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El Chaltén bills itself as the National Trekking Capital – and for good reason. This northern part of Parque Nacional Los Glaciares has many trails winding around the bases of the great massifs to lagoons and lakes. Wildlife is plentiful. For budget travelers, it’s a dream destination, as no entry is charged into the park and these trails can be done without a guide. Climbing Torre and Viedma Glaciers, horseback riding, and kayaking down Río de las Vueltas are just a few more ways to fill the days. Many climbers aspire to summit Cerros Torre and Fitz Roy, considered two of the world’s most difficult peaks to scale.










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Upon re-declaring her independence at age 29, Lorraine Caputo packed her trusty Rocinante (so her knapsack's called) and began...

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Whether the weather is keeping you from hitting the trails, or an injury has rained on your parade, El Chaltén’s community offers a few activities...

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Hiking in El Chaltén

Hiking in El Chaltén

The biggest attraction in El Chaltén is the wide web of hiking trails that weave around the base of the two...

Hiking
El Chaltén, Argentina
Miradores de los Cóndores y de las Águilas

Miradores de los Cóndores y de las Águilas

The Miradores de los Cóndores and de las Águilas trails begin from the park office. At first, the main trail passes through the compound, to the...

Hiking
El Chaltén, Argentina

Lago Toro Hike

The trail to Lago Toro, not to be confused with Laguna Torre, makes for a long, but relatively easy, hike. Starting at the signposted trailhead on...

Hiking
El Chaltén, Argentina

Piedra del Fraile Hike

Piedra del Fraile is a gigantic boulder that sits on private land in the Río Electrico valley. To get to the site, you must set off from the Puente...

Trekking
El Chaltén, Argentina

Hike to Chorrillo del Salto

One of the easiest hikes in Los Glaciares National Park leads to the pretty Chorrillo del Salto waterfall. The path is well-marked and leaves from...

Trekking
El Chaltén, Argentina

Laguna Torre Hike

Hikers hoping to get a perfect view of Cerro Torre should set off for Laguna Torre, a glacial lake at the foot of the mountain. The lake is a...

Trekking
El Chaltén, Argentina

Laguna de los Tres Hike

Laguna de los Tres is the destination of a rewarding 20-kilometer, two-day hike in Los Glaciares National Park. The hike starts at the northern end...

Trekking
El Chaltén, Argentina

Lago del Desierto

To most travelers, Lago del Desierto is just a sight along the trek across the border to Villa O’Higgins....

Trekking
El Chaltén, Argentina

Lago Viedma

Eons ago, when the glacier Campo de Hielo began receding, it gouged the landscape to form Lago Viedma, halfway between El...

Hiking
El Chaltén, Argentina

Horseback Riding

Explore the ragged landscape surrounding El Chaltén the way the pioneers did: on horseback. Even now, locals travel the backcountry on horse. The...

Horseback Riding
El Chaltén, Argentina

Kayaking and Canoeing

Paddling the rivers and lakes is a great way to enjoy El Chaltén's glacier-frosted spire mountains and ancient forests. Traveling the gravel-braided...

Kayaking
El Chaltén, Argentina

Winter Sports

When the cold weather settles in, many abandon El Chaltén until spring brings the warmth once more. Come winter, when snow blankets the Río de las...

Other Activity
El Chaltén, Argentina

Garganta del Río Fitz Roy

The relatively unknown Garganta del Río Fitz Roy--it makes infrequent appearances on most maps--is a short,...

Hiking
El Chaltén, Argentina

Laguna Capri Hike

This is an ideal trek if you've only got one day to hike. Just a simple two-hour trip (one way, 7 km / 4.2 mi), the trail to Laguna Capri begins...

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