About Fitz Roy Cascades
The Fitz Roy Cascades are what I’m calling these series of mountain cascades sprinkled beneath the imposing Fitz Roy Mountains.
During our visit, there were actually countless lacy mountain cascades like these, but this page was really my excuse to include the impressive mountain scenery that was the real draw of the difficult 8- to 10-hour Laguna de Los Tres hike.
Therefore, these cascades merely played more of a secondary role as a side attraction.
The cascades that I’ve featured on this page were directly fed by snow and glacier melt and hence would have their flow vary depending on the degree of such melt.
Since we showed up in late December 2007, we suspected that the flows here were probably at their best as it was right at the start of the Patagonian Summer.
In any case, the Sendero Laguna de Los Tres (Lagoon of the 3 Trail) was intended to get close to the Fitz Roy peaks of Cerro Fitz Roy, Cerro Poincenot, and others.
All of them were fronted by a glacial lagoon.
The epic Laguna de Los Tres hike began from the town of El Chalten.
Since we stayed in the town, we didn’t need to do any additional driving to get to the trailhead as we merely walked across town to its edges to get started.
The Fitz Roy Cascades reside in Los Glaciares National Park near El Chaltén in Patagonian Argentina. For information or inquiries about the general area as well as current conditions, the closest authoritative source of information that I could find was at Los Glaciares National Park website.
I don’t recall the exact route we took to get to the car park for the trailhead for Sendero Laguna de Los Tres.
All I recalled was that it was towards the western end of town, and since El Chaltén was quite a small town, it wasn’t difficult to find the trailhead.
If you don’t find my vague directions helpful, I’m sure you can ask anyone in town (like the hotel receptionist or something) and they’ll point you in the right direction.
For geographical context, El Chaltén was about 213km (nearly 3.5 hours drive) north of El Calafate. El Calafate was a 3.5-hour flight from Buenos Aires.
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