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El Chalten Travel Guide


Located near to Lake Viedma overlooking the northern part of Los Glaciares national park is El Chalten, a small village originally built in 1985 to help secure the disputed border with Chile. Today the sole purpose of the village is tourism. Not without charm, the towering peaks of Mount Fitzroy loom over the town and the awe inspiring surrounding landscapes are a trekkers paradise. Mount Fitzroy and Cerro Torre are popular day hikes which take in the imposing jagged mountain peaks and hidden lagoons. There is also the opportunity to visit glacier Viedma.

This remote, frontier town is Argentina's trekking capital and one of the best places to experience the breathtaking landscapes of Patagonia

Best months to visit El Chalten

El Chalten can be visited between September and April. The most popular time to go is between December and February which is summer and the high season. Although temperatures are at their highest in these months, it is important to note that the weather is always unpredictable in Patagonia. It starts to turn colder in March and April but this can be a lovely time to visit to see the autumn colours. Most hotels close between May and August for the winter.

Our hand-picked hotels in El Chalten

A well thought out selection of hotels can make a good trip truely exceptional and here at The Latin America Travel Company we put a lot of resources into sourcing and visiting hotels. Below are our top picks in El Chalten.

Best reasons to visit El Chalten

With impressive glaciers and some of the best hikes in Argentina, El Chalten is a fantastic destination for outdoor pursuits. Here are our top highlights in the area.

Hike to the foot of the famous Mount Fitzroy

Take a leisurely hike to Laguna Capri for excellent views

Trek to Laguna Torre for views of the imposing Cerro Torre

Take a boat trip to see the Viedma Glacier, the largest in Argentina

Discover ice caves and overhangs on a Viedma Glacier ice trek

Weather Averages for El Chalten

Other destinations in Argentina

Visit the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia, taste world class wine in Mendoza or experience rural life on an estancia in the Pampas. Click the links below to continue exploring Argentina with our essential guides.

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