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Things to do in El Chalten

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From El Calafate: Full-Day Tour to El Chaltén

1. From El Calafate: Full-Day Tour to El Chaltén

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 the 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 PM.

From El Calafate: Laguna de los Tres Trekking Tour

2. From El Calafate: Laguna de los Tres Trekking Tour

Embark on a guided hike to the spectacular Laguna de Los Tres. Hike from El Chaltén along the popular trail. Start with pickup from your hotel in El Calafate. Travel along Route 40 bordering the Argentino Lake to the town of El Chaltén. Once here, start on your trek to Laguna de los Tres. You will have approximately 8 hours to complete the trek. Walk through a variety of landscapes, enjoying the scenic views all around you. Hike through beautiful woodland and enjoy the beautiful views of the Río de las Vueltas Valley, crossing forests and streams, until you arrive at Laguna Capri. Make your way to Camping Poincenot and the Rio Blanco. Admire the views of the imposing mountain Fitz Roy at the Mirador del Fitz Roy. Afterward, head back on the same path to the start point, where your transportation will be waiting to take you back to El Calafate.

El Chalten: Mount Fitz Roy &Laguna de Los Tres Full-Day Hike

3. El Chalten: Mount Fitz Roy &Laguna de Los Tres Full-Day Hike

Experience Patagonia in all its epic majesty on one of the prettiest full-day treks in the area. Beginning at the foot of mythical Mount Fitz Roy, discover why El Chaltén is known as the "Trekking Capital of the World." Before you begin, take in the view overlooking Mount Fitz Roy. Then, put yourself in the capable hands of expert and certified guides that know the area like the back of their hands. They will find the best view points along the Rio Blanco, with plenty of opportunities to experience the incredible beauty of the area. Admire the diversity of the unique landscape, with breathtaking panoramas of the Fitz Roy Massif, Capri Laguna, Laguna Sucia, and Piedras Blancas Glacier, to name just a few. For many, the highlight of the trek is a stop at the legendary Mirador de Laguna de los Tres, where the jagged peaks of the snowy mountains is offset by the blues and greens of the glacial lakes.

From El Calafate: Full-Day Private Transfer to El Chaltén

4. From El Calafate: Full-Day Private Transfer to El Chaltén

Immerse yourself in Argentina’s dramatic landscapes and take in panoramic views of mountains, glaciers, and lakes. See the nature that played a major role in Darwin’s and Fitz Roy’s research and discover Argentina’s youngest village, El Chaltén, founded in 1985. Start your full-day tour with a pickup from your hotel in El Calafate. Take the legendary Route 40, which runs alongside Lake Argentino with its blue-white glaciers. Cross the Santa Cruz River and listen to stories of Charles Darwin’s and Robert Fitz Roy’s expeditions. Continue to La Leona River, and stop at La Leona Roadhouse, where you can learn the history of Route 40 over a coffee and homemade cake. Travel along the edge of Lake Viedma and see the breathtaking peaks of the Andes mountain range, including Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre. In El Chaltén, if you choose to hike a trail, you will be provided with a map and advised of the different trail options to best suit your fitness level. Throughout the year, you can enjoy two short trails to Chorrillo del Salto and Mirador de Los Cóndores. Before nightfall, begin your journey back to El Calafate. Again enjoy a comfortable ride in your private transport vehicle and a convenient drop-off at your hotel after a full day of discovering Argentina’s wilderness.

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What people are saying about El Chalten

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 171 reviews

This tour was exceptional. It said this was a self-guided tour but there was an english speaking guide who was very friendly and knowledgeable. The last mile and half of the trek was very tedious and difficult but it was worth the climb. The view at the summit was breathtaking.

It is an amazing day, the view and the 10 kilometers to the there and back are beautiful. At the same time, it is almost impossible to make the full 20 kilometers in 8 hours and really enjoy the tour. 9-10 hours are the right time. Special tanks to the driver.

It was a lot of fun tracking! I was physically demanding and could not go to the top…. However, thanks to the guide's flexible response, I was able to do my best until the end. Recommended only for those who are confident in their physical strength!

The trip was excellent. The guide was super knowledgeable and explained everything about the flora, fauna and the history of the el chaten. My mom (62) was with me and she did all the activities and had a lot of fun.

Everything was well organized and pleasant. El Chalten is a must go, but the trip on Rota40 is equally immersive for a true Patagonia experience. definitely recommended!