Lake Fagnano stands out for being the largest water body on Tierra del Fuego Island. It spreads out from the mountain range to the steppe.
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.
Lakes of Fagnano
Lake of glacial origin
A very cloudy day
The impressive image
A natural corner
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.
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.
Mónica Pons Pablo Etchevers
Contact of the excursion or tour
Ruta 3 Km. 2958 (9420) Tolhuin, Tierra del FuegoTel: +54 2964-492372 Cel: +54 264-615102
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