Rustic Comfort in a Patagonian Painting

Take in the views of Monte Fitz Roy after taking on the challenges of Patagonia.

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See the mountains of Patagonia up close by day, and appreciate the landscape from a distance by night.    Photo: Pablo Castagnola/Anzenberger

Set on the shores of a pristine glacial lake in full view of Monte Fitz Roy—the mountain that inspired the Patagonia clothing logo—Aguas Arriba Lodge will appeal to climbers, anglers, and anyone fond of roughing it in style (and, really, who doesn’t like the idea of hanging in epically beautiful southern Patagonia for a few days?).

  Photo: Florian von der Fecht

Like many contemporary backcountry lodges, this five-room Argentinian hideaway blends rustic touches—the building is made entirely from repurposed logs—with hints of opulence, among them fine dining dishes made from fresh, local ingredients and a short but great selection of South American wines best enjoyed from the deck overlooking the lake.

Book one of two “Fitz Roy” suites for stunning views of the mountain and the Vespignani Glacier, both of which are located in nearby Los Glaciares National Park. Or if you’re traveling with a larger group, you might consider the north-facing “forest” room, which is divided into two rooms separated by a door.

  Photo: Florian von der Fecht

After a day of trekking, kick back in the living room, a high-ceilinged commons area with a large stone fireplace and, yes, more of the eyeball-popping views that this edge-of-the-earth region is known for.

The Details: Aguas Arriba is currently taking reservations for its upcoming season, which starts November 1. Room rates vary.

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