Fitz Roy Cascades

Patagonia / Los Glaciares National Park, Santa Cruz, Argentina

About Fitz Roy Cascades


Hiking Distance: 23km round trip
Suggested Time: 8-10 hours

Date first visited: 2007-12-22
Date last visited: 2007-12-22

Waterfall Latitude: -49.27782
Waterfall Longitude: -72.98577

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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. These cascades were really 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. As alluded to earlier, the cascades shown on this page were really a bonus to the hike and should be treated as such.

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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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