you get closer to the lake. Laguna Torre has small, erratic little icebergs that are worth checking out on the shore. It's also a great place to take panoramas for all the odd shapes in sight.