Things to do

in El Chaltén

Recommendations

How to dress. What to bring. Information and maps

National Capital of Trekking

El Chaltén offers its visitors an immense variety of hiking trails, catering to all levels of difficulty, to satisfy both casual walkers and great adventurers. This is why El Chaltén is known as the National Capital of Trekking.

In addition to hikes within Los Glaciares National Park, there are boat excursions on Lake Desierto, fishing, rafting, and kayaking on the Río de las Vueltas, horseback riding, guided tours, museums, and a wide variety of activities to suit all tastes.

Mapas e Información

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El Chalten weather. WindGurúAccess

What to Wear?

It is very common to experience all four seasons in one day, so here are some recommendations:

• Wear waterproof clothing.
Warm clothes, but also bring some summer clothes in case of very hot days.
Comfortable shoes, preferably trekking shoes.
• It is essential NOT to forget sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat for the sun.

Trekking and mountaineering experts recommend dressing in layers on the upper body, like an “onion,” because most of the time the temperature indoors and outdoors differs greatly. This technique allows you to regulate your body temperature by adding or removing layers of clothing.

What to Bring?

• The necessary amount of water.
Fruit helps us maintain energy, nutrients, and hydration, and it is easy to transport.
• Bring a route map to know the route and the time it takes.
• A backpack with only the necessary items to avoid extra weight.
Comfortable or trekking shoes. And if you find them necessary, trekking poles.


Los Cóndores Viewpoint

The Los Cóndores Viewpoint offers a privileged view of the town and the mountain range.

It is a natural viewpoint located above the town, offering an unparalleled panoramic view from which you can see the Adela, Torre, and Fitz Roy massifs, as well as the Río de las Vueltas valley.

The well-marked trail allows access to this spot where condors can often be seen gliding. Therefore, if you are visiting El Chaltén, be sure to include this walk in your travel itinerary.


Chorrillo del Salto

Chorrillo del Salto

A beautiful and easy walk. It takes only an hour to reach the base of this impressive waterfall from the town.

Taking Provincial Route 23, just 3 km from the center, you will find the 500-meter trail that leads you through a forest of lenga and ñire trees to Chorrillo del Salto, which is approximately 12 meters high.


Cerro Torre

Along with Laguna De los Tres, this trail is the other great classic of Los Glaciares National Park.

The entire hike to the viewpoint and Laguna Torre is a captivating experience. Crossing through a dense lenga forest of low difficulty, it takes about 4 hours to reach the base of the lagoon formed by the glacier that breaks off from the mythical Cerro Torre.

A beautiful full-day trek that promises unforgettable views.


Laguna Capri and Laguna de los Tres

Laguna Capri and Laguna de los Tres

The most traveled trail in Los Glaciares National Park undoubtedly brings us closer to the imposing Mount Fitz Roy.

After the first 4 km of the trail, you will reach Capri: a lagoon with blue waters surrounded by native forest, from where you will have a fantastic view of the Fitz Roy massif. Continuing for another 6 km, you will reach the end of this trail, finally seeing Laguna de los Tres: the natural viewpoint that comes closest to the imposing walls of Fitz Roy and its granite spires.