When you’re at the bottom of South America, there are actually many things to do, but you will absolutely need to rent a car, else you’re going to be priced out of many activities. For instance, I’ve written about the End of the World Train ride … which is a complete tourist trap, but still mandatory for anyone coming to this part of the world.
Hiking up the Martial Glacier is also another one of those activities that aren’t necessarily super high on the list, but comes as one of those “you might as well, since you’re here” activities. Regular readers of my blog will also remember that I love any type of aerial tide, as documented by my love of cable cars and funiculars. Here’s a list of some my favorites :
- Singapore … post
- Matterhorn, Switzerland … post
- Monserrat, Spain … post
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil … post
- Masada, Israel … post
- Barcelona, Spain … post
As for the Aerosilla or Martial Glacier Chairlift …
I’m all for charging tourists extra … and in Latin American style … you’ll have to pay double the price. If you get a great exchange rate on the Argentine Blue Market, then you’re paying about $7.50USD
Here’s the route map that they offer you when you get your ticket. I didn’t have the greatest hiking shoes on this trip, so the Russian and the Thai made the hike up all the way to the top, I made it to the beginning of the Canadon Negro trails.
Once you get your ticket, then it’s a short walk outside and you head over to the boarding area. The actual chair lift ride is quite picturesque. Getting into the chair lift is a pretty standard procedure, but in North American, we’re conditioned to have completely safe rides, hence just having the safety bar could take getting used to.
The ride up the chair lift definitely offers some great vantage points of the mountain and the glacier. The pine trees along the way contribute to a refreshingly crisp ride with some great air. It’s funny how we can all notice great air now … it says something about the air quality in our cities. As for the chair ride … it’s about 9-10 minutes till you get to the end.
Now you’re at the top … what do you do?
Take in all the views of the Beagle Channel from the Panoramic Point and the glacial river views as you hike up.
Once you reach the first view point, there are tons of marked trails and maps that will help guide you along further … if you’re so inclined.
Did you take any crappy video of the place?
Obviously … there is always a crappy video or two that I’ll take …