ADVENTURE & CHALLENGE
El Chaltén, nestled in the heart of Patagonia, is a dream destination for anyone who loves the great outdoors and adventure. Its breathtaking landscapes and diverse terrain make it an ideal spot for a wide range of activities that cater to both thrill-seekers and nature lovers alike.
Chorrillo del Salto
A walk of approximately 2.5 miles on slightly uneven terrain that alternates between forest trails and gravel paths; runs alongside Rosado mountain. This walk ends on a waterfall with the same name as the mountain.
Mirador de los Cóndores y de Las Águilas
In second place are the viewpoints of the Cóndores and the Águilas. The path begins at the National Parks House, going up a steep climb to the top of the village, from where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the mountains and the confluence of the Fitz Roy and Río de las Vueltas rivers. Before reaching the top, there is a fork in the road indicating the way leading to the Mirador de las Águilas (‘Eagles Viewpoint’), from where you can appreciate the entire length of Lake Viedma.
Cerro Torre Viewpoint
This viewpoint is located on the path that leads to Laguna Torre. Two trails that leave El Chaltén and merge five minutes later from their starting point. You will walk through the Fitz Roy River Valley to the Cerro Torre Viewpoint, crossing ancient lenga and Antarctic beech forests and shrubs typical of the Patagonian region. You will be surprised by an imposing mountain coveted by mountaineers that happens to be one of the nearest points where you can admire a stunning landscape. The times and distances shown below represent one way only.
A trail leads to Laguna de Los Tres (‘Lagoon of the Three’) at the end of Avenida San Martin. At the fourth kilometer of it is Laguna Capri, with views of Loma de las Pizarras (‘Knoll of the Pizarras’) and the Fitz Roy Mountain Range.
Laguna de los Tres
Finally, the most emblematic trail of Glacier National Park: is the Laguna de Los Tres (‘Lagoon of the Three’). It is a walk of about 6.2 miles, passing through trails surrounded by lenga and ñire forests, allowing the admiration of the silhouettes of the mountains. The difficulty of this trail reaches its peak at the final portion, with a strenuous climb of a little over 540 yards. The reward is high: a perfect setting to appreciate the three mountaintops that give the lake its name: Saint Exupery, Poincenot, and the imposing Fitz Roy (2.12 miles high).
Loma del Pliegue Tumbado
A trail that leads to Loma del Pliegue Tumbado ('Knoll of the Laying Fold') at the National Parks station. Traveling a distance of a little over six miles (one-way only), in ascent in almost its entirety, requires substantial physical conditioning. On the top of this 0.925-mile-high mountain (with a level difference with El Chaltén of 0.620 miles), there is a natural viewpoint that allows you to observe an immensity of peaks from the surroundings of the village and the Andes Mountain Range, as well as valleys, lakes, and lagoons.
Hiking is one of El Chaltén's main attractions, with the town often referred to as the hiking capital of Argentina. With a wealth of trails to choose from, hikers of all levels can explore the natural wonders of the area and enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, glaciers, rivers and lakes. The trails are well marked and offer a variety of difficulty levels, from easy hikes to challenging ascents.
Lago del Desierto
About 23 miles north of El Chaltén is the Lago del Desierto (‘Desert Lake’). At the lake, the Exploradores company offers several boating options. It's an ideal tour for those people who are looking for activities that are not too demanding. The excursion provides captivating views of the Fitz Roy mountain range, the Vespignani Glacier, and others. You can also take a one-hour trail to the Huemul lagoon (fee to access trail). It is ideal to combine both tours.
Los Huemules Nature Reserve
About 12.4 miles from El Chaltén lies the Los Huemules Natural Reserve. A space for excursions in small groups and contemplation of nature. Admission to the reserve has a fee. The path to reach the Azul ('Blue'), Verde ('Green') lagoons, and the Cagliero refuge, with a view of the glacier of the same name, has treks of varying difficulty.