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Kayaking and Canoeing - Kayaking El Chaltén - Argentina

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 Río de las Vueltas is a popular trek. Another is to navigate Lago del Desierto, where you can put ashore and hike to the foot of Glaciar Huemul. A two-day / one-night expedition runs down Río La Leona.


Getting There

The only companies that operate kayaking and canoeing excursions are Patagonia Aventura (San Martín 56, Tel.: 43-6424, E-mail:, URL: and FitzRoy Expediciones (Avenida San Martín, Tel.: 49-3017, E-mail:, URL:

El Chaltén, Argentina


Travel Tips: Kayaking and canoeing excursions are done October – April.

Relative price: Budget

Travel Skills: None

You Need to Bring: Daypack, snacks, water; warm clothing, including wool or fleece hat, gloves, waterproof jacket and pants, hiking boots; sunglasses, sunblock.

Hiking the trails in Parque Nacional Los Glaciares; in winter, snowshoe or ski them. Boating on Lago del Desierto or Lago Viedma and trekking the glaciers there. Horseback riding. Experienced climbers, tackle the great massifs: Torre and FitzRoy.

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