Its beauty is breathtaking. Between the mountains you will see spits of ice from the glaciers that feed the lakes and streams. A blanket of green covers the ground and is dotted by wildflowers. This town is ideal for those who enjoy mountain activities, hiking, bird watching and bicycle rides.
El Chaltén is not a place for staying still, it is a place best discovered through successive walks, going deep within the forest, following different paths and watching sunsets and amazing views from high altitudes. There is so much to do in this area which has been declared Argentina’s “trekking capital”. It is the ideal place for short tours as well as excursions lasting several days.
El Chaltén offers visitors the possibility of exploring deep within the forests through self-guided trails that do not require the use of guide. There are more difficult paths that require a guide who will take you to locations that are otherwise inaccessible.
Below is a list of trails that you can take on your own. To obtain information regarding guided expeditions, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Self-guided hikes lasting less than one hour:Mirador de los Cóndores Duration: 30 minutes (outward journey). Difficulty: easy. Incline: 100 meters. Description: the shortest trail. You will reach a natural viewpoint overlooking the town with an exceptional panoramic view of the Adela, Torre and Fitz Roy mountains and the De las Vueltas River Valley.
Chorrillo del SaltoDuración: Duration: 1 hour (outward journey). Difficulty: easy. Incline: 10 meters. Description: an easy trail that takes you through the forest until you reach a waterfall 20 meters in height.
Cañadón del Río de las Vueltas Duración: Duration: 45 minutes (outward journey). Difficulty: easy. Incline: 20 meters. Description: the trail takes you to a viewpoint located 3.5 miles from El Chaltén with a vast panoramic view of all of the hills.
* Self-guided hikes lasting 2-5 hours:
DeAgostini Base Camp – Laguna TorreDuration: 4 hours (outward journey). Difficulty: easy. Incline: 200 meters. Description: one of the classic trails in El Chaltén that takes you to the Adela mountain chain and the incredible Torre Mountain.
Piedras Blancas GlacierDuration: 2 hours from the Ruta Nacional 23 (outward journey). Difficulty: easy. Incline: 100 meters. Description: this path takes you closer to one of the low glaciers of this area that descends from the glacier cirque formed by the Fitz Roy Mountain.
Valle del Río Eléctrico (Piedra del Fraile) and Glaciar PolloneDuration: 3 hours from the Ruta Provincial 23 until Piedra del Fraile (outward journey) plus an additional 2 hours to the Pollone Glacier (outward journey). Difficulty: medium. Incline: 80 meters until Piedra del Fraile, plus 190 meters until the Pollone Glacier. Description: a path that will take you to the impressive northern face of the Fitz Roy Mountain.
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