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Laguna Diamante

Laguna Diamante (Argentina)

Practical information about Laguna Diamante

  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
  • Volcano
  • Lake
  • Off the beaten track
4 / 5 - 2 reviews
How to get there
220 km by car from Mendoza
When to go
From October to March
Minimum stay
Half a day

Reviews of Laguna Diamante

Caroline Gourmaud Travel writer
221 travel articles

La Laguna Diamante is a 70 m deep lake about 200 km south of Mendoza.

My suggestion:
In his book "Wind, Sand and Stars", Antoine de Saint-Exupéry talks about Laguna Diamante. I suggest you read it before you go to see the real thing.

I have always been fascinated by the stories of Saint-Exupéry , espêcially "Wind, Sand and Stars" where he tells the story of Aéropostale. Just so you know, the flyer Henri Guillaumet had to make an emergency landing in this isolated area in 1930.

Luckily he survived, but for 7 days he had to struggle with cold and hunger before he was rescued by an inhabitant from a neighbouring village. So of course I seized the opportunity to go to Laguna Diamante during my trip to Argentina.

La Laguna Diamante or, diamond lake, is at an altitude of 3,250m and got its name because Maipo volcano is reflected in its water in the shape of a diamond. The area is good for walking and bird watching for local Andean species - the Andean condor and gull... 

Lake Diamond is a pleasant place to take a historical walk in the heart of Argentina's wild nature.

Maipo volcano
Eva Martin Travel writer
181 travel articles

A beautiful lake, perched high in the Argentine Andes, in the Mendoza region.

My suggestion:
The road to get there is treacherous, resulting in all the agencies using 4x4s to get there. This is something to consider if you rent a car to go there.

Are you a fan of surreal landscapes? TheLaguna del Diamante is gorgeous.

Imagine a large, deep blue lake surrounded by frolicking guanacos - a small version of a llama - and flown over by condors and other splendors of the Andes, and with a background that's more or less an immense snow-covered volcano (Maipo ). Even those who aren't easily impressed will be stunned when they see such a sight. I made the trip there and back in the same day, but it's also possible to get there by hiking (and on horseback) through the Uco Valley. In any event, feel free to take the detour if you're in the area during your trip to Argentina!

I should also point out that this location is interesting in the summer; the rest of the year, you risk finding yourself in a big grey puddle surrounded by clouds. Another detail that's important to know: the area isn't really developed (so plan to bring your own picnic lunch). To also note: getting there is quite expensive.

View of the lake
Maipo Volcano
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