Perito Moreno Glacier (previous posting) ranks among Patagonia’s most impressive sights, so it’s no surprise that it attracts huge numbers of visitors. There were so many cars in late afternoon on the day we went that park staff had to direct traffic in the parking lot. Large crowds are not what immediately comes to mind when we think of the wilds of Patagonia. But fortunately, finding a more serene setting is relatively easy.
Instead of following the throngs back to El Calafate at the end of the day, we took a minor road along the southern arm of Lago Argentino to Lago Roca, a remote mountain lake just back from the main lake. Here we settled into a campground at this quiet spot for a couple of nights. While only a short drive from Perito Moreno, and still in the midst of impressive landscapes, it seemed a world away. The crowds were gone; the small number of campers were either fishing, or hiking in the hills. We wandered through rolling grassy hills scattered with wildflowers next to the peaceful lake where fly fishermen cast for trout. The lake is backed by magnificent mountains where lush forests give way to snow-capped peaks. Views from hilltops look over a wider country of peaks, glaciers, and turquoise waters. While Perito Moreno is a definite “must see”, we enjoyed Lago Roca just as much – a taste of wild Patagonia only a short detour off the main tourist track.
Follow this link for more information and a map on how to get there http://www.losglaciares.com/campinglagoroca/indexe.html