El Chalten

When to go

Jan-March

Ideal length

4 nights

Transfer time

1 hour flight from Patagonia

The town of El Chalten is the gateway to the Fitzroy national park which has some of the best walking possibilities in the world.  The town contains homely log cabins or ‘estancias’ as they are known and is less visited than Torres del Paine national park in Chile which can also be incorporated into a Patagonian itinerary.

OUR FAVOURITE THINGS TO DO IN EL CHALTEN

PIEDRA DEL FRAILE

A Short drive to Rio Electrico, 12 miles north of El Chalten. This walk leads through beech forest and riverbeds to Refugio los Troncos, Piedra del Fraile

TORRE LAGOON

Hike along the Río Fitz Roy valley to reach the Laguna Torre at the end of the valley. Get as close as non-climbers can get to the mystical Cerro Torre. You will also visit the base camp where climbers wait for the good weather to attempt the climb

PLIEGUE TUMBADO

Walk through the little village and pass the Ranger Station where the Visitors Centre is located. Pliegue Tumbado is a ridge and a summit that offers views of both Cerro Torre and mount Fitz Roy. It is also a less visited area of the park and it is well worth the effort of the climb

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