El Chalten trekking information


El Chalten 49° 19' 30.6408" S, 72° 53' 32.946" W

El Chaltén is located in the province Santa Cruz in Patagonia. Santa Cruz's most visited destination is the Los Glaciares National Park and a number of glaciers of which the Perito Moreno Glacier is the most famous. El Calafate is a village nearby and has an airport that connects it with Buenos Aires and Trelew. From El Calafate there are daily busconnections with the village El Chalten. You can also rent a car from El Calafate and visit El Chalten to do some hiking and trekking.
You can find the village some 200 kilometres north of El Calafate, at the feet of the Cerro Torre and Mount Fitz Roy. The trip takes about 4 hours. El Chaltén serves as a hub for various trekking routes including walks on the Viedma Glacier. This little tourist village of 200 inhabitants and 400 beds for accommodations has a tourist infrastructure willing to cover all the visitors' needs. These services cover from hotels, bed and breakfast, inns, restaurants, hostels, bungalows, campsites, trekking guides, horseback ridings, coffee houses and information centres. Everything is well arranged here.
El Chalten was founded in 1985 by the National Government and has been declared Trekking National Capital. It has been built at the base of Fitz Roy Hill. The Fitz Roy was called "Chaltén" by the Tehuelche natives, this means "mountain that smokes", as its top is usually covered by clouds and this gives the appearance of volcano in activity. This trekking village in Patagonia is a fascinating experience, above all for trekking lovers. Hanging glaciers and ancient woods make this place suitable for ecology and adventure tourism. It is a nice place to stay for more than a few days, because it has a lot to offer. You can consider a trekking guide, as there are so many possibilities and ways and routes to go.

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