Tours and Activities:
Fagnano, the Lake with a Sea ResemblanceMónica PonsKarina Jozami
The huge glasses of our splendid room at Kaiken Inn prevented the permanent winds of Lake Fagnano from hitting our faces. This endless extension of water offers a strong swell on its shores, making it resemble a large freshwater sea.
“Khami” or “Large Water” was the name given by the Ona natives or selk'nam to the lake. Nowadays, it carries the name of Monsignor José Fagnano. One of the first Salesian men to be sent by Juan Bosco to Argentina, he occupied the charge of first Apostolic manager in the region.
It spans across approximately 100 kilometers. Its largest surface is inside Argentinian territory. It is shared with Chile and it empties its waters in the Strait of Magellan, on the Chilean side, through the Azopardo River.
We sailed across Lake Fagnano on a very cloudy day and learned about its excellent conditions for angling. Different kinds of shore cause a strong contrast: some are plain and others steep.
Geological studies give grounds for a constant movement of the techtonic plates on which the lake rests. It seems that the western end is 50 centimeters higher than the eastern bank. This does not represent an overflow of the water volume. It just works as if the water were contained by a large slant bowl.
This gorgeous lake of glacial origin let us discover a marvelous nook on Tierra del Fuego Island. Several tours and activities available in the surroundings of this water body let visitors get to know the essence of local nature and the people who resolved to settle down there.
Adventure travelers will find countless options to go hiking along trails starting at the lakeshore. It is advisable to have some experience, get assistance and wear proper apparel before setting out in any hike, as some circuits are highly demanding.
We visited Lake Fagnano and its eye-catching inn. In spite of lying 3,000 kilometers away from the capital of our country, we were determined to return and try a hiking tour around its unspoiled wild natural scene.