We left Tolhuin with Lee. He’s riding directly to Ushuaia today because he has a flight home tomorrow morning. Talk about cutting it close! We rode halfway with him and bid farewell at Lago Escondido.
Guillermo, a cyclist from Colombia who we met at the last Argentina border station, told us about some abandoned cabins on Lago Escondido. He recommended to bring extra food because the setting is so incredible that we will want to stay more than one night.
He was right. This place is amazing! (Though a touch sad that the cabins have been looted and are falling into disrepair.) There are a cluster of little cabins right on the shore of the lake to choose from, each having a porch to sip coffee on in the morning and listen to the waves lap on the shore, while gazing at the mountains on the other side.
We are most definitely staying two nights! Tomorrow we’ll hang out here, delaying the end of our journey by one more day.
We are less than 35 miles from Ushuaia.
If you’re ever in the area, here’s the directions to the cabins if you’re coming from the north:
About 1 mile after the small village of Escondido (no shops), there is a dirt road on the right, before the climb. There is a sign for Hosteria Petrel (it’s an abandoned hotel). Follow this road for about 3 miles to the southeast end of the lake. The cabins are just past the Hosteria. To continue south you can either exit the way you came in, or continue on the dirt road and it will join the main road at the top of the climb. The later is shorter but it’s very steep and involves some pushing.