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El Chaltén Services

With the influx of travelers arriving in El Chaltén over the last several years, this small town has developed a fairly strong tourism infrastructure catering to hikers and climbers, with several shops renting and selling outdoor gear (mainly located on Av. San Martín, one of two central streets). It’s important to know that there is still no mobile phone service, and most businesses don't have addresses. Most buses coming into town stop by the Los Glaciares National Park Information Office for a short presentation in English and Spanish about the park (Tel: (02962) 493004). Here you can get up-to-date reports on hiking trails and campsites, acquire fishing permits, or register your expedition before you go trekking.

 

Police / Fire department: dial 101.

 

Tourist Information Office: Comisión de Fomento Centro de Informes (Av. Guemes 21. October-April, daily, 8 a.m.-9 p.m., May-September, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tel: (02962) 493011, E-mail: comfomelChalten@yahoo.com, URL: www.elchalten.com.)

 

APN (National Park office): TP-23, at the village entrance October-March, daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., April-September, daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.). Staff speaks English; in high season there are volunteers who handle other languages. APN accepts summer volunteers. Basic Spanish is needed. For more information, write to voluntariosglaciares@apn.gov.ar.

 

Hospital: Dial 107 or visit Puesto Sanitario ($4.50 for a doctor's consultation, Av. de Agostini 70, Tel: (02962) 493033).

 

Gendarmaría Nacional (immigration): Madsen 66, Tel: 49-3140.

 

Post Office: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Madsen s/n, between Avenida Güemes and Halvorsen.

 

Police Station: Av. San Martín 14, Tel: (02962) 493003.

 

Banks / ATMS: Banco Santa Cruz (P. Moreno and Av, Güemes, near the tourism office)–ATM only: accepts MasterCard, Cirrus, Visa, Plus, American Express; some travelers report their cards not being accepted, or that the machine is out of money. Few businesses accept credit cards, and those that do add a high surcharge.

 

Pharmacy: Farmacia El Cerro (Río de las Vueltas y Halvorsen 41, Tel: (02962) 493253).

 

Internet: Internet is expensive and slow (especially if quite a few people are online at the same time) and costs $3-3.50 per hour for foreigners. The only café with Skype is ChalteNet (Av. Güemes 77). Other providers include Chaltén Travel servicio de Internet (Av. Güemes 127) and Locutorio Boulevard (Av. Güemes 127), which is the cheapest.

 

Phone (locutorio): Boulevard (Av. Güemes 127), Boulevard II (Av. San Martín 624), Javier (De Viedma 52).

 

Laundry (lavadero): Sheuen (Cerro Solo 117, Tel.: 49-3222), Wash & Go (Av. Rojo and Riquelme).










19 Jul 2011

 
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