Day trip

From El Calafate: Full-Day Tour to El Chaltén

Activity provider: Patagonia Dreams

From El Calafate: Full-Day Tour to El Chaltén

Activity provider: Patagonia Dreams

From US$ 92 per person

Enjoy a day trip to the Argentinian National Capital of Trekking, El Chaltén, a young village in Patagonia, at the foot of the incredible Fitz Roy mountain. Hike along trails past blue lakes and the Andes Mountains, in a natural scenery like never seen.

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Duration 15 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, Portuguese, French, Italian
Pickup included
Be picked up from your hotel in El Calafate. Please note that pickup is not possible from hostels or AirBnB accommodation.
Private group available


  • Hike along nature trails starting from El Calafate, the National Capital of Trekking
  • Marvel at the natural beauty from the famous Route 40
  • Surprise yourself with the breathtaking views at Cerro Fitz Roy
Full description

Discover the National Capital of Trekking on a private or shared guided day trip from El Calafate El Chaltén. Let yourself be amazed by this mountain town as you discover incredible landscapes and walk part of its trails. Start the morning with pickup from your hotel in El Calafate. Relax on the trip to the town of El Chaltén which is 220 km from El Calafate. Cross the Santa Cruz River and make a rest stop for a few minutes at Estancia La Leona where you can buy homemade cakes and a hot drink.

Continue to El Chaltén, bordering Lake Viedma with its homonymous glacier.Take in stunning views of Cerro Chaltén (also known as Fitz Roy) and Torre on clear days, as well as the Viedma Glacier with its impressive icebergs. Upon arrival at Chaltén, have 5 hours to explore and enjoy this small mountain town.Enjoy a 700 meter guided walk to the Mirador de los Cóndores viewpoint and visit the Chorrillo del Salto with a 300 meter walk over flat terrain. From September to April (subject to weather conditions and presence of ice and snow), have the option to cover part of the trail to Fitz Roy Laguna de los Tres and reach Laguna Capri, where you can have lunch on its beach. Return on a self-guided road that has no detours (8 km round trip).

To return, meet at a previously arranged meeting point for the drive back to El Calafate, arriving at approximately 8:00 p.m.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in centrally located hotels in El Calafate
  • Packed lunch with a bottle of water 500ml (from October to April)
  • Lunch at a restaurant with main course (from May to September)
  • Bilingual guide in Spanish/English
  • Maps with distances and times
  • Drinks with restaurant lunch (from May to September)
  • Pickup in residential or other types of lodgings
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  •  This tour is not recommended for people with reduced mobility.
  •  Hiking trails are not accompanied by the tour guide. Your guide will help you to choose the best self-guided trail from El Chatén and give you maps with distances and times.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 114 reviews

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The day is well timed but long. It allows you a choice of a short hike or a 8Km round trip with moderate to challenging track. The bus picks you up at your hotel or dwelling at about 9-9:30 am thence you travel the 220 Km to El Chaltén (with one stop) then arrive just after The only downside is the lunch box provided - suggest yo get something more appealing and take it with you.

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March 3, 2020

Beautiful scenery throughout the bus journey. It is worth going to Laguna Capri and trying to see Fitz Roy (it is quite common for him to be hidden among the clouds) the initial climb is a little tiring but for those who are used to it it takes 1h to reach the Laguna. The path is beautiful through a forest and beautiful viewpoints between the mountains. Upon arriving at Laguna, it is worth sitting and contemplating the landscape and listening to the birds. We got a full lunch with sandwich, apple and alfajor. In deciding for those who like it, there is a very cool brewery. The guide does not accompany the path to the Laguna but it is super easy and signposted. Watch out for gusts of wind.

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February 19, 2020

There were two problems when I tried to apply from the WEB. 1. No matter how many times I entered the address of the hotel where I stayed, I got an error, and I couldn't copy and paste. (The address will be contacted later because of an error. Select and proceed to the next.) 2. Even if the credit card information was entered on the payment screen, an error occurred and could not be processed (both two types of credit card error) I did not pay even after doing the above, so if I gave up I was wondering when my voucher was sent by email late at night the day before and when I applied, I was prompted for the address of my stay by email and emailed me Even in the morning on the day of the reply, I received an e-mail for an address reminder, so I called the local tour company from the front desk of the hotel, picked up the hotel safely, and joined the tour. We were blessed with the weather and were able to spend a lot of fun. I thought it would be easy to understand if I wrote it on a

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February 17, 2020

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