Day 4: Glaciar Vespigniani
The weather prediction for today was for rain in the entire valley. Given that, the guides last night were suggesting hikes around the hotel area, but since we have already done a few of those, we decided to go on a full day hike toward the Vespigniani Glacier, where there is a lot of tree cover. We met our guide, Rosie, at the map and were on the way.
First we drove about 45 minutes north to a dock on the Lago del Desierto. Along the way, we made a quick stop at a waterfall to stretch our legs and take some pictures. We hopped back in the van for a few minutes and reached the doc. Since the land in this area has been privatized, Explora partnered with a company called Exploradores for the boat ride and entrance to the hike. We spent about 20 minutes on the boat enjoying the view of the river, glaciers, mountains, and could even see the mountains in Chile.
As the name of the lake implies, Vespigniani Glacier is located in the Lago del Desierto region. There are two main trails that lead to a lookout of the Vespigniani Glacier. We choose the red route, which totaled only about 2 miles, but had some steep inclines. As promised, the forest was very green and full of trees that keep their leaves in the winter, creating a cover from the elements. We trekked up the mountain and made it to the lookout point with a 360 degree view of the glacier, valley, and surrounding mountain ranges.
We were able to spend some time at the lookout and were lucky enough to hear and see an avalanche on the glacier.
We continued on the loop and started the descent to the starting point. Along the way, we saw a rainbow, the river shore, and more fall colors.
We ate our lunches (I missed you canisters and Explora soup) under Exploradora’s Eco Dome and relaxed until the boat arrived. Please note: at this point, it still had not rained on us. When we boarded the boat and left, it had just started raining lightly, and we could see the low clouds and rain back in the direction of Explora. We reversed the route from the morning and made it back with plenty of time to relax before dinner. Once we returned to our rooms, it started pouring. Not only was the hike great, but we also definitely had good luck with the weather.
The weather tomorrow should be sunny, so we planned the Tres de los Laguna hike, a long full day hike that should give us a clear view of Mt. Fitzroy and the surrounding towers.