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El Chaltén

The iconic Fitz Roy mountain range, river rafting and glaciers

Welcome to El Chaltén

Touring some of the highlights of Patagonia is all-too-easy when using El Chaltén as a base, with immediate access to the surrounding mountains, rivers and glaciers available from this remote rural town, plus a handful of cozy taverns and restaurants too, ideal after a day on the ice, hiking or rafting through the valleys. For experienced walkers, Mount Fitz Roy and the Cerro Torre Base Camp are among the most popular Patagonian experiences, though there are plenty of equally spectacular trails to be done within a day, no matter what your level of fitness. Rafting the Rio de Las Vueltas or La Leona River are also adrenaline-packed adventures here, though for something more serene, visit beautiful Lago del Desierto or enjoy a wildlife walk through the foothills before returning to a burning log fire; magical.

Explore El Chaltén

Moving around this region of Patagonia can be slow due to the winding mountain roads, though it’s stress-free thanks to good transport links and shuttles between El Chaltén and the main trailheads, glaciers and lakes. There is a combination of luxury hotels and modest guesthouses to stay in, or overnight camping if on a longer trek. In truth, this whole area is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. From El Chaltén, river rafting, kayaking, trekking trails, climbing and mountain bike rides through the valley are among the best ways to get to know this wild landscape intimately.

Tip 1

Visit Andreas Madsen’s house, the first European settler to build a home in El Chalten; it’s both historic–now a museum–and a joy for the views alone

Tip 2

For those in the know, Lago del Desierto is considered one of the best kept secrets in Patagonia, and simply must feature on your itinerary

Tip 3

Sunrise in El Chalten is one of the most memorable experiences, so be sure to make time to enjoy it properly, as the landscape changes colour and sun rises illuminating the Andes; beautiful

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